I remember in the fifth grade, some kids were picking on me. I started coming home from school with some bruises and my mom started questioning me. I told her what was going on and she had my dad talk to me.
I faced what so many children in the world face every day – bullies! I was a nice enough kid and had no idea why someone wanted to pick on me. I’ll tell you later how I came out of my shell but in this post I found one heart warming story about some children from India.
It seems that kids get bullied there a lot but some people are giving girls the tools to fight back! Girls have a good chance to fight back against boys on an even playing field (they are just as strong) until their teen years! In this post I will highlight how a self-defense class can even up girl’s chances against bullies. Here is one video I found.
Apparently this video was created by a NGO, Plan-International, for their Learn Without Fear (LWF) program (one of many). I am a bit wary of NGO’s because I am not altogether sure their research, claims, and goals are quite on the up and up but that being said, I am going to examine childhood issues in India they (LWF) are talking about in the video and link.
First off anytime, anywhere in the world a child is mistreated by other children or adults, I get upset. I understand how the world is structured and that each nation, local laws and customs govern how people behave but that does not excuse abuses.
Children are our hope for the future. Adults in many cases have already cast their dice in life but as parents often do, we hope for children to have better lives than us! Off of my soapbox and disclaimers.
Focusing on girls and children in general learning self defense – I think it is great! Girls are just as strong as boys up until puberty. Girls in many cultures are taught to be more accommodating than their male counterparts and perhaps Indian girls have to overcome a social taboo to fight boys. Whatever the case, learning basic self defense skills can even up the odds if a bully attacks a girl!
This course was a very basic karate type of class but I would submit to you that it would be very useful even though the basics were very unrefined at this point. Why? Because just teaching a couple of moves with practice should boost their confidence level!
What is the point of teaching a couple of moves and boosting their confidence? Thoughts are incredibly powerful things. If a person, especially a child can imagine themselves doing something, They can do it!!! All they need is someone to teach them and tell them they can!
Good instruction is just as important but the point I am trying to make, is if you think you can and you learn how, YOU CAN!!!
LWF claims 50% of the girls are bullies or otherwise abused. Hopefully this is an over-estimate but whatever the number – teaching self-defense classes should help some.
My dad talked with me about my bullies and told me a couple of key points. Bullies pick on kids they think are scared of them. If they know you will fight back, they (the bullies) will generally pick on someone else.
My dad also taught me the old one-two (jab – cross) and kids soon stopped picking on me! I returned the favor with my youngest son. Some kids were picking on him so I taught him critical distance and a reverse punch.
The kids attacked him and my son stepped back and counter-punched the bully into submission!
I would be remiss if I did not mention that martial arts were thought to have come from India originally. I will close with a video of some Indian children in a karate demonstration.