It doesn’t have to go this way. No one should feel so cornered and victimized by bullying that shooting seems the only way out.
Here at MAFA, we share the grief and shock of the community in northern Ohio, that is reeling from the school shooting incident on February 27, 2012 and it’s still rising death toll. One of the most disturbing aspects of the story is that it seems that the shooter may have been a victim of bullying, who “fought back” in the only way he knew how.
There are other ways, but no one–it seems–had been there to help him learn and develop confidence.
This breaks our hearts. But more importantly–and more empoweredly– that heartbreak quickly strengthens our resolve and commitment to be part of the solution here in our own DC neighborhoods, to help our kids become Fit. Confident. And Empowered. We call it “Bully-proofed.”
At MAFA, we help kids learn:
- how to defend themselves,
- how to take back control of their personal safety, and
- how to resolve conflict non-violently.
MAFA kids’ programs not only teach self-defense they help kids develop good self-esteem, self-respect, respect for others, increased confidence, leadership skills, and more. And kids get fit, start eating better, and become healthier in the process!
Who doesn’t want that for their kids?
No one we know.
Parents of MAFA kids often report that their children’s grades improve, their overall outlook on life is happier and healthier, and they begin to make and keep friends more easily than before.
It’s not about learning to fight so much as about learning to live more freely; less fearfully; more confidently; and with a strong sense of personal pride and capability.
To learn more about how MAFA is leading the way in the anti-bullying movement here in DC, and on the Hill in particular, find out how parents on Capitol Hill are preparing to Bully Proof their kids in 2012 or call 202-455-4662 and get the FAQs about kids and bullying.