Actions don't always speak louder than words.
Shane Rahn, a fifth degree black belt and owner/instructor of Rahn's Black Belt Academy, will be conveying that message to children ages four to 13, through his free community bullying prevention seminar this weekend.
Saturday's seminar at Langley Christian School is part of WTTU Martial Arts' world-wide initiative to help educate communities in preventing bullying behaviour.
"Defuse" is the operative word when dealing with bullies, Rahn said.
The seminar teaches children to defuse a situation without resorting to violence, and to defuse bullies without making them angry.
"Through facial expressions, body language, and breathing," Rahn said.
Rahn acknowledges that bullying in a problem everywhere, and "it's not going to go away. It never will."
"One in three kids is affected by bullying and the impact is enormous," Rahn said. "Consequences of bullying include anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, physical ailments, and lower academic achievement."
But he stresses that education is the key to bullying prevention.
Rahn said that, through age appropriate instruction, direct training and open houses like that one on Saturday, WTTU licensed schools around the world hope to have a significant impact on reducing the extent of bullying and victimization.
Attendance to the bullying prevention seminar is limited to 150 children.
Call Rahn's Black Belt Academy at 604-532-0172 to reserve a spot.
The Nov. 17 seminar includes a DVD presentation showing Agent G, who will teach children how to avoid being bullied through confidence and self control.
Agent G also teaches why you shouldn't bully others and how to become a leader in defending victims.
lt Academy. With special guest, singer Cole Armour, scheduled to appear, the seminar begins at 4: 30 p.m. at LCS, 22702 48th Ave.
A pizza and a movie will follow. "At the end of the day, it's about confidence," Rahn said. "Confidence will make [potential victims] stand up and rise above the crowd."
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