Bullying prevention, anti-bullying education, and martial arts
Bullying can happen anywhere – at school, in the neighborhood, or online. While there are certain risk factors associated with those who are most likely to be bullied, it can still happen to anyone, anywhere.
Bullying can be a traumatic experience that can cause your child to be filled with anxiety. It can cripple a child’s self-esteem and self-concept and lead to an overall poor self-assessment. Your child may lose self-confidence; they may try to avoid being around others. Your child may even withdraw themselves from family.
However, your child can overcome bullying. By enrolling in a martial arts program that promotes anti-bullying education, your child will learn what they will need to know to best counter a bullying situation.
A key point about martial arts and anti-bullying
Parents, you should be rest assured that our martial arts anti-bullying program does not promote violence. There are many effective anti-bullying tactics that we teach in martial arts that are not physical, such as using stances, tone, and diction to convey confidence.
However, your child will learn key self-defense skills and techniques on the mat. So, if bully tries to escalate the situation, your child will know how to properly respond and defend themselves.
What anti-bullying tactics do we teach at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts?
In martial arts, we teach three key things when it comes to anti-bullying: awareness, communication, and self-defense.
Awareness is the best form of bullying prevention. With awareness, we teach the prevalence of bullying as well as what to do when being bullied. Some of the tips we provide include:
- Encouraging students to avoid being alone in areas that they could be targeted by a bully.
- Recommending students walk in groups with their friends.
- Resist escalating the situation and do not engage with the bully. Walk away, ignore, and do not try to exact revenge.
- Do not keep the bullying a secret. This only makes things worse. We encourage students to tell an adult, friends, or other family members about the bullying.
We also strive to promote good citizenship and leadership. We also teach students what to do when they see others being bullied.
- Don’t be a bystander. Speak up! Bullies will continue to go after others if no one speaks up.
- Don’t join in.
- Report the bullying to administrators or other adults.
It is important that bullying victims communicate with family and friends about being bullied. Bullying should not be kept a secret – whether it is a classmate doing it at school, another child in the neighborhood, or someone cyberbullying.
Communication can also be an effective anti-bullying tactic. We teach students to use stances, tone, poise, and diction to build self-confidence and communicate that confidence to the bully.
In the unfortunate event that the bully chooses to escalate the situation, your child needs to know how to react. We teach real world self-defense on the Tiger-Rock mat. While we do not promote violence, we do believe that your child needs to be able to defend themselves.
By practicing and honing self-defense skills on the mat, your child will be able to apply those skills instinctively in a real-world situation. These skills provide another layer of safety for your child. Learning these skills also helps your child build self-confidence, boost self-esteem, and encourage positive self-assessment.