The Down Side Of Dealing With BulliesI teach all my students that there are only 2 places that were they can use their Judo:
- When they are in the Dojo
- When they are very very very scared
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It is an unfortunate fact of life that it doesn't matter how justified you are in reacting bullying situation, it is more than probable that you are the one that is going to get into trouble, not the offender; even if your reaction was not physical.
As distasteful as I find the above situation, I also am convinced that a physical reaction should be a last resort and that whilst it may be necessary, often it will not bring about a long term solution.
This begs the question: "If violence is that last resort what then is our first?".
It may surprise some but the answer is "be confident".
There are many things that you can do or say that may defuse a situation and I teach my students lots of them but without confidence few, if any response is effective if it is not backed with confidence.