Martial arts are proven effective against the physical threat of a bully. A strong body and quick mind can overcome the most intimidating kid on the block. But with strict social distancing guidelines at schools and on playgrounds, it’s becoming less likely for bullies to be a threat in person. That doesn’t mean the bullying stops; it just moves to an online platform.
Here are a few ways Jiu-Jitsu training can teach self-defense against online bullying.
Respect Is Rule #1
Understanding the concept of respect is critical to any social interaction. As easy as it is for words to be twisted or taken in an unintended way on the internet, the respect learned on the mat is an invaluable defense against becoming a bully. Martial arts are based on respect for your teacher and your opponent. To be respected, you must have respect for others.
The Strong Step Up
Online bullying is just as harmful as a physical threat. Jiu-Jitsu teaches strength of character as much as physical strength. When a martial artist sees another person in distress or being bullied, they have the mental awareness and confidence to speak up and stand up for the right thing.
Have the Discipline to Walk Away
Sometimes, the best way to avoid being bullied is to walk away. It’s difficult to remember that you can put the phone down or log off and find something else to do. The discipline of Jiu-Jitsu imparts the skill of knowing when a situation is unhealthy or dangerous and teaches you the self-control to disengage. The message or chat won’t go away, but you will learn how to slow down, think, and come back to it with a clear mind.
Ascendant Martial Arts in Regina is here to help kids build confidence, self-control, and respect for others. Through Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling, we are creating a better community. To learn more about how to get started with one of our programs, contact us today.