The sad facts are, one in five children today are affected by bullying. If it’s not us or our family, it’s someone we know and the stories just keep coming.
Many parents seek out martial arts to provide their children with the skills, both physically and emotional, to cope with bullying. It provides them with not only the basics of self defence, but an inner confidence that many parents notice after the first few months of training.
I became interested in learning self defence after I was ‘rolled’ for my wallet by three older lads when I was 17. I was lucky to survive, and all for the grand total of $5. I don’t remember much. Just laying on the ground, being repeatedly kicked in the head and body.
During my recovery, I realised how helpless I had felt that night. I promised myself right that if there ever was a ‘next time’, then I would be better trained – both physically and mentally to deal with it.
I’m certain if I had known what I do now, I would never have been in that situation, and I don’t just mean the self defence skills. Today I carry myself differently. It’s hard to explain, but there is a quiet, inner confidence in me that wasn’t there all those years ago. You see, I believe that people like the three boys that attacked me were looking for an easy target, and back then, I was it.
Learning karate has been a life changing experience for me. It’s helped me become not only an effective martial artist, but I believe a better person. One thing is for sure, I will never feel as helpless as I did on that day.
My son was bullied at school by another child two grades higher than him. He put his hands around my son’s throat and threatened him. Understandably my son was terrified. We informed the school which seemed powerless to do anything, and so the bullying continued.
At age 7 we enrolled him into GKR to learn to defend himself. Fast forward to December 2018 and we all proudly watched him grade to his black belt. We never enrolled our children in karate to be able to hurt someone, but to make sure they can safely get themselves out of a bad situation. It’s the best thing we ever did.