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Wanting To Be a Super Hero But Feel Like a Zero – Lessons From BullyProof Vest

March 29, 2017

You feel invisible, helpless or lost in a crowd.  Sometimes you wonder if you will ever be respected, liked and appreciated for the person you are.

Being bullied or feeling left out just stinks.  But it’s OK because I’m going to share some simple steps with you that can change things.

First, recognize that no matter what you are feeling, this is just a temporary thing and it will pass.  It may not feel like it, but take it from me that it will.  The good news is that you don’t have to wait for the situation to change, you can do things right now to make it better.

Now you may be telling yourself, “I’ve tried and it doesn’t work!”.  Yes, you and millions of others have felt the same way.  I felt the same way so you’re not alone.  However, what you’ll find is that it can if you use the right strategies and get the right help.

Have you ever noticed that even Super Heroes sometimes need help or to be rescued?  Be smart and ask for help before it gets you down.  There is ALWAYS hope!

Second, you must know that you may feel alone but you have people who will listen, care and help you if you reach out to them in the right way.  When it comes to your safety and happiness, people will go to great lengths to help you.  Feeling alone or bullied can only exist if you keep feeling afraid or confused.  You are more than just your feelings and when you change things, so will your feelings.  Do you have a trusted teacher, friend, mentor, parent, Uncle, Aunt or coach that you can talk to?

You may be thinking, they don’t care or I don’t want to tell them.  I promise that if you reach out to the right people, and keep reaching out, you’ll get the help you need.  Just have five seconds of courage and things can begin to change.  You are worth it!  Do it now and don’t put it off.

Finally, know that you are worth it and you deserve to be happy!   The more powerful and confident you feel, the happier you will feel.  I recommend joining a good martial arts school or a sport, art or activity that has caring coaches and teachers.  When you are busy building yourself, you will change your mind, body and emotions.  It’s true and it really works!  I’m living proof and so are millions of others.

Hope Is a Powerful Ally!

Be Your Own Super Hero,

John Nottingham

BullyProof Vest Founder
The Bullying Specialist

For Bullying Help or Resources Go To:

BullyProof Vest  | The Arizona Bullying Prevention Initiative – Phoenix BullyProof Project | Bullying Prevention Initiative International

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Bullying: Phoenix Arizona Stands Against Bullying with Cody Simpson & The Jonas Brothers

April 17, 2012

Stand4Change Anti-Bully Day Video

Anti-Bully | Stand Against Bullying Day with Cody Simpson

Children and teachers all over Phoenix Arizona are taking a stand against bullying.  Thousands of Phoenix kids are taking part in Stand4Change.org day, an international demonstration for an ant-bullying message.

Spearheaded by The Arizona Bullying Prevention Initiative, The Phoenix BullyProof Project and USA Martial Arts Phoenix, students are getting schools and kids on board with this timely message.  On the heels of the recent Lee Hirsch documentary film “BULLY”, the timing couldn’t be better.

Kids are seeing positive role models like Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson, the Jonas Brothers and others take a stand against bullying.  This is a way to raise awareness and get involved in something positive.

On May 4, 2012 at 12pm EST (9am Phoenix Arizona), students will join participants around the country and stand as a gesture of solidarity to show they are taking a stand against bullying. You can download a flyer at Stand4Change.org to take to your school or stop by USA Martial Arts Phoenix to get more information.

The force behind Stand4Change & Defeat The Label is Ken Kragen, the mastermind behind the 1980’s movement Hands Across America and the “We Are The World” fundraising song.  He has some big plans in the works that include a song, celebrity endorsements and a national media campaign to raise awareness on bullying.

The Stand4Change national press will launch soon. Here is a video already on YouTube.com to share with friends, teachers and administrators if you want to take a leadership role and get it started in your school. 

Get Involved & Take a Stand Against Bullying

If you are against bullying in schools please repost this so we can get as many people as possible to take part on May 4. 
http://youtu.be/qye1U1qv1D4

Thinking Globally – Acting Locally

The Arizona Bullying Prevention Initiative | The Phoenix BullyProof Project has teamed up with USA Martial Arts & Nottingham Sword & Shield Security to offer a series of follow up bullying prevention training camps and workshops. Contact BullyProofVestAZ@gmail.com for details or to register.

Anti-bullying | Stop Bullying in Schools | How To Stop Bullies

March 10, 2012

Feeling Bullied?


