Social Media Self Defence

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Social Media Self Defence – Some tips to help

Social Media Self Defence

Social Media Self Defence – Twitter & Facebook are NOT REAL Life

We are in a strange time and place where humans are struggling to adapt to the current technological landscape.

BAD NEWS is, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

GOOD NEWS is, you can train to keep the wolves and keyboard warriors at bay.

So have you ever commented on a post and before you know it, your being attacked and abused?

The simplest comment can be met with insults and anger. If you haven’t then can you please send me your secret.

Social Media Self Defence – The signs

The first signs are usually people respond with something personal. This is your warning sign, it’s all about the ideas. Let’s say we’re discussing a political idea or a training technique, it doesn’t really matter.

The thing we’re discussing is an idea, we are not our idea’s, ideas can change. As soon as someone criticises you and not your idea the conversation is going well off track.

Simply respond with “Can we leave me out of this, i’d like to stick with the subject and idea”

I have been in debates where people have gone completely insane and insulting. I keep repeating this until they get it and we continue or i leave the conversation.

Social Media Self Defence – Go ahead punk, change my mind

I always like to squeeze in the invitation, go ahead punk, change my mind. I mean it, if your idea is better than my own then I’m shifting my paradigm over, that’s what I live for. I’m not here to prove I’m right, so prove my idea wrong or weak.

Imagine a world where politicians acted like that. Instead of turning up to argue and prove a point. Turn up to get to the best outcome, so in the end, we all win. We can dream eh!

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Social Media Self Defence – Insane rabbit head 

It’s always helpful to remember that. If a man in a rabbit head mask shouted across the street. “you have absolutely no idea how to xxxxxxxxx” You wouldn’t automatically think “oh let’s sit down and discuss this, i need to explain my life to you”

No, you’d think, fruitcake stay out of my life in off for a coffee. Social media is the same, random strangers with random profile pics. Saying random things often for no reason than to antagonise others.

There possibly also 12 years old and have nothing better to do than bait people much much wiser.

Social Media Self Defence – Stay Free

Don’t get caught up in it. It’s not real and while in the moment it can feel like a rollercoaster of emotions. Its simply a keyboard and a screen, turn it off.

No one, and I mean no one will care or remember a few hours later.

He who controls emotions controls the fight

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Don’t Steal From Your Children

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Don’t steal from your children – You Tinkers

The moment your child can tie their own laces, make their own bed and pack their own equipment before training. This should now be their responsibility forever more. Doing it for them is robbing them of responsibility and essential skills for life.

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Don’t steal from your children – Start Young

You’ve no doubt heard someone repeat the following from someone, ive even heard this reported in the news. I mean the news report it as if a crime. That’s the sort of moral punch these actions carry

“It’s awful, they sacked her for work via a text message” or “She dumped him on Facebook, how terrible”

So the person sending these text messages and Facebook dear Johns learnt that behaviour from somewhere. I mean it must seem acceptable to them in some weird reality.

Don’t steal from your children – Seeing the lessons

I believe it boils down to responsibility and we start teaching that age 5 in our classes. Now here’s an example of how the above behaviour becomes acceptable.

James is 6 years old, he’s been at his martial arts club for a year now. He decides he wants to leave and try football. Nothing wrong with that. We all leave, I left my coach and he left his coach.

Now, when I left my coach I went to see him and I thanked him for his mentoring and passion. In fact, every single relationship I’ve ever been in when its time to move on I’ve made that dreaded visit and spoken face to face.

Don’t steal from your children – Take Responsibility

So James wants to leave after a year, so dad calls into the club to say he’s leaving. Now is dad going to tell James’s girlfriend they are splitting up? Or is dad going into work for James and telling them he’s got a new job.

Doubtful isn’t it, now I’m being silly but you get my point?

James aged 5 would be served well by parents if he were taught to speak to the people he’s in relationships with himself.

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Don’t steal from your children – Release good manners in the world

Its basically good manners, you’re releasing them into the world to figure so much out its mindboggling. If the basics are taught at an early age it makes things much smoother

You get out of this life what you put in, I’m not on about hippy nonsense here.

