STAND UP to Bullying at FightClub
International STAND UP to Bullying Day is a semi-annual event that takes place in both February and November. The November event coincides with Anti-Bullying Week. Those participating in the day sign and wear pink “pledge shirts” to take a public stand against bullying. The shirts signal to those being bullied that they are supported, and stands up in a non-confrontational way against bullies. The day is observed by schools, workplaces, and organizations, in at least 25 countries around the globe.
Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Kids who bully use their power – such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity – to control or harm others. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and purposely excluding someone from a group. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may experience serious, lasting problems.
FightClub approaches anti-bullying head-on by using principles of redirection and straightforward assertiveness. Students are taught to manage situations without the use of violence first, learning ways to assess threats, redirect verbal assaults and mobilize the audience, which is a critical factor in empowering the bully.
In a nutshell, I want to teach your kids how to deal with a ‘bad guy’ without becoming a ‘bad guys’ themselves. I want them to find power and confidence in what it means to be good.
If you are facing these challenges with your kids please bring them by FightClub for a few youth martial art classes and see what Systema Training at FC can do for them first hand.
Owner & Head Instructor
FightClub Martial Arts & Fitness Training Centre Inc.