Anti-bullying | Stop Bullying in Schools | How to Stop Bullies

Defining bullying: One definition of bullying is…Bullying is aggression behavior toward another individual repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms including physical bullying, verbal bullying, social bullying and variations including cyber-bullying via text, internet or social media bullying. The defining characteristic of bullying is an imbalance of power where the target cannot defend himself.

Increasing research is demonstrating that school-wide so called anti-bullying programs are failing. Olweus own research, one of the most widely used bullying prevention programs in schools, shows that over 85% of bullying still goes unreported.

It is a common problem that children avoid telling anyone they are being bullied. Often, children fear retaliation, escalation, retribution, and the embarrassment, and fear of being blamed. One essential component of bullying prevention is for parents (teachers, coaches, school administration) make sure that children feel safe and willing to share information related to their safety or peace of mind. But teachers, schools and parents can only do so much. Something has been missing from these recent anti-bullying approaches that have been successfully addressed with other methods such as ours.

Children must feel safe, secure and have peace of mind if adults, teachers and coaches want them to be able to perform to the best of their abilities.

Sooner or Later, We All Face Bullying
Aggressive behavior, rude remarks, ostricization, cruelty are all parts of life we will each encounter. We can either stick our heads in the sand and hope they will go away or do our part to prepare for them by acknowledging the reality of human behavior. Children have to be taught how to manage these potentially harmful experiences and put them into a context that keeps them healthy, happy and secure. If not, they can face long term consequences that impact their choices in life in a dramatic and negative way. Fear and insecurity, hopelessness or anxiety are no way to go through school or life, especially if you are a child.

The fact is that bullying prevention is a part of self defense. Self defense is a part of living with confidence, inner-strength and an acceptance that the world we live in has inherent risks. With real self defense and bullying prevention skills, martial arts students learn to resolve conflicts peacefully, to stand up for right, and have the ability to back it up. If this is what you want for your child, consider a quality martial arts program with a qualified teacher.

Unfortunately, children are often never taught how to defend themselves, either verbally or physically. Isn’t it ironic that children will often hear that they need to ‘stand up’ for themselves, yet they are without any practical knowledge or ability on how to do so.

Martial arts classes Can Help
Children should always be taught how to handle bullies with social skills, often in a verbal manner, and with the help and support of school administrators and parents. A non-violent resolution is always the best outcome and goal of any bullying scenario.

However, it is practical and necessary for children to know self defense should a situation ever develop where a physical confrontation cannot be avoided. Without it, their efforts can come up empty and ineffective. Good Martial arts classes will teach children various techniques for blocking, breaking an attacker’s grasp, and other methods to protect themselves from injury with the least amount of force necessary to escape to gain safety. Without these options, children can resort to some horrific means to escape the terror of bullying.

“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for life.” This is our philosophy when it comes to teaching bullying prevention. We don’t want to create a permanent victim who is completely dependent on others for protection – that just isn’t practical and takes the dignity from the individual. Instead, we work collectively to build skills, address the real problems and provide solutions that last.

Some questions to ask when evaluating a martial arts program:

Is there a firm philosophy that self defense is to be used only as a last resort?

Does the program focus on the ‘how’ rather than the ‘why’? (practical instruction, not scare-tactics)

Are the teachers positive and encouraging? (Good instructors do not make negative remarks or allow others to do so.)

Do they perform lots of hands on drills and practice? Children (and adults) learn more effectively through doing, rather than being shown or told what to do.

Why USA Martial Arts & Kickboxing?

Choosing the right martial arts school is important. The attitude of the school and quality of the instructors make a big difference:

All students at USA Martial Arts & Kickboxing Phoenix are taught that martial arts are to be used to protect your life or the lives of others. This is taught at their very first lesson and reinforced throughout their martial arts training. The Instructors reinforce that physical self defense should only be used in an emergency.

Our students learn a variety of blocks, take-downs, and methods to disable an opponent that can be applied to any number of threatening situations.

Students are always taught in an encouraging manner. Instructors focus on what your child is doing right and how they can improve.

At USA Martial Arts & Kickboxing Phoenix, children and adults learn by practicing self defense techniques regularly with a partner in a safe, controlled environment.

One of the greatest benefits your child will also gain by learning martial arts at USA Martial Arts is a higher level of self-esteem. Just having more inner-strength helps children avoid being bully victims most of the time because they project confidence and have social courage. Plus, being more confident is a leadership success trait that will help your child excel in all areas of life including academics and sports.

