Hutt Valley Dojo Against Bullying

Kyokushin Karate can be a transformative martial art for children who are being bullied either at school or in the street. This discipline not only equips them with essential self-defence skills but also fosters mental and emotional resilience. Through rigorous training and practice, children develop increased self confidence, self discipline, and assertiveness. They learn to carry themselves with strength and composure, deterring potential bullies and effectively responding to threatening situations. Kyokushin karate instills a deep sense of respect and discipline, teaching children to value themselves and others. Moreover, the supportive enviroment of the dojo and the guidnace of experienced instructors provide a safe space for children to build friendships, gain  a sense of belonging, and develop their self-esteem. By cultivating physical and mental strength, Lower Hutt Kyokushin karate empowers children to face bullying situations with confidence, enabling them to overcome adversity and thrive both in and outside the dojo. 


Bullying has severe impacts on children's mental health, sometimes comparable to mistreatment by adults. The prevalence of bullying among children worldwide calls for a change in approach. Hutt Valley Dojo offers a solution by addressing the issue at its roots. By enrolling children in Kyokushin karate, they not only learn self-defence techniques but also develop mental resilience and emotional strength. Training in Kyokushin karate enhances their self confidence, discipline, and assertiveness, making them less vulnerable to bullies. The discipline promotes respect and instills a sense of belonging, fostering a supportive enviroment where children can build friendships and boost their self-esteem. Throughout the year, Hutt Valley Dojo runs Easter and Halloween events along with a karate games to reinforce these important principles. Furthermore, Kyokushin karate empowers children to intervene and prevent bullying by teaching them how to create a safe and inclusive peer group. By focusing on educating young people about the harmful effects of bullying, Kyokushin karate equips them with the tools to promote a bully-free enviroment and protect themselves and others. 



Why Children Engage in Bullying.

In order to effectively address the issue of bullying and provide support for the victim, it is crucial to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying motivations that drive bullying behaviour. It is essential to move beyond common stereotypes such as the assumption that all bullies are socially isolated or suffer from low self esteem. Research has unveiled a spectrum of reasons behind bullying ranging from impulse controls, and difficulties with anger management to desires for revenge and a longing to belong. A comprehensive understanding of these motivations can inform strategies for tackling this problem. 


Desire for Power


Adolescents who seek power or control are often drawn to bullying behaviours. This inclination may stem from a perceived lack of power in their own lives, making the acquisition of power through social interactions more appealing. These teenagers may prefer interactions on their own terms, resorting to bullying when things do not go their way. This inclination is not limited to a specific gender, as research indicates that boys are just as likely as girls to engage in relational aggression, characterised by indirect social tactics like gossip, put-downs, social pressure, and exclusion to establish social dominance. Additionally, athletes and physically strong students may resort to bullying to exert power over weaker peers or eliminate competition within their teams. 


Bullying vs Unkind Behaviour


Bullying can sometimes manifest as a means of reinforcing social status. Popular children may mock their less popular peers through relational aggresion, 

including spreading rumours, engaging in promiscuity, stigmatising and ostracising others. Moreover, students striving to climb the social heirarchy may resort

to bullying as a means of gaining attention or diminishing the social status of others. 


Seeking Retribution


Some teenagers who have been targets of bullying themselves may seek revenge or retaliation. These individuals, often referred to as "bully-victims," may perceive their actions as justified due to their own experiences of harassment. They may target individuals who are weaker or more vulnerable, or even confront  those who previously bullied them.  


Home Enviroment and Self Esteem


Teens who come from abusive households are more likely to engage in bullying, as agression and violence are modeled behaviours for them. Likewise, adolescents with permissive or absent parents may turn to bullying as a means of attaining power and control that is lacking in their personal lives. Low self-esteem can also drive bullying, serving as a cover for their diminshed sense of self worth. Sibling bullying can further exacerbate this issue, as younger siblings, when taunted and tormented by older ones, may seek to regain a sense of power by bullying others, sometimes emulating the actions of their older siblings. 


Seeking Stimulation


Some children, driven by boredom and a desire for excitement, resort to bullying as a means of injecting drama into their lives. For others, the lack of attention and supervision from their parents makes bullying a means of garnering attention. Children lacking empathy may take pleasure in hurting others' feelings, finding amusement in their hurtful actions.




Bullying often targets individuals who are perceived as different in some way. This could include children with special needs, allergies, or those singled out due to their race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Prejudice frequently underlies these instances of bullying.


Peer Pressure


Kids may engage in bullying to fit in with a specific clique, even if it means going against their better judgement. The fear of not being accepted or becoming the next target can lead them to participate in group bullying.


Understanding these various motivations behind bullying behaviour is a critical step in developing effective prevention and intervention strategies to address this complex issue and create safer enviroments for all children. 


Other Resources


Below is a link to, a New Zealand organisation educating and supporting people about bullying. In recognition of  Anti-Bullying day declared by organisations such as UNESCO and the United Nations, Pink Shirt day is celebrated in New Zealand in mid May with 2024 being held on May 17th.