Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bully Prevention: Kids Taught Smart Martial Arts With Verbal Judo Self Defense to Resolve Conflicts Peacefully

Bully Prevention: Kids Taught Smart Martial Arts

| March 31, 2011 | Arizona Bullying Prevention |

(Arizona Bullying Prevention)- Law Enforcement, Military and Bodyguard trainer John Nottingham has decided to incorporate martial arts into the school safety program for elementary, middle and high school students in Phoenix, Arizona. Children are taught self-defense strategies, as well as conflict resolution skills in the class. Read the blog article below to learn more about this bullying prevention initiative.

Children learn verbal judo, self-defense to resolve conflicts peacefully

As bullying, safety concerns and teen suicide continue to appear as news headlines some parents are taking a different approach to preparing their children for school and life. Along with the 911 system, learning to swim, now parents are adding in abduction prevention, self defense from depression, obesity, diabetes and bullying. They are doing this at USA Martial Arts Phoenix.

Bullying is the most common form of violence in American society according to The National Association of School Psychologists. Bullying affects 15 percent to 30 percent of students as either bullies or victims.

While many schools have in place zero-tolerance rules against bullying, but these don't always deflect bully attacks. That's where martial arts Master John Nottingham comes in.

Nottingham, an Army Airborne veteran and 30 year martial arts and self defense trainer, has developed a program called "BULLY PROOF VEST" that prepares children of varying ages to deal with bullying and other safety issues they might face, such as abductions and abuse.

Through a two-hour class that teaches verbal tactics and strategies (as opposed to strictly physical self-defense moves), Nottingham's "Bully Proof Vest" self-defense and escape school course gives children confidence to resolve self defense and safety issues in and out of the classroom.

Bully deflectors

  • Your strongest weapon is your voice
  • Your secret weapon is confidence
  • Your tool is being firm

Use the six powerful protectors:
  1. Ignore the comment.
  2. Stay away from the bully.
  3. Agree with the bully.
  4. Change the subject.
  5. Refuse to fight.
  6. Get an adult.

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