LETS GET STARTED
Thanks for visiting our fundraising page and helping to protect children from violence and bullying by supporting Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
Your donation will help raise much-needed funds for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and support their programs to prevent harm to children.
You can sponsor me and leave a message by clicking the donate button above.
Together we can safeguard our children’s future together.
YOU NEED TO GIVE, NOT TAKETuesday 19th Apr
As a parent, I always looked for activities where my children can achieve at levels way beyond their imagination. There is no greater feeling than seeing your child’s team win, your child receiving the best player award or being selected to represent at a regional, state or national level. We have become such a competitive nation that we forget that it is better to have a champion team than a team of champions. I feel children these days have lost the ability to have empathy, patience and understanding. Children need to be educated about the rewards of helping another person, rather than thinking the goal of life is to always win.
‘Everyone has unlimited potential; you just need the right person to bring it out for the world to see.’ – MASTER PAUL MITCHELL
BULLY BEFRIENDS BULLIED
I received a call from a school principal in Wollongong, New South Wales asking if I had the time to help with a problem of bullying in her school. Challenge accepted. The principal gave me a class of 20 students that I was to train once a week for five weeks. Included in the class was the child that was being bullied, and the bully. To start the class, I partnered the students with each other, and my first pair was the bully and the bullied. The principal asked me, ‘How did you know that these two students were the ones I wanted you to help?’ I answered, ‘Well, that boy looks like he owns the world, and the other boy looks like his world is over, so I just put the worlds together.’
After a quick warm-up, I brought out the shields for the children to kick. It took only one kick for the bully to knock his partner to the ground. I ran over and said to the bully, ‘I will make a deal with you. I will hold the shield for you, and you can kick it as hard as you like, but can you make this boy feel confident?’ He said, ‘I can do that.’ I said, ‘Can you make this boy feel good about himself?’ He said, ‘I can do that.’ Finally, I raised my voice intentionally and said, ‘Can help this boy enjoy coming to school?’ He answered in a loud voice, ‘I CAN DO THAT.’
My theory of engagement came from Karate Kid, where Daniel was left to train for the tournament and his competition (bullies) were told to leave him alone. I felt that for the bully to help his targetfeel good about himself, he would have to stop bullying the other student and start helping, supporting and including him. That is exactly what happened.
For the next five weeks, the bully got to know the other student and, unbelievably, they became good friends. The problem I see is that children are not nice to each other because they don’t know the real person inside. They see vulnerable, isolated and distinctive-looking students as a target to put down, which falsely and temporarily raises themselves up.
To continue the story, at the end of five weeks we organised for the group of 20 students to demonstrate their new skills in front of the whole school and a large group of parent onlookers. The last thing I did was to get this talented bully to fly over six shields on the ground and break a wooden board. He was successful on his first attempt, and everyone gave him an incredible round of applause. When all the commotion had subsided, I leant towards the boy, who was smiling from ear to ear, and asked him a simple question: ‘What does it take to become number one?’ He smiled and answered, ‘You need to give, not take.’ I looked at him and said, ‘You’re now number one.’
I hope the ideas in this article will inspire you to help your child challenge themselves, learn something new, become confident in their chosen field, see greatness within others and share their knowledge and experience for the purpose of nurturing another person’s true potential. I believe there is greatness inside everyone: you just need the right person to help you find it and support you on your way to achieving your dreams. By your child sharing their gifts they may find that others are left with all the medals, certificates and awards, but I guarantee you that the personal rewards for helping someone else achieve their dreams are enduring and priceless in comparison.
If you would like to read more inspirational moments or learn from some of the best world leaders, please visit my website and sign up for 30 days of wisdom and advice.
‘Imagine if every child learned the respect, courtesy and discipline martial arts teaches. The world would be a very different place.’ – CHRIS WHAMONDShare
Christmas GiftMonday 6th Dec
HOW TO GIVE YOUR LIFE MORE MEANINGFriday 26th Nov
ITS THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCESunday 17th Oct
Thank you to my Sponsors
Latorre Sports Australia
Master Paul Mitchell