This latest volume, which is scheduled for release January 2016, will include contributions from Bernal and other experts in various industries that address the growing problem of bullying, and its changing nature from when many people who are parents today faced bullying.
“When I was a kid bullying was different than it is now,” says Bernal. “For one, parents didn’t interfere quite so often with that process of bullying or that social dynamic that happens when bullying takes place. A lot of the times the advice that parents gave their children was if you have a bully, you have to stand up to the bully, which was usually more of a physical type of confrontation as opposed to what we have today.”
BULLYPROOF: Unleash the Hero Inside Your Kid, is a project started by Alex Changho, a martial arts professional and business coach.
“There are many programs out that are meant to help parents and kids deal with bullying,” says Changho. “But so many of them are designed to ‘keep the peace’ or ‘reduce conflict at schools’ instead of actually addressing the real problem. The problem is not bullying in itself. The problem is the negative effects that bullying has on kids. The solution is to bullyproof the individual, by empowering more people, and helping them feel great about themselves. When inevitably the bullying happens, it will be ineffective.”
Bernal’s involvement in the BULLYPROOF project will bring an effective, working solution to the families of Aurora. Along with the release of the book, Bernal will hold free workshops, resources, and training for the community.
For more information about Jesse Bernal and Colorado Martial Arts Academy visit www.aurorakarate.com.