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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (posted 4/2/2015)
The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.  Nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped at some time in their lives and about every 2 minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.  Get involved by educating yourself about the issue. There are many online resources and state and local groups and organizations that can provide help.  Also, no matter how well you are educated about the topic, nothing can compare to having the self defense training which gives you the skills to escape from an attacker. 

Stop the Bullying (posted 3/25/2015)

Bullying is becoming a serious problem in today’s society. Whether it’s mental, verbal, physical, or even cyber bullying, it needs to be stopped. Bullying is more common than we realize. Studies show that between 15 – 25% of all kids up through high school age are bullied, while many bullying incidents go unreported. That’s almost 1 out every 4 kids are bullied. It is estimated that each day 160,000 kids will miss school for fear of being bullied.

Many adults don’t even know that their child is being bullied because many kids are afraid to report it. It’s important to talk to your children and get to know how things are going at school, social events, in the neighborhood, or even sporting activities. Specifically ask your child how are they being treated by other kids. That will help open the dialog, and could expose potential problems your child may be having with others. Even if your child is not encountering bullying problems it’s good to educate them about the topic, and prepare them with the means to deal with it if it happens to them. There are many good resources online for parents and kids to learn about bullying and more importantly to learn about prevention and intervention strategies.

In many cases if our kids simply stand up to the bullying they can stop it. But many don’t stand up for themselves because they don’t know what to do, especially when the bullying gets physical. That’s where, as a last stand, we need to arm our kids with a physical means to defend themselves if they are attacked. Statistics show that almost half of all bullying incidents end up in physical violence. If at all possible we want to avoid physical means of self-defense by using other intervention strategies, but sometimes we have no choice. If a child is empowered with self-defense skills, that will give them the confidence to deal with a bully who is using physical aggression against them. More importantly the confidence they gain will help them in other aspects of their lives and increase their overall self-esteem. Generally when kids have higher confidence and self-esteem, they tend to be a lesser target for would be bullies. Don’t wait until it is too late, start empowering your kids today, before they become victimized by bullying.

6th in State (posted 2/21/2015)
Congratulations Evan Eldred for a 6th place finish in the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals in the 132 lb weight class.  Great job representing Westfield High School and going 2-2 in the state tournament. Evan is a junior, so has another year to earn a higher spot on the podium.  Evan was also named Academic All State Honorable Mention by the Wrestling Coaches Association.  

Academy Closed July 4th
The academy will be closed Saturday, July 4th.  Have a great Holiday!
Hoosier Open Results
Congratulations to the Indy BJJ students who placed at the Hoosier Open on June 6th.

1st Place
Clinton Johnson
Caleb Holtz
Madison Peavler

2nd Place
Ezekiel Guerrero
Rudy Guerrero
Esteban Perez

3rd Place
Monte Denehie
Anthony Cruz


JiuJitsu Promotions

Congratulations to the following Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu martial arts students who recently received promotions:

LAST UPDATED: June12, 2015

Brown Belt Promotion
Ryan Marques - 1st degree
Chris Santiago
Mike Swetz
Lucas Yeazel - 2nd degree
Purple Belt Promotion
Ahmad Hafez - 1st degree
Blue Belt Promotion
Monte Denehie
Ryan Lambert
Caleb Holtz
Bill Baugh - 1st degree
Rudy Guerrero - 4th degree
Clinton Johnson - 2nd degree
Don Hollenback - 1st degree
Jeff Riley - 4th degree
Lee Rabensteine - 3rd degree
Trent Hockersmith - 1st degree
White Belt Promotion
Jay Tuttle - 2nd degree
Marita Bower - 1st degree
Mike Harmon - 2nd degree
Peter Brown - 4th degree
Julia Lambert - 1st degree
Sina Semsarzadeh - 4th degree
Kids Belt Promotion
Jason Rooney - White 1st degree
Lauren Jai - White 4th degree
Jacob Hinds - Yellow/Orange 2nd degree
Bernice Mendoza - White 3rd degree
Aiden Denehie - White/Yellow
Ezekiel Guerrero - White/Yellow
Emma Sego - White/Yellow 3rd degree

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