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Little Girl Escapes Abductor at Walmart by Fighting Back Against Kidnapper

February 10, 2012

Girl Second Grader Escapes Abductor
by John D. Nottingham, EPS, PI
Nottingham Sword & Shield Security Bodyguards
Free Abduction/Kidnapping Prevention Event Press Release and Info

Parents Fear Kidnapping But There is Hope
Whenever the news covers a child abduction or potential child abduction I get calls, texts and questions. When the thwarted abduction of 7 year old Brittany Baxter hit the news it spread quickly. Concerned parents often scour the news media reports for any relevant safety information on kidnapping and preventing child abductions.

Focus On The Self Defense Lessons Learned
I certainly understand that child abductions, like this little girl Brittany at Walmart, can be a scary event for parents to read about. I know that all loving parents feel the same way about protecting their children. However, what I’ve found is that when armed with the facts and knowing you and your children have some self-defense training to prevent abduction, these can go a long way in reducing anxiety and needless worry. More importantly, it can help parents focus on information that can protect and enhance their peace-of-mind.

Abductions By Strangers Are Relatively Rare
First let me reassure parents that historically, “stranger” abductions are rare. Children are far more at risk from abuse at the hands of relatives and people known to them and whom parents might be reluctant or refuse to suspect. Even so, there are some valuable lessons we can learn from these reports that can help parent respond with calm wisdom, and an eye for practical personal safety and self-defense.

Accept Reality About Abduction/Kidnapping and Avoid The Blame Game
The Martial Arts has a saying, “Fix the problem, not the blame.” Some blame Walmart, while in fact, their surveillance cameras helped lead to the apprehension of Brittany’s would-be abductor. Others might be quick to blame the mother, which in my view is just unfair because we don’t have enough to go on from the report. Furthermore, parents cannot protect children all the time as personal bodyguards. This isn’t practical or realistic.

Parental Vigilance + Children’s Self Defense and Abduction Prevention Training = Greater Chances of Safety
While they must be vigilant, no reasonable parent can protect their child from all threats and risk. Parents CAN develop safe habits and arm their children with tools to get help, take positive self defense action and do what Brittany did at Walmart. Once we take a position of ownership and responsibility for the problem individually and collectively, we are moving in the right direction. My teacher Gavin de Becker taught me that acceptance of reality is the foundation for beginning to deal with the challenges of personal security and self-defense.

Little Girl Kicks, Screams Her Way To Escape Abductor At Walmart
Brittany did the right thing when she was attacked at Walmart. She immediately and continually resisted her abductor. Reports say that Brittany kicked and screamed even though he put his hand over her mouth. Despite the numerous times in my career I have been told by the misguided idea that “no child can fight an adult and win”, the statistics clearly demonstrate just the opposite.

Be Careful Who You Listen To For Security and Self Defense Advice
That kind of helpless ignorance is all over the internet and is potentially dangerous advice. We want to be careful to not promote ignorance nor a victim mentality. The statistics are quite clear that those who resist, in almost every situation, increase their chances for survival. Of course, each situation is different and that is why getting training to know how to assess situations and make good choices is so vital.

Be careful of prescriptions without diagnosis or overly-ridged self defense rules. We recommend learning personal security and self defense principles taught by role-playing, discussing and practicing them as a natural part of every day life. The situation, or context of the crime, dictates the self defense response.

Teach Children How To Access Help and Know Their Personal Information
Brittany, the little girl at Walmart, is not alone. Take for example the 9-year-old Colorado girl who managed to escape from a suspected kidnapper in January 2012. Calysta Cordoba is alive today because she resisted her abductor. In her situation, knowing how to call 911 and her personal information help lead to her escape and rescue.

Teach Children To Trust Their Survival Intuition and Avoid Strange Situations That Could Be Dangerous

Self-Defense is NOT social or anti-social fighting, especially when it comes to abduction and kidnapping
This “children can’t fight” opinion falsely operates under the assumption that self-defense is fighting. Of course a child stands little chance against an adult in a force on force fight. The objective of self-defense is to avoid, prevent, deter and derail an attack, NOT win a fight.

