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Bullying Statistics*
Bullying statistics for 2010 revealed that about one in seven students in kindergarten through 12th grade is either a bully or has been a victim of bullying. Sometimes children who have been bullied become bullies themselves.

Other bullying statistics:
  • Over half of all students have witnessed a bullying crime take place while at school.
  • 70 percent of students report bullying as an on-going problem.
  • There are about 282,000 students attacked in high schools throughout the nation every month.
* Source, bullyingstatistics.org
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Children aren’t born bullies, they’re taught to bully. Bullying arises from fearfulness and self-hatred. Research indicates that some children learn bullying behavior by the time they’re preschoolers. Many young children become bullies before entering kindergarten.

What is Bullying? Bullying is the act of exhibiting intentionally hurtful, taunting, repetitively abusive behavior. There are several types of bullying: physical, verbal, and social, not to mention the ever-increasing cyber-bullying.

We can significantly reduce bullying if we instill in our children self-esteem and a true sense of goodness, two things that we strive for in Aikido. Our non-violent exercises offer real alternatives to conflict and aggression.

What is Aikido? Aikido is a non-violent and non-competitive martial art. It fosters physical, emotional and mental conflict resolution skills, and offers ways to deal with bullying. Using movement techniques, visualization and energetic practices, children, teens and adults develop a greater sense of self-esteem. Aikido's response to violence is to redirect the energy of an attack and subdue the attacker without injury, rather than meeting force with force. Aikido is known worldwide as the "Art of Peace."
                                                                
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“My son’s confidence and self-respect has improved since he started Aikido practice. When he started training he was experiencing a number of stresses and anxieties at home and in the classroom. But he has developed great relationships with kids at the dojo, and has improved his communication skills at school, and on his other sports teams.  He used to complain about being harassed by kids at school. Since he has started training he has developed more self-control and manages his physical space more effectively. Aikido has given him the courage to stand up for himself.”
DD Aikido parent for 4 years
“Aikido is something my boys will be able to do for the rest of their lives, no matter where they end up in the world.  The entire philosophy of harmony and energy, centering oneself and taking care of each other is, I believe, an excellent way for a child to learn to look at the world.   To have so many caring instructors as role models, who nurture the children and train with them is inspiring.”
MB Aikido parent for 17 years
“While there are many things we appreciate about Aikido, what stands out is having our children be in a setting where they are in the hands of incredibly qualified, sincere, respectful, dedicated instructors, who will likely be there for the length of our children's time at TCA.  There are not many places in our fast paced changing society, where our children can develop a relationship with mentors that can last through out their growing years into adulthood.  Knowing that option exists within the community at this dojo is valuable to our family.”
TB Aikido parent for 8 years
“My daughter began taking Aikido in 2nd grade. The dojo has been not only a place to learn Aikido, but it is also a community of people dedicated to supporting and challenging one another to grow in awareness and connection both on the mat and out in the real world.
MT Aikido parent for 5 years
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