I Want to See You be B.R.A.V.E.: Boosting Self Confidence through Self Defense
What comes to mind when you think of the word B.R.A.V.E.? I personally think of courage, being daring, and fearless. I want children who are being abused in any way - physically, sexually, mentally, those being bullied, those who just need that little boost of confidence - to understand that they have this B.R.A.V.E. inside themselves already
I came up with an acronym to go along with B.R.A.V.E. The letters stand for: B: Be Brave; R: React; A: Aware and Avoid; V: Valiant; and E: Execute. Through assemblies, television appearances, B.R.A.V.E. camps, and social media, I will teach children that being B.R.A.V.E. is not always easy; in fact, sometimes it is downright hard. They need to understand that in most situations, if not all, it is okay to react. They need to yell even when they are told physical harm could come to them. They need to stand up for themselves when confronted by a bully or an abuser. Children need to be taught how to be aware of their surroundings and avoid certain situations at all costs. Being valiant is what it is going to take to have the courage to execute their B.R.A.V.E.
I want them to understand that self-defense is not always physical. This is something I have learned with over 12 years of martial arts training. Self defense can just be standing up for yourself verbally and standing up taller in certain situations by taking a stance. Young people need the courage to walk away from a perpetrator at all costs. I want to help them make decisions beforehand so when they are confronted with the situation they already know what they are going to do. I believe this will take some of the fear away.
Let’s face it. You cannot always wait for the bully to change. . . you cannot always know that the person you are with can be trusted . . . you cannot always depend on parents to teach their children how to be safe. My platform will be taken nationwide and make a tremendous positive change for children. I will help them find their B.R.A.V.E.
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