One of the many reasons parents inquire about martial arts for their child is because either their child is being bullied, or they want to take a proactive step in having their child learn how to diffuse a bullying situation should they encounter one. Martial arts training provides kids with the tools they need to become bully-proofed for life.
Courage, confidence, leadership, respect, self-discipline and self-defense are taught in martial arts schools around the globe. These tools help kids navigate the tricky situations they may encounter on the playground, in the classroom, on the bus or around town.
Learning martial arts empowers students. It teaches them how to be courageous, use their voices and let others know it is not ok to treat people in an aggressive or hostile manner. It also teaches them to have confidence in themselves, making them mentally strong enough to stand up for themselves or someone else and have the courage to tell an adult.
People automatically assume that when they take Karate or one of the other martial arts to guard against bullying, they will learn how to physically defend themselves as their primary form of defense against the attacker. While self-defense is a countermeasure that involves defending the health and well-being of oneself from harm, it does not always have to be physical. Physical self-defense should only ever be used as a last resort, and only used when all other options have been exhausted.
Believe it or not, martial arts training, even when it comes to protecting oneself against bullying, teaches students how to defend themselves both non-physically and physically against an attacker. The real master of the practice never has to fight because he or she is in control of his or her emotions and the situation at hand.
Martial arts teaches students how to be mentally tough and be in the proper mindset to execute any type of defense technique should the need arise. It is great if you are skilled in the physical aspects of defensive techniques, but if you lack the mental toughness and tenacity to execute it, you will not be able to perform - especially under duress. Lehigh Valley Martial Arts doesn't just specialize in martial arts training. We focus just as much on character building, including confidence and self-esteem, so all our students are prepared throughout their lives, no matter the situation.