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Through my Taekwondo training I've learned how to defend myself, but as a Leadership student, I also received advanced lessons with traditional weapons. I never imagined that using something as simple as a Bo Staff could be so empowering! Although I hope I never have to defend myself against an attacker, I now have the confidence and ability to do so.
–Christina Morales, Brown Belt, 18 years old

Bullying Prevention

Dynamite Defenders

ATA Defenders instructors, Masters, and an 11-year-old YouTube sensation fight the good fight against bullying behavior across America. ATA World heralds a few heroes in the on-going battle.

Links to Videos of White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, 3/10/11

ATA Leadership NOW provides these links to external content as a courtesy to fellow parents and educators, because no stakes are higher than every child's future. The President of the United States, the First Lady of the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services, and experts at the conference clearly take bullying prevention seriously, and so does ATA.

Bullying and Me

As a Korean-American growing up in the suburbs of Little Rock, Ark., I experienced racism, discrimination and bullying from my peers. I was shy and suffered separation anxiety when I was away from my mother and father. The bullying in school fed my anxiety and often led to faked stomachaches and school absences. Instead of embracing who I was, I often resented my heritage, culture and appearance.

ATA versus Bullies

Teaming up to stamp out bullying in schools and beyond

The Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that one-third of school-aged children in the United States are affected by bullying every year, as a target, as one who bullies or as both. Often, however, the effects of bullying are grossly underestimated.

Nine Ways to Combat Bullying: Bullying Prevention in Action

Two Arizona kids dealt with bullying head-on, and emerged more confident than ever.

When 9-year-old Collin was having problems with another student at school, his mom decided to seek out help from his ATA family. "By attending the Bullying Prevention Program, Collin and I learned short, simple techniques that helped with this school issue," his mom says. "Collin learned how to avoid the 'hot spots' on the playground, how to speak up for himself and how to be confident in himself.

Nine Ways to Combat Bullying

How to prevent bullying before it starts, and what to do when it occurs.

Bullying happens in nearly every school to kids of all ages. With research from leading bullying prevention specialists at the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), ATA has created its own Bullying Prevention Program through which students learn to stand up for themselves, deflect bullying attacks and stop bullying before it starts. Read on for nine (9) tips that kids, parents and teachers can use to combat bullying in school and beyond.

ATA's Bullying Prevention Classes are making Leaders for Life in Champaign, IL

ATA's Bullying Prevention Classes are making Leaders for Life in Champaign, IL

A few hundred kids now have increased their confidence through verbal and physical skills designed to combat bullying, thanks to the Olweus Bullying Prevention seminars hosted by Newberry's ATA Black Belt Academy. While these seminars focus on self-defense tactics designed to prevent bullying, very little actually involves karate chops and fierce yelling. Powerful mental skills are also practiced, teaching kids how to react to different bullying situations and how to avoid possible confrontations before they get physical. Master Newberry encourages her students to share these effective skills and teach others how to be safe in the community. That's Leadership NOW! Watch the video or read the story for "Standing Up to Bullies" (02.13.11/ WCIA3 News, Champaign). Thanks for the great work, instructors of Leaders for Life Martial Arts!