Posts Tagged ‘school yard bullying’

Children Learn Verbal Judo, New Self-Defense Helps Resolve Conflicts Peacefully

November 13, 2011


A new organization developed by bodyguards, martial arts Masters, teachers and child safety experts is training children to resolve conflicts without fighting.

On the heels of recent media reports of bullying, cyber bullying related teen suicide, and abuse, some parents are taking steps to prepare their children for the dangers they face in school and life.

How to cross a street, the 911 emergency/fire safety system, how to swim, parents are now adding sexual abuse prevention, self-defense from depression, obesity, diabetes and BULLYING. They are doing this through USA Martial Arts Phoenix Arizona.

BULLYING FACTS:
o Bullying is the most common form of violence in American society according to the National Association of School Psychologists.
o Bullying affects 15 to 30 percent of students as either bullying child or the targets of bullying
o 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.

BULLYING STATISTIC
OVER 85% OF BULLYING GOES UNREPORTED

I want parents and teachers to have options to teach their children or students. 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.

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. 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.

info@usa-martialarts.com
602-896-8721

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Bully Proofing Arizona Kids

March 13, 2011


Bully Proofing Arizona Kids

Is it a wise choice to teach your kid how to stand up to bullying? Would your child know what to do if a bullying kid targets them and won’t stop?

Some Phoenix Arizona parents are turning to a new kind of program called Bully Proof Kids by a Bodyguard trainer.

An innovative program named “Bully Proof Kids” trains kids how to effectively stop bullying using a 5 step conflict resolution approach “the 3 shields- bully proof vest”. It’s not your typical course of just talking, walking or throwing a martial arts kick.

The course, teaches 5 steps on How To Handle a Bully and begins with the 4 D’s: Detect, Deter, Diffuse, then, as the last resort, and only when attacked, Defend yourself from harm with appropriate force. The course teaches children that “nobody has the right to hurt them.”

The techniques are force appropriate, enabling children to defend and escape to safety. We don’t teach them to wait until rescue because it might not come. We do not teach them to be a punching bag so they won’t get suspended from school. There are times when self defense is required. The key is teaching children when those times are.

Physically subdueing a bully is the absolute last resort.

The program’s objective is to provide children the social skills, self-confidence and the physical options for self-defense. The instruction, and the advice is age appropriate.

“Children learn how to respond, rather than react to various types of bullying behaviors including social bullying, emotional bullying, cyber bullying as well as physical bullying.”, states The Arizona Bullying Intervention Initiative founder John Nottingham, a security self defense specialist and bodyguard trainer.

Schools Have Criticized These Methods

“Some school officials with so called, “zero tolerance” policies may object to our approach. But none of those have actually seen what we do. We train teachers and understand their concern about liability but our primary focus is on the safety of children. Other schools praise our efforts. We believe a suspended child is better than an abused one. The difference is simply one of education. Our approach was developed by teams of expert protectors from the fields of psychology, sociology, security and self defense. Denial is not an effective self defense strategy.”

Nottingham, a 6th Degree Black Belt Master and owner of USA Martial Arts Phoenix says that there are some really bad ideas out there right now and he and his team see it as their responsibility to educate parents and teachers before they inadvertently harm more children. This bully prevention training offers a different option, an unconventional approach with a track record of helping thousands of children successfully deal with bullying and protect themselves.

For more information, Nottingham and his team can be contacted at info@usa-martialarts.com 602-896-8721

The Arizona Bullying Intervention Initiative
The AZ Bullying Prevention Project
“Victim and Bully Proofing Arizona’s Kids!”
4731 E. Greenway Road Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032

Nottingham Sword & Shield Security
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