Bullying is a horrible and terrifying event for teenagers. Whilst adults try their best to mediate aggressive behaviour, sometimes parents and teachers do not recognise that bullying is occurring. Bullying is made up of different shapes and forms, but most commonly occurs when someone is physically, mentally or emotionally picked on repeatedly by an individual, or a group of individuals.
One of the best ways to eliminate bullying is to enrol your son or daughter into martial arts. Martial arts is for everyone – it does not matter if your child is the bully, or if they are getting bullied. Martial arts will instil the knowledge, skill and wisdom of self-defence; whilst developing strong values like respect, sportsmanship, responsibility, comradery and honour.
Respect is one of the foundation building blocks for learning martial arts. Respect is shown to coaches, seniors, peers and juniors. Everyone is greeted with a bow, as all training begins with a bow. We always start and finish with respect.
When teens learn to respect their coaches and fellow training partners, they open themselves to improvement, in turn learning to respect themselves. Respect leads to reflection, which leads to constant self-improvement.
Martial arts creates individual awareness. By building confidence, teens see their shortcomings, become humble and ultimately become better people.
Martial arts teaches skills that enable teens to physically protect themselves, and loved ones. This empowers teens – especially those that have a strong sense of responsibility.
Martial arts builds confidence through skills development, but also creates an understanding regarding responsible use of those skills. By identifying the impact of physical conflict, and how it can positively and negatively affect a person, teens are provided with a clear understanding regarding accountability for their actions.
Martial arts training positively affects many areas of life.
Apart from developing the physical characteristics of teens, martial arts also develops the mind and spirit. While training, teens will be pushing their strength, speed and flexibility to heights they have never imagined. They become stronger, the mind is sharper and their spirit is brighter. These three elements begin to work together, cultivating an enriched spirit and positive energy.
Training together as partners forces teens to socialise and work together, thereby creating comradery. Although a journey towards self-improvement is an individual one, there are other like-minded teens who are also on a journey to improve themselves. This identifies the value of teamwork, as others are assisted to achieve their goals.
By teaching your son or daughter martial arts skills, they will enjoy a better quality of life. They will be happier, as martial arts will put an end to bullying, once and for all.
So, are you convinced that martial arts is a must try for your teenage son or daughter? If so, you may want to find out about our teenage program called Tigers.