Shaku offers free anti-bullying workshop

Shaku Family Martial Arts is holding a Bully Expert workshop Sat., Nov. 3 in Ladysmith.

Since the Amanda Todd tragedy, bullying has been a hot topic.

The 15-year-old Port Coquitlam girl committed suicide on Oct. 10 and was the victim of bullying and cyberbullying.

Most bullying victims may think that those old strategies like walking away or telling a teacher don’t often work and sometimes can make the bullying worse. It can seem to victims that there is little they can do to change their situation and so the abuse continues.

So what can victims do?

Shaku Family Martial Arts has created a course that is designed to help victims take control of the situation and allow them to deflect the attention.

Sifu Cathal Walsh, the chief instructor at Shaku, completed his certification in Verbal Defense and Influence Tactics with a special focus on Youth and Bullying.

Walsh will be offering a free informative and interactive workshop called The Bully Expert Sat., Nov. 3 in Ladysmith.

As a former principal, Walsh knows how common bullying is and how damaging it can be to a child’s self-esteem.

He wants to provide victims with the tools to stop the harassment without violence or escalating the situation

“You can avoid it, but you’re not going to stop it unless you neutralize what the bullies are doing, or else you are going to be continually subjected,” explained Walsh. “The purpose of this training is to empower kids to have another option than just walking away and to actually engage the bully to address the situation.”

Most bullying policies place the responsibility upon teachers and authority figures to stop it. But kids need to learn how to take charge of the situation because that is a more effective method to stop their victimization.

“On the front lines is where attention needs to be given. Not just for children to have options, but for authority figures as well. They need to empower kids to have confidence and training,” explained Walsh.  “[It is ] teaching children how to represent themselves and understand how their voice and body language relate to the perception of themselves to potential victims. They have control over how people perceive them and react to them.”

The techniques taught in this workshop are the same ones that law officials use when facing verbal assault from criminals. While this course is targeted to seven- to 12-year-olds, Walsh says anyone can benefit from these strategies.

“The scenarios are not any different for kids and adults. The strategy doesn’t change, and the strategies are pretty strong with this approach. The challenge is to get kids to practise it enough so that it becomes second nature,” he said.

The workshop takes place Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and while it is free, pre-registration is required. Parents are requested to attend with their children.

Shaku Family Material Arts is located at 25 High St.

Just Posted

(File photo)
Poverty reduction survey identifies 10 poverty themes

Poverty reduction plan will be finalized in July 2021

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly says he has no intentions of leaving the Green Party. (House of Commons image)
Island Green MPs have “no intention” of leaving the party after ‘heartbreaking’ departure

Manly, May only remaining Green MPs after Jenica Atwin left for the Liberals over internal disputes

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of May 30-June 5. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
COVID-19 cases drop again almost everywhere on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo had four new cases last week, down from 22 the week before

Justine Keefer’s Cedar Elementary School Grade 6/7 class put together a student paper, as part of a school project. Pictured here Andrew Gregory, left, Felix Leduc, Addison Armstrong, Lucia Walker and Anise Dick. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Cedar Elementary School students create their own newspaper

Grade 6/7 class publishes Wolf Pack News as part of language arts and social studies

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements’ invention La Méduse (the Jellyfish) removes oil from the ocean. The invention was one of 15 out of 700 inventions submitted to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Little Inventors contest. (Cole Schisler photo)
‘Little Inventors’ from Ladysmith showcased in national science challenge

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements were one of 15 finalists in the Little Inventors Challenge

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police officer charged with assault during an arrest in 2019

The service has released no other details about the allegations

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Denmark soccer player Christian Eriksen collapses during game against Finland

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

Most Read