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FREE BULLYING PREVENTION SEMINAR TO THE PHOENIX AZ COMMUNITY at USA MARTIAL ARTS

December 5, 2011


FREE BULLYING PREVENTION SEMINAR TO THE PHOENIX AZ COMMUNITY AT USA MARTIAL ARTS

Cost: Free – Fully Sponsored by USA Martial Arts Phoenix & Nottingham Sword & Shield Security Bodyguards

Phoenix, AZ – Master John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts in Phoenix has announced plans for a community Bullying Prevention Seminar scheduled for 6:00 PM, each Wednesday, December 2011.

The seminars are part of USA Martial Arts Bullying Prevention initiative international to help educate our communities in preventing Bullying Behavior. With over 26 years of experience in successfully helping men, women and children deal with bullying, USA Martial Arts Phoenix is flexing its muscle against Bullying by teaching free Bullying Prevention seminars in local schools, companies and organizations.

As part of our campaign to prevent bullying, USA Martial Arts Phoenix has partnered with an international group who is largely recognized as the authority on Bullying Prevention, the Bullying Prevention International Initiative and the Phoenix Bullying Prevention Program “Bully Proof Vest”.

According to local USA Martial Arts Phoenix owner and instructor Master John Nottingham, education is the key to Bullying Prevention.

“Research indicates that 1 in 4 children are affected by bullying and the impact can be far reaching. Consequences of bullying include anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, physical ailments, absenteeism and poor academic achievement. Through age-appropriate instruction, direct training and open houses such as this one, collectively martial arts schools around the globe aim to have a positive impact on reducing bullying and victimization”, says bodyguard trainer Nottingham.

Nottingham was once the target of bullying himself until he discovered the self-defense lessons of martial arts. Later he incorporated bodyguard strategies used to protect VIPs and other dignitaries. His first client was himself and has since been teaching and developing his methods for over 20 years.

“This program is the only program we are aware of that is designed by professional protectors and has practical elements that keep children safe. It’s practical, and easy to learn through our step by step method. At the core of the program is learning how to recognize, avoid, de-escalate and deter bullying before it begins. We emphasize empathy, social intelligence, good decisions and habits and making friends if possible. However, when push comes to shove, we can show how to effectively protect yourself effectively without going overboard and doing something excessive.”

Attendance at the Bullying Prevention Seminar is limited. To register contact USA Martial Arts Phoenix at (602) 896-8721 or info@usa-martialarts.com.

How To Do Taekwondo in Phoenix – Karate for Kids

November 25, 2011


Kids Martial Arts Phoenix
How To Do Taekwondo
Martial arts Karate for kids – Let your little one get his kicks
How does your child spend the rest of the day after getting back from school? Chances are that they prefer to stay indoors, slumped on the sofa with a bag of chips in one hand and the TV remote control in the other. It’s been proven that children these days spend more time playing with gadgets or watching television and less time engaging in some physical activity outdoors.

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But, you don’t have to worry about how to keep your kids busy, because USA Martial Arts Phoenix has a fun challenge for your child – special classes in martial arts karate for kids!

What USA Martial Arts Phoenix has to offer for your kids
Kids martial arts are available in over 36 classes each week at BTC, Queensland’s, largest martial arts, health, and fitness centre.

Our karate kids martial arts classes are also divided by age and by experience level to make sure every child is training at a level appropriate for their age, and with kids their own size ensuring they can enjoy the best balance of safety, fun, focus and challenge.

We also have special beginners kids martial arts classes so that when your child first starts out, they feel comfortable, train with other kids their own age who are new starters too, and really get the attention they need.

Karate Kids martial arts offer many benefits to children, that will not only help them now, but help to create good habits for the future.

Martial arts for kids- What’s that?
If you’ve read this far, and if you are a parent, you’re probably wondering:-

‘Is my child ready to learn a martial art?’
‘Isn’t he too young? After all, he’s just 5 years old!’
‘Will my little girl enjoy learning martial arts?’

Let us assure you that anybody can learn a martial art no matter how young (starting from just 4yrs old) or old they are. A session in martial arts for kids is something your child is certain to enjoy because in each class, your child will learn something new and still have oodles of fun!

We’re a Phoenix Taekwondo school that believes in empowering kids so that they can stand up for themselves and not become victims of bullying. Learning a martial art builds both the mind and body. So, what other benefits will your child get by attending classes in karate kids martial arts?

