FIGHTING BULLYING IN SAN DIEGO WITH MARTIAL ARTS

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Anti-Bullying

Help us put an end to this.

Every 7 minutes, a child is being bullied.

85% of the time, there is no intervention.

Each day, 160,000 students miss school due to bullying.

Bullying is the leading factor in suicide among kids 11-16 years old. By age 24, 60% of bullies have been charged with a crime. 34% (1 out of 3) of all children report being bullied regularly several times a year. 86% of children aged 12–15 report bullying having interfered with their studies either moderately or severely. 

Enrolling a child in a martial arts program is a parent’s best action to prevent bullying.

Why? Because 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 help both the children who are being bullied and the children who are bullying others. Here’s how:

Building up confidence can stop bullying.

Bullies often enjoy status and prestige because others fear them. They also command a lot of attention for their behavior. Martial arts help prevent bullying by building up these children’s confidence in other areas so that they won’t need to resort to bullying for attention or approval.

For Kids Who Are Bullied: 

Bullies pick victims that they think will be easy targets. What makes an easy target? A child who seems weak, unsure of herself, or easily scared. Martial arts help stop bullying by building up children’s confidence so that they are able to project an aura of strength and ensure that they are not perceived as easy targets.

Reinforcing Discipline Can Prevent Bullying

For bullies: “Why do people bully others?” One factor contributing to bullying behavior is an inconsistent approach to discipline at home. Martial arts helps prevent bullying by providing children with a clear-cut and consistent structure of discipline that helps them learn which types of behavior are acceptable and which are not.

For Kids Who Are Bullied: 

Victims of bullying can sometimes make things worse for themselves by acting in ways that make it easy for others to taunt or threaten them. Martial arts helps stop bullying by teaching these children the discipline to manage their behavior so that it does not provoke or trigger a bully.

Increasing Respect Can Stop Bullying

Bullies have a strong need to be in control and exert their dominance over others. That’s one of the reasons they bully others. Martial arts help prevent bullying by showing these children that everyone deserves respect and that no one deserves to be mistreated.

For Kids Who Are Bullied: 

Being bullied can often shatter a child’s self-esteem and lead to a low self-image and loss of self-worth. In fact, that’s one of the warning signs of bullying. Martial arts helps stop bullying by showing these children that if they want others to respect them, they first must learn to respect themselves.

Mastering Self-Control Can Prevent Bullying.

For bullies: Children who bully others can be impulsive, hot-headed, and dominant. Martial arts help prevent bullying by helping kids become more aware of their thoughts and emotions and train them to control negative impulses that could lead to bullying behaviors.

For Kids Who Are Bullied: 

Victims of bullying often are not adept at recognizing what kind of behavior triggers a bully to lash out. Martial arts help stop bullying by empowering children to control their behaviors to prevent a negative situation from spiraling into conflict or violence.

Developing leadership skills can stop bullying.

Studies have shown that bullies lack empathy and have also found that bullies can be more likely to develop an anti-social personality disorder. This is a condition that causes people to ignore the rights and feelings of those around them. Martial arts help prevent bullying by developing the capacity for empathy in these children.

For Kids Who Are Bullied: 

Bullies often target less popular kids. So, if your child has few friends, this social isolation could put him at a higher risk of being bullied. Martial arts help stop bullying by training these children to be more sociable and helping them make friends more easily.

Relieving Stress Can Prevent Bullying

For bullies: bullies cannot self-regulate emotions. Often, they don’t have a way to control their anger and frustration, which may result in severe overreactions to minor provocations. Martial arts help prevent bullying by giving them an outlet to blow off some steam. This makes it much less likely for them to take their frustration out on other kids.

One of the effects of bullying is that bullied kids often report symptoms such as coughing, sore throats, stuffy noses, headaches, and stomachaches. These kids are far more likely than others to report feeling physically sick because they deal with such high-stress levels that it wears down their immune systems. Martial arts help stop bullying by providing a way for these children to relieve stress through vigorous physical exercise.

Learning Self Defense Can Stop Bullying

The desire for power often drives children who bully others. They discover how effective it can be to use their power aggressively to control and subdue others. Martial arts classes help prevent bullying by constantly emphasizing the importance of using karate for self-defense only, never for an offense.

As mentioned above, bullies pick victims that they think will be easy targets. James Martial Arts Academy classes help stop bullying by teaching children how to defend themselves. Once they are armed with this knowledge, they will naturally project a much more confident image, thus not coming across as an easy target for bullies.

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