How Can Martial Arts Help Kids?
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.
For Bullies: Bullies often enjoy status and prestige because others fear them. They also command a lot of attention for their behavior. Martial arts helps prevent bullying by building up these children’s confidence in other areas, so that they won’t need to resort to bullying for attention and approval.
For Kids Who Are Bullied: Bullies pick victims that they think will be easy targets. A child who is weak, unsure of him or herself, or who is easily scared is an easy target. Martial arts prevents bullying by helping children build confidence so that they are able to project a demeanor of strength, and ensure that they are not perceived as potential victims.