Take a stance against bul­lies

Launch of self-defence pro­gramme for chil­dren

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bux@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

For more Chil­dren’s pro­gramme at Mixed Mar­tial 02476 684476. on The Pro­tec­tor SI­MAC Arts call ad­vice@ipso.co.uk

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n IM­PRESSED: Sil­vio Si­mac, of SI­MAC mar­tial arts school says the pro­gramme has great po­ten­tial

Jon Mikol NL20149329_08

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