To say that bullying is a major problem in America’s school system is a massive understatement. According to 2015 data from the National Center for Educational Statistics, 22% of all students (1 out of 4) reported being bullied for the duration of the school year. It’s also quite alarming that 64% of children don’t report it; as opposed to the 36% who did.
That said, how can you ‘bully-proof’ your child? Martial arts training, for one. And no, it does not focus on teaching your child to solely react to confrontations with physical brunt. Rather, it teaches how to diffuse them. Strive Martial Arts, as well as other martial arts schools in the nation, would want all parents to believe that — and for good reason.
It’s Way More Than Just Melee Combat Skills
The main goal of self-defense is self-explanatory. It teaches one to not put himself in a situation where a physical confrontation is inevitable. In other terms, self-defense or martial arts training teaches kids to be vigilant, alert, and smart. They’re taught not to go to places where they might get attacked, diffuse an escalating situation by staying calm and collected, and avoid physical altercation as much as possible while doing so.
Martial arts training is also all about confidence. The postures taught in classes make this evident. Each pose exudes an air of calmness, focus, and composure. Bullies rely on fear to get what they want. When they don’t see that in someone, they’re likely to call their act off. Martial arts training teaches kids to stay level-headed even in the face of fear, exhibiting confidence to try and deflect a bully’s immediate threat.
Reading One’s Mind
Martial arts is reactionary. Instructors instill in the minds of students that the training’s main focus is on the defensive end. Self-defense training helps children become more attentive to their surroundings. In a bullying situation, they can look at subtle verbal and non-verbal cues that hint a threat of violence and react accordingly to defend themselves. Over time, the responses acquired through training become almost instinctive. When the time comes, children will be more than ready for a threat.