By now many in Singapore would have known about the case of bullying in Shuqun Secondary School. If you do not then read the following :-
i) The video that started it all is in this thread here
ii) The first New Paper report is here
iii) The second New Paper follow up report is here
I don’t know which is more shocking, that a bigger boy would hit a smaller kid on the head repeatedly or that the kid didn’t react at all. Was the victim afraid to the point of not daring to react for fear of inviting more hits?
I don’t know the victim or his parents so I can’t comment on this case. However, I do tell friends who have kids who look like they could be potential victims in school, NS or in social setting to learn martial arts.
They don’t have to learn Tai Chi; in fact they should not learn Tai Chi if its their first time venturing into martial arts. They would be better served by taking on other arts such as Muay Thai, BJJ, MMA or other more direct arts that provide a shorter and faster learning route.
Let’s face it, like it or not in life there will always be a bully around the corner whether in school, on the playground, at work etc. If you look like a victim, act like a victim, sound like a victim and project a demeanor of a victim then you are inviting the attention of the bully.
This is where the training of martial arts will give you self confidence which will be reflected in the way you look, the way you walk, the way you talk and so on. When a bully sees this confidence he will be discouraged from trying to be funny with you. No bully wants to take on someone who can potential turn the table on him and make them the victim causing him (the bully) to lose face and be the butt of jokes.
If you are a parent with kids who are potential victims of bullies give them the gift of self confidence through the study of martial arts. When a kid knows that he can stand up for himself he feels and acts differently, and ultimately this confidence acts as deterrent against bullies.
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