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The Official Anti-Bullying Program of the Martial Arts Teachers’ Association is: AntiBullyPlan.com

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Seven things to look for in an Anti-Bullying Program

1. The program is protocol based. You need a step-by-step program, not something you have to patch together yourself.

2. The program law enforcement based. Who has more real world experience than street cops in dealing with bullies?

3. The program has real testimonials / endorsements from parents and police.

4. The program isolates the bully as the problem rather than the victim’s response.

5. The program focuses on how to prevent and deal with bullying for your family, not the entire school.

6. A practical, proven program that is reality based, not academic theory based.

7. The program spends 90% of the time on on non-violent or non-confrontational strategies.

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Learn how to Teach the MATA Official Anti-Bullying Program

 

Seven RED FLAGS in an Anti-Bullying Program to Avoid

1. Any claim to Bully Proof your child. That’s impossible. Anyone can be bullied.

2. Any program suggesting you make a friend of the bully or joke your way out.

3. A program that is self defense centric. “Just kick him in the ding ding!” is not a solution.

4. Any program suggesting you ignore the bully. This is called “denial.”

5. Psychology based on ivory tower theory from psychologists or counselors. Professors love to study bullying and try to use their conclusions as a strategy for dealing with bully. The real world does not work like that.  

6. Any program suggesting the bully is weak or cowardly and is actually “crying out” for a friend or lacks self-esteem. It doesn’t matter or help.

7. Programs that seek to prevent bullying on a school wide basis aka a whole-school approach. Our program is about your family. That’s it. We have no fantasy of ending bullying school wide, but we know how to end it for your family.   

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Learn how to Teach the MATA Official Anti-Bullying Program

Notice Tyson’s hand is by his face, not his hip.

His chin is down instead of up.

His shoulder is up instead of pulled back.

His body is sideways to his opponent instead of squared off.

His legs are under his body not spread apart like he was riding a horse.

With this kind of form, he would fail his orange belt exam in most schools. 

How does that make any sense?

Sensei Tyson?

If Mike Tyson or a world champion kickboxer came to your school to teach your black belts. What do you think he would work on? Double punches, square blocks, and keeping your chin up?

I’m pretty sure he would emphasize head movement, how to snap your punches and a defense that does NOT include pulling your punch back to your hip.

I’m sure the students would learn advanced applications to adjust for different fighters. Notice I said advanced applications, not advanced strikes.

When you focus on application, you can apply that to almost any technique.

For instance, if the drill is about how to fight a taller fighter, the answer is more about footwork to stay on the outside until you can secure quick access. My brothers are 6′ 3″ and 6′ 4″ so I know something about fighting a taller opponent.

Drills that teach that application do not require complexity. They require simplicity.

The more complex a skill becomes, the less chance it can be used. Have you ever seen a double punch? Only in kata and here:

If you eliminated all kata and traditional skills, you could devote that time to drills and conditioning that would give your students a true advantage in sparring or self-defense.

Imagine teaching fewer skills that are easy to teach and learn than traditional skills and kata.

You could spend more time on the application of those skills rather than stepping up and down the classroom and holding blocks and punches out in the air, which leaves you wide open for a counterattack.

Rather than spending student’s time with the complexity and frustration of spending years perfecting the bad habits of pulling their hand back to their hip, keeping their chin up, aiming and holding a punch in the air, and blocking with power while stepping forward, your retention will improve. Your student quality will improve. Your curriculum consistency will improve.

This is the core of our white to black belt curriculum Empower Kickboxing.

It’s an old saying, but true. “Less is best.”

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