Whether on the playground or in everyday life, the bully is a source of fear and anxiety for most people. Even ordinarily well-adjusted people fear being victimized as they go about their days. It’s a pervasive problem as old as time, but one that martial arts students are well prepared for.
It’s a known fact that those who practice martial arts are well equipped to avoid and defend themselves against bullies. Today we examine why that is.
Confident Body Language
The bully is likely to target people they feel they will be able to physically intimidate or overcome. Theirs is a tactical approach that is decided mostly by signals like body language. When the bully finds someone that seems to lack confidence, they take it as an opportunity to strike.
In that vein of thought, the martial artist is unlikely to be targeted. Why? They are confident in themselves, and it shows. They stand taller and present themselves respectfully, but as someone that is not to be trifled with.
They Have Conflict Resolution Skills
Martial arts turns the bodies of its students into a weapon of sorts, but it also works on the mind. The martial artist is able to regulate their breathing and exercise control over their emotions, thus ensuring that potential conflicts do not go farther than they need to.
In the event that a student of martial arts is targeted by a bully, they should have the skills they need to exit the situation in a peaceful and effective manner.
The Martial Arts Student Is Well Equipped to Handle Physical Conflict
Children who know martial arts will be able to physically defend themselves in the event of an unavoidable physical confrontation. The goal is always de-escalation of course, but when this proves impossible, the person with the most skill and training is likely the one who will bring the confrontation to its end.