I wanted to get your take on this...
In most dojo I know of, the instructor has separate classes for children and womwn available. While I understand that the need for the class can vary, one such description is that each of those groups needed a special class because of many different scenarios like:
- The parent is not involved in classes
- There is subject matter that may be too graphic for youngsters
- Certain people may not feel comfortable in mixed classes
I came up in an environment in which children learned to defend against adults and children and men and women were together. The overall mentaility was that you never know who was going to attack you and you needed examples to work with.
Additionally, I have noticed separate grading requirements for children where the grading requirments themselves were less demanding and offered more levels. Too me, I see it as a money making opportunity that is passed as a keeping them motivated through frequent advancement.
And to top off this post, I have seen a black belt tied around the waist of someone who was early teens and was told it was recommended because they are not 16 or 17 yet. I find this particularly peculiar since the instructor has spent a lot of time with that student and knows the mindset of them, knows the training and skill level, knows their abilities in defense, and knows that those abilities translate well against all types of attackers. If someone meets all your criteria, they should be promoted to black belt, not recommended black belt, not junior black belt, or whatever else it is called.
Please do not take this as a rant. I do understand the validity of thought from most of the people that follow these but fail to see that reasoning as a valid argument in favor of these practices. Like I said, I came up in a different time and things have changed since then.
This is by far a complete idea jotted down and I am sure that I have made mistakes in the way I have presented this for discussion. I look forward to seeing how you guys respond.