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Being Aware or Are you Hopeful?

Being aware of your surrounding means more than just watching what is in front of you. When you are sitting in a restaurant eating you would notice someone standing on top of a table singing – however you may not take notice to the amount of food on one’s plate or water/beverage levels of the people sitting around you before you sit down. When you walk into the library or public book store you will notice others reading books, talking quietly in the corners and aisles; however you might not see or take notice of the person holding a book that is upside down, or a person sitting with a book in their hands but not reading it. When you walk into the bathroom, you might take notice of the people washing their hands or a door on a toilet stall being open, and miss the bag placed near the stall slightly under the divider or sink counter or sitting in the corner unattended. Watching the action of others around you while you are in your environment is difficult however not impossible to do.

Follow these 3 simple steps to help increase awareness.

1. Prior to walking inside any location – stop for a few seconds and say to yourself – Remain Alert; scan your environment as you walk through the door step to the left or the right as you clear it and look around the room for things that try so hard to blend in or stick out like the small things I mentioned above. Select a few things you can return to as a reference; like number of people in line, people sitting near the exits, a person sitting by themselves etc..

2. As you conduct your business no matter where you are, pause for a minute and return to those landmarks you selected to monitor the gradual change you should see like the line slowly getting thinner, same group in the aisle and the person sitting alone. If you look at the line and see the line gone continue to scan for the cashier if all of a sudden the cashier is not there, the line is gone – then something is happening for you to take notice

3. Limit the distractions you have as you go through your day. Reduce the texting while walking, talking on the phone, walking with your head down. Do your best to create the level of assertiveness needed when in public and do your best to walk with your head up and eyes open. Here is a reminder of why this is important.

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How to Evaluate Anti-Bullying Programs Like Dave Young

And…Just when I thought I have seen everything.

A month ago, I received a link from a teacher at a school who is also a parent with her child in the class she was referring to. They asked me to review the video and share my opinions with them.

The video showed a male wearing a martial arts uniform standing in front of 6 graders telling a story about how he would handle a bully – which when I reviewed the video it was more like how you would handle a thug!

As a child walks up he quickly grabs his hair and places him face down on the mat… “Rex Kwon do Style!

The faces of the kids and teacher was priceless I felt sorry for the students. Then he quickly transitioned to demonstrating a series of kicks, blocks and punches ending with breaking a board and said this is what we will cover.

I thought long and hard and before I replied back. So I went to 3 main sites of martial artist who have what they refer to as an anti-bully program.

I will leave the names out; however if your using these programs you too should seek the answers to these questions asked below.

I asked them to send to me their outlines the instructor proposed. I received a single sheet of paper with a logo in the top left corner (nice logo too). They had a sheet of paper without references, research or any really content. Some things made sense; had a few short lines of testimonies from people.

After researching this material and other anti-bullying programs I was able to find several on line references they seemed to copy without regard to naming the person who originally developed the material they were using (As if they developed all of this material by themselves), but no resources, no facts just organized general common sense material.

Like smiling when talking, don’t let yourself get mad, ignore it, walk away, telling them to be aware without giving them things to be watchful for outside of loud voices or threatening facial expressions.

These programs said they had a verbal component however this was not present or used in their training curriculum.

I took this a step further and called the number on their web site and tried to talk with the person who was seen in the video and tried to ask a few questions along the lines of:

  • What was their background?
  • What type of research did their material focus on?
  • Who trained them?
  • Any success stories?

When I started to get the same answers for each question I decided to say thanks for the chat and hang up.

So below is my reply to them and to parents everywhere.

  1. Take careful diligence when selecting the training your children get for their personal protection.
  2. Look past the fast talking, common sense references, and go for the heart of the material being taught.
  3. Ask the right questions from some I mentioned above.
  4. Talk to their references (most hope you never ask others)
  5. Be thorough in your discussions, and if in doubt attend a few of the classes with your children to make sure it is the same material they have shared with you they are giving to your children!

“Professional Level of Maturity” – Is this something you have?

Professional MaturityThis is the phrase we use often in the training I conduct. There are times the material being used far exceeds the maturity level, emotional mindset, and mental understanding of the student being trained. This can be due to any number of reasons like their age, education level, emotional and mental mindset and the list can go on.

Either way it's an issue that needs to be addressed early before the training initially starts, especially if you're teaching self-defense or defensive tactics that train others to respond to danger. If you overlook the students “Professional level of maturity,” there may be a chance you're teaching them something they cannot understand or comprehend and will miss use and conduct themselves inappropriately, without even knowing it.

