Fulton Science Academy Students Taught Safety, Self-Defense
Fulton Science Academy Private School students took safety into their own hands on Monday, Dec. 17. Allison and David Neal, along with Dawn Boone from Revved Up Kids, conducted a safety and self defense workshop with the students in PE class.
Several stations were set up where students learned capture avoidance techniques and were able to practice them on the instructors or on the punching dummy. In addition to the physical part of the workshop, students were given information about safe distances, strong voices and strong stances. They discussed what happens when being grabbed around the neck,and how to get away from that choke hold.
Allison stressed to the students that being aware from the start of our surroundings is the first step to safety. Another was listening to your own intuition when knowing something is off or feels strange.
"I have spoken to many victims, they all have shared with me that they knew they were going to be attacked but just did not listen to their instincts to get out of the situation before it escalated," she said. "Listen to your instincts, they are your best first line of defense. They might appear as a fluttering in your stomach, chills, goosebumps, or sometimes you will feel the hair on the back of your neck rise."
Revved Up Kids has been teaching self-defense to children and teens throughout Atlanta since 2010.
"We were in the process of developing a middle school workshop when Mrs. Teeling contacted us, through one of Fulton Science Academy's parents," Allison said. "We were very excited to have the opportunity to work with these students and get their feedback. It is feedback we can use to create a program that is interesting, fun and delivering valuable life saving information at the same time."
"That was awesome!" One student said....."I learned some new information about where to hit an attacker." Another student said "I knew about eyes as a target, but I didn't know about the ears."
Mrs. Teeling explained that the students just learned about the ears and had discussed hearing loss and decibels.
Some of the feedback was interesting too...some students suggested a video in addition showing real life scenarios, more kick moves because they felt kids would be more likely to kick in self defense more than using their hands.
"I think the students had a good time, " said Mrs. Teeling, "they liked the hands on or kicking part of the workshop the best, but there was some really excellent real world information given during the short talks. I think the best thing was that students were talking about it amongst themselves or to other teachers, even Principal Sener heard from the students. We all know they wouldn't say it, if they did not have a great time."
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