Bullying prevention, anti-bullying education, and martial arts
Austin, Texas is a wonderful city. The Oak Hill area is a wonderful community. But despite the things that makes this community so wonderful, such as our top-notch schools, there are still concerns. One of those concerns is childhood bullying.
A child can be a victim of bullying anywhere—at school, online, at a playground, or in the neighborhood. There is no demographic that is impervious to bullying.
Bullying can be a traumatic experience that could cause your child to be filled with anxiety. It can also destroy a child’s self-esteem and overall self-assessment. Confidence will take a hit. They may try to isolate themselves socially—even family. Worst of all, your child may resort to self-harm as a way to cope.
But your child can triumph over bullying.
In our kids martial arts programs at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts, we incorporate anti-bullying education into our lessons. We teach kids methods to overcome bullies, which will lead to an increase in confidence and positive self-assessment. We focus on helping students overcome bullies in an effective counter-aggressive and defensive fashion.
A key point about martial arts and anti-bullying education
At Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Oak Hill, your southwest Austin martial arts academy, we want to stress that our anti-bullying program does NOT promote violence. In fact, the most effective anti-bullying tactics aren’t even physical. We educate students on how to use stances, tone, and diction to convey confidence and assertion. Most important, we want your child to take control of the situation at hand.
Thus, parents can rest assured we are not insisting that physical conflict is the only way to resolve bullying issues. Still, your child will learn important self-defense skills and tactics on our mat. We recognize that there will be a time your child will have to respond to a physical threat; we want to make sure their response is effective if the bully tries to escalate.
What anti-bullying tactics do we teach at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts?
Awareness, communication, and self-defense are the three most important anti-bullying tactics we teach. Children need to be aware of bullying situations. Your child needs to communicate what’s going on. And finally, your child must know when to stand their ground and defend themselves.
Awareness is the best way to prevent bullying. With awareness, we teach the prevalence of bullying. We also teach how to best respond to a bullying situation. Some of the tips we provide include:
- Encouraging students to avoid being alone in areas that they could be a target for bullying, thereby decreasing risk.
- Recommending students walk in groups with their friends.
- Resist escalating the situation. Walk away, ignore, and do not try to exact revenge.
- Do not keep the bullying a secret. This only makes things worse. Students are encouraged to tell an adult, friends, or other family members about the bullying.
Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Oak Hill strives to promote good citizenship and leadership. Students are taught what to do when they see others being bullied:
- We tell students not to be a bystander. Speak up! Bullies will continue to go after others if no one does.
- Students should not join in on the bullying.
- Students should report bullying to administrators or other adults immediately.
When it comes to bullying, your child cannot be silent. We encourage students to come forward to their families and friends about being a victim of bullying. Whether it is a classmate, a neighborhood child, or bullies on the Internet—parents must know.
Plus, communication is an effective anti-bullying tactic. In our lessons, students learn various stances and how to use tone and diction to project confidence and stand their ground. Bullies assault a child’s self-confidence; we teach methods that will help build that confidence back up.
Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Oak Hill teaches valuable bullying prevention tips anti-bullying techniques. We encourage you to enroll your child in our kids’ martial arts program.
Learn more about anti-bullying and bullying prevention methods at StopBullying.gov.