“My husband and I were looking to open a business, and we knew that we wanted to do something that gave back to the community,” said Neeta Pulliam. “The ARMOR Program sold us.” ProMartial Arts is a franchise, and the ARMOR Bullying and Predator Prevention Program is a trademarked program owned by the franchise.
The Pulliams enjoy presenting the non-violent, anti-bullying overview program to elementary schools and youth organizations, free of charge. If kids enroll in the studio program, they practice self-defense moves and engage in conversations on various types of bullying.
The ARMOR Program has two components. The program begins with 12 weekly lessons on how to prevent bullying, followed by 12 lessons on predator prevention. Presentations are tailored to two age groups — nine and under and ten and over. Lessons do repeat so that students can join at any time.
The bullying prevention portion begins by providing students with skills to recognize bullies and empowers students to set personal boundaries. This part of the program utilizes martial arts defensive skills as the last resort. It also teaches students what cyber bullying is and how to avoid it. “Schools have zero contact policies. We use martial arts techniques from the Korean art of Tang Soo Do to teach how to get away,” said Pulliam, owner of the Fishers franchise. “For example, if someone were to grab your shirt, these techniques teach you how to break the hold. The student gains confidence by learning to get away from bullies.”
The predator prevention portion of the program teaches kids that the real safety concern isn’t strangers but actually strangeness, as well as the importance of listening to their instincts and why they should always tell a trusted adult if they feel they’ve been in an uncomfortable situation. Additionally, sessions emphasize online safety and the importance of good communication between children and parents. “The problem of online predators is widespread. We want to make the children aware of what can happen so they can avoid harmful situations,” said Pulliam.
Both components of the ARMOR Program have been created based on research from child safety and crime prevention experts. After a child completes the program, parents can expect to see a stronger, more self-confident child. “Talk with your children at dinner or in the car about topics they’ve heard in the news (like bullying). Keep communication open,” advised Pulliam.
For more information on the ARMOR Program and other classes available at PRO Martial Arts, go to www.promartialarts.com or call 317-913-9139.