Like push ups, you do sloppy push ups in practice. You get sloppy push ups as a result

Relationships are the same. Give them little value and you get relationships with little value. Our human connections should be cherished and our friendships should be worked on, they take effort.


We always offer a free trial in all our classes. We also recommend trying a few other clubs out first. Don’t go buying the first car you test drive, you need to make an informed decision.

Call Paula on 01522 543 787 to book your free trial


Beginners MMA Classes

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Beginners MMA classes at Function First Lincoln

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Beginners MMA Classes – Position Before Submission

Our beginners MMA classes cover the fundamental positions in Ju Jitsu, MMA and the grappling arts. You won’t be alone, training with other beginners building confidence together.

You will work on basic positions, this is vital. Being able to flow through the positions without thinking is key.  Once you can do this then we can pressure test each position. Can you hold your partner in a position so they cannot escape?

Once you can hold them still, now you can look at submissions. Armbars, chokes, kimuras etc all become much easier once you can hold someone still.

Beginners MMA Classes – Cross Training

As MMA is a complex art to learn. We divide our classes up into striking and groundwork. The striking classes include 20% takedowns so we end up on the ground. This is where you study the fascinating ground game in our Ju-Jitsu classes.

MMA requires an understanding of all combat areas that you will learn in the beginner MMA classes. Striking is, of course, a huge part of MMA. Learning how to enter into the clinch range would be another. As would be stopping your opponent entering into the clinch range. Defending takedowns and initiating takedowns all on your own terms. This is all covered in the beginner MMA classes.

Beginner MMA Classes – Outcomes

We have students train for various reasons. The main reason being confidence and nothing, we believe builds confidence quite like a combat sport. Others train to get fit and a fun healthy activity. Others train because MMA being a complex game stimulates the mind. It really is a thinking person’s sport. Of course, some train to compete but this is something we don’t force or require.

If you are happy training a few hours a week to study the art in martial art then we are just as happy as you are.

We hope this puts your mind at rest, we understand it can be quite daunting taking up a combat sport


We always offer a free trial in all our classes and we always advise trying out a few other clubs too. Never buy the first car you test drive

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Beginners Boxing Classes

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Confidence & Comfort Zones

Beginners boxing classes at Function First Lincoln

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Beginners Boxing Classes – We all start somewhere

So we all start somewhere and that first step can be a little daunting sometimes. That’s why at Function First Lincoln we have beginner boxing classes. We ease you in with other beginners so you all grow together.

We’re here to make you not break you. Boxing is a go-to martial art for lots of people. It’s also a gateway art that leads many to train in other arts. At Function First, we are a mixed martial arts academy so if you decide you have the choice to try other classes.

Beginners Boxing Classes – You are not alone

We have lots of beginners so you won’t be alone. Beginners boxing classes mean you train for one year in the basics. After this, you progress onto the next stage with others when ready. You will focus on the basic strikes and combinations. Footwork and movement is also a huge part to learn.

I always loved the analogy of the supercar. You can have a V12 6000cc engine but without wheels, it’s going nowhere. Boxing, you can punch a heavy bag and break it in half. If you can’t move your feet then you’re going to need your opponent to stand still.

Beginners Boxing Classes –  Punch combinations

In year one you will learn the most common punch combinations in combat sport for knockouts. These have been studied over tens of thousands of fights over many years.

We also have a simple number system to help you learn the combinations faster and retain the information longer.

Personally, I find it fascinating that something that seems so simple. Can be so complex seemingly without an end to learning.

Beginners Boxing Classes – Depth of knowledge

Think about this, you learn a Jab or a drag step. Now that jab is the same jab as Mayweather learnt. But it’s obviously not used the same. The jab simply goes out and returns in a straight line, it takes five minutes to grasp. Then it takes a lifetime of study to make it work. This is what makes martial arts absolutely fascinating. You never have it all, there is always a deeper understanding.

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Laser Beam Focus

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Mental Strength

Laser Beam Focus at Function First Lincoln

Laser Beam Focus

Focus and attention play a huge part in martial arts. When someone is moving around in front of you throwing kicks and punches it pays to be in the moment.

