Teaching Violence, and Control, to Children

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Today we are beginning a series of stories about all different kinds of students and teachers. Karate instructor Louise Rafkin describes the way that she teaches children to hit. Childhood is a violent time, Rafkin says, and her students learn how to control their innate violence.

As Rafkin talks with two of her young students, one describes the power struggles at his school.

Louise Rafkin runs Studio Naga in Oakland, Calif. She is the author of The Tiger's Eye, the Bird's Fist: A Beginner's Guide to the Martial Arts.

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