Stop the Bullies

Prepare your Child against the Bullies!

StopTheBulliesPHOTOAre you worried your child might be victim. We have the answer; it’s our “Stop the Bullies – NOW! program. Our kids develop the knowledge and skills to stand up to bullies without having to fight.

Are you worried your child might be victim. We have the answer; it’s our “Stop the Bullies – NOW! program. Our kids develop the knowledge and skills to stand up to bullies without having to fight.

Bullyproof your kids

Bullies often torment kids who unknowingly send messages that make them become targets. “It’s in the way they stand, their posture, their lack of eye contact,” says Robyn Silverman, PhD, a child development specialist and director of character development at EEMA Fitness and Martial Arts in South Weymouth, MA. At Martial Arts America, participants are constantly challenged and then praised for doing their best. That builds confidence, says Silverman. “Kids learn that their bodies and minds are strong, powerful, and worthy of respect,” she says. “Once a child discovers this, his whole attitude shifts. He/she carries himself with an ease and assurance that tells bullies to move on.”

Because martial arts are generally noncompetitive—kids set their own pace for earning stripes and belts—classes provide a safe environment for kids with fragile egos to heal and become stronger, mentally and physically. They learn to look aggressors in the eye, to think through hostile situations calmly, and to take a positive, no-nonsense stance when threatened.

Bullies benefit, too—and not because they learn to kick harder. A 2001 study published in Adolescence found that violent behavior decreased among middle-schoolers when they were taking martial arts classes, while their confidence levels rose. “Bullies act the way they do because they have low self-esteem, poor social skills, or little respect for themselves or others,” Silverman says. The focus on respect and courtesy at Martial Arts America sends the message that you don’t have to be mean to earn a person’s respect.

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