You Are Not Alone
When a bully is holding you down, hurting you and disregarding your physical boundaries, getting help from a teacher isn’t an option. It is vital to be able to defend yourself.
We do not believe that violence is the optimal solution to any problem, but we recognize that you need to believe in your ability to fight back as a last resort.
This program draws on up-to-date research on bullying prevention, our five-star self-defense curriculum, and Sensei Jordan’s own experiences to give you the tools you need to prevent bullying.
Sensei Jordan’s Story
“I was bullied relentlessly, from kindergarten up until about age fifteen. This class is grounded in my high school and middle school experiences with bullies.
“We all know the law of the school yard, some kids are bullies, some are targets. I was a target: shy, quiet, prone to drawing alone in the back of the room, I had gigantic lenses in my too-big-for-my-head frames and curly, unmanageable hair. I was tall, but with zero physical gifts, moving through the halls with the grace of a baby giraffe. I got called names. People made fun of me. I got beat up.
“Through karate I gained the confidence to own my individuality, to be myself the tall, punk art kid with crazy hair. As I became more comfortable in my own skin, the bullies moved on to other targets.
“There is a twisted, sad psychology to bullying, and it’s one I came to know intimately. When I got my first jobs as an adult I had a number of bosses who bullied the other employees, but they spoke more respectfully to me. It is so important to be confident in yourself!
“At Fighting Chance Seattle we believe that true empowerment comes from having the tools, training, and intention to take responsibility for your own security. We can only feel truly strong when we stand up for ourselves, and when we become allies for one another.“
The Bullying Prevention Toolkit
Being bullied affects us physically, mentally, and emotionally, it can feel overwhelming. Learn the skills to reclaim control of your life:
- The Psychology of Bullies & Targets
- Non-Violent Conflict Resolution
- Physical Self-Protection Techniques
- Exercises to Manage Fear & Panic
- Strategies for Coping with Hurt Feelings
- Warrior Mindset Practices
- Recruiting Allies & Building Community
- Owning Your Awesomeness
- Asking for Help
Registration is required and must be completed by a parent or guardian.
- The August 27th “Back to School” classes are free!
- Open to Seattle girls and boys, ages 11 – 16 only, no exceptions.
- Please arrive fifteen minutes early, we will begin promptly at start time as there is a lot of material to cover.
- Plan to leave your student with us and come back for them after. Our intention is to lead the students in creating a safe, open space for dialogue.
If you have any questions about the class, please email Fighting Chance Seattle.