There are many reasons kids should practice martial arts. One of the more popular reasons is that martial arts provides kids with skills and self-confidence that makes them less of a target for bullies.
While it’s true that kids will learn self-defense skills in martial arts, physical confrontation is not encouraged. Instead, kids develop a variety of skills that can help prevent a bully attack in the first place.
Here are three ways that martial arts training can bullyproof your child:
1. Increased Self-Confidence
A child that looks and acts more confident is less likely to be a target for a bully. Martial arts can help make a child appear more confident. But, it also increases their self-confidence and how they feel about themselves. Kids have the opportunity to develop a belief in themselves through the process of learning and improvement. After working hard to learn a skill or to improve their technique, the resulting sense of accomplishment contributes to a boost in self-confidence.
2. Expanded Social Circle
Kids who participate in martial arts classes meet many other kids from various backgrounds. They can expand their social circle to a new group of friends. The group environment of martial arts classes allows kids to practice important social skills. It’s also an excellent way for kids who tend to be more shy to feel more comfortable with getting to know other kids who share a common interest. Kids who appear more comfortable and confident around others are less likely to be a target for a bully.
3. Greater Self-Control
The structure of martial arts classes encourages kids to stay focused and pay attention to their instructor. Over time, kids learn to be in control of how they act in class. This behavior eventually carries over into other areas of daily life. A child with more self-control is better equipped to stay calm in a potentially threatening situation. And by remaining calm and in control, a child has a greater chance of diffusing a conflict with a bully before it escalates into something more.
Are you interested in getting your child started with martial arts? Contact us at Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Meridian to learn more about the programs we’re currently offering and how to get started.