Whether at a playground, a bus stop, a waiting line, or a classroom, children tend to pick on others because of boredom, low self-esteem, or anger. As the presence of a bully can cause a child to want to skip school, being one is also an issue to dissolve. Whichever end a child is on is unfortunate. Either the one being picked on has increased fears, or the one who bullies has insecurities or problems at the home. According to a study that surveyed children of ages 12-18, 64% of the students did not report bullying situations, and 36% did (Petrosina et al). Students become discouraged to share the incidences to the an adult that they trust.
The Martial Arts help children through these life situations. At Choe’s HapKiDo, the students have many people to interact with that will promote healthy growth. From peers, to the instructors, and to the head instructor, our students feel safe to talk to us. We are also experts in building children’s confidence. We want to help the community so that children are certain on how to handle self in all situations.
Choe’s HapKiDo teaches respect.
From the first class, our students learn the building blocks of respect. They come to understand the importance of showing respect to self and to every individual. Through hands-on experience, they see how much life is valuable. The students understand not to apply moves outside of class unless if self-defense is needed.
Choe’s HapKiDo teaches confidence.
When students are able to conquer doubt and see what happens when applying perseverance, confidence grows. And even if they mess up, they know that they are in a safe environment to do so. They learn how to project their voices, show respect, and loosen someone’s grip through our lessons. Most importantly, they come to learn that reporting incidences to a trusted grown-up vesus using self-defense comes in handy.
Choe’s HapKiDo teaches how to be a leader.
Our students learn that they can be in control of all situations. Through the practices of learning how to be in charge of one’s attitude, they see the effects of keeping a cool head and how to calm down.
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We see all kinds of individuals walk into our martial art programs. Through teaching children for over decades, we have seen and heard of all kinds of forms that bullying takes place. Helping children learn how to best apply self-defense extends to situations that pop up at school, social media, and texing. When the child who is being bullied becomes confident, and when the bully learns to calm down, peace spreads to the parents, teachers, peers, and the HapKiDo family.
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Written by: Christie McGowan