Life Skills for Children
Character Training & Development | School Safe/Street Safe
Character Training & Development
the milennia, Martial Arts techniques have been passed
down from father to son and from instructor to student
over and over again. In the process, systems (such as
kata, forms, self-defense techniques, one-steps, etc.)
have been developed to keep the Martial Arts style pure.
However, the subtler, yet infinitely more important character
developmental aspects of Martial Arts have been more
of a “side
effect” than a deliberate, conscious, systematized
Character Training and Development is a system designed
to help the Martial Arts instructor develop and train for
positive character traits.
This is done by systematically using metaphor and Scoratic
style questioning, causing the students to think and reason.
Using this process, the instructor is able to guide students,
even very young students, into drawing powerful conclusions.
Instructors anchor these important lessons and empower
the students with alternate solutions through role-playing.
We have found that students, especially young students,
learn more information faster, and retain answers longer
by listening to a short story, answering a few well-placed
questions followed by role-playing (all five minutes or
less). This works better than many hours of laborious lectures.
By using the Character Training and Development teaching
techniques detailed in this system, even the youngest,
most inexperienced instructors can easily guide their students
to live a successful, effective life.
Charatcer Training and Development consists of a four-month
lesson plan, broken down into four blocks, with each block
divided into four weekly sections. The four blocks of Character
Training and Development are:
1. Good Attitude - teaches benefits of having
the right attitude for success.
2. Good Habits - teaches practical ways to
develop self-discipline, responsibility and focus.
3. Good Self Control - teaches practical ways
to control and channel emotions.
4. Good Manners - emphasizes the befits of courtesy
Character Training and Development is scripted in a such
a way that any instructor, in any style of Martial Arts,
can easily insert this into their classroom instruction
in five minutes or less.
It is as simple as watching the video at the beginning
of the month, allowing five minutes during class to huddle
up the kids, and following the weekly outline.
Martial Arts instructors are conscientious about teaching
their students the most effective self-defense techniques
they know. They usually have a clear cut system with
which to teach self-defense to their students. Every
conscientious Martial Arts instructor also tries to emphasize
the importance of not fighting. What many schools lack
is a systematic method of teaching our students how to “Not
Fight”, and skills that keep kids safe from potential
Safe/Street Safe is a simple, comprehensive, easy to
implement system of “Not Fighting” and
living safely. The program is broken down into four one-month-long
blocks, with each further divided into four weekly subjects,
and is a perfect complement to all Martial Arts styles
or self-defense systems.
information is “cutting edge”.
This is not some academic, philosophical approach to
conflict avoidance. This program is practical, easy to
follow, and the students love it. Every discussion topic
has been tested and used in the classroom for years.
It does not follow a lecture format. Generally there
is a brief story, followed by a few questions and then
Children learn from experience. School Safe/Street Safe
lets them get practical life experience in the safety of
your classroom. The four blocks of School Safe/Street Safe
ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance
- primarily teaches avoidance strategies.
2. Stranger Alert - teaches how to identify a lure and
what to do.
3. Five Rules of Personal Safety - teaches what to do when
confronted (in the schoolyard) and how to resolve the situation
4. Trust Your Intuition - teaches practical techniques
to fine-tune your student’s awareness and intuition.