response to so much bullying at school we
parents want our kids to be prepared for such
situations should they be confronted by bullies.
One way to prepare them is to teach them
sparring. What's so good about kids sparring?
They develop the confidence to defend
themselves, for one. When kids are hit sometimes
they close their eyes, cover up and look away.
The bully knows who to pick on. How can our kids
avoid that? There are three stages of defense we
want our kids to know:
know how to defend myself.
don't appear afraid.
When I have no choice I fight.
This month's article written by Tampa Kungfu
co-owner April Brazier
stage is where a kung fu teacher plays the big role. The
students learn self defense techniques and how to use
them in sparring. The kids learn what they are capable
The 2nd stage
is what kids add to the training. It is their own
confidence. They feel they can defend themselves. On the
emotional level the feeling is; "I know I can beat you."
They keep better control of their emotions because in
their mind they have already beaten the opponent.
The 3rd stage
is when there is no choice but to fight. When kids get
hit for the first time they are often startled and
shocked, they might hide their head and close their
eyes. Sparring teaches them that they can protect
themselves. Once they are hit, they are not startled and
they can fight back.
Showing respect before sparring with the martial
is no joke. At Tampa Kung Fu, when kids spar they wear
protective gear; a mouth piece, head guard, and groin
protector. This reminds them that these are the fragile
parts of the body to protect. They don't wear
gloves and must learn to keep their hands closed
first start sparring, they are trained to remember
defensive postures as their senior or more skilled Kung
Fu brothers and sisters are attacking them. As they
develop confidence and skill, they use more techniques
and start to move more naturally.
sparring kids always shake hands. In the kungfu school
this brings the kids closer together. It also teaches
them that the fight doesn't have to end ugly. They can
walk away from a fight in a peaceful way.