One of the basic principles that most martial arts schools promote to all students is to respect others. In a martial arts class, kids show respect for their instructor and fellow students. This mutual respect carries over into their everyday lives. But unfortunately, not every interaction a child has is based on respect.
Bullying is a deliberate and repeated behavior intended to hurt another person, usually in school-aged kids. Martial arts can help a child prepare for a potential encounter with a bully. And this preparation goes beyond self-defense or physical contact with a bully.
How does martial arts teach kids to deal with a bully?
- Mental Preparation
One of the best ways to deal with a bully is to instill confidence in a child. For some, this feeling of confidence begins with body language. The postures of martial arts teach kids to stand up straight and make eye contact. This more confident stance can even help kids speak with more confidence.
Martial arts teaches self-defense skills; however, the confidence boost for kids doesn’t come from using these skills during a physical confrontation. Most martial arts schools don’t promote using violence while faced with a conflict. Instead, knowing they have the skills to defend themselves increases a child’s self-confidence.
2. Mental Preparation
To progress in martial arts, you also practice mental preparation. You must be committed and disciplined with your training. Martial arts fosters character development in kids, including self-discipline. This greater sense of control can be valuable if ever confronted by a bully.
Martial arts teaches kids to stay calm, even when under pressure or faced with an uncomfortable confrontation. Staying calm helps you to think more clearly, and there is a greater chance to diffuse a situation. Remembering to breathe and stay relaxed may be the best way out of a threatening or uncomfortable situation.
At Believe MMA, our programs will steer your child in the right direction in all areas of life. We offer weekly classes to strengthen both mental and physical development. Contact us today to learn more about how to get started.