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    Default Activities or martial arts suitable for boisterous 2 year old?

    I'm pretty sure ds1 is too young for anything structured, but he's very active and boisterous and loves being very physical when playing with other children. If they are a bit older it's usually ok but often kids his age especially girls don't enjoy playing so rough. Sadly he hasn't realised yet that when they shout and run away it's not a cue for him to carry on and now he's started biting out of excitement too (he will grab them from behind and bite their backs). The biting is obviously something I am trying to deal with (encouraging kissing instead etc, taking him away from situation when he does it) but I just wondered whether a structured activity may teach him some boundaries when it comes to physical play.
    Does anyone have experience with any martial arts that are hands on such as judo? What age would he be able to start something like that?

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    My kids do martial arts. I really do not think martial arts would be suitable for what you are looking for. IMO it comes down to you teaching him boundaries. Yes it may take a while, but parents are responsible for behaviour, not sport teachers.

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    Well I was thinking of it more as an outlet for him to enjoy being hands on in a structured environment. As I said we are working on the boundaries and biting and he knows now it's wrong but it's hard for him to understand why some children (and adults) actively enjoy physical play and encourage it but then he's expected to stop the next minute. This is where the boundary part comes in for me, teaching him that there is a time and place for those activities and he can only play like that in certain situations with consenting others.
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    my children did judo for quite a few years. I think your little one would be too young yet for judo. it is quite disciplined. standing still, waiting turn, paying attention to the sensi (instructor). perhaps it is worth a look. ?? what about gymboroo? is that the name for childrens gym, it is supervised, and the children go around in turn to the different activities. and then they have group play, like with a huge flag, or with a huge skipping rope. that sort of thing. ?? marie

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    Quote Originally Posted by nh2489 View Post
    Well I was thinking of it more as an outlet for him to enjoy being hands on in a structured environment. As I said we are working on the boundaries and biting and he knows now it's wrong but it's hard for him to understand why some children (and adults) actively enjoy physical play and encourage it but then he's expected to stop the next minute. This is where the boundary part comes in for me, teaching him that there is a time and place for those activities and he can only play like that in certain situations with consenting others.
    Then you need to look at teaching him what 'consenting others' are. Do some role playing where you are laughing and having fun in the rough play. Do some role playing where you are frowning, saying "ow", "don't", running away, looking sad or scared. Teach him to look out for these cues. Then next time you are out and he does this and the child is having fun, pull him aside after and say "little Jimmy was having fun playing, did you see him smiling and laughing?", or if it was unwanted, "hey did you see that little Susie looked sad and was trying to run away? That means she did not want to play and you need to stop".

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperGranny View Post
    my children did judo for quite a few years. I think your little one would be too young yet for judo. it is quite disciplined. standing still, waiting turn, paying attention to the sensi (instructor). perhaps it is worth a look. ?? what about gymboroo? is that the name for childrens gym, it is supervised, and the children go around in turn to the different activities. and then they have group play, like with a huge flag, or with a huge skipping rope. that sort of thing. ?? marie
    Yeah that's pretty much what I thought about having to pay attention etc and why I suspected he's too young yet. We used to go to gymbaroo but it's not quite what I was looking for. Thanks for your reply though, I guess I was just wondering what kind of activities are out there that he might enjoy and when to start looking into them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperGranny View Post
    my children did judo for quite a few years. I think your little one would be too young yet for judo. it is quite disciplined. standing still, waiting turn, paying attention to the sensi (instructor). perhaps it is worth a look. ?? what about gymboroo? is that the name for childrens gym, it is supervised, and the children go around in turn to the different activities. and then they have group play, like with a huge flag, or with a huge skipping rope. that sort of thing. ?? marie
    Yes I second a kinder gym/gymbaroo type thing. My kids did EdGym with the YMCA and it was great for that age. Anything else like a martial art would be far too structured and a waste of time IMO. I doubt there would even be anything available for that age group.

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    My DS started little kickers at 20 months - you do it with them at that age but it gets them used to taking turns, taking instruction from other people and it's fun!

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