A Clemson University Study of 524,054 students at 1,593 schools across the nation found that 17 percent of kids are bullied two to three times per month. Of those who have been bullied, about 40 percent report that the abuse has continued for more than a year. In the past, students were asked to fight back with their fists when bullies struck. A show of force was seen as an excellent way to encourage a bully to pick a new victim. Now, experts like Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim have come up with an entirely new way to help students recover from relentless bullying: martial arts.
Martial arts courses such as those taught by Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim can help students to develop the strength and agility they would need to survive a physical assault. However, the courses provide students with the skills they can use to avoid a physical confrontation. Students develop a sense of self-confidence, knowing they have the physical and mental strength needed in order to stop a fight from progressing to a physical state. Students learn to listen to their inner voices of doubt, Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim says, and they transform these negative thoughts into expressions of power. Without inner doubts, bullies have no weak spots to push on, and their taunts seem weak and unimpressive.
Using martial arts to help students resist bullying is catching on all across the country. A Wisconsin school is even providing students with lessons in the martial arts, hoping to help these students learn how to cope with the bullies in their midst. News reports suggest that students enjoy the classes, and they find them helpful. One student said, “I think it would break through to some of the kids. I wish sometimes they could see themselves.” Perhaps martial arts could help these students to do just that.
For her part, Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim continues to teach her young students how to respond to bullies, and how to use the power of positive thinking to deflect the pain that attacks can cause. One student at a time, she hopes to end the cycle of bullying in the community she lives in.