The Key to Anti-Bullying…. EDUCATION. Learn with the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy

Posted: December 10, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The Martial Arts teaches many valuable lessons to youth, giving them a place to have fun, burn energy and learn how to safely defend themselves.  The lessons taught go far beyond the physical – they touch on values, morals and a healthy way of life.  Try 2 FREE WEEKS at the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  Call today for your complimentary intro class appointment.  561-926-1846. www.brkka.com

Bullying is a huge topic in the schools these days.  There are posters about no bullying on the walls, flyers that come home to parents, seminars at the school and many rules that surround this topic that the kids are asked to abide by…. And with all this, the number of students that come to us looking for a way to handle the school bully is shocking.

The first gut reaction is to learn some sort of martial arts – how to defend.  We all feel that with a little knowledge and self-confidence, the bullying will be preventable.  And this can be true in a lot of instances.  Bullies seek out who they perceive to be weak – an easy victim.  But unfortunately, bully prevention  goes beyond self-defense skills.

To tackle the complicated issue of bullying, you must first understand why and how it happens…..

Bullies are looking for empowerment.  These kids typically have low self-esteem and other issues that drive them to intimidate to feel good about themselves.  In order to feel successful, they have to create an environment that accommodates their reign of terror.  They typically attract others who support their actions in order to avoid being victims themselves and/or just want to feel part of something.  It starts with kids and can continue through adulthood.  I’ve heard a number of students and parents talk about bullies that only get meaner with age….

This is where education comes in…..

Kids must to be taught that they can control their surroundings through positive action.  Any kid can do this – no matter the size or strength… the power comes from within.  If you sit back and passively watch the bullying happen, then you help to create the bully environment.  Tolerance to bullying is almost as damaging as the bullying itself.

While it’s not easy to teach kids to step up and “do the right thing,” especially when it’s not the most popular thing, all it takes are one or two proactive, brave kids to start a trend that will eliminate the bullying environment completely.  With no energy and followers behind them, the bullies will have no power and will hopefully turn their attention to more healthy, positive activities!  It’s a win/win for everyone.

The Martial Arts teaches many valuable lessons to youth, giving them a place to have fun, burn energy and learn how to safely defend themselves.  The lessons taught go far beyond the physical – they touch on values, morals and a healthy way of life.  Try 2 FREE WEEKS at the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  Call today for your complimentary intro class appointment.  561-926-1846. www.brkka.com

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