“Strong people stand up for themselves. But the strongest people stand up for others.” – Unknown

Bullying and exclusion come in many forms – Physical, Verbal, Psychological - and can have long-lasting effects well after any physical scars have healed.

Frontline Martial Arts aim to equip all our members with the tools to defeat, prevent and support victims of bullying, in all its forms, both inside the club and in the wider World.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Of course, martial arts training equips you with the techniques and tactical awareness to deal with the physical aspects of bullying. Self-defence is the primary purpose of the martial arts, after all. But, it also offers much more than that.

Increased physical abilities improves an individual’s self-confidence. Self-confident people rarely become the victims of bullies and, if they are, they are better equipped to deal with the psychological effects.

“True courage is cool and calm. The bravest of men have the least of a brutal, bullying insolence, and in the very time of danger are found the most serene and free.” – Lord Shaftesbury

A sense of belonging to a team, without the performance pressure inherent in modern team sports. All members fully support each other, train alongside each other and encourage each other. This, too, encourages a feeling of belonging, inclusion and improved self-confidence.

The grade system means that all members become role models to the lower grades and look to the higher grades to be their role models. All support each other and help each other along.

Martial arts training is one of very few activities which offers a genuine sense of continual self-improvement. That continual “feel-good factor” helps to increase an individual’s sense of self-worth and self-belief. This, again, results in them being less likely to be a victim of bullying and better equipped to deal with the after effects, should it happen.

“You will never reach higher ground if you are always pushing others down.” – Jeffrey Benjamin

Frontline Martial Arts’ Anti-Bullying Policy

1. All members, parents and carers are listened to and help to influence strategies and approaches to prevent, report and respond to incidents of bullying.

2. All members are included, valued and participate fully in all aspects of training.

3. All members are role models to others within the club in how they treat others.

4. All discriminatory language is taken seriously and is challenged.

5. Everyone is an individual. Differences in all members are actively and visibly celebrated and welcomed. The beauty of Martial Arts training is that you mould the techniques to fit the individual, not the other way around.

6. All members and instructors understand what bullying is and how to both respond to and prevent it.

7. All members, parents and carers are acknowledged, believed and taken seriously when reporting incidents of bullying.

8. All members, parents and carers understand how to report incidents of bullying.

9. All incidents of bullying are quickly responded to.

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” -Theodore Roosevelt