Bully Proof Your Kid!

How do you bully proof a kid? Teach him Karate! People will argue about what is the best martial art for self-defense and typical martial arts teachers tout their own style. I am no different. I learned Kyokushin Kai Karate inJapan, and it is an effective hard style. I have also trained in Krav Maga, which is the Self-Defense System designed for the Israeli Army. It has literally been battle tested for over 60 years and it works. I teach traditional Karate to kids, because of the added benefits it has, like focus, discipline, self-esteem and physical fitness. I mix in some techniques from Krav Maga, as well as Judo and Wrestling, to better defend against other possible attacks.

My oldest son started Karate at 4 years old. I sent him to one of my teachers, as soon as he was old enough. Actually, I tried to send him at 3 1/2, but they don’t take students younger than 4. He took to it right away. After a few years, he earned his brown belt, but due to circumstances, he had to quit. I started my son at an early age, because I was bullied in school and I didn’t want him to suffer through that. After taking a few years off from karate, my son started getting bullied in soccer practice. He wasn’t a very good soccer player, and the other kids teased him. He was so unhappy, he wanted to quit. I didn’t want him to quit, I wanted him to finish the season. But my wife reasoned there was no point in forcing him to do something he hated and made him unhappy. So I relented.

In a way it was a good thing, because we determined to send him back to Karate to earn his black belt, which he did in about a year and a half. My oldest son earned a junior black belt at the age of 12. He will test for the senior black belt at age 14. He says he has no fear of bullying now, and why should he? He has high self esteem because of his achievement. He has fought in tournaments and won some medals, so he is not afraid of having to fight if ever has to. And the fact is, knowing that he can fight, and having high self esteem means that most likely he won’t ever need to fight.

If your child is being bullied, I urge you to call me to set up an appointment to talk about it. I’m sure I can help your child, but it is important to get to know each individual child and their needs and personality.  If your child is not currently being bullied, it’s still a good idea to be prepared. You never know what the future holds. A school transfer or a move up in grade may expose your child to new bullies. Bully proof your child today.

  1. You have brought up a very great points , thanks for the post.

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