In today’s society, children have a unique set of challenges that impact their lives. For instance, the negative results of bullying can have a major impact on a child’s happiness, self-esteem and overall success in life and school. In Kindness Counts, kids learn valuable tools and strategies for dealing with bullies in assertive and non-violent ways.
Kindness Counts is also a fun, interactive character development program which uses martial arts as metaphor for helping kids make choices that are consistent with the values parents and teachers deem important like; courtesy, respect and cooperation. No offensive martial arts techniques are taught in this program. Rather, students learn the following skills to positively impact their school communities and home-life.
- Defensive martial arts movements (power positions, blocks and footwork) to kinesthetically anchor bully-proofing and character development concepts
- Verbal skills that can help them diffuse conflicts in a non-violent manner
- How to recognize and handle their own anger and use “cool down” techniques to prevent fights
- Proactively using kindness as a tool for building better relationships with their classmates, friends and families
As a final aspect of the Kindness Counts program, students are encouraged to make “Being Kind” part of their everyday school culture. To initiate this, kids are challenged to perform a minimum of 10 Random Acts of Kindness (RAK’s) in the week following their training. When done in a typical elementary school, this has the potential of injecting thousands of RAK’s into school community, serving as a catalyst for lasting change. In the past decade, Kindness Counts had generated over 250,000 RAK’s in various school communities across the country.