Or read on, to find out what we are doing about it
Giving free Krav Maga Classes to victims
4 WEEKS FREE: 1 week trial + 3 more weeks
classes for kids or teens
nominate a preferred time & location
Everyone should know how to take care of his or her self. Four weeks of Krav Maga training won't teach every trick in the book, but it does give a good grounding in four or more of the most common scenarios and basic techniques. You will find that knowing you can fight off an attack, translates into renewed confidence going about everyday life.
Due to the sheer number of children and teens living through their own bullying nightmares there is very high demand for these free session. For this reason we have some Terms & Conditions ,and waiting lists may apply.
All we ask in exchange for your free lessons, is that you tell us your story. One story here and there isn't enough to understand what bullying looks like in our schools, what the response is and what the long-term impact on the mental health of victims is ..... but 50 or more stories are "statistically significant" and start to give a reliable picture.
If you have experienced bullying against you in a Western Australian school during the last 12 months, then all we ask is that you tell us your story. Armed with this information we can start a meaningful dialogue with schools and other education providers. Even if you do not wish to claim free lessons, if you are happy to share your story with us then we would be very grateful for the information.
With the "Zero Tolerance" policy to student behaviour that is prevalent in Western Australia, there is a perception that schools are unnecessarily punishing victims whilst failing to deal adequately with known bullies.
We hope to test whether the advice in existing policies is practically possible, and raise awareness of what victims are facing.
BULLYING IS PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL & SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Bullying is talked about a lot. But what is it? The term “bullying” covers physical, psychological and sexual violence (usually sex-related mockery and gender-based discrimination). A UNESCO report found girls and boys are equally affected overall by bullying, but that boys are more likely to suffer from physical violence. And it happens a lot - a recent Australian Bureau of Statistics study tell us that over 1 in 4 children are bullied on a regular basis, with peaks in Year 5 (32%) and Year 8 (28%).
tHE OFFICIAL APPROACH
DOES BULLYING EXIST?
nO STUDENT SHOULD LAY HANDS ON ANOTHER
Yet many schools seem to be in denial, or inadequately prepared to tackle serious bullying. Especially when physical attacks or threats are occurring. We hear a lot of anecdotal evidence about teens carrying knives in school; about children as young as 4-5 suffering kicks and punches.
"Bullying lessons" in schools focus on cyber bullying (but not on the statistic that 84% of young people bullied online will also be bullied in person). They focus on ignoring taunts, not getting sucked into situations, and escaping any situation to tell a teacher.
THE KRAV MAGA APPROACH
REPORT IT FIRST
Krav Maga is different. We recognise that there are times when everything else has failed. When staying away, sticking with friends, ignoring verbal abuse and shaking off attacks has not worked. When the reality is a child being held down, or punched, or kicked, or choked, or even stabbed by another student. That at times like these, when no support is at hand, the victim must be allowed to defend themselves. And that to do this, takes training of the mind and body.
Krav Maga is the self defence training for good people who want to live peaceful lives. In other words, the perfect system for the innocent victim, who needs to stop an attack and get to safety.