Enrolling a child in a martial arts program is one of the best actions a parent can take to prevent bullying.
Why? Because martial arts can help children on both sides of the bullying equation.
By providing benefits such as confidence; discipline; respect; self-control; leadership; stress relief; and self-defense, martial arts helps both the children who are being bullied and the children who are bullying others. Here’s how:
How Building up Confidence can Stop Bullying
For children 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 themselves, or are easily scared. Martial Arts helps stop bullying by building up childrens' confidence so that they are able to project an aura of strength and ensure that they are not perceived as easy targets.
For bullies: Bullies often enjoy status and prestige because others fear them. They also command a lot of attention for their behaviour. Martial Arts helps prevent bullying by building up these childrens' confidence in other areas so that they won’t need to resort to bullying for attention or approval.
How Reinforcing Discipline can Prevent Bullying
For children 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 to stop bullying by teaching these children the discipline required to adapt behaviour in order to deter a bully.
For bullies: One of the factors that contributes to bullying behaviour 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 behaviour are acceptable and which are not.
How Increasing Respect can Stop Bullying
For children 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.
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.
How Mastering Self-Control can Prevent Bullying
For children Who Are Bullied: Victims of bullying may not be adept at recognising what kind of behaviour triggers a bully to lash out. Martial Arts helps stop to 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.
For bullies: Children who bully others can be impulsive, hot-headed, and dominant. Martial Arts helps prevent bullying by helping these children become more aware of their own thoughts and emotions. Training them to control negative impulses that could lead to bullying behaviours.
How Developing Leadership Skills Can Stop Bullying
For children 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.
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.
How Relieving Stress Can Prevent Bullying
For children 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 stomach-aches. 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.
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 children.
How Learning Self Defence can Stop Bullying
For children who are bullied: As we mentioned above, bullies pick victims that they think will be easy targets. Martial Arts classes help to stop bullying by teaching children how to defend themselves. Once they are armed with this knowledge, they will naturally project a more confident image thus, making them a less likey target for bullies.
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 to prevent bullying by constantly emphasising the importance of using Taekwon-Do for self-defense only, never for offence.
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