The mind is a tricky little thing though before you know it, there it goes. Thinking about PS4 or whats for tea.

Laser Beam Focus – New ways we have been working it with the kids

So in our kid’s classes, we have been working with some new simple techniques to improve focus. Into laser beam focus of course.

Thes can be used at home by the parent for two minutes at a time twice a week. We noticed almost instant results. Though saying that it is something that should be done with persistence. Over many years if you really want a warrior mindset

  1. Simply get a meditation bell (follow this link) Now sit down with your child, eyes closed. Ring the bell and when you can’t hear the bell any longer raise your hand. You can stop the bell ringing at different times. Or let it fade away naturally. This really does focus the mind and you can do it along with your child. Hey, you might feel the benefits too. Actually, let me rephrase that. You will definitely feel the benefits if you do this.
  2. Get a cushion, lay down and put it on your child’s belly. Instruct them to breathe in and move the cushion up, breath out and bring it down. Repeat, do this twice a week for two minutes at a time. Breathing techniques are at the heart of martial arts and meditation. Breathing helps you control your power, emotions and resistance to strikes. Join in with your kids, as with exercise 1 you will benefit from this enormously.

Laser Beam Focus – In a crazy distracted world

Just a few minutes a day can have a profound effect. In todays world the skill of controlling the mind, not being distracted. Well, I think we all know, Facebook, Twitter and on and on it goes.

Theis is not wishy-washy hippy nonsense. The studies are out, they have been confirmed by science and millions of people worldwide.

Look after your mind because the revolution is internal

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Boxing Classes Lincoln

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Boxing Classes Lincoln – Official UWCB trainers

Boxing Classes Lincoln – Money Raised

So were in our 3rd year with the white collar events and what a pleasure it’s been.

The organisation is close to raising £10,000,000 Ten Million pounds for cancer research UK. Function First Lincoln has raised over £50k so far

Since starting with the UWCB we have added specific boxing classes Lincoln to our timetable. They are turning out to be a huge success

Boxing Classes Lincoln – Competing

We are building our boxing fight team slowly but surely. As with everything Function First, we are in no rush. We play the long game, and those who stick around win.

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Boxing Assessments

We recently had our first boxing classes Lincoln assessments. Where new members covered basic punches and covers for the first 3 months

Progress has been solid and we are really happy with the boxing crew, a great addition to the club

Boxing Classes Lincoln – More Classes added soon

As boxing classes Lincoln are filling up quickly. We will be adding a Saturday morning class soon so keep tuned to find out when.

We have lots of students crossing over into Self Defence to MMA to K1 and Grappling. Now, of course, the boxing.

It’s been an interesting experiment because of course there are things you can get away with in boxing. Like weaving, for example, boxing you can get down there at low risk. Do the same in MMA and you take a knee to the face.

So those who wish to purely box are coached a little different than those who cross train

Boxing Classes Lincoln – Cross Training

So with lots of members cross training. We are really having to pay attention to who is doing what and making sure we’re not coaching bad habits.

It’s a challenge, and we like those so all good here in the FF ranch

If you’re interested in trying our boxing classes. Give us a bell and have a free trial to see how you get on.

Were not a fighters club, meaning if you simply want to punch pads and sweat. That suits us as much as it does you. Of course, if you want to fight, then simply turn up, train hard.

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MMA Lincoln

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MMA Lincoln where the revolution is internal

MMA Lincoln 

In the late 1990’s I was cross training in kickboxing, traditional Jiu-Jitsu and Keysi Fighting method which on its own was a mixture of arts. I was introduced to something called Vale Tudo by my good friend Tony Davis who around that time was travelling far and wide to train with little-known fighters such Antônio Rogério Nogueira.

Since them what we now know as MMA has completely transformed and exploded into the mainstream with such epic theatrical productions such as the Connor McGregor vs Mayweather fight. This fight is reported to have generated around $400,000,000 that’s half a billion nearly which I hope you agree is insane.

MMA Lincoln Fight Team

At Function First MMA Lincoln we entered the arena in 2000 and had some fantastic fights. Stu Smith one of our coaches won his first amateur fight in Peterborough and the following few years we learnt some important lessons and gained some valuable experience.

