Anti-Bully Blogging Carnival
Blogging Carnivals have been popular in many blogging circles and are a great way to get blog owners working together to develop topics and draw interest to each other's blogs. It was my hope to use this blogging carnival to create some solidarity amongst martial arts bloggers, and to help promote awareness of this important ancillary message that many martial arts instructors already do in tandem with their martial arts and self defence practices.
Before I proceed, please let me thank Dr Bruce Clayton of Shotokan's Secret, Vaughan Jackson, Theodore Kruczek of Okinawan Karate-do Institute, Charlie Wildish from Bunkai Jutsu, Sanko Lewis of Soo Shim Kwan, Michele Apsokardu of Just a Thought, Lori O'Connell of Pacific Wave Jiu Jitsu, Scott Phillips from Weakness with a Twist, Neil Hall from London Chinatown TKD Wellbeing and Rick Matz of Cook Ding's Kitchen for their submissions and their support of this blogging carnival.
The Anti-Bully Message
Back in my day, bullying was considered a dreaded and unavoidable part of schoolyard antics. No one talked about it because no one knew that the situation could be improved. So I was surprised and delighted that my 10yo son could tell me that there is physical, verbal/emotional, and cyber bullying. He could also recount how his school dealt with two children who were antagonising each other: with teachers constantly supervising play times, having weekly class 'meetings,' bringing the parents into class, and ensuring that sufficient 'feel good' messages were channeled to the class in question.
Just like how his school dealt with that bullying episode, I typically share with people that the martial arts also doesn't have one 'magic bullet.' There is no one secret that is kept, passed on from teacher to disciple that guarantees victory - well, not in my system anyway. And this is true for what martial artists can do to help prevent and reduce bullying - the point is that martial arts training has much to offer the child practitioner: confidence, physical defence tactics and mental tenacity - just to name the main positives.
Make no mistake, martial art instructors don't just spout one liners taken from books - each instructor have had his or her fair share of dealing with confrontations, physical aggression, politics, self defence tactics and the varied aptitude of students walking through their doors. So while there may be disagreement amongst them, don't discount their experiential knowledge on this topic. These individuals live by their systems, and their knowledge has been earned not by abstract concept - but by blood, sweat and tears. It is no wonder that many commercial anti-bullying courses borrow martial arts training concepts to help participants learn certain key themes.
Please go to each post and comment under their individual articles. Additionally, look out for those three blog posts that have been awarded badges for Outstanding Submissions. It was not an easy task, and all who participated should know that they have done extremely well. Please congratulate all of them while you're reading their submissions.
- Vaughan Jackson takes Martial Arts to Avoid an Abusive Parent
- Are Traditional Martial Arts Any Use to Somebody Who is Being Bullied? Outstanding Submission
- Teaching without Teaching Outstanding Submission
- Bully Medicine
- Standing Up to Bullies: The Case of Casey Heynes
- Karate Provides Options
- The Potential Value of the Martial Arts for Ostracised Korean Children Outstanding Submission
- There was this bully ...
- Teaching Kids
- Bullying and Self Esteem
- Neutralizing Bullies - Short and Sweet
|Best Technical Discussion goes to Charlie Wildish from Bunkai Jutsu|
|Most Eye-Opening Discussion goes to Sanko Lewis from Soo Shim Kwan|
|Best New Material goes to Scott Phillips from Weakness with a Twist|
Promote the CarnivalIt would be great if you could promote the carnival and all of the blogs you've read here. The more traffic we get, the more we can justify increasing involvement and getting more people involved in our efforts. Push this URL http://www.joongdokwan.com/2012/04/anti-bullying-blogging-carnival.html through FaceBook or through Twitter, and get people to come support our cause. Or take the code from the widget below to display the Anti-Bully Blogging Carnival on your website or blog to show your support! And let us know about it by adding your comment below.
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Anti-Bully Issues - What Martial Arts Can Teach Parents of Young Children
Keep safe, folks!
Joong Do Kwan Chung Sah Nim
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