According to recent studies, 20.8% of students report being bullied. That is more than 1 in every 5 kids going through some form of physical, emotional, or psychological torment or intimidation. It can happen anywhere, from cafeterias to school halls, inside the buses, or even outside the school grounds.
Bullied kids express how it has affected the way they see and feel about themselves, their relationships with family and friends, as well as their physical health. This is based on a research conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics. According to them, kids who often bullied are prone to experiencing depression, anxiety, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, and other health issues which can persist into adulthood. Needless to say, any form of bullying has the potential of causing life-long implications.
In a world where bullying has become a major cause for concern, the ability to protect one’s self from harm should be a basic human right that is accessible to anyone, especially children. As parents, it is vital for us to ensure that our kids are well equipped to defend themselves, in case the need arises.
Aside from keeping them safe, there are many other amazing benefits to having your kids learn self-defense. It helps develop your children’s social and interpersonal skills while learning new knowledge and techniques that will continuously guide and benefit them throughout their lives. With proper guidelines and instruction, they can learn and enjoy these benefits to the fullest.
So what makes the difference?
We understand the importance of empowering your children not just to be able to defend themselves physically but to also learn and adapt values and principles to help them resolve day to day challenges.
This is why we have decided to come up with a program that is specifically created to teach kids ages 4-6 years old, the art of self-defense. Our goal is to help boost your kids’ confidence, teach them new skills, keep them active, improve their social skills by encouraging them to meet large groups of people, and most of all, prevent themselves from being victims of bullying.
This program was developed through the guidance of our founder and program creator Mr. Ezekiel Chew, who also happened to be an expert on the art of self-defense. He is an ex-army close combat instructor and teaches the Singapore Armed Forces ( SAF ) combat and defense techniques spanning in all army camps in Singapore.
Our comprehensive self-defense program covers the essence of different martial arts all combined to make it easy and applicable for young kids. Keeping in mind the brief attention span of children belonging to this age group, (4-6 yrs. ) we take extra care when introducing each of our concepts. Our friendly and competent instructors make sure that the lessons we teach your kids are both substantial and appealing while building a solid foundation of focus and respect.
We instill discipline. Instilling discipline amongst the children is one of our major focus. We do this by teaching and creating specific work ethics and by developing the children’s ability to hold down their urges and focus on controlling their emotions. We have an amazing understanding of beginners and are able to help them develop self- discipline by motivating the little ones to stay focused and involved. By being able to control their conducts allows them to easily achieve their goals. Discipline is a trait that will prove beneficial to any child and will allow them to form more socially acceptable behaviors.
We teach them the concept of self-control. Teaching your children about safety awareness is no longer an option. It has now become a necessity. However, it is important to understand that teaching your kids about self-defense goes beyond learning aggressive techniques and physical know-how. Our programs do not encourage children to use self-defense to initiate fights.
Our programs will teach your kids the concept that violence is not the only way to deal with a fight. Many times, gentle ways are capable of successfully diffusing conflicting situations. Our main goal is to guide your children in learning knowledge and techniques to keep themselves safe and equip them with skills to defend themselves when the need arises. Learning the art of self-control can benefit a child in all aspects of life.
Surrounding Awareness. We live in a society where the risk of kids getting trapped in dangerous situations is high. We know how it’s hard to picture your kids being at the center of a violent attack or hostilities staged by school bullies. It is painful to think that your children may be left completely unaware of what to do or how they should react when things like that happen.
Our program trains kids on how they should react during these extreme situations. We provide lessons about situational awareness and help the kids develop alertness in identifying threats so that they can make quick decisions on how to get themselves to safety. This skill will also allow your children to prevent future threats by teaching them to spot danger signs and avoid the possibility of getting caught in these situations before it even happens.
Staying calm in situations. One of the most common problems affecting children is their inability to coping with stress and anxiety. During the ages of 4 to 6 years, children go through a lot of changes which in turn create a myriad of pressure to their young minds. We understand how parents want nothing but to steer their children in the right direction.
Through our self-defense program, we pave the way for your children to learn ways of coping with stress. It trains them to clear their thoughts and focus on the task at hand. Also, through the fun activities, we try to incorporate with the lessons, your children can temporarily leave their worries behind.
How to prevent bullies. In order to prevent the possibility of your child being bullied, emotional and psychological preparedness is very important. Our programs will give your kids the confidence to stand their grounds without having to fight. We train them to understand that violence is not the only way to deal with situations. Learning self-defense allows them to overcome their insecurities, believe in their abilities, and gain confidence to help them stand up to bullies.
Learn break falling techniques. Injuries from falls can cause sprains, bruises, and sometimes even serious and life-threatening conditions. Children, due to their energy and rough and tumble kind of play, are especially prone to experience accidents and falls. According to recent studies, the leading cause of children’s non-fatal injuries is falling. Learning break falling techniques prepare your children to fall in a way that will protect their bodies and prevent serious injuries.
It is for this reason that we consider our training on break falling techniques ( ukemi ) as one of the main highlights of our self-defense program. This technique allows us to save children’s lives by safely teaching them agility levels and survival skills backed with safe and proven training methods.
Confidence. They say that confident children are less likely to be bullied and become bullies. This is because truly confident people gain the most amount of respect and is also respectful of others. This is what our program will help your child achieve. True confidence. Our activities allow each child to participate and be part of a group and realize their own strength. Through this, they gain pride and confidence while allowing them the beauty of shared experiences. We acknowledge their achievements, which gives your children a sense of accomplishment.
We teach them to work hard and set goals while realizing their own set of strengths and weaknesses. The fun-filled learning experiences we provide allows your children to just simply be happy, and this makes their unique personalities to shine.
More importantly, Learning the art of self-defense gives children the confidence of knowing that they have the skills necessary to stand up against bullies. It lessens their anxiety when faced with situations that may require them to stand their ground or defend themselves.
“People who practice self-defense or martial arts for a long period of time differs from the general population in that they have a much lower anxiety level, they take responsibilities more seriously, they are unlikely to be radical, they have high levels of self-esteem, and they are more socially intelligent people.” ( Psychology Today )
In a society where kids are often shy and self-conscious, we work on building your child’s confidence by teaching them key skills like determination and leadership. While many self-defense programs are unable to put enough emphasis on learning while having fun. Our self-defense program for kids utilize the services of instructors who are warm and friendly, with cheerful students and a family oriented atmosphere. We firmly believe that learning through a fun environment is the best way to create progress and keep our students motivated.
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