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Stu after his first win

MMA Lincoln Journey

In our early days, we used to teach all the groundwork, takedown and striking in a one-hour class. But soon realised that regular students making it in two nights a week were struggling to pick up the work. So after some deliberation, we split classes into striking and grappling, MMA Lincoln.

It worked out better than we expected. Students that could only attend two nights a week could now train one hour in our striking class and one hour in our jiu MMA Lincoln class and the results spoke for themselves.

It also meant we had students who preferred the striking and those that enjoyed the grappling more. So we catered for those people also

MMA Lincoln Process

So within the first two years, our striking classes bred two K1 Titleholders and several solid fight team members. Starting at interclubs and working up to the bigger shows.

We are now building a solid fight team though it’s worth mentioning. We are not what I would call a fighters academy. Most of our students train for fun and fitness and the multiple benefits of martial arts. Both off the mats as on the mats.

Our fight team make up around 10% of our members. That seems a great balance at this point in time.

So hopefully be seeing you on those mats soon



Martial Arts Gradings

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Testing Times

Martial Arts Gradings Are Goals

Goals Motivate

Motivation breeds persistence & consistency

Persistence & consistency breed excellence

Martial Arts Gradings – Goals Are Key

If you’re not familiar with the Tim Ferris podcast and you are interested in excellence and patterns of the successful, then I recommend checking him out.

He dissects world class sports people, chess champions, billionaire business people to actors artists and writers. As we know measures of success are subjective, though it does appear that there are some things that nearly all successful people do consistently, and one of those things is goals.

Martial Arts Gradings – Outliers

Now as with everything there are outliers that don’t fit and in fact, go completely against the grain. But we won’t focus on them in this article on martial arts gradings.

So in the hundreds of hours and interviews dissecting world-class performers, goal setting appear over and over again.

Goals give you something to aim towards, like the holiday you are going on and want that tan or six-pack before you go. Or the wedding coming up and you want to fit into that dress. These are all goals and in fact, they are goals with a specific date and time. which to some people are quite stressful.

You can also have fluffy goals with a looser date and time. These are not such a specific target that can be shifted so not so stressful. So you could aim to lose between 1-2 kg by the end of June to July giving you some slack and taking the stress out of it.

Martial Arts Gradings – Off the mats as on the mats

Martial arts gradings are goals. They have a specific date with certain skills that need to be met, though these are different for each person. We are all different and express our movements differently, a good coach understands this. We’re not churning out replicas and killing creativity and self-expression here.

So the grading process and goal setting mindset in martial arts help in other activities, life, work off the mats as well as on them. You are developing a mindset, a goal-setting mindset and as we now know, 90% of highly successful people set goals.

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Self Defence Classes Lincoln

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Self Defence Classes Lincoln – Realistic Self Defence

So what is realistic self-defence and who says it’s so?

I hope we would all agree that self-defence for the modern day street is not the same as it was 300 years ago. Basic combat principles remain I believe but the society has shifted somewhat over the century’s as has the environment.

Martial arts have evolved over the centuries and in the last few years with the emergence of MMA some would argue that they have evolved more in the last 10 years than in the previous 300. Like I say, some would argue so keep your lid on.

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I myself have been studying self-defence for many years now and most of that journey was alongside the founders of the now dissolved Keysi Fighting Method. They were amazing years and the training answered the questions I had based upon my experiences of street fight’s, shootings and knife attacks during that time in my life. Many of you who know me or have read my articles in Martial Arts Illustrated or followed my blogs know some of my story.

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Now what became apparent to me some years ago was with the rising popularity of MMA your average person studying Martial Arts was becoming proficient very quickly. The MMA style of training meant that the work was pressure tested on a daily basis. As I became more involved in MMA and organised our own shows and attending others I also saw a new breed of fighter. Some of those training and competing in MMA were fighting on shows on a regular basis. Some even competing Friday and then Saturday on another show. Back to work Monday and the gym Monday night, next weekend do it all again. One guy who competed on our show jumped out of the cage, put on his shirt and went to work like he’d just been to the gym on a treadmill.

