Perhaps the most common scenario for a child to need self-defence is when facing a bully.
A good self defence program teaches how to diffuse situations, only resorting to physical defence as a last resort. Children should learn how to protect themselves from punches, kicks and throws, but should always taught to try other possible methods to prevent a fight. A good self defence program should teach the children to detect and prevent situations from escalating to violence.
Children should be taught different methods such as walking away from a bully, telling their parents and teachers about their issues and verbally forcing the bully to back down to name a few. Kids must also be encouraged to develop their confidence – not because they practice martial arts, but rather as a way of accepting themselves.
Parents should role play a bulling scenario with their children to prepare them for real situations.