Research shows that 90% of 4th through 8th graders have been victims of a bully, and the physical and psychological effects are often extremely harmful, far-reaching, and long-lasting. Bullying commonly begins by the 2nd grade, and occurs throughout life. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or indirect, and can range from mild teasing to spreading rumors to pushing and hitting. Bullying frequently occurs on the internet as well.
The team of instructors at USA Karate in Rosemount & Burnsville, MN is empowering adults and children to resist and overcome the harmful phenomenon by building strong leaders in the community through Martial Arts and Taekwondo. It gravely concerns Steven Seme and David Younglove when children are victimized by anyone, especially their peers. Being a victim of a bully can lead to a child avoiding school, developing life-long anxieties, plotting and performing violent acts of vengeance, and even committing suicide.
Here at USA Karate we equip you and your children with the tools necessary to succeed in every situation. We will teach your child to walk away (while staying calm and not running), tell the assailants to stop and leave him or her alone, and to use humor or “a good comeback” to rapidly halt a bullying situation. Our Karate and Taekwondo programs also help develop your child’s self-esteem. It is important for a child to develop a high self-esteem and strong friendships to distance themselves from situations where they could be bullied. Teaching your child to make eye contact with others (especially the bully) and to talk with a strong voice are also shown to reduce the occurrences. Role-playing situations where he or she is bullied are helpful in teaching effective responses. Naturally, we also teach skills for self-defense when conflicts turn physical.
No one should ever become a target or victim in life, though unfortunately for most of us, it is almost inevitable to occur in some form at some point. USA Karate takes bullying very seriously and stands to protect youth within the community. Martial Arts students learn to stand up for themselves and others, to stand firm and proud!