New Ways To Resolve Bullying

Press Release – New Ways To Resolve Bullying
by John Nottingham on OCTOBER 7, 2010

Phoenix, AZ – John Nottingham, owner of USA Martial Arts Phoenix and Nottingham Sword & Shield Security, recently stated that bullying is the number-one social issue in schools today. Violence is epidemic. Our children are being taught by the media that violence is the justifiable and even honorable solution to the problems of relationships. But we don’t accept this – we can teach our children to understand and resolve conflicts nonviolently through a special program that combines the disciplines of education, psychology and the seemingly contradictory practice of martial arts.

“Recent studies indicate that bullying has increased in recent years, although it is not clear if the increase reflects more incidents of bullying at school or perhaps greater awareness of bullying as a problem. (according to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization 2005).”

Nottingham added that Bullying includes a wide variety of behaviors, but all involve a person or a group repeatedly trying to harm someone who is weaker or more vulnerable. It can involve direct attacks (such as hitting, threatening or intimidating, maliciously teasing and taunting, name-calling, making sexual remarks, and stealing or damaging belongings) or more subtle, indirect attacks (such as spreading rumors or encouraging others to reject or exclude someone).

“Studies showed that one in two students experience occasional bullying during any school term. One in four students in primary school are bullied more than once or twice at least in any term (so they are more than twice as likely to be bullied as those in secondary schools). One in ten in secondary school are bullied more than once or twice at least in any term (some research says one third of secondary students are bullied during the course of the school year). And one in ten primary aged students are persistently and frequently bullied – possibly every day.” -This according to Sonia Sharp, an expert on bullying.

According to Nottingham, most attempts at conflict resolution focus primarily on resolving the conflict after it begins. A new and innovative way is available. It combines physical self-defense skills, which give a young person the confidence not to fight, with mental self-defense skills and VERBAL JUDO which give a young person the ability to resolve a potential threat peacefully.

Along with character building, this program focuses on understanding the primary factors that create conflict in relationships. It also addresses the secondary causes and teaches young people “12 ways to walk away with confidence.” It is a nonjudgmental, nonsectarian approach to understanding and peacefully resolving the challenges of human relationship.

John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts Phoenix will hold these classes on every Wednesday evening in October in recognition of National Bully Prevention Month. Classes are for Ages 4-12. Class is 45 minutes in length. These classes will be on a first come first serve basis and there are only 15 slots available each day so don’t delay call Dawn at 602/896-8721 to reserve your child’s spot. You can also register your child online at http://USA-MartialArts.com or at http://KidsLoveMartialArtsPhoenix.com

USA Martial Arts Phoenix is located at the Southwest corner of Greeway and Tatum in the Albertsons center. Their address is 4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9, Phoenix, Arizona 85032. USA Martial Arts can be reached at 602/896-8721.

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ATTENTION CURRENT MEMBERS OF USA MARTIAL ARTS:

You will not need to sign up for these classes your child will attend this class during their regularly scheduled class. Plus they will be able to invite their friends as well. In fact if you copy and paste this page link and you can send this info to your friends and this is the link they will need to use to sign up to attend the bully buster workshop with your child for FREE.

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