While South Florida prepared for Tropical Storm Isaac Aug. 25, the City of Doral and Miami-Dade County honored us with a proclamation for my new antibullying program: “Art of Fighting without Fighting Anti-Bullying.”
The proclamation was presented by Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez even though he had to attend numerous meetings in preparation for the storm. County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz was also present, presenting us with a second proclamation from M i a m i – D a d e County (in addition to his own storm meetings, he was also celebrating his daughter’s 15th birthday that night).
Also attending was former Vice Mayor Robert Van Name who has never missed an invitation to an event at Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense. The workshop had a great turnout, despite oncoming storm preparations. All of us expressed our thanks to Commissioner Diaz, Mayor Bermudez and Rob Van Name for the honors and attending my workshop, as well as their friendship.
“Art of Fighting without Fighting” is a complete anti-bullying program that I developed after 14 years of research in anti-bullying, martial arts and fitness. It teaches children to project their voices, walk with confidence, avoid a bully, and, as a last resort, reality-based self defense against bullying. We also teach children how to be compassionate and stand up for bullying against others.
Parents are taught how to identify reactions to bullying that their child may not disclose, how to help a bullied child (or one who may be a bully) and ways to handle a bullying incident. We discuss ways to be compassionate with a bullied child and how to speak to teachers and school personnel about bullying incidents.
My anti-bullying program was inspired by Bruce Lee’s philosophy and teachings coupled with my position as the only fully-certified Martial Arts for Peace Bully Busters instructor under the originator and anti-bullying author, Dr. Terrance Webster Doyle. A retired law enforcement officer and honorably-discharged US Marine Corps Sergeant, I am a certified instructor for Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do, Israeli Krav Maga and Haganah, Muay Thai, and a Hung Gar Kung Fu Master. Through studying books on anti-bullying, serving in law enforcement and the military, undertaking anti-bullying studies for certification, I developed the “Art of Fighting without Fighting” to complement the training we provide in martial arts.
Working as an officer in a maximum security prison provided experiences to see and deal with the underlying causes of bullying, and ways to prevent its reoccurrence.
For information about our professional anti-bullying program or workshops, visit www.AntaMartialArts.com/Bully-Busters .
Julio Anta is a martial arts and fitness instructor and owner of Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense since 1998 and may be contacted at 305 599-3649.