A free ABC's of Bullying Prevention workshop was held in Phoenix on Wednesday February 6, 2013. Teachers, principals, parents and children were invited to learn how to address bullying in our Phoenix community. From school, playground, and workplace, practical tools were shared on how to de-escalate bullying with proven skills like using humor.
The event was hosted by USA Martial Arts and fully sponsored by Nottingham Sword & Shield Security Bodyguards. It was taught by threat assessment specialist and bodyguard trainer John Nottingham who is also the owner of USA Martial Arts. Nottingham chose to conduct the event to celebrate his birthday and 28th year of teaching bullying prevention strategies free to the community.
Techniques taught included:
- How to make friends of enemies
- How to use humor to deflect and deter bullying behavior
- How to demonstrate good body language to not be selected for bullying
- How to intervene and be a help to others being bullied
- Peaceful options for escape from physical bullying that deter more bully behavior
Nottingham also shared his views and research on why so called anti-bullying programs continue to fail and may even lead to increased reports of bullying incidents in schools and among children. Nottingham is the author of the book How To Handle Bullying Like a Bodyguard in which he teaches a five step process of managing aggressive and inappropriate behaviors with effective boundary setting and problem solving.
For more information about John Nottingham's programs, public speaking or self defense/security training programs contact BullyProofVestAZ@gmail.com or call 602-896-8721.