Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Welcome To Tucson RadKIDS!

 Thank you for visiting our basic information site. We truly appreciate your initiative in keeping your child/ren safe. Our RadKIDs team is here to help you ease your anxiety or worries while providing a unique educational program ensuring your little ones safety.

RadKIDS is a nationally recognized, children's safety education and empowerment program primarily designed for children between the ages of 4 and 12.  Children learn awareness and avoidance techniques to prevent or escape situations that may involve bullying, school violence or abduction attempts.

Unlike traditional martial arts, our program directly addresses current threats through unique age appropriate education and realistic yet playful scenario training. Our volunteer team consist of certified instructors, local educators, martial artists, fitness trainers and retired Military.

We conduct private radKIDS classes at Crossfit, special weekenders at the UA and run the full 8 hour radKIDS 'Awareness-Prevention' course at the UofA. This is held annually in June and is open to all. 

If you want to prepare your child/ren and help them grow a sense of personal security plus ease your own anxiety then consider RadKIDS. Review this site and the subsequent pages, please annotate any questions then call or email us. The below information is for our radKID graduates and their families. To see when our next scheduled classes will be held, click here.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Learn how truly safe your neighborhood is.

The Tucson Police Department is offering a new crime fighthing tool, one which allows you to type in your address to see which crimes have occured...click here to see if perps live near you and here to enter your area for crime stats.

Explaining this panic-demic and other events.

 While the media and certain politicians are using this COVID19 virus to scare and control the masses....our children need to feel safe via the truth. Click on the photo above to link to a site that may supplement your discussions.


Photo by Jill Torrance/Arizona Daily Star.
How do you talk to your kids about horrific events:
  • Don't assume that the kids don't know about it. They have already heard from friends and probably know more than you think. The reality of today's world is that news travels far and wide. Children and youth are exposed to the events as soon as they can watch TV or interact with others who are consumers of the news. Not talking about it does not protect children.
  • Be specific but brief. Let kids know that it is okay to talk about the unpleasant events. Listen to what they think and feel. By listening, you can find out if they have misunderstandings, and you can learn more about the support that they need. You do not need to explain more than they are ready to hear, but be willing to answer their questions.
  • Share your feelings. They might feel that only children are struggling. If you tell them about your feelings, you also can tell them about how you deal with the feelings. Be careful not to overwhelm them or expect them to find answers for you.
  • Help children use creative outlets like art and music to express their feelings. Children may not be comfortable or skilled with words, especially in relation to difficult situations. Using art, puppets, music, or books might help children open up about their reactions. They may want to draw pictures and then destroy them, or they could want to display them or send them to someone else.
  • Reassure and help them feel safe. Tell them that many adults are around to protect them. When tragic events occur, children may be afraid that the same will happen to them.  You can try to support them and protect them, but you can not keep all bad things from happening to children. You can always tell them that you love them, though. You can say that, no matter what happens, your love will be with them. That is realistic, and often that is all the children need to feel better.
  • Support children's concern for people they do not know. Children often are afraid not only for themselves, but also for people they do not even know. They learn that many people are getting hurt or are experiencing pain in some way. They worry about those people and their well being. In some cases they might feel less secure or cared for themselves if they see that others are hurting. It is heartwarming and satisfying to observe this level of caring in children.
  • Look for feelings beyond fear. After reassuring kids, don't stop there. Studies have shown that children also may feel sad or angry. Let them express that full range of emotions. Support the development of caring and empathy. Be careful not to encourage the kind of response given by one child: "I don't care if there's a war, as long as it doesn't affect me and my family."
  • Help children and youth find a course of action. One important way to reduce stress is to take action. Children may want to write a letter to someone about their feelings, get involved in an organization committed to preventing events like the one they are dealing with, or send money to help victims or interventionists. Let the young people help to identify the action choices.
  • Take action and get involved in something. It is not enough to let children take action by themselves. Children who know that their parents, teachers, or other significant caregivers are working to make a difference feel hope. They feel safer and more positive about the future. So do something. It will make you feel more hopeful, too.
Article is from KidsGrowth.org

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Urban Street Defense: Krav Maga

Parents...consider an investment in your personal safety and take Krav Maga. This Israeli form of self defense is a Reality Based Personal Protection System available to adults. Preview a class and listen to a testimonial in the above video. To learn more about this training and to register for an introductory session search "Combat FIT Tucson" or click here.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Next UA session: June 2021

Drop in Session
Come by with your child (5 to 8 years of age) and learn about the radkids empowerment program. Well behaved children will be taught basic safety techniques to protect themselves from bullies and bad strangers. Parents are invited to attend as well.

Date-time: June TBA 200pm-315pm
Location: University of Arizona "kids camp" SRC
Drop in Cost: $15 UA affiliated, $25 community
Pre-register: Space is limited, please register here at Campus rec website

Full Program:  Parents, the radkids 'awareness-prevention' course covers 8 hours of empowerment methods all used to prepare your child/ren with safety plans. Our small group classes are designed to provide more personal instruction and attention to each child attending.
Registration: via the Youth and Family program at UA
Full program dates: June 2021
Cost for full the program is: $65 fee paid to the UA . If you plan on participating in the full 8 hour session, please email us to be put on the list.