As a result, 160,000 children per day do not attend school for fear of being bullied. - U.S. Department of Justice
17% of American students report being bullied 2 to 3 times a month or more - U.S. Department of Justice
800,000 children are reported missing every year. - The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Phoenix, Arizona has become the kidnapping capital of America. - ABC News
Ongoing, Weekends (check calendar for actual dates)
Victim Proof Our Youth is a series of anti-bullying and self-defense classes. It is developed for children of all ages, sizes and physical abilities. Students as young as 5 years old role play through high risk situations. They are trained to identify threats and most importantly how to avoid or escape them. In the event aversion is impossible and if a threat becomes violent, students are prepared through the use of non-aggressive (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) self-defense techniques. The end result is a safer child with a heightened sense of awareness and unwavering self-confidence.
The class duration is 1.5 hours. Please arrive 15 minutes early to your scheduled start.
Students must be at least 5 years of age. Children aged 5-12 must have a parent or guardian attend class. Children ages 13-17 do not require an adult with them during class (drop them off and have a date night).
Non-parent guardians must have a legally appointed guardian complete a Child Waiver Form.
Athletic attire is required. No jeans allowed.
Discussions and role playing related to bullying and abduction, self-defense demonstrations, hands-on excercises and medium degree of physical activity.
Students are introduced to two basic concepts: “Stranger Danger” and the fundamentals of Jui-Jitsu for avoiding and escaping a threat. The class begins with a reenactment of a child being coerced towards a vehicle by a stranger, which leads to an interactive discussion about the key points of Stranger Danger, including why we don’t always “talk with strangers” or “walk with strangers” among others. Students & Instructors discuss how to ensure you’re safe before school, after school, and when on the playground, including the need for using code words when an unknown adult wants you to follow them.
Jiu-Jitsu fundamentals are introduced and advance to techniques for avoiding being pushed to the ground and escaping a wrist grab and chokes.
The use of voice as a means of self-defense is introduced and reinforced with role-playing bullying tactics (for instance, being pushed to the grond or into a corner). The class continues with a series of games and role-playing that allows students to escape grabs and avoid being pulled into “the red zone”.
Children are continuously engaged with little idle time.
Victim Proof Our Youth ends with students stringing together the techniques they learned and mastering them through repetition. The class completes with demonstrations of advanced techniques to be learned in a future session. Take-home materials include a curriculum overview, technique infographic and a certificate of completion.
Children and parents are encouraged to continue the discussions and practice self-defense techniques at home. Level 2 classes are available, so you can extend your child's training and help Victim Proof Our Youth. Learn More.