This amazing art utilizes leverage and technique, over strength and speed, allowing for a smaller person to take on much larger aggressor. It’s regarded by many as the most effective martial art in the world! Today, Jiu-Jitsu is not only a self-defense art, but also a sport with many tournaments being held in the United States and the world over.
Studies suggest that bullying may be the leading cause of low self-esteem in children, and according to some surveys, less than 15% of kids actually report acts of bullying. Children’s inability to stand up to a bully is rooted in profound fear for their personal safety. Ironically, the victims know that they must confront the bully and would like nothing more than to stand up to them. But, they simply can’t follow through for fear of the physical harm that backs the bully’s every action. And, therein lies the challenge – how do you instill in a victim of bullying the confidence to face the tormentor, look them in the eye, and back them down?
The answer is simple – teach the victims to defend themselves against physical attack, and the rest will follow.
Most martial arts programs rely on striking the attacker with violent punches, kicks, knees, and elbows, but in our program we take a different approach. We teach children how to defuse confrontations with words and never to initiate physical aggression. If attacked, we offer techniques to neutralize the threat and gain control until help arrives. We will teach your child to use verbal assertiveness to deter bullies and several non-violent self-defense techniques to stay safe if physically assaulted. The bottom line is: we will prepare your child to defend themselves against bullies without turning them into one.
Children’s classes include a well-rounded and balanced mind and body fitness program that includes self defense techniques, special breathing and meditation techniques to build inner strength and relaxation, bare hands forms, the Shaolin staff or long pole, the short stick, plus various strength and flexibility exercises. Kung Fu philosophy and life skills are discussed and reinforced throughout the year. Our aim is to develop self-discipline, courage, tolerance and respect for themselves and for others. In particular, we will develop your child’s mental focusing ability, helping them to learn and concentrate better at school.