The Martial Artist community has always been associated with addressing life situational problems, one of them is Bullying. In the past, many people joined a Karate self-defense program to learn ways to protect themselves from people that bullied. As they continued their studies over the years, they found other great benefits from studying Martial Arts. These benefits have help thousands of kids and adults with concentration, self confidence, discipline, and personal development which they carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Mr. Speakman says “I hold for the right of all individuals to defend themselves and their loved ones from harm or insult to personal integrity.” He realizes the need to continue the personal development of Children and Adults. In its core values, The Jeff Speakman Kenpo 5.0 system is designed to address these issues as well as others. It is everyone’s problem when a child or adult is bullied. The lasting effects of this type of personal attack is detrimental not only to them personally but to our community as a whole. We must educate and apply that education in our daily lives. We must not be afraid to raise a voice of concern or point out an injustice. All too often we look the other way when bulling happens instead of acting in the moment. We all can do something, and it starts within ourselves.
Take the time to talk to your children. Yes Talk to them and then Listen to them. We as Parents, Educators, Mothers, Fathers, Aunts, Uncles, Grand Parents, Sisters, Brothers, and friends can make a change. It starts at home! Your Home! Get involved, stay involved! Your local Martial Arts school is more than a recreational gym. Mr. Speakman’s Kenpo 5.0 Instructors are held accountable for the young lives they are entrusted with. I sincerely hope you read the information below. Bullying knows no boundaries! It is not confined just to children.
What is Bullying & How to recognize it
Stop Bullying information provided by http://www.stopbullying.gov a government website dedicated to helping everyone understand the importance of being evolved and taking action. these are few excerpts form the website.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Where and When Bullying Happens
Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens in the school building, a significant percentage also happens in places like on the playground or the bus. It can also happen traveling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the Internet.
Types of Bullying:
There are three types of bullying
Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things.
Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships.
Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions.
Frequency of Bullying
There are two sources of federally collected data on youth bullying
The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that, nationwide, 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying.
The 2008–2009 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that, nationwide, 28% of students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying.
There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.
It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.