Now I’ve always known there are people out there who just love to fight, that’s not my point. What I noticed is there are now lots of people out there who love to fight and can fight, and the numbers are growing rapidly.

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During the following years I trained and studied with good friend Tony Davis in MMA. When I started teaching MMA it was purely for the sport application and the love for competition. What I also realised was I developed a much healthier outlook on life and my training due to the style of training and the humbling experience of failing a lot on the mats and getting tapped out repeatedly. Remember I came from a pretty hardcore lifestyle, living with the travelling community for over 20 years. Involved in serious violent situations for many years then straight into KFM. There ensued years of hardcore realistic study of how to smash and destroy everyone and everything. That’s all I did, I had no job and plenty of time. All I did was train and study violence and violent people after living with them for so long I guess you could say there wasn’t much Yin In my Yang. Don’t get me wrong, it was awesome but now at my age? I guess I’m chilling out a little.

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Over the years as my skills developed and my ability grew I became disillusioned with the pure self defence style. I began to notice areas especially the ground that were seriously underdeveloped and not understood

When does pain meet its limits? At what point does causing pain to your opponent fail you?

Simple, when it doesn’t hurt them, from my own experience pain doesn’t really play a part in the fight when it’s for real. I have been beaten unconscious by a gang of men before, I woke up fighting and got beat unconscious again. I felt nothing.

Experiences like that and then my study of the arts confirmed my beliefs, you need to understand how to deal with people who are bigger, stronger and do not feel pain and the only way other than the cop out eye gouge argument or use a weapon is. Learn BJJ or no gi or wresting etc.

Self Defence Classes Lincoln – Sparring?

Do not misunderstand that last statement; I do not believe BJJ or any other ground-based sport to be adequate for multiple attack situations. If that were true then pure BJJ guys would dominate the MMA scene without studying other striking arts. What I am saying is ground movement from these arts is essential to become a well rounded fighter

We have also all heard the stories or seen the footage of BJJ guys tapping out much larger opponents over and over. Not down to brute force or strength or relying on pain (much) but through superior posture and structure and securing position with incredible movement and technique.

As I’m always being told by my grappling coach. “Position before submission” well the same applies to applying devastating strikes on the ground. Secure the position first, otherwise there gone.

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I always came across the same response from people in the self-defence world when I posed question like.

“If you don’t know putting your arm in the wrong place means your opponent will break it in seconds. “

The answer,

“Yeah but that’s sport and were street and if he does an armbar in the street he’s an idiot because blah blah blah.”

“Yes I reply, but he’s an idiot who just snapped your arm because you gave it to him due to lack of knowledge”

“We don’t study the sport because its sport” was the answer. Even worse on many occasions I was told “They need to worry about us, not the other way around”

Self Defence Classes Lincoln – Delusion

It was such a deluded mind-set and arrogant. I’d watch people putting themselves in compromising situations where even a novice fighter would snap an arm or choke them out in seconds, over and over again without realising it. But everything is ok because we don’t have rules so we can do what we want seemed to be the ultimate answer to everything.

We have all met or heard this I believe“I don’t train the ground because I don’t fall down, I don’t go to the ground”

Now we all know this is delusional beyond belief, I mean you are in fact a walking miracle if you have never fallen over in your life. Saying we don’t study this or that because its sport is no different and if you find your self thinking that or being taught that, get out of there or keep a clear mind and cross train.

I loved my pure self defence years, they were crazy and intense and I learnt so much, my life changed for the better and I regret nothing. I do now realise something now though. Self defence answered my questions in the beginning, answers to some life threatening situations and violence, but it stopped answering them in certain areas like the ground. As I became a more proficient fighter and I saw the modern day martial artist and street thug adopt a new style of training and pressure testing it daily, fighting for fun, for real and regular.


The enemy is changing and your style of training needs to keep up with what’s out there. If its art for art’s sake then good for you and whatever makes you happy. But if you’re studying for reality then the question should be.

What is reality?

