Every month in the United States, three million children miss school due to fear of bullies. In the Inspire Martial Arts Bullyproof program, our goal is to instill your child with unshakable confidence so they can overcome bullies without violence. Due to the non-violent nature of the techniques, CNN, ABC, NBC, and Oprah have featured effective responsibly taught Martial Arts Bullyproof programs as one of the few effective counter-measures to bullying for children between the ages of 5 – 12.
We will teach your child to use verbal assertiveness to deter bullies and several non-violent self-defense techniques to stay safe if physically assaulted. Importantly, we don’t teach just to punch or kick, since this often does more harm than good. Instead, we use control holds to neutralize threats without violence and blocking and stoping techniques. Numerous school districts have embraced the defensive nature of the good responsible martial arts Bullyproof techniques as a reasonable, nonviolent response to bullying and many localNorthh Royalton schools have us teach the verbal Bullyproof techniques. The bottom line is: we will prepare your child to defend themselves against bullies without turning them into one.
If you’re interested in instilling your child with unshakable confidence while reinforcing positive values and good character, theInspiree BullyProff is for you! Even if your child has previously Martial Arts and had a negative experience, we can assure you that they will absolutely love the Inspired Martial arts Bullyproof program! Critical Confidence Studies suggest that bullying may be the leading cause of low self-esteem in children, and according to some surveys, less than 15% of kids actually report acts of bullying. A child’s inability to stand up to a bully is rooted in profound fear for their personal safety. Ironically, the victims know that they must confront the bully and would like nothing more than to stand up to them. But, they simply can’t follow through for fear of the physical harm that backs the bully’s every action. And, therein lies the challenge – how do you instill in a victim of bullying the confidence to face the tormentor, look them in the eye, and back them down? The answer is simple – teach the victims to defend themselves against physical attack, and the rest will follow.
Fighting Fire with Water Most martial arts programs rely on striking the attacker with violent punches, kicks, knees, and elbows, but in the Inspier Martial arts Bullyproof program we take a different approach. All the techniques are purely defensive and design to get your child to safety without hurting the bully. Furthermore, we teach children how to defuse confrontations with words and never to initiate physical aggression. If attacked, we offer techniques to non-violently neutralize the threat and gain control until help arrives.
In the Inspire Martial Arts Bullyproof program, we teach the children how to fight fire with water so that you never have to worry about your child becoming a bully under our guidance. The Inspire Martial arts Bullyproof program prepares your child using a three-pronged approach: Increased Awareness: Harassment comes in many forms. Sometimes, a victim doesn’t take a stand because they can’t differentiate between “joking” and “bullying.” We teach your child to differentiate between harmless play and harmful harassment so they know precisely when and how to act in each circumstance. Unshakable Confidence: A confident child is a Bullyproof child. Bullies seek “easy targets” – those who will tolerate their abuse.
We arm your child with the tools needed to overcome physical, verbal, and psychological harassment, so they are so confident in themselves that no bully will try to harass them. Total Responsibility: We prepare your child to deal with bullies without turning them into one. We emphasize discipline, responsibility, and respect throughout the course, and teach five “Rules of Engagement” to ensure they never abuse their power.
The Rules of Engagement
Teaching a child Martial Arts without teaching them when to use it, is akin to giving someone a gun without teaching them how to use it. Inspire Martial Arts Bullyproof is the only kid’s Martial Arts program that actually teaches children precisely when they can, and cannot, use the techniques they are learning. The five “Rules of Engagement” are regularly rehearsed in class so that children will never abuse their power and, equally important, they will not hesitate to take a stand when abused by bullies.
Rule 1: Avoid the fight at all costs.
Rule 2: If physically attacked, defend yourself.
Rule 3: If verbally attacked, follow the Three easy steps (talk, tell, defend).
Rule 4: Never punch or kick the bully but use stopping moves, control, create space, escape and report it to the teacher.
Rule 5: When applying stoping moves, use minimal force, and escape.
Although we discuss the Rules of Engagement in Inspire Martial Arts Bullyproof classes, we strongly encourage you to discuss the Rules at home to assure your child that they have your support in the event that they need to take a stand against bullying. Verbal KarateTraining One of the most pervasive and damaging forms of bullying is verbal harassment.
Inspire Martial Arts Bullyproof is a program that makes Verbal Assertiveness Training, or as we like to call it “Verbal Karate,” part of its regular curriculum. We’ve devised a series of role-playing exercises to teach kids how to identify and manage the common threats associated with verbal harassment and relational bullying.
Inspire Martial Arts Bullyproof students learn how to differentiate between “bullying” and “joking,” and not only are kids taught how to speak assertively when necessary, but they also learn how to use direct eye contact and confident posture to deter bullies from targeting them. Perfect Programs for Every Age Nearly all Martial Arts schools have all of their youth students bunched into one class, and a few schools have classes separated by age group.
The Inspire Martial Arts Bullyproof program is one of the only youth Martial Arts programs that separates kids by age AND experience level, so that every child gets the perfect balance of fun and challenge in their weekly classes. All kids begin in super-playful entry level programs for their age group, and as soon as a child reaches a certain level of maturity, they are promoted to the next training program.
Little Ninjas Turtles (3-6 Years Old)
The Little Ninjas Turtles program is for kids 3-6 years old . Using our time-tested approach we teach them basic self-defense techniques while instilling the foundational principles of control. The secret to the success of this program is that we make the lessons so fun that the kids beg for more!
Karate Kids (7-12 Years Old)
In the Karate Kids program, we focus on non-violent self-defense techniques that teach children to “neutralize and negotiate” with the bullies. Verbal assertiveness strategies are a major portion of this curriculum. A child needs absolutely no experience to start, and we guarantee a noticeable increase in your child’s confidence within a few weeks! “PUSH TEACHING” VS. “PULL TEACHING” The teaching methodologies used in the Inspire Martial Arts Bullyproof program are unlike anything else.
Not only are all the entry-level techniques presented in the form of “Karate” games so that kids are highly enthused about learning them, but we use “push teaching” rather than “pull teaching.” When a child makes a mistake, we don’t focus on the error. Instead, we emphasize the correctly executed aspects of the move. Through this carefully layered positive reinforcement, we help the kids reach their full potential without jeopardizing their love for the art.
INSPIRE MARTIAL ARTS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
We have found that our instructors develop powerful bonds with every student on the mat, but especially with our youth practitioners. We leverage this connection to help you develop your child’s character for success in all aspects of life. The Inspire Martial Arts Character Development Program consists of many lessons. In every class, we discuss the featured lesson of the Week for 10-15 minutes, emphasizing the simple things your child can do to make it a part of their life.