Building confidence helps victims of bullying feel more confident about themselves. Self-confidence in itself is often a deterrent to bullying. For bullies, building confidence reduces the bully’s need to seek attention by bullying others.
Learning discipline helps victims of bullying manage their behavior to prevent provoking others. For bullies, learning discipline encourages positive behaviors while discouraging negative ones. It provides clear cut rules for acceptable behavior.
Learning about leadership helps victims of bullying make more friends, thereby reducing their chances of being bullied. For bullies, learning about leadership teaches them how to work others, recognizing how others feel in the process.
Victims of bullying experience extreme stress. If bullied at school, they’re often anxious to attend. Martial arts relieve stress, making your child feel less anxious and more at ease. For bullies, using martial arts to relieve stress helps lent out pent up energy and anger. It gives them a safe space to blow off steam. Of course, self-defense is a part of martial arts. But the process of learning these self-defense techniques is about building confidence. A victim of bullying that now knows they can protect themselves thanks to their martial arts training will appear much more confident. Much of the time, this confidence in itself prevents bullying.
Mastering self-control helps victims of bullying recognize what behaviors cause a conflict to become worse and then prevent these. For bullies, mastering self-control promotes emotional awareness and teaches them how to control negative feelings.