By Dave Kovar
Bullying is still a major issue despite the awareness of the problem being in the public eye quite frequently. This is an issue that I am particularly passionate about as a father and martial artist.
Did you know October is National Bullying Prevention Month? This is an event founded by the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights. RIGHT NOW is an excellent opportunity for martial arts schools to come together and help their communities by hosting free, local anti-bullying classes or seminars during the months of September and October.
Having visited schools all over the world, I know martial artists are already doing a lot to address bullying. By simply training in martial arts and having children develop their confidence already aides in decreasing their chance of being initially bullied.
However, I believe, we all could be more effective if we unified and worked together against bullying as the martial arts industry has. If you are a martial artist and want to help prevent bullying, please consider joining over 800 martial arts professionals world-wide to participate in Martial Artists Against Bullying (MAAB). Members receive a full lesson plan with scripts for instructors to teach an anti-bullying seminar at the school. They also receive free marketing materials to promote the event, and are listed on the MAAB directory website for their community to find them and the MAAB programs.
If you are a concerned citizen or parent that has observed just how detrimental bullying is to society and our community, please consider enrolling yourself and your children in one of these free local bully prevention seminars. Many martial arts schools near you will offer them at different times throughout the year. To find a martial arts school near you click here.
I founded MAAB because I believe that no other industry is in a better position to do something about bullying than the Martial Arts industry. The program is free to martial arts school owners and the public because I believe that protecting children from bullying isn’t something that should be monetized. We have also partnered with the AIM High Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth.
Our mission is to unify the martial arts community in an effort to educate, inform, and help eradicate bullying. Our program helps children overcome the negative impact of bullying. It teaches participants:
- Awareness – How identify predator behavior
- Avoidance – Realistic ways to avoid being a target of bullying
- Assertiveness – How to stop bullying behavior
Research shows that bullying peaks in 5th through 7th grades. The program’s goal is to minimize the effects of predatory behavior in grade and middle school-level children. The “Done with Bullying” program accomplishes this through role-playing, small group discussions and empathy training.
You can learn more about typical bully targets, signs of bullying, and how martial arts can help with bully prevention by clicking here.
I strongly believe that National Bullying Prevention month offers a unique opportunity for us to raise awareness and education about anti-bullying techniques. To help Martial Artists Against Bullying, we offer members a detailed blueprint – for free – as a resource to help school owners get awareness and educate their community to stand up against bullying.
Whether you are a martial artist or a concerned parent or both, we can all make a difference in our community, but we can certainly have more impact in preventing bullying as a united movement… we can change the world. We welcome everyone to join our mission against bullying.
Dave Kovar is a life-long martial arts professional and anti-bullying advocate. Mr. Kovar has been teaching anti-bullying strategies to his students for over 35 years. His successful life skills program, “School Safe/Street Safe,” from which “Done with Bullying” is based, has been taught in over 1,000 martial arts schools around the world.