The 3 T’s of Bullying - Watch Video
Here is the three-pronged bully proofing approach martial arts teaches kids: Talk. Tell. Tackle.
Talk – This entails using words to assert yourself and confront a bully instead of ignoring them and retreating into yourself. By retreating you actually encourage a bully to keep harassing you. Retreating demonstrates to a bully they have the upper hand and you are powerless against them. If you can talk it out you have a better chance of disarming the situation.
Tell – If talking it out doesn’t work, students are encouraged to tell an adult such as a teacher, principal or parent in order to resolve the problem. It’s important for an adult to be aware of the problem so that action can be taken should it be needed. It also sends a message that bullying is serious and won’t be tolerated.
Tackle – If either of these attempts fail, tackle the problem head on by giving the bully an ultimatum. There comes a time when kids are forced to go on the offensive. While this can be tricky, this approach puts the ball back in the bully’s court. It may be as simple as asking the bully if their intention is to pick a fight with you? Most often times when a bully is directly confronted to take action or back away they will back away. If the bullying moves to using physical force, martial arts teaches kids defensive tactics to subdue the bully without causing harm.