Back to School and After School Martial Arts Program written by: Master McCorryClassroom Challenges – The Dangers of Modern School Life What makes school a less friendly place for children compared to the previous decades? Factors are many. Like everything, education too has become commercialized, which naturally led to a highly competitive scenario in which only the fittest can survive. Even the recent global depression is proven to have increased the stress among children. The concerns of higher grades and better jobs are on the rise. Combined with this, children have other classroom worries as well. One in every four children in the US admits to having been bullied at least once in their lives, among which around 80% are victims of cyber bullying (Data by BullyingStatistics.org). Peer pressure is yet another demon. Family First Aid’s survey notes that one third of the 2500 teen drug addiction victims felt the pressure to fit in with their peers. School life is not a bed of roses for the kids out there; and this shows how necessary it is to prepare them successfully for school. As it has been tried and discarded by one generation of mothers and fathers, admonition and advice is a poor way to equip your child for the school years. Martial Arts and Back-to-School Preparation Martial arts are highly beneficial for children in many ways. Above all, it is a wonderful way to prepare your child for the problems in school. Unlike other preparations, martial arts do not try to repair the harm that unhealthy school life does to your child. Instead, martial arts strengthens kids from within to face the difficult situations in life such as bullying and stress and prevent the harm before it is done. Martial arts have a unique say in shaping your child’s future life – experience it today!