Martial arts has a lot of physical and mental benefits for kids. Through martial arts, a child’s physical fitness can improve, as well as their self-confidence and self-control. Feeling more confident and in control helps kids in a potential situation where they encounter a bully.
Consider the following statistics about bullying:
- 70.6% of students report having witnessed bullying in their school–and over 71% say bullying is a problem.
- 90% of students in grades 4-8 report being harassed or bullied.
- Over 160,000 kids refuse to go to school each day for fear of being bullied.
Martial arts can help kids learn how to stand up for themselves without being physically aggressive in a confrontation. Here are a few bullyproofing lessons learned through martial arts:
In martial arts, students learn to be confident and assertive in body and mind. Instructors work with kids to make eye contact with others and speak with a strong voice.
Martial arts creates an environment where kids feel successful. The little successes of learning a new skill or technique help kids become more confident both on and off the mats.
One of the mental skills you learn through martial arts is how to gain better control of your body and your mind. The mind-body connection is strengthened through a martial arts practice and can help if ever confronted by a bully.
Instead of reacting immediately to a threat with something physical, like a kick or a punch, students are encouraged to stay in control and to think before responding. This self-control might be demonstrated by trying to diffuse a situation with words rather than anything physical.
One Nation Jiu Jitsu in Smyrna offers kids Jiu Jitsu programs, as well as programs for adults. We equip our students with non-violent techniques to neutralize potential threats and gain control. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.