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ERIC Number: EJ848707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
Treating Violence in the School through Traditional Martial Arts
Kim, Israel
International Journal of Educational Reform, v13 n4 p308-324 Fall 2004
In a comprehensive survey of the literature title "Coping With Violence in the School System," Benbenisti, Astor, and Marachi (2003) map out the programs being deployed throughout the school system today. Those programs listed are "peace builders," "second step," "Richmond's youth against violence," "student's project for peace," "community service plan," "strategies for the prevention of youth violence," "FAST-track families and school," and "brainpower and YLYG" in Cleveland, Ohio. None of the above programs for preventing school violence uses martial arts techniques as preventive measures. The particular martial art examined in this article is GoJu (meaning literally hard and soft), a well-based program grounded in the traditional Chinese philosophy called "Dao." This study intends to introduce the GoJu martial arts to the Israeli school system as a primary and especially secondary prevention of school violence. The experience of martial arts in effectively treating low or deficient self-control children is open for scientific research, which may bring "esoteric" solutions out from the shadows and make them legitimate. This study aims to present selected findings from a study dealing with the improvement made by low self-control students, so classified by caregiving and teaching staff of a well-known boarding school. These findings indicate that GoJu martial art training develops self-control and contributes to solving, partially at least, aggressiveness problems in a special and selected and difficult group of kids in the Israeli educational system. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia; Israel