Do some research, talk to door supervisors to see what common changes they have seen in the last few years. Watch CCTV footage from the many streaming sites out there. Think about a 20 year old juiced up young man who from the age of 12 has been following UFC, fights for his local club, trains hard and loves to ruk on a Saturday night on the streets if he’s not got a legal fight. Ask yourself, really honestly do you believe in your training? Now there are 2 of them and they mean it, do you still believe in your training?

Now all that being said, have some fun and get more from your art than just kicking and punching.

Heres a good read on violence from Sam Harris – The Riddle Of The Gun


Kickboxing Classes Lincoln

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Mixed Martial Arts

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Even before the UFC popularized footage of men using martial arts techniques to bloody their opponents, the idea that martial arts might promote violence has been a major concern for people looking to get involved in kickboxing. It made sense to believe that in educating their students on how to punch and kick effectively, martial arts instructors would be implicitly teaching that violent behavior is acceptable and that being skillful at hurting others is even praiseworthy. Some parents and teachers worry that children who train in martial arts will be encouraged to use the harmful techniques they learn to hurt and bully other children. This long-held belief has prompted multiple studies on the effect that training martial arts can have on the aggressiveness of young children, and the results of these studies may surprise you.

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Instead of showing martial arts to have a negative effect on the violent tendencies of children, studies have consistently pointed to a reduced, rather than a raised, level of violence among children who train in these kinds of combat sports. One of the first studies carried out on the effect that martial arts training has on aggression was performed in 1981 by Dr. Nosanchuk. This researcher found, much to his surprise, that the longer a person had been training martial arts, the less aggressive they tended to be towards others. [i] This study was followed in 1986 by a study entitled “Martial Arts Training: A Novel “Cure” for Juvenile Delinquency,” By Michael E Trulson. Which concluded that the traditional elements of the martial arts training, including meditation, philosophy, an emphasis on respect, and memorized forms called katas, had a positive effect on at-risk youth who might otherwise be prone to aggression.

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The study demonstrated, among other things, that students who participated in the traditional martial art of Taekwondo for six months showed “decreased aggressiveness, lowered anxiety, increased self-esteem, [and] increased social adroitness” in comparison with students who participated in a regular exercise program that did not include martial arts training. The students in the exercise program, in fact, showed no significant improvement when it came to reducing their aggressive behaviors or increasing their self-esteem and social skills.

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Based on the results of the aforementioned studies and multitude of other research papers on the topic, some elementary schools have recently attempted to implement martial arts training as part of their school curriculum to try and cut down on the amount of bullying among their students. A 2008 study analyzing the results of one such program confirmed some of the earlier conclusions made about martial arts classes in previous articles. This study, entitled, “Effects of Participation in a Martial Arts- Based Ant bullying Program,” showed that third to fifth-year boys who participated in more sessions of their schools’ martial arts-based anti-bullying program were reported to have a lower frequency of aggressive behaviour as well as a higher frequency of helpful behaviour towards victims of bullying. The study attributed this change in the boys’ behavior to the way these classes taught “empathy, self-control, and peaceful strategies to resolve conflicts.

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It is natural for young boys to exhibit an increased level of aggression as they get older, but martial arts can help eliminate some of the more negative forms of aggression by providing an appropriate outlet for the children’s anger and hostility. Instead of hitting classmates on the playground or getting into fights with their siblings, growing boys can redirect their feelings of aggression by hitting punching bags or sparring with classmates in a controlled manner. Sparring with other martial arts students may seem to encourage peer violence in an age group that is already prone to hostile behaviour, but according to Jamie Seabrook author of “Martial Arts Revealed, Benefits, Problems Solutions” “When an instructor emphasizes respect and courtesy towards his students, sparring actually teaches students self-control and humility. Students learn to not swing wildly but to hit with only limited contact.”


In other words, martial arts helps students to become masters of their own natural aggressive tendencies by teaching them how to handle their bodies in a controlled manner. Having better body awareness and a sense of control over their own aggression helps students to eliminate inappropriate violence towards others.

