I think teaching physical techniques to kids is the easy bit. Kids have natural movement abilities.
But what about mindset? I think most the kids in our classes, including my sons, would just freeze and yield in a confrontation.
Potentially worse, a few might go the opposite way, and thinking their super high roundhouse they can do with ease in class is as awesome as they're constantly told it is, so they try it, and then they're balanced on one foot, exposing the inside of a knee, and their crotch, to an aggressor.
I try, with limited success I feel, to teach my kids that IF they have to fight, they must go off like a wild animal until they are safe. I train this with pads and lots of shouting to the effect of 'I'm still coming... You have to stop me' (aiming for a motivational sense of urgency rather than overbearing aggression.. They're kids, and I'm not a drill sergeant).
Does anyone have any tips or ideas on this? Are there any training tips that help develop the self defence attitude, but without creating little monsters?