The objective of self-defense is to prevent, thwart, avoid, deter or create a window of opportunity for escape and to survive.
Sometimes that means creating an injury (as a last resort), getting attention or using trickery. Again, the situation or the context dictates the response in effective self-defense. Brittany called attention to herself, resisted and deterred the attack. Brittany did not beat her kidnapper in a fight, instead she beat him in his attempt to abduct her.

The Walmart surveillance video shows a man, believed to be Woods, approach Baxter and grab her, covering up the girl’s mouth and struggling to subdue her.

“I was kicking and screaming, and then he put his hand over my mouth, but I kept kicking,” [Note: she kept kicking.]

“Children: One of Your Best Weapons Is Your Voice – It’s Like an Alarm That Can Get You Help.”

“The bad guy usually doesn’t have an alternative plan, they have an alternative victim.”

In my view, the word “fight” is often used too loosely in media and common conversations these days. People even exaggerate common descriptions of arguments now as “fighting”. We live in a culture that celebrates drama, exaggeration and sensationalism. Often, the result is confusion, stress, unwarranted worry and fear. That is why I recommend reading Gavin deBeckers books “The Gift of Fear”, “Protecting the Gift” and “Fear Less”. These are the cornerstones for our protective approach at both my security bodyguard agency and Martial Arts/self-defense training. These personal safety books go a long way in educating us on steps to increase our personal security and deal with the reality of situations that could lead to violent attacks.

Here are some other child abduction prevention and self defense security tips:

o Remember P.C.: Privacy and control are the setting for abuse
o Teach your child to trust their “Gift of Fear” or innate survival signals – and act on that intuition
o Resistance is key to survival
o Never go to a secondary crime scene
o Do the opposite of what the bad guy says for that is the key to your freedom – play the “opposite game”
o Learn to recognize lures and abductor ploys
o Learn to access help and equalizers

Recognize Lures and How Criminals Operate
Reports now say that Brittany spoke to the man before he grabbed her. This is the “testing” phase of an attack and should be a recognizable red flag. Children need to be taught to stay out of reach of strangers when they are away from parents or caretakers. They should be taught to increase space immediately and use barriers to put between themselves and others. Sometimes children feel as though they have to be polite and talk to people. Children should know the difference between the rules of being alone or together and when alone, to keep greater distance from strangers and how to report strange behavior. This includes the skill of learning to interrupt adults when it is a matter of safety.

Increasing Distance Increases Time and Options in Self Defense, Especially in an Abduction Attempt

Crime & Self Defense In The News Can Be Teachable Moments For Parents
I have always believed that events and sensationalized reports like these can cause unnecessary stress and result in greater anxiety or be turned into teachable moments that can do some good. We can learn some positive lessons from Brittany’s example and reinforce some solid safety lessons. Ask your kids what she did right and discuss it in a calm, matter-of-fact (age appropriate) manner. The good news is that parents and children have options for increasing personal safety and can have peace-of-mind by knowing what steps to take in self-defense situations.

Teaching Children Without Scaring Them
This Saturday my team and I are offering a free child safety workshop at my USA Martial Arts & Kickboxing Phoenix school in Arizona. We will be covering the basics of how to recognize dangerous behaviors, how predators operate, steps to safety and escape school options. In addition, each attendee will receive a free report and guide on preventing abductions for children’s self-defense and a parents guide to teaching your child about personal safety. The abduction prevention escape school basics event is 12pm Saturday February 11, 2012 at USA Martial Arts & Kickboxing Phoenix / Nottingham Sword & Shield Security Bodyguards HQ at Tatum & Greenway Roads in Phoenix AZ. If you are out of state or cannot attend, simply send a request for your free guide to info@usa-martialarts.com. You must register by email info@usa-martialarts.com. It is open to all ages.

http://usa-martialarts.com

About John Nottingham
JOHN NOTTINGHAM, PI, EPS – Since 1989 John Nottingham has trained law enforcement, military, men, women and children various forms of self-protection. John discovered for every tragic abduction, there are people who escaped. Bodyguard and Martial Arts Master John Nottingham set began a quest to learn what specific thoughts and actions helped each adult and child escape from their kidnappers. GOOD MORNING ARIZONA invited John on their show to share his unique approach to personal safety, security, self defense and conflict avoidance. From bullying prevention to abduction options and learning to be your own bodyguard, John is an internationally respected specialist.

