Back to School with a Winning Martial Arts Attitude Part 2
The goal of a good martial arts program is to transform students into motivated, confident, capable, and self-reliant leaders in life. This goal is largely achieved by conquering physical and mental challenges. Starting with this goal in mind, the pathway to success becomes apparent in short order. Short-term and long-term goals are set. Knowledge and wisdom acquired. Obstacles overcome or bypassed. Motor skills practiced and refined. With time-tested and age-appropriate curriculums, karate students learn just how powerful their wining attitudes really are. The amazing results of this training quickly become clear, especially in terms of performance and behavior at school. What’s more, most karate students are less susceptible to the adverse effects of bullying in school, a major problem in our society today with no end in sight. They learn how to “carry” themselves with confidence so they are less likely to be teased and picked on. They learn to avoid, deflect, and escape threatening situations. They learn to speak up when they need help, and are more likely to help others who are being victimized. And of course, with the blocking and striking skills they practice at the martial arts school, they learn how to defend themselves effectively when needed. Though many teachers, administrators, and staff members are trained to address bullying behavior, they can’t be everywhere at once – and some aren’t trained at all. Without modern, professional training, school authorities can actually do more harm than good by responding inappropriately. This makes it especially important for students to know how to respond if and when peers try to abuse them verbally, mentally, or physically. With martial arts training, school days are more likely to be safe, productive, and enjoyable experiences for all.