Can Karate Help Stop Bullying?

bully-wordsFollowing a study of over 20,000 school age children in Australia it has been revealed that 1 in 4 students between the ages of 8 and 14 years old have reported being bullied regularly at school.  This equates to a whopping 25% of our children that are suffering bullying in our primary and secondary schools.  The numbers could be higher as not all cases are reported.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is about  taking power, real or perceived and aggressively and routinely harming or controlling another.  A power imbalance could be physical or social.  A bully will seek to isolate his victim and exclude them from social groupings.  A bullies actions may be verbally and or physically abusive but in all cases the result is that the victim feels belittled, isolated and afraid.

 

Who is a Bully?bullied-kid

Bullies are always the ones with the problem.  Often they do not fit in, rarely do they have any true friends and chances are that they themselves are being bullied.

 

Karate Can Help

Traditional karate training instills a self confidence in a child,  we train to stand and move a certain way, we learn the strengths and expand the limits of our own body and mind.  Children work on defensive moves while improving their agility, fitness, strength and confidence.

Students are encouraged to think outside the box and to explore methods of dealing with confrontation without fear and aggression.

Respect is a pivotal foundation of all traditional karate training.  Respect for self  and just as importantly respect for others.  A child with bullying tendencies benefits greatly from learning about shared respect.  With consideration and respect students learn that domineering behavior is unacceptable and that  everyone is entitled to feel safe.

Join us in February 2017 for our FREE ‘Done with Bullying’ seminar.  Register HERE

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