Following is a special article from sensei and community activist Sensei Tom Callos who is a strong advocate of anger management as a preventative self-defense tool: Tom is on a mission as he inspires the martial arts community to be leaders in reducing the amount of anger and conflict in the world.
Here is his message:
To marital arts owners and studios:
You should OWN preventive anger management training in your community; PERIOD.Your goal should be to take the training, absorb it, live it –then assemble a smart and powerful 15 to 30 minutes presentation and give it to students, friends, family, and community –OH say, about 10 to 20 times (you and/or your best staff people).
Your goal should be to take the training, absorb it, live it –then assemble a smart and powerful 15 to 30 minutes presentation and give it to students, friends, family, and community –OH say, about 10 to 20 times (you and/or your best staff people).After that, you create a “Presentation Team” of capable kids to give the same presentation (or close to it) to other kids. You then help “book” these young people all over town, all year long. Seek local business sponsorship / corporate sponsorship with the long term goal of awarding team members $10 (or more) for each presentation given.
(You and your teaching team should also master the “1 to 2 Minute End of Class Anger Control Chat” —or something like that.)
After that, you start working on “numbers of people” —looking to teach 100 people, then 500, then 1000 and so on.
ARM the kids in your community with anger management tools that will save them a LOT of suffering down the road.
Nobody should say or think “anger management” without thinking of your school and this wonderful and dynamic little team of activists/speakers you’ve trained to deliver what is, obviously, vital “self-defense” knowledge.
Call it “the Anger Management Project ” –or something similar: Goal, that every child who learns to swim, learns the 8 tools of anger management (nobody wants to drown in their own -or anyone elses- anger).
You’re talking about investing less than $1000 and a couple of months of fun, relevant, interesting preparation/work and having something completely unique and non-aggressive to teach 1000’s of kids –a real Unique Selling Propositionfor your school.
Now I’ve been telling, talking about, and practically BEGGING you to be involved and to get this going (if you were my staff, you’d already be a master of this, we’d own the town, be producing our own in-house “anger TV” for local cable and/or our website –full of testimonials and promotion) ——and now we’re advertising it to the general MA population. I sure hope your competition doesn’t get it going when you’ve had so much time to get it first.
I’d have already given presentations at/to:
The PTA The Mayor’s Office XX amount of Counselors Local School Principals meeting All service clubs Any business with more than 20 employees Any high school leadership group, etc.
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