John Nottingham Discuss the Anti-Bully Program on the
Outreach Today Radio Show
- Bullying is the most common form of violence in American society according to the National Association of School Psychologists.
- Bullying affects 15 to 30 percent of students as either bullying child or the targets of bullying
- Studies have shown that adults who were bullied as children have a much higher level of depression and lower self-esteem than those who were not.
While you may think that your child's school is taking bullying seriously, the statistics show that over 85% or higher of bullying incidences go unreported. Many more incidences of bullying take place before, after or while children are not in school. Despite these laudable efforts to curb bullying, they do not always deflect and defend bullying attacks. That is precisely where bodyguard and law enforcement trainer John Nottingham comes in.
Nottingham, an Army Airborne Veteran who served in a Special Forces unit and trained elite soldiers in hand to hand combat, has gone on to teach law enforcement and bodyguards. He has used his knowledge of advanced threat assessment, verbal judo and non-confrontation approach to develop a specialized BULLY PREVENTION TRAINING & SELF DEFENSE organization called The Bullying Prevention Initiative International with a local chapter here in Phoenix.
I started the program having successfully taught bullying prevention for over 25 years. I was glad to see the Olweus system being taught in many schools here in Arizona but concerned for the lack of training on force appropriate physical intervention skills.
I want parents and teachers to have options to teach their children or students.Starting with The Arizona Bullying Intervention Initiative, Nottingham trained his staff and students at his USA Martial Arts school in Phoenix and conducted public speaking engagements, school assemblies and teacher training. His programs have caught on and requests came in to share his unique bully busting methodologies.
We cover the full spectrum and teach different skills than other programs offer. I didn't agree with the approaches that infringe on free speech or that do not adequately address violence, off campus bullying and other safety concerns. Our programs draw on protective tactics used by professional protectors – bodyguards.
Nottingham then created the Bullying Prevention Initiative International to support those interested in the bullying prevention mission. One of his more popular programs is called "Bully Proof Vest" prepares children of varying ages to deal with bullying as well as other safety issues they might face such as abductions and abuse.
His courses emphasize avoidance, de-escalation and deterrence tactics that help children develop social assertiveness and confidence. The skills range from verbal tactics to force appropriate physical self-defense techniques to escape to safety and mitigate abuse.
Nottingham's "Bully Proof Vest" self-defense and escape school course gives children confidence to resolve self-defense and safety issues both in and out of the classroom (where most of the bullying and abuse take place, out of the view of teachers).
Bullying is one of the most difficult issues that students, parents and educators might encounter in or out of school. However, with our strategies, we can make a difference.
The Bullying Prevention Initiative International strives to offer the most practical and effective bullying prevention program available.
Learn more about bullying, how to prevent or resolve it, and more about the Bullying Prevention Initiative International organization or the Arizona chapter Arizona Bullying Prevention Initiative.
Protect your children with bullying prevention skills and strategies by contacting USA Martial Arts Phoenix and a certified bully prevention specialist to inquire about upcoming seminars based on the Bullying Prevention Initiative International programs. firstname.lastname@example.org 602-896-8721