The cool thing about martial arts is that once you and your child continue to practice these skills of focusing and refocusing, your child will naturally start to internalize them. They’ll start applying these skills on their own. And the more you practice, the more intuitive it’ll become. As we mentioned before, these skills don’t just apply to tantrums. A strong foundation of life skills gives a child a leg up when it comes to getting their homework done, learning in a classroom environment, and being a part of the family as they grow older. These early years of ages 3 and 4 really are where the habits of success are formed, however, you define success- and martial arts is a fun and purposeful way to build those habits the right way! The transformations we see in our youngest kids year after year are really what motivates and drives us in our preschool classes. Come see for yourself to prevent bullying with martial arts and can change your preschool-aged child’s life!
Confidence Helps Against Bullying at School
The cool thing about martial arts is that once you and your child keep practicing these skills of self-control, focus, and emotional regulation, your child will naturally start to internalize them. They’ll start applying these skills all on their own. And the more you practice, the more intuitive it’ll become. As we mentioned before, these skills don’t just apply to tantrums. A strong foundation of life skills gives an incredible advantage when it comes to getting their homework done, being in a classroom environment, and being a part of the family as they grow older.
These early years of ages 3 and 4 really are where successful habits are formed- and martial arts is such a fun and rewarding way to build those habits the right way! The transformations we see in our youngest kids year after year are really what motivates us and drives us in our preschool classes. Come see for yourself how martial arts classes can change your preschool-aged child’s life and make your home more peaceful!
Teaching Confidence and Prevent Bullying With Martial Arts
You may be wondering- Can your child really learn how to Prevent bullying with karate? YES! We teach kids confidence-building by strengthening their internal self-talk (which we’ll cover in just a second). We also set and get goals in every class. As your child ascends through the belt ranks, they’ll see how their hard work pays off, and become really proud and confident when they’re setting and getting goals.
That excitement of achievement, and the way we practice respecting and listening to others, will help them gather the internal strength to feel confident in standing up to any bully they encounter on the playground, in the classroom- or even in their own head.
Plus, we show our students the almighty power of positive self-talk. “Self-talk,” also known as mindset, refers to the way that kids address themselves in day-to-day life. This self-talk can either be encouraging and positive, or discouraging and negative, and we teach our students the former to keep their confidence blossoming.
Positive Self-talk to Combat Bullying
Learning martial arts, which is such a physical sport, isn’t always easy, especially for kids. They are just starting the process of learning hand-eye coordination, focus, balance, and motor skills (which martial arts classes expedite, by the way, giving your child a competitive advantage in school ). When presented with the challenge of learning a new move, they can start to think, “I’m dumb. I’ll never learn this. I’m failing. I don’t want to try again, or else I’ll just embarrass myself.” But our world-class instructors are quick to intercept this, teaching positive self-talk.
We show students how to have a success-based mindset: “I’m trying. I’m proud of myself for trying. Yes, I can, and yes I will. I will not give up until I succeed.” As anyone who’s been bullied knows, bullying can really get you down. Oftentimes, bullies can sense what we’re feeling the least confident about.
Encouraging a positive mindset in martial arts classes will not only help a child become more confident to stand up to the bully, but it can start to diminish the burden that repetitive negative comments create in our kids.
Nonviolent Ways to Stand up to Bullies
Lastly, of course, is the physical aspect of martial arts that makes it famous. Don’t worry- martial arts will not make your child violent or aggressive or promote high kicks and punches aimed at their brothers, sisters, or peers. They will not suddenly become the bully! Instead, martial arts the way we teach it will help your child learn how to use other tools in their toolkit to diffuse an elevated situation, like a bullying experience, using nonviolent methods of conflict resolution.
From day one, we show students that physical self-defense is only to be used in emergency situations. It’s a good thing to have in your back pocket, but it’s not going to be your first go-to when you’re dealing with a bully. Instead, we show students that their voice and their posture can be weapons all their own.
When they have straight posture, they exude confidence- remember, a confident child is 90% of the way to bully-proofed! Bullies will be surprised by this kind of reaction as they’re used to an unconfident person. We also teach our kids that martial artists use their voices to stand up for themselves and others.
Bullies choose targets who seem shy or easily bothered- “the lamb”. We show our kids that they can be lions! Confident, proud, and natural-born leaders who aren’t afraid to do what’s right, without having to take the claws out.
Stop Bullying at Your Child’s School
If your kid is having a hard time with a bully, let us help you and let your child join our anti-bullying programs. In special cases like this, we take the time to sit down with you and your child to create a customized plan of action in addressing the bullying and help your child Prevent bullying with Bjj. Every student is unique, and we’ve helped hundreds of kids become confident bully-proof leaders. We want to help your child too! Check out our risk-free trial on kids martial arts to get your child on the right track.