Learn many self-defence skills (for life!)
Have better concentration abilities at school (the teacher’s new pet!)
Be more confident (no challenge is too big!)
Develop better flexibility.
Stay fit (and healthy!)
improve more self-esteem.
And make lots of new friends!

Kids martial arts – mental benefits
Respect
Courtesy
Determination
Self esteem
Confidence
Focus
Commitment
Self discipline
Kids martial arts – physical benefits
Self-defence skills
Fitness
Balance
Coordination
Agility
Flexibility

Join our martial arts for kid’s classes
At USA Martial Arts Phoenix, we know how important it is to keep young minds challenged all the time. That’s why we have the best instructors who have years of experience in teaching martial arts for kids. They make sure that the little ones have plenty of fun in each session and train at a level that is just right for them.

We even have an Introductory Program for new students so that they get a firsthand idea about what’s taught in martial arts for kid’s classes. To find out more about any of our great kids martial arts classes, clich here for our WEBSPECIAL. No prior fitness, flexibility, or experience is required.

“How to Effectively Bully and Victim Proof Your Child”

March 13, 2011


How To Protect Yourself From Bullying – Unconventional Bullying Advice
http://bullyproofingarizona.blogspot.com/

Former Soldier and Martial Arts Instructor Shares His 5 Step Program That Will Catapult Your Child’s Confidence, Instill an “I-Can” Attitude & Provide Them the Practical Tools to Protect Themselves from Bullies

Dear Arizona Parent:

Did You Know:

• Bullying is the #1 cause of school children’s absenteeism in the U.S.A.
• Bullying has been linked to higher rates of teen depression and suicide.
• Rigby (2002), who is a respected researcher on the topic of bullying, nationally and internationally, states:
• “Bullying involves a desire to hurt + hurtful action + a power imbalance + (typically) repetition + an unjust use of power + evident enjoyment by the aggressor and generally a sense of being oppressed on the part of the victim.” (p 51)
• Every day, 160,000 students skip school because they fear being bullied, according to the PACER Center, a parent training and information center for families of children. According to the National Association of School Psychologists,
• 1 in 7 schoolchildren is a bully or victim
• Bullying affects 5 million school children in U.S.

You may be thinking to yourself, “Do I know the techniques, tools and strategies to help my child confront today’s bullying dangers?
Don’t worry – there IS a solution – but before I get to it, let me tell you a story about a boy who was the target of a bully and how it changed his life forever…

SKINNY, UN-ATHLETIC ASTHMATIC
KID TORMENTED BY A BULLY

• His father told him to punch the bully right in the nose to “teach him a lesson”.
• His mother told him to just walk away.
• His teachers never knew about it because the bullying took place out of their sight, and often off school grounds, on the way to or from school.

He didn’t want to tell on the bullying kid because he would feel weak, like a sissy, only inviting more trouble.

He was afraid of getting in trouble for fighting, calling attention to his problem. But far more than that was the pain of keeping the secret. The secret was that he was scared, frustrated and felt trapped. That anger turned inward turned into feeling depressed as the bullying kept up over time.

But that all changed. He found a way:
• To stand tall, walk proud and keep his dignity
• Stand up to the bully
• To defeat a bully without fighting

In fact, he earned the respect of the bully and his classmates
Most importantly, he felt better about himself
Plus he used the lesson many more times in the future

BY STANDING UP TO THE BULLYING, HE WON SELF-RESPECT AND HIS NEW POWER HELPED HIM HELP OTHERS

Yes, as you probably guessed, that boy was me. Today I use those experiences to relate to other kids facing bullying in their lives. You see, I’ve helped thousands of children find their inner strength, their voice and successfully learn how to deal with bullying, conflicts and the most dangerous situations.

My name is John Nottingham and I am a 6th Degree Black Belt in the Martial Arts. I’ve trained in China, Korea and all over the world with some of the best of the best. I was in the Army Airborne and taught some of the roughest, toughest heroes in the world hand-to-hand, hand-to-weapon military combatives while serving in a Special Forces reserve unit.

Today I own a Executive Bodyguard Security and Training Company, and an award winning Martial Arts school. Over the past twenty five plus years, I have helped thousands of people from all walks of life discover their inner strength and stand up for themselves in every aspect of their lives.

From children who were getting tormented school to women feeling trapped in unhealthy relationships; from employees being mistreated by their bosses to Police and Security who have to use their skills daily on the streets. Not standing up for yourself from bullying can be just like a toxin that attacks your self concept and destroys dreams, hope and goals from the inside out.

