Martial arts schools around the globe teach courage, confidence, leadership, respect, self-discipline and self-defense. 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 voice and let others know it is not OK to treat people aggressively or in a hostile manner.
Students gain confidence in themselves, making them mentally strong enough to stand up for themselves or someone else, and have the courage to speak up when they know a situation is wrong.
There’s no doubt that martial arts involves self-defense, but often a physical altercation is saved for the last resort - and never used intending to harm.
The best defense when confronting a bully
At LVMA, we don’t think you should “fight fire with fire.” Instead, students learn how to handle themselves in the face of intimidation by mastering the situation, before there’s a need for a bodily interaction.
Training focuses on teaching students how to defend themselves both non-physically and physically against a bully. The real master of the practice rarely has to fight, because he or she is in control of their emotions and the circumstances at hand.
Many times, people assume that when they take martial arts to guard against bullying, they learn how to physically defend themselves as their primary form of defense. But self-defense will not always be physical.
Mental toughness in the face of intimidation
Martial arts teaches students how to be mentally tough and in the appropriate mindset to execute any type of defense technique, should the need arise. Possessing physical defense skills are important, but if you lack the mental toughness and tenacity to execute them properly, you won’t be able to perform - especially under duress. This can lead to poor decision making, such as resorting to physical force before trying to verbally control the situation.
Lehigh Valley Martial Arts doesn’t just specialize in martial arts training. We focus just as much on character building, including respect and self-esteem, so all our students are prepared throughout their lives, no matter the situation. Being able to handle a bully now will give students the confidence to face larger situations as they get older.
Bully-proofed for life
As a student continues training, their confidence grows, as does their ability to handle adverse circumstances for themselves as well as for others. With a solid foundation in mental toughness, as well as the confidence in their physical abilities, students are better equipped to handle those that seek to negatively challenge us.
We often have parents inquire about martial arts because either their child is being bullied, or they are proactively looking to have their child learn how to diffuse a bullying situation, should they encounter one.
LVMA’s martial arts training provides kids with the tools they need to become bully-proofed for life, not by throwing kicks and punches, but through building courage, leadership and respect.