Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Protect Accredited Trainers in NZ!

I am very proud, excited, (and a little bit chuffed) to welcome the new Protect Accredited Trainers (Level 1) from throughout NZ.

From the Northern Region:

Pacific Sun Taekwondo
Mr Dion McCracken - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Chris Dick - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Sam Butturini - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Tactical Krav Maga Northland
Mr Scott Manwaring - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Choong Mu TaekwonDo
Mr Dean Baker- Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Hwarang-Do Whangaroa
Mr Roman Scholl-Latour - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mrs Seida Scholl-Latour - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)

Mr Karl Finlayson - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)

From the Auckland/Midlands region:

Tamaki Mt Wellington Taekwon-Do Academy
Ms Thu Nguyen - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Bjarne Morris - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Angad Nayyar - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Ms Chanthie Thach - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Paul M Taekwon-Do Papakura
Master Paul McPhail - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Ms Debbie Hart - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)

Paul M Glendowie (Taekwon-Do)
Mr Mark Banicevich - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Ryan Van Heerden - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Ms Minette Steyn - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Richard Forder - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Hwa Rang Academy - Otumoetai
Ms Christine Young - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)

Ms Sandy Tippet - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)
Mr Brendan Doogan - Accredited Trainer (Level 1)

It is fantastic to have these dedicated people on board and helping to empower people with the Protect education.

For information on the Accreditation program click the logo below to get in touch with us! Cheers. Phil


Ok, so how does this...

                                                         And then this...

Result in this?:

Only at Protect..! (Phil Thompson receiving the love from Advanced Self Defence Newcastle's Corey Hawes at a recent Auckland seminar to the Kyokushin Karate National camp attendees)

48 Hours Mystery - Name, Rank and Serial Killer?

Worth watching...very interesting...

Click HERE to watch

Fight in a pizza parlor, lots to observe...

This is awesome. So many things to learn/observe from this one short clip. Thanks to Chris Young for sending it to me. Just a few things: Initial escalation, pre-contact psychology, lack of any form of de-escalation (it could be argued that ignoring her was a de-escalation attempt but instead was a challenge to her), bystander effect, complete lack of awareness of Pre-Contact Indicators, lack of situational awareness, fear management, arousal control, and lots more...Enjoy the learning... :-)

Click here to watch

"Bullying" Great lessons in here...

This is worth watching, some good lessons in here:

Teens share bullying tales in video booth

This stood out to me (from Debra Pepler, a psychology professor at Toronto’s York University):

"The children who can stand up and be assertive are able to control themselves, and they have a bit more ability to cope,"

This is the exact ability (among others) that our courses, classes and training provides...

Latest Column from Darcy: "Obscene risk"

Obscene risk

I understand when parents and guardians get frustrated with their kids, I’m a dad and there’s times I’m frustrated too. With that said, there’s no excuse for what I witnessed the other day. A young kid had frustrated his dad, he had not crossed the road with his dad, and now dad was angry at one side of the road with the kid in tears on the other side of the road scared to cross by himself. His dad was trying to coax him across the road which was failing. This is usual stuff, but this is where it turns. The dad became frustrated enough to turn his back on his kid and start to walk away, which in an instant prompted the kid to run across the road. The kid wasn’t hit by a car, but it was certainly heart in the mouth stuff and a clear act of stupidity, whether intended or not, on the dads part.

Sometimes we are frustrated with our kids behaviour, but we cannot ever put them at risk to teach them a lesson. I was reading recently of a lady who was frustrated by her daughter always coming home later than agreed, and on night, locked the door and left it locked. She chose not to answer it though she could hear her daughter knocking – as she was frustrated enough to decide this to be her daughters lesson. The daughter then chose to do somewhere else for the night, but never arrived there as someone sinister found her on the way. Never ever put your loved ones at risk to teach them a lesson.

Conversely, let your kids know, that no matter what, they can always call you any time for a lift home, sure, they might still get a growling for something, but there’s no you won’t come, no matter the distance, no matter the time.

Darcy Mellsop
Protect Self Defence NZ

Want to meet the Wellington Instructor? Darcy has put together some videos talking about his Monday night classes and upcoming Safe for Life course, view them here...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Protect and IFP Group support Youthline

The team from IFP Group/Mills Display NZ after the 'Self Defence FUNdamentals' workshop on Saturday. This was a joint fundraising initiative between Protect and IFP, raising money for Youthline's new South Auckland project which will help thousands of South Auckland youth. Very cool initiative and a SUPER cool group at IFP! Thanks team, it was awesome working with you all!