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Anti-Bullying Movement a Misguided Sham? What New Study Shows.

November 24, 2011

by John Nottingham, EPS, PI, 6th Dahn

Should Bullying Prevention be the job of a broke Federal government? Is the bullying prevention movement really keeping your children safe?

I have been dismissed and criticized for my position and outspoken concern regarding popular school-wide “anti-bully” programs. Although well-intentioned, I contend that they are wasting tax payer money, often encourage infringement on free speech and use advice from people who cannot handle bullies themselves as adults.

“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.” – Abraham Lincoln

These programs are not designed by professional protectors (yet they continue to get implemented) nor address the real issues of safety. Here’s a study that may surprise you.

Read study on school-wide anti-bullying programs

Several months ago, a Canadian psychologist, David Smith, conducted a review of all the research on anti-bullying programs and found that on the whole they don’t work. Interestingly, he called on the programs to continue anyway because if we do them long enough, eventually we may find out what does work. (Thanks for the research tip Mr. Kalman)

Life gets more complicated as we get more legislated from an over-reaching, in-debt centralized government. I contend that this is a community issue, not another Federal mess. I’ve been effectively teaching Bullying Prevention (conflict resolution & self defense) for over 25 years for free and so have thousands of other martial arts instructors. Most, if not all of us have been teaching bullying prevention as an ongoing community service.

I advocate a time tested approach, acceptance of reality with a dose of proactive wisdom.

While some might attempt to dismiss the martial arts industry as a bunch of violence promoting yahoos, the fact is that the industry has taken this subject seriously long before bullying became a sensational headline (and tapping your money through fear promoting federal programs).

The Martial Arts industry has lead the way by implementing programs such as Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyles “BULLY BUSTERS – How to Defeat The Bully Without Fighting” and other non-violent conflict resolution training skills.

A small army of martial arts Black Belts volunteered to go into schools, community centers, churches, corporations and anywhere they could be heard with proven non-violent tools to address bullying. This has been going on for decades.

Terrence Webster-Doyle is a martial arts sixth-degree black belt, former schoolteacher and administrator, Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Commission task force member, and parent of five daughters. He has written twenty-one internationally acclaimed, award-winning books on conflict education and the martial arts, and is co-founder and director of Martial Arts Partners for Peace. Others use school psychologist Izzy Kalmans Bullies 2 Buddies highly acclaimed material.

My work includes techniques from executive/close protection fields (Bodyguards) and advanced threat assessment and management tools I’ve learned from the exceptional work of Gavin de Becker and his team. (READ FEAR LESS & Protecting The Gift.) I didn’t see any of the new programs offering tools from professional protectors so I created Bullying Prevention Initiative International to help provide resources, advice, training and programs. It incorporates the lessons and research I’ve collected and used with a high degree of efficacy for over two decades. This includes Verbal Judo skills as taught to Law Enforcement. It has all been personally funded, requiring not one penny of taxpayers money.

While I may not be the most articulate or the most academic voice in the bullying prevention field, I do have confidence in the effectiveness of our programs and the research and sources they are built upon. My team and I have helped thousands of men, women and children successfully manage aggressive behavior and self defense situations for over 25 years.

No need for a money grabbing witch hunt that promotes fear and victim hood. In my experience, when someone is trying to scare you or confuse you, they are trying to manipulate you (and usually take something from you).

We saw it with the failed “Stranger Danger” fear movement and warned the public. Must we repeat it? Smarter, better solutions exist.

Knock, Knock…
Who’s there?
Common sense and wisdom…can I come in?


Bullying Prevention Initiative International and USA Martial Arts Phoenix support leaders like school psychologist Izzy Kalman who have the courage to speak up and bring common sense and wisdom to the table.

‎”…research indicates these programs don’t work, and that even mental health professionals don’t know how to get rid of bullying from their own lives, yet we want schools to be held responsible for making kids accomplish what human behavior experts can’t.” -Izzy Kalman

Izzy Kalman is a Moron, or, The Hypocrisy of Anti-Bullying Supporters | Izzy’s Articles
The anti-bully movement is promoting hypocrisy.

How to Prevent Bullying

The Arizona Bully Proof Project is a division of The Arizona Bullying Prevention Initiative created by protection specialist John Nottingham.

The training and curriculum offer ways to prevent bullying, bullying facts, proven methods on how to stop bullying, effective ways to stop bullying, bullying statistics, tips on how to stop bullying, how to stop bullying for kids, and how to stop workplace bullying.

All life is risk. Are you adequately preparing your child for those risks?

Courses and Topics:

The ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance
The Bully Proof Vest Program
The 5 Step Method of Handling a Bully Without Fighting
How to Stop Bullying The Smart Way
Turning Your Bully Into a Buddy
How to Defeat a Bully Without Fighting

For more information about the Arizona Bully Proof Project or the Bully Prevention Initiative International contact:

Bully Proof Project
4731 E. Greenway Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032

facebook comments:
I know this, my 5 year old had an assembly at his school about “anti-bullying”. He came home confused. One call to Master Nottingham, half a country away cleared it up for him. Thanks for the help. Keep up the good work that you and USA Martial Arts do. -Jeff Beckert, father

I know this, I used to be the fat kid everyone picked on, but after training with Master Nottingham bullies give me a bit of distance. Mostly because I’m not a target thanks to the confidence of knowing martial arts. -Chris Armstrong

Keep fighting the good fight Master Nottingham! -D. Boyd

John: Keep the faith, you are doing important work in this area. -Bob Martin