Arrow Martial Arts and Fitness

3 Ways to Beat Bullying

Posted: January 27, 2017

One out of three children are bullied, over 160,000 kids miss school each day due to bullying, 86% of children report bullying interfers with their studies, it is the leading factor in suicides for children 11-16 years old and 85% of the time there is no intervention.  Bullying is a serious problem that is not getting any better and is usually only truly handeled by the child being bullied.  We want to help arm you with the tools our students recieve on a daily basis. There are three main ways we teach our students at Arrow Martial Arts how to beat a bully and we would like to share them with you. 

1. Self-Esteem:  We define this as "The Joy of Being Myself!"  Bullies target children that are shy, unconfident or have disabilites.  Keep in mind even the start quarterback can be shy and unconfident in certain areas.  The ability to show a bully what they are saying does not hurt you is powerful.  Bullies will usually move on to the easier targets so making yourself hard to bully is crucial.  

2. Mind: Knowledge is the key to power.  We want to learn not only who, why and how bullies will come after us, but also how to respond to them.  There are specific power phrases we teach our students in order to set them up for the best possible outcome in a tough situation.  

3. Body:  The great thing about being a martial arts athlete is that you are prepared physically for the attributes needed to be succesful in self-defense.  After taking all the apporpriate steps in the bully process it sometimes becomes apparent this bully is not going to stop.  At that time, or if it is a physical bullying situation, the bullying needs to come to an end somehow.  We understand that there is a zero tolerance policy in most schools, however, we also understand the realities of bullying, and that fighting and protecting yourself are not the same thing.