This Wednesday, Studio Martial Arts had the chance to give an Anti-Bully Workshop at Myers Elementary school here in San Antonio, Tx. It was a great opportunity to give back to the community and educate the children and teachers on how to approach bullying. Martial Arts has many benefits, but for children, the ability to physically and mentally prepare for bullies is at the top of the list.
Bullying is rampant in the United States, stemming from almost every children's activity and present in every school. Over 1 million children per year are bullied in school and outside of school. This makes Martial Arts an absolute necessity to counter bullying and prevent children from mental or physical harm.
Our group was ready to present at Myers Elementary and was very impressed with the staff and the school. We got the best reception for what we were doing and enjoyed the hospitality and help needed to set up. At 8 a.m., we had our first group of 230 students from 4th and 5th grade. Using cues and mental anchors, the groups were engaged throughout the course of the presentation where we played out a few scenarios and strategies that they could use if a bully were to begin imposing on them. The children were very well behaved and engaged with questions and volunteering to practice on stage. The children did such a great job and were rewarded prizes throughout the course of the presentation.
After the first group, came groups 2 and 3 including the rest of the school totaling to more than 700 students had the opportunity to enjoy the fun. Using group and teaching techniques, it was the most successful event that we have had thus far. The children of Myers were well behaved and very willing to engage in martial arts. As the event wrapped up, we could see that we made a great impression on the school, teachers, and students. It was an event that was well worth it and helped to increase the awareness of bullying. Thank you Myers Elementary and North Side Independent School District for the great opportunity. And thank you Adam Verastegui and Glenn Tillman for all of your help and effort towards Studio Martial Arts.