Take a stance against bullies
Launch of self-defence programme for children
CHILDREN in Hillingdon are to be among the first in the country to be offered a new anti-bullying self-defence programme.
Silvio Simac, a 14-time UK taekwondo champion, who has appeared in action films alongside the likes of likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Statham, has agreed to be an ambassador for the scheme, called The Children’s Protector.
It is a series of interactive DVDs teaching all aspects of children’s safety via carefully selected martial arts academies – including Silvio’s school, SIMAC Mixed Martial Arts, in Pump Lane, Hayes – and consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation.
The scheme is aimed at children aged six and upwards and has been devised in partnership with the Anti-Bullying Alliance and the National Children’s Bureau.
Silvio said: “When we were approached about The Children’s Protector, we were immediately impressed. This is not a martial art but an effective, easy to learn selfdefence system for children. It’s something with the potential to make a real difference against bullying and child abduction.”
He said the programme takes techniques from martial arts and adapts them specifically for young children to be able to apply at the beginning of an assault at someone twice their height and twice their weight.
Whilst the interactive DVD, which can be played on Xbox and PlayStation, can be studied at home by children with their parents, it is the practical teaching in a professional setting by qualified instructors which is the preferred teaching option.
Silvio added: “We will be offering The Children’s Protector as an eight-week course in classes of no more than 20 children. Our qualified, experienced instructors will ensure the youngsters practice and perfect the techniques in a real-life environment.”
Lauren Seager-Smith for the Anti-Bullying Alliance, said: “We want all of our children to live happy, fulfilled lives without fear of bullying. The Children’s Protector is a powerful tool to empower children in the face of a physical attack. All of us can benefit from learning these simple techniques.”
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n IMPRESSED: Silvio Simac, of SIMAC martial arts school says the programme has great potential
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