Why Self-Esteem Matters
Warning Signs your child may be a target of bullies.
• Has injuries he can’t or doesn’t want to explain.
• Has not interaction with other kids after school.
• Seems nervous taking a school bus or walking to school.
• Finds or makes up excuses as to why they can’t go to school
• Takes alternate routes home
• School grades are slipping
• Appears lonely or sad.
• Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches or other physical ailments
• Loss of appetite
• Has lost self confidence.
Be on time for school and your classes. Late is never good, while early is almost always the way of the winner.
The best time to do your homework is right after you get home. You will have a better chance of remembering that day’s instruction, and less of a chance if you chose other distractions first. Do it NOW! The best time is NOW!
Make good use of small blocks of time. There is no rule that says you have to lay comatose while listening to music or watching TV. Do some of the easy stuff at those times.
Choose to be a winner. Never accept anything but the best from yourself. If you find yourself in danger, or slipping, ask for help! No one can expect to succeed in school and in life without help.
By Leann Webb
1. Improves physical fitness and coordination
2. Teaches concentration, discipline and respect
3. Develops confidence
In a self-defence program, children are constantly learning new skills, and each one is a little more challenging than the one before. Not everything is easy and developing these skills can take practice. But developing new skills leads to confidence and pride in one’s abilities. A good instructor is also praising children for their effort and good work which builds confidence.
4. Develops assertiveness, tenacity and determination
Mastering new skills, such as physical abilities and self-defence techniques, requires assertiveness, tenacity and determination. Kids have to be prepared to give it a go, keep trying, work through failure, try harder, see others succeed, make small improvements, until they experience success.
5. Develops communication, listening and social skills
Listening and following instructions are fundamental aspects of a self-defence program, and a good self-defence program is going to place a lot of emphasis on teaching children to ‘speak up for themselves’.
6. Teaches nutrition, anatomy and hygiene
In a physical program that encourages movement, it is easy to reinforce why we need to eat well to give our bodies fuel for playing. And a good self-defence program is also an opportunity to teach anatomy (left, right, body parts etc) and hygiene (cut your fingernails, wash your hands etc).
7. Teaches spatial concepts
(Spatial awareness means an understanding of the child compared to their surroundings, such as up, down, forward, backward, in, out, stop, go etc.)
8. Teaches awareness of danger
Children learn to use their eyes and their ears to be aware of their situation, for instance, aware of the road and cars, or keeping close to mom and daddy. This is the most important aspect of self-defence for kids. If they are aware of themselves and aware of things that could mean danger, they have the best chance of staying safe.
9. Teaches gentle solutions to bullying and rough play
Sometimes an ‘attack’ is rough play, like siblings wrestling or getting too rowdy; and sometimes an attack is bullying or fighting which can really hurt. Either way, when we’re talking about kids at home, school or in the playground, the last thing we want is any child getting hurt. So a good self-defence program teaches gentle solutions for when the child is being ‘attacked’ by another child. A good program emphasises using voice and non-violent ways to protect their personal space
10. Helps kids to stay safe and avoid accidents
And finally, a good self-defence program will be holistic. After all, there is not much point teaching a child self-defence if they don’t know to stay off the road. Through self-defence, we can develop a child’s awareness across a broad range of safety topics, including road safety, water safety, sun safety, electricity, burns, etc and of course, stranger danger and concepts of personal body protection (eg from my top to my toes, I say what goes).
That’s 10 amazing benefits from teaching kids self-defence. Find a good instructor and get started today!
A recent and growing trend that has provided many benefits for children on the autism spectrum involves their engagement in karate and other martial arts.
A 2010 research project conducted by the University of Wisconsin physical therapy department confirmed what parents were already reporting – in the course of learning martial arts, children with autism essentially came out of their shells and grew more socially assertive and cooperative. They exhibited better balance and motor coordination, eye contact improved and play skills were further developed. Greater self-esteem was also reported, with the added bonus of these kids being able to defend themselves, if need be.
Martial arts assist kids on the autism spectrum with the ability to concentrate and focus their attention in a consistent and highly structured environment. Additionally, parents find that new skills carry over into home and at school. The release of energy in a safe and ritualized environment can bring a child to a new sense of calm. Friendships are formed around a shared activity and that sense of belonging can be the greatest reward of all.
If contemplating martial arts for your child, it’s always good to consult with his or her doctor prior to beginning any physical training. Observe the class before committing your child to it. It should be small and solely for children with autism, at least initially. Higher functioning children may be able to integrate into regular classes immediately. Confer with the instructor about your child’s needs and make sure you feel you can successfully partner with them.
Once your child is underway, have them practice at home in a no pressure environment and offer encouragement and reinforcement for the moves they have already learned. A demonstration for siblings or other relatives will also go a long way in building confidence and self-esteem.
Martial arts offers therapeutic rewards and parents will enjoy the fact that their child can participate in activities that other kids take for granted. And with summer fast approaching, it just may be the perfect activity to consider.
