Growing up isn’t always easy. Just as the adult world is fraught with all sorts of competition, whether business related or otherwise, so too is a child’s world full of social obstacles. From a young age each child makes particular friends, which often distinguish him as a part of a social “clique”, at whatever school he attends. Being outside these cliques often subjects a child to bullying, which can be physical and/or verbal. Kids can be very cruel at times and will pressure each other in different ways and not all parents are able to provide their children with the necessary tools to defend themselves against bullies. However, if a child becomes involved in martial arts, such as those offered at Precision MMA in the Hudson Valley, they can learn to take matters into their own hands and become more confident in dealing with bullying and social pressure. When children learn to defend themselves physically they change from the inside out: they become more confident and this confidence shows in the way they hold themselves and conduct themselves daily. The reasons for enrolling ones’ child in martial arts at the Hudson Valley’s Precision MMA are nearly endless, and it’s something every parent should strongly consider.
The first thing to consider before enrolling one’s child in a martial arts program, such as those offered by Precision Kid’s MMA in the Hudson valley, is which style the child is interested in. A parent should have his child watch one of the kids’ classes ahead of time and let him choose which class he would like to attend so he feels from the start as though he himself is the one in power. Forcing ones kids to partake in an activity rarely provides the best emotional outcomes, and when the child later sees the progress he has made and remembers that it was he himself who chose to partake, it will make him feel all the more empowered. Once the child has chosen a martial arts class, such as either Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Muay Thai kickboxing, all are offered by Precision Martial arts in the Hudson Valley, they will see from the start that this sort of training isn’t always easy. In fact, while the training should be fun, it should also be challenging so that the student knows he has accomplished something when he makes it through a difficult class. Especially if started at a young age, the child will be able to see his musculature develop as he grows and this will give him a greater sense of self-confidence. At school his peers will notice the physical changes taking place in him and they will most likely also notice him carrying himself with more confident body posturing as a result of the hard training. This should in general help a young martial arts student from Precision MMA to avoid being the victim of bullying. Kids generally tend to look for their physically weaker classmates to pick on, as well as those who appear to lack in self-confidence, and so young martial artists will not be the greatest choice of victims.
As a child grows into his teen years and pressures mount, if he has been doing martial arts for years at an esteemed school, such as Precision MMA in the Hudson Valley, he will at this point be quite confident in his skills to defend himself physically should the need ever arise. Of course, violence is always best avoided at all costs, but that is why martial arts training is all the more effective for preventing bullying, because when one knows how to fight, they are less likely to feel defensive and more likely to stay out of trouble as a consequence. Just as lack of self confidence shows in body posture, and makes a child more likely to be a victim of bullying, so too does lack of self confidence breed defensiveness, and this defensiveness often leads kids to become bullies themselves. If a child or teenager feels that they are lacking in some area they are likely to want to take their frustration out on others and become a physical or verbal bully. Hudson Valley martial arts students gain the confidence necessary through their training to overcome these feelings of defensiveness so they will be just as unlikely to become the school bully, as they are to become a victim of bullying. The constant training in techniques based in real world self defense will give them the peace of mind to know that they can handle physical attack, and so if a bully threatens them, either physically or verbally, they will be more likely to laugh it off than actually engage and risk injury, school expulsion or other consequences.
Moreover, martial arts training at Precision Mixed martial arts in Hudson Valley, New York, breeds discipline. Students know that if they want to improve they are going to have to make sacrifices and work diligently. They will see that if they do not properly apply themselves they will not get the results they want and this will likely cross over to other areas of their lives. They may see that if they don’t finish their homework ahead of time they will not have time to attend their martial arts classes, and so as they grow to enjoy them they may learn better time management to get their assignments done early and become better students as a result. And in this way, not only do young Hudson Valley martial artists become more confident because of their physical abilities, but also because of their overall life success. Precision MMA instructors also stress respect for oneself and ones’ peers, so a martial arts’ student at Precision is not likely to victimize or ostracize his classmates or engage in any form of bullying. In addition, Precision in the Hudson Valley often acts as a “home away from home” for many young kids looking for something to do after school or on the weekends. Martial arts training generally keeps kids busy so that they don’t have too much idle time to get into trouble.
In summation, bullies tend to stay away from winners, realizing that the other kids who are highly successful will not be the easiest targets. Martial arts training at Precision MMA in the Hudson Valley helps make kids into winners, not only on the mat or in sport competition, but in school and in life as well.
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Jamey Bazes is a lifelong martial artist holding a brown belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kenpo Karate. He also holds a master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz. He is a student of Precision Mixed Martial Arts in LaGrange, NY (near Poughkeepsie) and a decorated competitor including a Delaware Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu State Championship and a NAGA World Title. to train with Jamey in Poughkeepsie NY check out Precision MMA http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com