For those that teach children, do you teach them joint locking? Why / why not?
1. I make the assumption that despite my best instruction there will always be one student who will try out what I teach in the playground / on their siblings / on the family dog. My junior syllabus is based around gross motor skills and escaping
2. And this where I'm interesting in your views. I don't believe that the child's body can safely receive such techniques. Bear in mind that I look at x-rays of people of all ages every day. The joint development of children is fascinating. Bones to which structures that we take beyond their normal range in joint locking haven't fully grown. There are also bone conditions that occur fairly frequently in young people due to growing combined with sports. Osgood-Shlatter's being the best example.
However, I do know clubs/arts that do teach children joint locking. Anecdotally I'm not aware of any problems occurring and I'm wondering if I'm being over-cautious.
1. Of course a healthy safety mentality should always exist in the dojo. A joint lock should never be "cranked on" to anyone of any age
2. I do teach joint locks to more mature juniors, but they "make the shape" rather than take the lock to the tap.