We hear more and more about bullying every day in the media. There are many websites devoted to the anti-bullying movement, which is great, but very few of them are offering step-by-step, easy-to-follow, realistic lesson plans for getting this information into the hands of the children who need it.
No other industry is in a better position to do something about bullying than the martial arts industry. We already are doing a lot to address bullying, even if we don’t try to. The mere act of training in martial arts, and having children develop a higher level of confidence decreases their chances of being bullied in the first place. With that said, we can do a much better job.
Martial arts being used as anti-bullying solutions
Anti-bullying solutions come in various forms because there isn’t a universal strategy for preventing this problem. Every day children are tormented by their peers for a multitude of reasons. For instance, some kids are picked on for their clothing and others are targeted because of who they befriend.
Obviously, these reasons don’t justify the negative behaviors, so many experts are trying to figure out how to prevent bullying. Recently, two martial arts instructors have been trying to teach kids how to stay safe and eliminate bullying activities. Read on for a look at what these masters are doing to combat the problem.
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How Building Up Confidence Can Stop Bullying
For Bullies: Bullies often enjoy status and prestige because others fear them. They also command a lot of attention for their behavior. Martial arts helps prevent bullying by building up these children’s confidence in other arenas, so that they won’t need to resort to bullying for attention or approval.
For Kids Who Are Bullied: Bullies pick victims that they think will be easy targets. What makes an easy target? A child who seems weak, unsure of herself, or easily scared. Martial arts helps stop bullying by building up children’s confidence so that they are able to project an aura of strength and ensure that they are not perceived as easy targets.
How Reinforcing Discipline Can Prevent Bullying
For Bullies: As we discussed in our post that explored the question “why do people bully others?” — one of the factors that contributes to bullying behavior is an inconsistent approach to discipline at home. Martial arts helps prevent bullying by providing children with a clear-cut and consistent structure of discipline that helps them learn which types of behavior are acceptable and which are not.
For Kids Who Are Bullied: Victims of bullying can sometimes make things worse for themselves by acting in ways that make it easy for others to taunt or threaten them. Martial arts helps stop bullying by teaching these children the discipline to manage their own behavior in such a way that it does not in any provoke or trigger a bully.
How Increasing Respect Can Stop Bullying
For Bullies: Bullies have a strong need to be in control and exert their dominance over others. That’s one of the reasons why they bully others. Martial arts helps prevent bullying by showing these children that everyone deserves respect, and that no one deserves to be mistreated.
For Kids Who Are Bullied: Being bullied can often shatter a child’s self-esteem and lead to a low self-image and loss of self-worth. In fact, that’s one of the warning signs of bullying. Martial arts helps stop bullying by showing these children that if they want others to respect them, they first must learn to respect themselves.
How Mastering Self-Control Can Prevent Bullying
For Bullies: Children who bully others can be impulsive, hot-headed, and dominant. Martial arts helps prevent bullying by helping these kids become more aware of their own thoughts and emotions, and training them to control negative impulses that could lead to bullying behaviors.
For Kids Who Are Bullied: Victims of bullying often are not adept at recognizing what kind of behavior triggers a bully to lash out. Martial arts helps stop bullying by empowering these children to control their own behaviors in such a way that will stop a negative situation from spiraling into conflict or violence.
How Developing Leadership Skills Can Stop Bullying
For Bullies: Studies have shown that bullies lack empathy, and have also found that bullies can be more likely to develop anti-social personality disorder. This is a condition that causes people to ignore the rights and feelings of those around them. Martial arts helps prevent bullying by developing the capacity for empathy in these children.
For Kids Who Are Bullied: Bullies often target kids who are less popular. So if your child has few friends, this social isolation could put him at higher risk of being bullied. Martial arts helps stop bullying by training these children to be more sociable and helping them make friends more easily.
How Relieving Stress Can Prevent Bullying
For Bullies: Bullies lack the ability to self-regulate emotions Often, they simply don’t have a way to control their anger and frustration, which may result in severe overreactions to small provocations. Martial arts helps prevent bullying by giving them an outlet to blow off some steam. This makes it much less likely for them to take their frustration out on other kids.
For Kids Who Are Bullied: One of the effects of bullying is that bullied kids often report symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, stuffy nose, headaches, and stomachaches. These kids are far more likely than others to report feeling physically sick because they deal with such high levels of stress that it wears down their immune system. Martial arts helps stop bullying by providing a way for these children to relieve stress through vigorous physical exercise.
How Learning Self Defense Can Stop Bullying
For Bullies: Children who bully others are often driven by the desire for power. They discover how effective it can be to use their power in an aggressive way to control and subdue others. Martial arts classes help prevent bullying by constantly emphasizing the importance of using karate for self-defense only, never for offense.
For Kids Who Are Bullied: As we mentioned above, bullies pick victims that they think will be easy targets. Martial arts classes help stop bullying by teaching children how to defend themselves. Once they are armed with this knowledge, they will naturally project a much more confident image and thus, not come across as an easy target for bullies.
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