For Teens

Bullying stops us from being who we want to be and prevents us from expressing ourselves freely. Bullying might even make us feel unsafe. If you are bullied, say something! If you are bullying, it’s not cool!

I might be being bullied

SPEAK UP: If you feel uncomfortable with the comments or actions of someone… tell someone! It is better to let a trusted adult know than to let the problem continue. Get familiar with what bullying is and what it is not.  If you recognize any of the descriptions, you should stay calm, stay respectful, and tell an adult as soon as possible. If you feel like you are at risk of harming yourself or others get help now!

Someone is bullying me online or via text message

Remember, bullying does not only happen at school. It can happen anywhere, including through texting, the internet, and social media. Participants learn simple, effective, and powerful techniques to feel energized, focused, and how to deal with peer pressure and being bullied.

Drug Education & Prevention

Research has shown that adolescents can reap numerous mental health benefits from physical activity especially as it relates to lower levels of depression, and exercise can encourage better self-perception. This is very important for teens that have body image issues.  Other benefits include a healthy weight, prevention of osteoporosis, some forms of cancer and heart disease later in life, and so much more. Exercise can also lead to improved academic performance and development of lifelong healthy physical activity habits.

Adolescents can be encouraged to exercise by finding activities they enjoy, especially outside of school. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, physical education curriculums vary widely across the country and are not required beyond eighth grade in some states.

Martial Arts give students a sense of self-esteem that translates into the ability to make wise choices. There is no more reason to seek other coping skills with substances.

Karate & Self-Defense

Karate is a Japanese unarmed fighting art that was brought from China to Japan about 700 years ago. Self-Defense is not limited to just punching and kicking. It is also feeling confident in your ability to defend yourself without having to prove it.

Tai Chi & Qi Gong

Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for the health of the mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits.

Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits.  An article in US News & World Report in March 2009 “…because of the concern about the myriad pressures on students, more schools are training children and teenagers to cope with stress through yoga, tai chi, and other increasingly popular anxiety-fighting methods.”

What is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as “intrinsic life energy”.

Stress Management

Ever notice that a good laugh has a way of lightening your burdens? Or maybe you’ve experienced a scenario like one of these.  Your day feels completely stressful and overwhelming, but then you coach yourself to step away from the frenzy, collect your thoughts, and make a list of what’s going on– prioritizing what’s important.  Has your list ever helped you discover that perhaps your day is more manageable than it seemed?

Or maybe you usually go walking with a friend before you start your workday.  This week seems entirely too busy and stressful to fit in such “frivolities.”  But you decide that instead of skipping it, you’ll go ahead and walk.  Afterward, you notice it was good for you physically, socially, and emotionally and upon sitting down for the workday, you actually feel more able to attack the list of tasks.