Listen to John Nottingham Discuss the USA Martial Arts Anti-Bully Program on the
Outreach Today Radio Show

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Free Abduction/Kidnapping Prevention Event Press Release and Info

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Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, Bruce Lee and the US Congress

April 22, 2010

It was 1995 when I had the privilege of teaching the ITF influenced Jhoon Rhee system of American Freestyle Taekwondo. Our main Chandler Arizona location had an active student count of around 400 students not including the Mesa, Gilbert or others. My martial arts initiation began in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do and segued into WTF Taekwondo so the transition was relatively easy.

Here is a bit about USA Martial Arts proud connection to the legendary Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, friend of Ed Parker, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali. He still trains members of Congress when in session to this day.

USA Martial Arts… EXTRAordinary.

http://USA-MartialArts.com
602.896.8721

School
USA Martial Arts in Arizona is a unique family oriented facility dedicated to the mental and physical enhancement of the human spirit. Our commitment is to help people be their best. Our specialized martial arts programs for ages 4 years to adult. Providing professional martial arts instruction for men, women and children of all ages in the Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Phoenix Arizona areas.

Author
John Nottingham is a 6th Degree Black Belt Hall of Fame Master Instructor with multiple teaching certifications. He is an Eagle Scout, served in a US Army Airborne Special Forces reserve military intelligence unit and is owner of USA Martial Arts, Nottingham Sword & Shield Security and Nottingham Training Systems. Having trained in multiple disciplines in the US and Asia, his experience includes coordinating stunts for film, training bodyguards, military and law enforcement how to effectively protect themselves.

USA Martial Arts Arizona Self Defense and Fitness for Adults Video on Youtube

January 27, 2010

New Youtube Video of John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts of Scottsdale and soon to be Paradise Valley / Phoenix Arizona.

Check out our new video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIuQueLKysI

Created by Mr. Anthony Miles at 4 Wall TV and Film, the short video describes the benefits and services of John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts Schools in Scottsdale/soon to be Paradise Valley Phoenix at Tatum and Greenway. It was shot in one evening during a recent belt promotion at the John Nottingham’s Martial Arts of Scottsdale HQ location.

http://4thwalltvandfilm.com/

Author’s Bio

John Nottingham is a recognized expert in personal protection, author, consultant, speaker and a founder of Nottingham Sword and Shield; Security, Scottsdale Bodyguards and the USA Martial Arts national chain of schools. He resides in Scottsdale Arizona and provides professional consultation and training, products, and services related to self-defense, personal security, and physical conditioning. He has trained in martial arts for over 25 years including Taekwondo (6th Degree Black Belt Hall of Fame Master), Tang Soo Do, MooDukKwan, Hapkido/Hwarang Do, Jujitsu, Aikido, Filipino Martial Arts/Arnis, PFS Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Kickboxing, Kyusho-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Wushu Kung Fu, Shamrock Submission Fighting, and weaponry. He developed his own integrative MMA or mixed martial arts curriculum designed for the average person to use for self defense and a healthy lifestyle.

Master Nottingham also served honorably in a USAR Military Intelligence Det. of a Special Forces (Airborne) unit where he developed a unique hand to hand combat course. He is currently hosting lifestyle and wellness events to train companies and individuals how to increase performance, improve health and vitality for an improved lifestyle. An award-winning instructor, he is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, boxing and Yoga teacher. He is a proud board member of the Break The Chain Foundation Children’s Charity.

For more info see:http://AskTheMartialArtsMaster.comScottsdale:http://ScottsdaleKarate.com
Security and Executive Protection: http://ScottsdaleBodyguard.com Self Defense Seminars Speaking and Instruction:http://ScottsdaleSelfDefense.comPhoenix, Glendale, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Mesa: http://USA-MartialArts.com Antioch, Illinois, Salem/Paddock Lake Wisconsin http://USAMartialArtsSchools.com
Scottsdale Academy. Serving: DC Ranch, Grayhawk, McDowell Mountain Ranch, Troon, The Village, Silverleaf, North Scottsdale Neighborhood. Zip codes: 85260, 85262, 85259, 85255, 85254, 85250 Tel. 480.443.0088
Member: Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Airpark Rotary, NAPMA, MAIA, MATA and more

New USA Martial Arts for Kids Video on Youtube

January 24, 2010

New John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts of Scottsdale and soon to be Paradise Valley Arizona.