I normally don’t share an entire essay written by a student. This essay written by a parent for her gold belt test is honest, and I think it portrays how most older people feel about wanting to try Tae Kwon Do.
“I started out very humbled, as I do in most things, excited for change and new opportunities; but fearful of inability to keep up with the challenges laid out by a very well trained & disciplined leader. Months before I joined the school, I found myself whispering silent wishes while watching my son: “I wish I could do that or try that”. All the while thinking, there’s no way, no way that I’d keep up or even be able to have the coordination to carry out the sequences of patterns and fundamentals. I had to supress a fear of failure just to try a session. It felt like throwing myself off a cliff no knowing if my bungie cord was actually attached – I know that sounds extreme. As I drove to that trial session my stomach had butterflies, my hands were sweaty, and it felt as though my heart rate didn’t need any physical exercise to elevate! So my first goal in TaeKwonDo was to just try it and hope to keep up, physically, with my classmates. I met that goal, not with finesse or skill, but with encouragement and praise from Mrs. Voisey who was instructing that evening. I left that night with a new goal – to keep coming back…..for as long as my physical body will let me!! With every class I expect my nervousness to subside, and those butterflies to disappear as I drive, but they don’t! So my next goal was and is to always have those feelings. I realized that it’s not nerves anymore, its excitement and I yes, my goal is to never lose that excitement as I shuttle to each session.
Becoming a parent changes your perspective on life entirely. Your priorities change, your life isn’t absorbed by thoughts of me, myself, and I any longer; it’s replaced with little her, or little him and then little them. It’s an all-consuming, all-encompassing, paradigm-shifting change to your life. Nothing can prepare you for that and I think most parents would agree that it really is shocking how much it changes how you think and live. I realized, after joining TaeKwonDo, that maybe I lost some perspective on how important it is to take care of my health and well-being as well; which brings me to my next goal. I need to feel well and healthy in order to be the wife and mother my family needs me to be. I love that I feel stronger and I can work hard and continue to work harder and push to reach that next level of training. It is so satisfying! This goal is the one that will sustain my drive to continue when I’m tired or sick or feeling overwhelmed.
This last goal is paramount amongst everything shared here so far. The tenets and creeds are more than just words to recite each lesson. They really are verses to live by and that is my goal – to love and to live by those tenets. TaeKwonDo strengthens and builds not only our physical bodies, but our spirit and minds as well. It’s also been so spiritually refreshing to be reminded of the scripture that is so simply stated and yet power in its impact on my daily life! I’ve witnessed a turn-a-round in my son as well over this past year. If it were not for TaeKwonDo and the foundations of strength, love, and discipline it stands for, I’m not sure what state he’d be in right now. I hope that in living by these tenets, I too can be continually transformed for the better throughout the entirety of my TaeKwonDo training.”
Roland Osborne from Hyper Martial Arts says that there is no confidence, like self defense confidence. Guess what? It’s true. When we as martial art instructors can show and then teach a student how to actively defend themselves, the confidence level always goes up. Always. In the video below, you can see two of our students learning and applying a new take down technique.
Self defense is for everyone.Women, children and men become more empowered, they stop being so frightened. The playground threat isn’t just the playground anymore. It is your workplace, at the arena, its out walking your dog at night. The boogeyman under the bed no longer exists.
Taekwondo teaches our students to have fun, to respect themselves and others and not to be afraid of that boogeyman. There is already too much fear in the world and by learning how to defend yourself or a loved one, removes a little bit of the fear from the world.
This fall, we are going to help end bullying in Swift Current. We are going Hyper ! Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do is proud to be the only martial arts school in Saskatchewan to offer Hyper Martial Arts Programs as part of our curriculum.
Hyper Bully Defense is a program teaches your child the skills they need to end bullying in their life, or in the lives of their friends.
Lets be frank. As bullying continues in schools and beyond, t shirt programs can bring about awareness but there has been no real change. Young people are still being bullied at school on the playground and online. Young people are dropping out of school and even worse, the trend of suicide is rising, not decreasing due to bullying.
– 1 out of 4 kids are bullied. Every 7 minutes a child is bullied.
– 160,000 students miss school each day due to bullying.
– 86% of children report bullying has interfered with their studies.
– Many kids have given up and taken their life.
– Imagine if this was your friend, your brother or sister, a family member or even if this was your child.
It’s time to end bullying in people’s lives.
Our workshops are free. Our 12 week Bully Defense system trains people of all ages to end bullying in their lives and in the lives of others.
Or purchase your spot now :
Hyper Fight Club’s 12 week program gives your child a chance to better protect themselves, while teach core values as respect, discipline,and perseverance. The very things they need to excel in life.
Words hurt. Bullying isn’t just physical, but words can inflict pain that doesn’t heal, like a bruise.
I saw this on FaceBook today and wanted to share it. As toy know, we are striving to help eliminate bullying here in Swift Current and beyond.
A part of our Hyper Bully Defense program is encouraging our students to be interactive with the message to help create awareness.
This video was done by an 8th grader. I hope you watch it.
You can help end bullying by getting your free bully defense kit here, and by filling out our form for a free class.