Bullying is a problem everywhere and I for one am growing tired of the passive approach to this issue.
I discuss this topic often in our gym, but it's time for me to stop worrying about what our community will think of my stance on bullying.
We want our children to take responsibility for their actions, learn to be emphatic, to be compassionate, and practice kindness.
However, this does not mean they are weak.
We also teach them to protect their body's and to look out for those who are unable to protect themselves.
What does that mean exactly? Well it could mean for them to assert themselves in a way that would deescalate matters.
To not put themselves in a situation in the first place that would lead down something physical. To remove someone who needs help from a bully and get them someplace safe. To get an adult if one can be seen.
You know what else it means?
To use their skills as a martial artist, if need be, to neutralize and take control (physically) if need be.
We teach our students to not be victims, to walk with confidence, to help those who are unable to help themselves.
I have a zero tolerance for bullying of any kind from any age.
Here are our basic rules of engagement:
Let mom and dad deal with the grown-up stuff...you protect your body. Your body is YOURS not anyone else's. If that means you must fight...then you fight.
Don't let your child become a victim.
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