As someone who was bullied, I believe it is incredibly important to offer children a program where they can learn how to avoid and combat bullying.
King of Prussia, PA (PRWEB) September 30, 2013
The fastest growing health and fitness franchise PRO Martial Arts launches anti bullying campaign across more than 40 locations. The declaration coincides with October which is National Bullying Prevention Month. The campaign is inspired by the nation’s month long commitment to anti-bullying and the renowned ARMOR® Bullying and Predator Prevention Program taught in every PRO Martial Arts dojo.
Kicking-off the campaign students from each dojo proudly display the sign “My ARMOR® Is” along with a sign that displays what that armor is. Their armor is what helps keep them strong when facing bullies. The photos will be posted simultaneously October 1, 2013 on every dojo’s Twitter and Facebook in support of National Bullying Prevention Month and changing the conversation about bullying across the country.
The ARMOR® Bullying and Predator Prevention program teaches students practical skills to recognize bullies and predators, confidence, mutual respect, and assertiveness when seeking help. The PRO Martial Arts ARMOR® is developed by renowned martial artist Grandmaster Ed Samane, who holds an eighth –degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and Sin Moo Hapkido, and a fifth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. During the development of the ARMOR® program, Samane consulted with national experts in psychology, law enforcement, medicine, education and martial arts.
Throughout the month of October PRO Martial Arts locations will also host a variety of community events including speaker presentations with influential community members that have been bullied, as well as chats with local dignitaries and guidance counselors. These events are designed to inform the community and emphasize the armor children, families and communities have against bullies and predators.
“As someone who was bullied, I believe it is incredibly important to offer children a program where they can learn how to avoid and combat bullying,” said Grand Master Ed Samane. “We want to work together and affect communities across the nation to promote anti-bullying, and a social campaign getting every dojo and student involved is a great way increase awareness.”
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly one third of all students aged 12-18 reported having been bullied at school, some almost daily. The affects of physical, verbal and online bullying and predatory behavior can be devastating to the development of skills and confidence among children.
For more about the ARMOR® program and for a list of all PRO Martial Arts dojo visit http://www.promartialarts.com
About PRO Martial Arts:
The PRO Martial Arts System taught at every location is a cohesive blend of the best elements of traditional Korean martial arts. Incorporating elements of Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, the system provides its students the opportunity to develop a potent blend of strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance, while learning effective and proven self-defense techniques in a fun and energizing environment. At PRO Martial Arts, fitness and fun truly go hand-in-hand! But what truly sets PRO Martial Arts apart from the average martial arts school is the addition of inspiring and motivational life skills training programs for students ages 4 to 17. These innovative, exciting, and proprietary programs are the difference between PRO Martial Arts and other schools.
About the PRO Martial Arts ARMOR® program:
The Pro Martial Arts ARMOR® program teaches children how to stay safe in an increasingly dangerous world. Enrollment equips children with the armor needed to stand tall against bullying behavior and predatory activity- both online and in daily life. The ARMOR® ™ program is comprised of 12 weekly lessons on Bullying Prevention and 12 separate lessons on Predator Prevention – based on research from reputable sources specializing in child safety, child psychology, and crime prevention. Every lesson is stand-alone, ensuring students can enter the course at any time. Children gain an enhanced ability to assess, avoid, and, if necessary, apply defense measures to eliminate danger. Continue the discussions at home, emphasizing daily communications, shared feelings, and building a child’s self-esteem.