To learn how to teach an anti-bully seminar, go to my 23-minute webinar, How to Stop Bullying: A Parents Guide
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
If you are planning a bully seminar, please take the time to research the basis for what you are going to teach.
Recently, someone promoted a webinar where he was going to present the “right way” for martial arts instructors to teach a bully program.
The actual webinar had little or nothing to do with how to teach an anti-bullying seminar.
Like many “bully experts,” he/she taught an academic presentation that was 2-parts statistics and 1-part sidewalk psychologist.
Where you get your information from is really important.
If you are simply repeating the “Bully-Proof” program your instructor taught you, then you are perpetuating weak information.
No one can be bully proof. Any can be bullied.
We see it every day on the news. If someone doesn’t like the political views of another, they hit them in the head with a padlock in a sock or pepper spray them.
Many of the victims are prominent figures. Wouldn’t you think a congressman would have the resources to be bully-proof? If he can’t, how can your 7-year-old student be bully-proof?
Who deals with bullies every day of the year? Street cops and prison guards that’s who. I’m sure there are others, but I use this example because the bully program MATA uses and endorses comes straight from a former street cop and prison guard.
Here is why that is important. As a cop and a maximum-security prison guard, Chris dealt with the worst of the worst of bullies.
Here is the important part. He would have to write a report on each incident.
After a decade of documenting the setup, motivation, actions, and reactions of countless bullies and victims, he started to see predictable patterns that were based in reality, not academic theory.
The program is proactive and prevention-focused, but it also has powerful actions to end bullying quickly once it starts.
This program is part of the kickboxing curriculum, Empower Kickboxing.
Question for you. How does this compare to what you are teaching about bullying?