Does play-fighting fall under the category of ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ or is the martial arts to blame?
Is it natural for boys to play-fight regardless of their exposure to superheroes, cartoons and martial arts?  I think so.  I know there are some people who believe that the martial arts manifests aggression and gives kids who already have aggressive tendencies the tools to more accurately hurt others.  But the truth is, that quality martial arts instruction exposes a child to a combination of positive attributes like humility, patience, physical and mental discipline, and the life-long skill of self-defense.  These integral lessons in a martial arts program need to be acknowledged by the parents so they become part of a dialog at home.  Furthermore, parents need to communicate with their martial arts instructor if their child exhibits any unacceptable aggressive behavior or un-kind treatment of others...