Aww thats cute mate well he is at the right place to learn no doubt he will make a few waves in the youth grappling scene in a few years.
My boy is 3 and 4 months. He has very little interest in any kind of technical grappling at the moment )he just likes general wrestling on the floor with no technique!), but he is a big fan of punching, kicking and now knees. The rules are that he has to say he wants to fight first before he does it, so that he doesn't just start swinging at people (particularly his mother!). Generally though we have to have a gun fight first, then we have a sword fight, and then we go to fisticuffs. He also likes to go 'slo-mo' and watch me make funny faces as he throws slow motion horrible Wanderlei Silva hooks at me.
I've tried playing some grappling with him, but I think it will be easier when he has someone his own size to work with. I'm going to give it a little while longer and then see if I can find him some Judo locally.
Oh and my 1000th post haha
I don't think it matters really! Been teaching one of my little girls some boxing and American kickboxing (not MT at her age) since she was 4 so three years now. She has cerebral palsy and has a weakness down her right side so it's great for improving her balance and strengthening her weak side! She knows right from wrong and has the confidence to stick up for herself if she gets bullied as she may be a target as she gets older (which means I don't have to get involved)
And thanks everyone for the tips. Hopefully this thread can be read by other parents and they see the great advice given by you all.
What I'm trying to say is I don't think it's too young to do any martial art, it teaches respect, discipline and self control which all kids need but most lack nowadays! I started my little girl early because she needs to be Able to stick up for herself as she will be a target as she gets older! If she doesn't stick up for herself then I'll end up doing it which means I'll possibly be getting nicked so its everyone benefit. The hardest thing is to keep them interested, luckily I'm set up to train in my garden do when she sees me stretching or hitting the heavy bag or pads they want to get involved
My other hobby is airsoft and getting paid to 'hunt zombies,' so he's also obsessed with guns and all he ever wants to do is look at mine. He's only allowed as a rare treat though, which just makes him more interested! He also has about 20 toy guns now, knows all the different types, and insists on dressing as a soldier and running round the woods to hunt baddies, monsters, ghosts and zombies.
Here's a picture of last night's standard Saturday apocalypse training session (faces blacked out for the proper regiment look...):
We all do this with our kids right?
Quality pic mate. Iv started taking her to the park and she has 20 minutes on the swings and slides then we walk to a grass bank where I chase her up it 10 times or until she asks for a carry. Going continue this 6 days a week unless she displays a clear hate for it. The bank is perfect for her size so would be a shame to waste it even though her mum rolls her eyes each time we do it. lol
That picture is great though hope you framed it I would if was me.
Really happy I made thread now so many wonderful storys been shared. :)