The signs aren’t always clear, and the initiators aren’t always obvious. However, no matter the age of those involved, intimidation issues affect everyone adversely, and options can seem limited. For this reason many martial arts schools offer special programs dedicated solely to this rising problem.
Who Is A Bully?
Anyone can be a bully. Boy, girl, child, adult—bullies come in all shapes and sizes, which makes them difficult to identify just by looks. And boundary issues take many different forms: verbal, physical, and cyber. Today there are many ways a bully can intimidate someone, which means that people need to become more alert and aware of their surroundings.
Who is Affected?
Everyone, whether directly or indirectly, can be hurt by the actions of bullies. It can be two kids “being kids” or having “boundary issues” on the playground at recess, teenagers in the hallways, or even adults who never seem to get along.
Young children and teenagers’ patterns of bullying are very similar. From verbal abuse that grows more vulgar over time to include physical assault, the habits formed as young children tend to stick. Bullying during the formative stages of life can ruin a positive self-image and affect individuals for years to come. Martial arts teaches the value of hard work and perseverance so that even when peers deem a student “inferior” for any reason, the individual knows where true value lies.
As people age, the methods of bullying can become increasingly more complex while still remaining juvenile. Workplace harassment from co-workers or taunts from strangers on the street can catch anyone unprepared. Knowing how to defend oneself could mean the difference between walking away unharmed or sustaining serious injury (if the offense is physical). If the bullying is verbal, keeping a calm head and not outwardly showing distress is important. All of these are skills that martial arts training can provide.
Those who are visibly impaired either physically or mentally are often easy targets for bullies. They are not seen as having the ability to defend themselves against verbal slurs or physical assaults and so are vulnerable. Martial arts can provide a confidence boost that will help the disabled and handicapped stand up for themselves and take control of bad situations that may arise and can play an instrumental role in stopping bullies from picking on those who appear weak.
How Martial Arts Can Help
Many organizations these days offer special programs to help those who have been affected by bullying. Most major Martial Arts disciplines have devoted seminars, created classes, and made videos that offer helpful advice to parents and teachers. The classes and seminars teach people how to be calm and collected under pressure so that they will not rise to the taunts of aggressors, as well as covering what bullying actually entails because some may not realize that they have been bullied.Seminars also teach when and how to involve other people when the bullying escalates, either to them or to others. In more extreme cases, having practiced what to do in high-pressure situations can give people confidence that they will be able to defend themselves or others physically if absolutely necessary.
Basic seminars teach easy-access, vulnerable targets—eyes, instep, nose, sides of the head—to aim for if someone is being grabbed against their will, or in a threatening manner. Techniques can be self-defense maneuvers or even as simple taking a deep breath before speaking and making eye contact. Just that knowledge will give any person confidence, which is key.
Even martial arts classes with their generalized benefits can come in handy in difficult situations. Martial arts teach not only physical capabilities but imparts character skills such as perseverance and determination, both of which go hand in hand with confidence, as well as self-control, honor, and courtesy. The instructors make sure to impart to every student that what they learn is only to be used in self-defense.
You can search for schools with excellent bullying prevention classes and seminars using this website. If this is a subject that pertains to you, please take a few moments of your time and search for a school in your area. Click on the get more information button, after you perform a search and then you can learn about their Bully Prevention Programs, if they are offered, by clicking on the Special Programs tab on their profile page. Begin a search for a school in your area by clicking here.