Have a 6 yr old that wants to get into karate. The only experience I have is from the military, which was more or less jiu jitsu. Was wondering if anyone could recommend a certain type that would be intuitive for a 6 yr old while also being beneficial and useful.
Both my kids have been doing MMA for almost a year now. One started at 6 and the other one at 9. Both my kids love the class and have picked up many of the ideas and some of the moves. Their instructor holds a master or black belt in 6 disciplines but puts more of an emphasis on jiu jitsu.
I am a firm believer in MMA simply because there are good techniques in each discipline and knowing parts of other disciplines provides more tools and will give them experience on using your tools against moves beyond a single art. If I had to pick just one discipline for my kids (or anyone for that matter), it would be jiu jitsu though.
I am not a fan of karate at all. But kids think it all is karate, mine were the same.
Also, when looking at schools I think it is important that you pick one that utilizes contact and application. I have found that many schools only teach technique and discipline but don't ever actually use it in application. I assume it is so no one accidentally gets hurt, but it is truly pointless without it. Karate is notorious for this, but I have seen it in other disciplines also.
I'm not an expert...I just go and get my rear kicked over and over by a Russian for exercise