I'm curious to know how other instructors gauges their student’s “Professional level of maturity.” Is it a question you ask? Is it an evaluation? Do you sit down with them and their parents if they are under age and come to rational understanding of what is being taught.

I use these 3 simple methods for gauging this.

1. Reviewing the “Letter of Understanding,” with them and their parents which outlines the importance purpose and intention of the training they are receiving
2. A few question and answer questions to establish their level of understanding and maturity level
3. Guided discussions with them to ensure they understand their roles and responsibilities of the training they are about to receive.

Some examples of this not being done before the training initiates are;

• Teaching the student an arm bar and the next day the parents tell you last night their son your students put his brother in an arm bar and broke his arms for not giving him the game controller.
• Teaching the students bo, staff or sticks and hearing from their parents the next day that while their child was at their friends home he grabbed a broom stick handle and cracked the neighbor’s rib for not giving him the ball for his turn.
• Teaching the student neck restraints and the following week you get a call from the them saying they have fractured the neck of a bully for calling him names

So be responsible of what and who you teach!

Dave Young, Founder and Director US Fighting Systems
http://www.usfightingsystems.com

Tips for Staying Aware

Tips for a staying aware.

  • OBSERVE your own area and neighborhood;
  • PREVENT the incident from happening to you

In any confrontation - there are many different obstacles and issues to think of –

  1. The most important is you ingredient for your safety is YOU. Have confidence; be alert, aware of your surroundings, conducting your risk assessment of the area and a threat assessment of your attacker.
  1. Threat– watch their stance, hand positioning, facial expressions, listen to the words they are speaking both verbally and non-verbally, any weapons they either have in their hands or access to.
  1. Environment – Surfaces that are flat, unbalanced, gravel, slippery, soft, uneven, hard, tile, concrete, etc…tables, chairs, people, stairs, weather, temperature
  1. Clothing - does this fit to tight, is it loose, baggy, does your clothing restrict your movement or help it, does it reduce or increase your flexibility, footwear – like the type of shoes dress, sport, sandals, jewelry your wearing necklaces, rings, watches etc…
  1. Location – Parking lot, mall, grocery store, movie theater, bar, club, play, park, home, school, workplace, church – remember many times where you are will have a lot to do with how mentally prepared and alert you are take being in church as compared to being in a social setting – both places have people however you will be more alert in a social setting then in church.

In all of our training we help break down each of these into the level of detail, understanding and focus you need. So as my close friend and mentor Gary T. Klugiewicz from Verbal Defense and Influence says Remain Alert – Be Decisive and when time to act makes sure you are responding with a preplanned practiced response! Enjoy your weekend.

Dave Young
US Fighting Systems, Founder and Director
http://www.usfighitngsystems.com

Looking forward to training at Park’s Federation

Will be at Coral Springs and training with Grandmaster Cheong Park, his instructors, staff and students!

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KAMA 2015 is almost here!

Korean American Martial Arts Association - KAMA 2015

There are many different types of martial art associations and organizations and like anything some are good, some are not so good.

I am associated with many professional police and military organizations around the country started by people who care and give back to the community that they live in.

KAMA is in one big click and one big group that everybody is a part of together to promote all martial arts schools around the world in marketing, curriculum, instructor development, student retention, advertising, building credibility within the communities they serve and so much more!

If you haven't been to KAMA you owe it to yourself and go then you can start your own rumors because at least you have been there!

So come to Las Vegas at the Rio March 6-7 and enjoy some great networking, make new friends, meet some great people at the socials, learn some great information you can take back immediately to help grow your schools and, of course, some outstanding Korean barbecue. And if I have time I'll get to sit and enjoy a great foot massage!

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Dave Young speaking about KAMA

If you are a Master, a Martial Arts School Owner you need to be at the KAMA March 6-7 in Las Vegas at the Rio! I will be sharing information you cannot read out of a book or watch off a video and you will only see it at KAMA!

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Some videos just have to be watched

Fight fitness and US Taekwondo Centers Colorado Springs

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Some talk about it, some experience it, some live it!

This is simple
Effort and commitment equals results "Street Safe" Level 1
At US Taekwondo Centers in Colorado Springs.

Take the Fight Fitness challenge US Taekwondo Centers 2015!

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Improving future performance

Great instructor development class this morning with Master Jay Lee, Master Sammy Pejo, Master JW Kang, Master Sonny Kang and Master Sean Jung.

Learning how to enhance the teaching of a skill, building justifications into each exercise, showing new activities and drills breaking down the difference and developing the testing and validation process for scenario development.

Have a great day everyone time to get back in the mat!

 

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