THERE IS HOPE! I CAN HELP

I’ve developed a 5 step program to help you:
1. Build your child’s self esteem
2. Learn to handle unfair aggression
3. Flip the balance of power
4. Learn what to say and do and when to do it
5. Know how to spot a “bullying set up” well in advance so you can avoid it

VICTIM AND BULLY PROOFING

This unique method is not one of those ineffective “Ivory Tower” programs you’ll see from educational institutions. The schools that have had us there see the results because it works. Our Bullying Prevention Program isn’t theory or idealistic wishes. We give you hard-hitting tools, some of them the same strategies we teach to bodyguards who protect VIPs and celebrities! We’ll we think you are a VIP and are worth protecting.

To cut through the bullying dilema The Arizona Bullying Intervention Initiative – AZ Children’s Bully Prevention Project is working with Nottingham Sword and Shield Security and USA Martial Arts Phoenix to offer a series of bullying solutions – Victim-Bully Proof Workshops. Free Bully Prevention “5 Step How to Handle a Bully Without Fighting” training is being sponsored FREE to all Arizona Children.

What: How to Handle a Bully Without Fighting
When: 5-6pm Wednesdays during the month of March
Where: at USA Martial Arts Phoenix Tatum/Greenway Albertsons center
How much: Fully sponsored by Nottingham Sword & Shield Security, ScottsdaleBodyguard.com, KidsLoveMartialArtsPhoenix.com and USA Martial Arts Phoenix
How: Contact info@usa-martialarts.com or call (602) 896-8721 to register. Limited space available.

BULLY PROOF VEST by John Nottingham, USA Martial Arts, The Arizona Bullying Prevention Project.

The only bullying prevention program designed by protection professionals.

The Arizona Bullying Intervention Initiative | AZ Bully Prevention Project http://bullyproofingarizona.blogspot.com/
4731 e. Greenway road suite 9 phoenix, arizona 85032
Telephone (602) 896-8721
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North Phoenix Martial Arts School Teaches Free Bully Prevention

October 8, 2010

How Your Child Can Participate in National Bully Prevention Month in North Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley

October is Bully Prevention Month USA Martial Arts school is in a unique position to create goodwill and help many kids by participating in National Bully Prevention Month.

Our unique advantages:

1. Our company is working in cooperation with Nottingham Sword & Shield Security Training – specialists in violence prevention, verbal judo and preventing dangerous situations from escalating.

2. We have a new USA Martial Arts Phoenix facility designed specifically for teaching children and families in a safe, non-threatening and positive environment.

USA Martial Arts also has a list of resources for kids and parents to help to get your son or daughter at the front of the fight against bullying.

October is BULLY PREVENTION MONTH! Join us for free training and resources including:

1. A free 5 step Bully Prevention Guide – Bullies to Buddies
2. Free Bully Prevention and Solutions training for kids of all ages
3. No cost or obligation whatsoever. This is a good-will gesture as a self-defense and conflict avoidance service to our community.

Notice: Our specialists are available for school talks or media appearances.

Go here to get more info or sign up for our internet special!

USA Martial Arts Phoenix
4731 E. Greenway Rd Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
602-896-8721 (USA1)
Professional group and private martial arts instruction for men, women and children ages 4 and up.
POSTED BY JOHN D. NOTTINGHAM EPS, PI, 6TH DAN

LABELS: BULLY PREVENTION, BULLYING,

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June 6, 2010

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Bully Prevention Training Workshop

May 7, 2010

For immediate release

A free Bully Prevention Training Workshop will be held at USA Martial Arts newest location in Paradise Valley/Scottsdale.

Why: Bullying is a serious problem facing children
When: Friday 5-6pm May 21 and Saturday 10:30-11:30am May 22
Where: USA Martial Arts Scottsdale PV Phoenix
Cost: Free

The event is FREE to the public due to sponsorship from Nottingham Sword & Shield Security and USA Martial Arts.

Participants will learn how to avoid, prevent and manage bully behavior through techniques such as:
o When to speak up
o How to be a super-friend
o When to tell an adult

USA Martial Arts is hosting a Bully Prevention Workshop to once again help combat the ever-growing problem faced by our children. Come join us for this FREE presentation. Email info@usa-martialarts.com or call 602-896-8721 for more info and to sign up. You must be pre-registered to attend. We look forward to seeing all of you there. Bring a friend!