Child Safety Resources for Parents

I have become exceedingly disenchanted with industrious schools in the martial arts community that capitalize on fears about childhood safety. These schools attempt to snare parents through the guise of “free” workshops. The workshops essentially turn into self-serving marketing ploys to sign up the child for long-term taekwondo or karate classes, and they do not thoroughly address the variety of topics that need to be studied to meet today’s safety challenges for kids.

Regretfully, children’s self-defense workshops often present scare tactics that play on parent’s fears just to elicit their eventual enrollment.


You may see these “Free workshop” signs in storefront windows of business & restaurants. Of course few business owners will turn away a request to promote these workshops because they are as concerned about child safety as the rest of us.

As a martial artist, I will candidly admit the last line of defense is a physical response. Child safety requires more than a 1-hour workshop about how to ward off an assailant. In my ongoing philosophy that “an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure” here are some helpful places that you can find good information on child safety at a reasonable cost:


* Yello-Dyno – Non-fearful, research-based, anti-victimization education for children. After one cycle of participation in the Yello Dyno curriculum 80.8% of the students tested demonstrated an increase in safety knowledge regarding the issues of bullies, abductors, violent kids, drug pushers, child abusers, sexual predators, and internet predators. Plus Yello Dyno is a child safety program that meets Federal and State mandates.


* DVDs & CDs such as these on child safety can be found at the Bellingham Public Library (210 Central Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225).

KidSmartz: Abduction Prevention” DVD
Give Your Kids a Fighting Chance!” DVD
Protecting the Gift” Book or CD Audiobook
The Internet and Your Child” website -a comprehensive Internet safety and education program for adults.


I’ve found martial arts training to be a fantastic way to relieve the stresses of modern life and a great way to keep in shape while pursuing the obvious goal of learning a self defense discipline. Whether you can only go once in awhile, or several times per week, I can’t say enough good about the training. I always leave feeling refreshed and energetic and that helps me to tackle a hectic schedule. Also, I’ve been plagued with back troubles for most of my adult life and the workouts and stretching do wonders for keeping my back in order. I’ve known Rob for about 7 years and met him when I first began my martial arts journey. Rob was a lead instructor at a local martial arts school, where I trained previously, before beginning his own school. I’ve trained with him in several different martial arts disciplines and I know Rob to be very dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced in the various training methods. In addition to being a skilled trainer and teacher, he has a wealth of knowledge and a great proficiency in the martial arts. In addition to his qualifications I know him to be very patient and caring with his new trainee’s, as well as an all around great guy!! Whether you’re an experienced practitioner, or have no experience and a desire to try out martial arts, you couldn’t ask for a better teacher and I encourage you to go for it!

~ Paul Murphy, Patrol Deputy for the Sheriff’s Office

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