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Kickboxing classes Lincoln can also help reduce violence among children by instilling a sense of confidence in them. Children often fight because they want to feel powerful or prove themselves in some way. Being able to command and manipulate other children through aggression and intimidation helps young boys especially to feel more in control of their surroundings when they are suffering from feeling helpless or weak. Very often, however, this kind of violent behavior only serves to decrease the confidence of the victim of the aggressive child without significantly increasing his own. Training in combat sports, on the other hand, increases a child’s level of confidence by increasing his awareness of his inner power and strength and providing him with skills that make him feel safer and more in control of his own person.


This prevents the child from feeling the need to get into fights with other children in order to mask an underlying sense of insecurity or powerlessness. When children gain empowerment through martial arts, they become better equipped to avoid their “tense, defensive reactions to pressure and conflict which so often only create more violence” and to walk away from conflict instead of further aggravating a situation. This renewed sense of self-control and confidence, therefore, decreases a child’s tendency towards violence and teaches him to step away from his habit of fighting to direct his energy towards more worthwhile pursuits.

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Hopefully, now that you have seen the evidence, you are convinced that martial arts training does not lead to the increased levels of aggression that some have mistakenly associated with it. But along with ensuring that your child does not hurt others, you also want to make sure that he is not going to hurt himself. A common misconception parents tend to have about martial arts classes is that they have a high rate of injury and are therefore dangerous for children to participate in. When parents envision children punching and hitting each other in class, it is understandable that they become worried about their children’s safety, but the reality is that children are much more likely to hurt themselves while rollerblading than they are by participating in a martial arts class. In 2003, the Scottish Medical Journal published an article in which they analyzed the number of sports injuries seen in children in the Accident & Emergency Department of a certain hospital over a three-month period of time.

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According to this article, a large majority of the sports injuries observed were obtained by children while playing football or rollerblading, with rugby, basketball, and school physical education also causing a fair amount of damage.[vi] Out of the two hundred thirty-eight sport-related injuries treated at the hospital during the time frame of the study, only two per cent were a result of martial arts training. This is less than half the amount of injuries that occurred as a result of ice skating or cycling, both of which are activities that most parents would feel completely comfortable allowing their children to participate in.

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Children training in organized martial arts programs are under the strict supervision of their sensei and his or her assistants, and in striking sports, they are usually required to wear protective gear that helps prevent injury. A retrospective study done on children and adolescents who participated in a karate class found that of the sixty-eight students surveyed, none had received injuries critical enough to inhibit their participation in the class for any period of time. Twenty-eight per cent of these students sustained some kind of minor injury while training, but these injuries consisted mostly of bruises with only a few students obtaining minor sprains and strains.[vii] The conclusion of this study was that karate is a safe sport for children to participate in as long as the proper protective equipment is worn and the children are adequately supervised.

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The perceived violence and danger of martial arts have also added to another misconception about the sport, which is that it is not an activity for girls. The idea is that because girls are not naturally as aggressive as boys, they will not be interested in a sport that involves punching, kicking, and wrestling. This mentality has unfortunately prevented many girls from becoming involved in an activity that has as many, if not more, benefits for them as it has for their male peers. Parents tend to enroll their sons in martial arts classes more frequently than their daughters, and even when girls do participate in combat

[i] Nosanchuk, T. A. (1981). The way of the warrior: The effects of traditional martial arts training on aggressiveness. Human Relations, 34, 435 – 444.

[ii] Trulson, M. E. (1986). Martial arts training: A novel “cure” for juvenile delinquency. Human Relations, 39, 1131 – 1140.

[iii] Twemlow, S., Biggs, B., Nelson, T., Vernberg, E., and Fonagy, P. (2008). Effects of participation in a martial arts–based antibullying program in elementary schools, Psychology in the Schools 45(10), 947-959.

[iv] Seabrook, Jamie A. Martial Arts Revealed: Benefits, Problems, and Solutions. New York: IUniverse, Inc, 2003.

[v] Aikido Association of America. “About Us.” 2010.

[vi]Boyce, Stephan and Quigley, Micheal. “An Audit Of Sports Injuries In Children Attending An Accident & Emergency Department.” SMJ 2003 48(3): 88-90

[vii] Zetaruk, M N, M A. Violan, D Zurakowski, and L J. Micheli. “Karate Injuries in Children and Adolescents.” Accident Analysis and Prevention. 32.3 (2000).


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