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.
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.
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:
We also strive to promote good citizenship and leadership. We also teach students what to do when they see others being bullied.
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.
Your Tiger-Rock Martial Arts academy near you teaches valuable bullying prevention tips and anti-bullying techniques. We encourage you to enroll your child in our kids’ martial arts program.
Learn more about anti-bullying and bullying prevention methods at StopBullying.gov.