Personal safety and self-defense
Three basics of self-defense
1. ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS.
2. DON’T BE AN EASY VICTIM
Bullies and thugs are always looking for an easy victim or mark.
3. NEVER GO TO A SECONDARY LOCATION!
Never let someone take you to a secondary location!
Free Form Bully-Proof
1. DON’T BE AN EASY VICTIM.
2. DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY.
3, TELL SOMEONE.
4. GET A BUDDY, BE A BUDDY.
There are many roles that kids can play. Kids can bully others, they can be bullied, or they may witness bullying. When kids are involved in bullying, they often play more than one role. Sometimes kids may both be bullied and bully others or they may witness other kids being bullied. It is important to understand the multiple roles kids play in order to effectively prevent and respond to bullying.
Kids Involved in Bullying
The roles kids play in bullying are not limited to those who bully others and those who are bullied. Some researchers talk about the "circle of bullying" to define both those directly involved in bullying and those who actively or passively assist the behavior or defend against it. Direct roles include:
Kids who Bully:
These children engage in bullying behavior towards their peers. There are many risk factors that may contribute to the child's involvement in the behavior. Often, these students require support to change their behavior and address any other challenges that may be influencing their behavior.
Kids who are Bullied: These children are the targets of bullying behavior. Some factors put children at more risk of being bullied, but not all children with these characteristics will be bullied. Sometimes, these children may need help learning how to respond to bullying.
Even if a child is not directly involved in bullying, they may be contributing to the behavior. Witnessing the behavior may also affect the child, so it is important for them to learn what they should do when they see bullying happen. Roles kids play when they witness bullying include:
Kids who Assist: These children may not start the bullying or lead in the bullying behavior, but serve as an "assistant" to children who are bullying. These children may encourage the bullying behavior and occasionally join in.
Kids who Reinforce: These children are not directly involved in the bullying behavior but they give the bullying an audience. They will often laugh or provide support for the children who are engaging in bullying. This may encourage the bullying to continue.
Outsiders: These children remain separate from the bullying situation. They neither reinforce the bullying behavior nor defend the child being bullied. Some may watch what is going on but do not provide feedback about the situation to show they are on anyone’s side. Even so, providing an audience may encourage the bullying behavior.
These kids often want to help, but don’t know how. Learn how to be "more than a bystander."
Kids who Defend: These children actively comfort the child being bullied and may come to the child's defense when bullying occurs.
The Free Form Martial Arts School of Saltillo has been teaching and presenting the Free Form Bully-proof Program, along with personal safety and self-defense to local schools, churches, businesses and other organizations since 2008. The Free Form Martial Arts Demo Team features the Free Form Fantastic Four.
Free Form Fantastic Four:
It is not everyday that you meet real life superheroes! Most people think of superheroes as fictional characters who are victorious over evil villains. We would like for you to meet four real-life superheroes that are fighting to overcome their own villains everyday and winning.
Brooklyn Graham, Cole Graham, Jordan Willis, and Kaden Smith are indeed real life superheroes! These four young people are students at the Free Form Martial Arts School of Saltillo, who have achieved a black belt in Free Form Martial Arts and have achieved intermediate ranks in Free Form Submission (Jiujitsu). They are all Mississippi Jiujitsu State Champions and have a combined 12 North American Grappling Association National Championships, just to name a few. The Fantastic Four are also Pro Submission Fighters.
These Free Form Fantastic Four have been battling their villains in the way of diseases and disorders that a lot of people would consider to be disabling. Ranging from chemotherapy drugs to various hospital stays and doctor's visits to multiple medications and therapies, these kids have taken these adversities and used it to push forward to achieve greatness!
Brooklyn Graham (age 11) - diagnosed at age 8 with absence epilepsy and began having grand mal seizures this past spring at age 10. She has severe, debilitating migraines as well. Her medicines make her sick, cause her muscles to hurt, and sometimes cause hallucinations and drowsiness, but she is an overcomer! She takes 2 different medications for seizures and doctors are still trying to find the right one to control the seizures. She is the daughter of Dr. Jeremy and Heather Graham.
Cole Graham (age 9) has severe outdoor allergies and a pistachio allergy, requiring an EpiPen and was diagnosed with asthma at 2 years old, when he spent a week in the hospital unable to keep his oxygen saturation levels up. He has made several trips to the ER since then and takes multiple medications to keep these issues under control. He is the son of Dr. Jeremy and Heather Graham. His parents are so thrilled they found a sport he could enjoy and succeed at!
Jordan Willis (age 12) was diagnosed with ADHA/NOS at the age of 4. Later he received a double diagnosis of autism/ADHD. He struggles with social settings, but has come out of his shell with martial arts. He is the son of Geoff and Angela Willis. His parents are so thankful he has found a sport he really enjoys.
Kaden Smith age 8 - Diagnosed with Kohler's disease in both feet at age 5, as well as severe allergies to outdoor elements, foods and animals, that requires an EpiPen. He was diagnosed with idiopathic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 6 and was started on chemotherapy injections and Humira injections for this disease. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with asthma, and is now on multiple medications for that, as well. He is the son of Lavelle and Catherine Smith.
These four are not the only superheroes training at the Free Form Martial Arts School of Saltillo. There are many others achieving greatness and overcoming illnesses and adversities, including various forms of autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome and physical and learning disabilities. We believe everyone should have a superhero. At Free Form Martial Arts, we are lucky enough to get to teach and learn from ours!
To schedule the Free Form Martial Arts Demo Team, contact Master Lavelle Smith. 662-401-8544