Bullying can affect everyone—those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide. It is important to talk to kids to determine whether bullying—or something else—is a concern.
5 Steps to becoming Bullyproof:
- INTEGRITY – admit you are afraid. Being afraid isn’t being a coward; it is being intelligent. Once you admit your fear you now have a platform to build on and eventually can learn how to overcome your problem.
- UNDERSTAND – a bully’s objective is to make themselves feel better by making you feel worse. Often a bully is the most afraid person in the room (why they are so dangerous). Understand that increasing your self-esteem not only makes you less of a target but also more resilient mentally against their attacks.
- HAVE A PLAN – learn the bully’s strengths and weaknesses. Be aware and pay attention to his/her patterns of behavior. Learn tactics and strategies from others who have experienced similar situations and develop a plan that works for you.
- PRACTICE – once you learn what to do it is time to practice your strategy. Find a safe and controlled environment (like a dojo). Master your skills through repetition and role play. A trusted training partner is helpful.
- HAVE COURAGE – the best way to get courage is self-improvement: get stronger, faster, and smarter through training. Proper training gives you experience and you gain confidence through trial and error.
You are not permanently you—you can change and improve. This is what karate is about!
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