Check out our new video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK9t_A24o3w

Created by Mr. Anthony Miles at 4 Wall TV and Film, the short video describes the benefits and services of John Nottingham’s USA Martial Arts Schools in Scottsdale/soon to be Paradise Valley Phoenix at Tatum and Greenway. It was shot in one evening during a recent belt promotion at the John Nottingham’s Martial Arts of Scottsdale HQ location.

http://4thwalltvandfilm.com/

Thanks to our awesome students for making it fun and the very kind testimonials. Our new website will be launched soon as well as for Nottingham Sword and Shield Security.

God bless and best wishes for a tremendous 2010.

John Nottingham

PS Just some bonus eye candy, here is the amazing Mr. Anthony Miles, USA Martial Arts 3 Dan with his kick brick break at a Black Belt Spectacular.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK9t_A24o3w

Author’s Bio

John Nottingham is a recognized expert in personal protection, author, consultant, speaker and a founder of Nottingham Sword and Shield; Security, Scottsdale Bodyguards and the USA Martial Arts national chain of schools. He resides in Scottsdale Arizona and provides professional consultation and training, products, and services related to self-defense, personal security, and physical conditioning. He has trained in martial arts for over 25 years including Taekwondo (6th Degree Black Belt Hall of Fame Master), Tang Soo Do, MooDukKwan, Hapkido/Hwarang Do, Jujitsu, Aikido, Filipino Martial Arts/Arnis, PFS Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Kickboxing, Kyusho-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Wushu Kung Fu, Shamrock Submission Fighting, and weaponry. He developed his own integrative MMA or mixed martial arts curriculum designed for the average person to use for self defense and a healthy lifestyle.

Master Nottingham also served honorably in a USAR Military Intelligence Det. of a Special Forces (Airborne) unit where he developed a unique hand to hand combat course. He is currently hosting lifestyle and wellness events to train companies and individuals how to increase performance, improve health and vitality for an improved lifestyle. An award-winning instructor, he is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, boxing and Yoga teacher. He is a proud board member of the Break The Chain Foundation Children’s Charity.

For more info see: http://AskTheMartialArtsMaster.com Scottsdale:http://ScottsdaleKarate.com
Security and Executive Protection: http://ScottsdaleBodyguard.com Self Defense Seminars Speaking and Instruction:http://ScottsdaleSelfDefense.com Phoenix, Glendale, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Mesa: http://USA-MartialArts.com Antioch, Illinois, Salem/Paddock Lake Wisconsin http://USAMartialArtsSchools.com
Scottsdale Academy. Serving: DC Ranch, Grayhawk, McDowell Mountain Ranch, Troon, The Village, Silverleaf, North Scottsdale Neighborhood. Zip codes: 85260, 85262, 85259, 85255, 85254, 85250 Tel. 480.443.0088
Member: Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Airpark Rotary, NAPMA, MAIA, MATA and more

USA Martial Arts New Location

January 23, 2010

Greetings students and friends:

We are very excited to announce good news. Our broker reached an agreement with the Albertsons anchored shopping center at Tatum and Greenway in Paradise Valley/Phoenix for our new space. This is just minutes from our previous location. We will move into a temporary 1800sf location in the center until such time as our permanent space becomes available and we build our suite.

Under new management, the new 2400 square foot facility will be larger and better equipped, making it one of the finest in the region. It will feature fitness equipment, free hanging MMA heavy bags, a kid zone, as well as a new array of services, including day camp and after school martial arts.

The school will also feature separate classes for Yoga, MMA Grappling and IMPACT Cardio/Strength Fitness Kickboxing. Personal training, massage and other services will also be available. We will be significantly expanding class time options for your convenience and scheduling flexibility. Students can also look forward to our own XMA Demo Team, as well as a Parkour FreeRunning tricking training.

Please join our Facebook page for USA Martial Arts to keep updated. Thanks to ImageOne, our new http://USA-MartialArts.com site will launch soon, so make sure we have your current email and contact information.

Respectfully,

John Nottingham & the USA Martial Arts Team