Anti-bullying campaigns are becoming more and more important as parents become more attuned to the difficulties facing children when they go to school or play games. While many parents believe that a child can do little to avoid being bullied unless they are the biggest or strongest child in their class, fighting bullying is actually about building true self-confidence.
Work with others
In an unfamiliar environment, children may find it difficult to connect with peers and make friends. In a martial arts class, they get to know each other better and can communicate in a controlled environment. Because partner training plays a major role in any martial arts, even the most timid child has the opportunity to socialize and strengthen their resources.
In addition to working with a partner, martial arts classes for children often include training exercises that require children to work together. Working in a team helps the child to recognize its own value. A child that is used to and enjoys interacting with other people can rarely isolate themselves in other situations.
Respect for yourself and your fellow human beings
To build trust for children, self esteem really needs to be built up. If a child is constantly being bullied, it may feel like it deserves what is happening. Every kid on the mats for a martial arts class feels important. Instructors know it's important that their martial arts teach self-confidence. Therefore, they focus on showing children that they are important and congratulate them if they make good progress.
With each new strip on the belt, a child gets physical proof that his hard work pays off, and learns to think better about himself. Equally important, martial arts emphasize respect for others, adults as well as other children. This means that your child not only has the means to assert himself against mobbers, but also respect for others so as not to become one himself.
The most obvious way martial arts can help counter bullying is to teach a child the ability to physically protect themselves. While verbal insults are also a real problem for children, the fear of being physically assaulted can be overwhelming. When a child learns new martial arts techniques, he or she can resist bullying, confront their attacker's actions, and safely get out of the situation or hold onto the bully until an adult can intervene.
Knowing how to practice self-defense is great, but any martial arts coach hopes his students will never have to use their skills. Fortunately, that's often the case. One of the best qualities of martial arts is that it gives children so much self-confidence that they show physical, external signs of self-confidence, such as good posture, eye contact and clear speech. Mobbers rarely want to be challenged. Seeing a child with confidence means seeing a non-target.
Once you understand how martial arts instills self-confidence, it quickly becomes clear why so many parents turn to the martial arts to help. Building trust in your child does not happen overnight. However, signing up for a first grade will help your child to live happier and better. Self-esteem is a fundamental element of trust for children, and there are few activities that are better suited to building self-esteem.
Our tip for you:
If you have a child who is bullying or lacking self-confidence, or just want to avoid the problem before it even happens, then there is no better option than calling your local martial arts school and attending a course today!
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