I recently stumbled upon an obscure little DVD and guide book, created by a totally awesome grandpa and martial arts master named DOK Lee, that teaches children how to protect themselves. Links to free downloads, including the guide book can be found below.
The DVD shows a series of realistic reenactments and practice sessions with DOK Lee, teaching kids to escape holds of all kinds. The mood is lightened by a couple of puppets and the tone is one of empowerment and not fear. (Kids do NOT learn how to detach pinky fingers or claw out eyeballs. These techniques would be a little hard to practice and I wouldn’t want them shown to other kids on the playground.)
It took us a little over an hour to watch the DVD, pausing to practice the “moves”, and a $30 investment. It was a fun afternoon activity! We will keep practicing (and praying), but I can confidently say that my son is WAY more kidnap-proofed now than before.
A few things we learned from the program
- If a strange man were to grab him, Lucas should scream “Daddy!” instead of “help!” or “Mommy!” even if I am in the vicinity and not his dad. This alerts onlookers that the person holding him is not his father.
- We have practiced how to escape any hold (wrists, elbows, neck/shoulders), taking advantage of the weak point of a person’s grasp – the thumb. As you can see, he has fun with this! It’s a great confidence builder.
- Ten golden rules for safety to teach children. They include: stay in groups, keep a family password, and never take anything from or help a stranger.
To Order DOK Lee’s Kid’s Protection DVD and hard copy guide book click here. I am not getting kickbacks, but please tell them I sent you and perhaps they will be interested in participating in future giveaways as I like some of their other products.
DOK Lee is one cool dude!
“Lee Crull is a very strong, very tough man. Today, at 63, he is retired. He is a father and a devoted grandfather to his 8 and 11 year-old granddaughters. His passion nowadays is organic gardening and living the good life with his family. Yet, Lee has lived the kind of exciting, adventurous life that movies are made about.
Lee grew up on the “mean streets” of Detroit. There were few opportunities for kids. Many turned to crime. Lee was lucky. He was physically strong and athletic. He started boxing to fight his way out.
He won over 60 professional boxing matches while he was still a teenager. When he was only 20, he was recruited to join what would become one of the most elite, highly-trained commando fighting forces in history. He was the youngest professional soldier ever to be accepted into this group.
This force was sent around the globe to solve “impossible” problems. Failure was not an option. Their training was torturous. Only 10 out of 200 eventually made the grade. Lee was trained as a weapons and explosives expert. He learned survival skills that only a handful of men have ever been taught. He mastered seven different forms of
martial arts. Yet, the most powerful knowledge he gained was of the ancient Egyptian self-defense art of Kuta.
Kuta is a scientific blend of body movement and mental process that was originated by the bodyguards of the Pharaohs. Lee earned the level of “Master”, and was awarded the designation DOK, meaning “Defender of Kings”. DOK Lee is the only man alive today who can legitimately use that title.
Later, DOK Lee became a self-defense instructor and had a long career as a professional bodyguard. He provided personal security for some of the wealthiest and most
powerful people in the world.”