Ninjutsu International has zero
tolerance for bullies!
Note: Any student of Ninjutsu
International found using our art to bully, harass or cause undue harm to
others will be permanently
banned from our organisation. Our art used in self-defence or
to defend others, this is the only exception to this policy.
We consider aggression and violence to
be a sign of weakness.
To see our child protection, harassment,
discrimination, abuse and risk management policies click the below links
child protection policy
I sent this as an email to Mix 102.3 radio
Great work guys, keep
pushing this one, bullying is an issue that pops up from time to time then
seems to get forgotten until the next videoed ‘fight’.
On the school bullying
I run Aussie Ninja Kids
here in Adelaide (4 clubs) and have come across schools that tell students
that that cannot fight back (physically) when bullied!
Schools, I believe are
trying to do their best in relation to bullying but when fighting is
glorified in video games, cartoons, movies, sport and the internet media
plus restrictions on discipline methods (I question the value of ‘don’t
say no to kids’ and ‘kids should have more independence and rights’ (which
is usually abused by kids that are still testing their boundaries),
schools and parents are fighting a bit of a losing battle.
We have had some of our young students suffer
bullying at school and when they have defended themselves (without causing
serious harm) they have been punished. Schools need to realise that
legally their ‘duty of care’ includes abiding by our countries laws
regarding a person’s right to defend themselves.
A person is entitled to use such conduct as he or she genuinely believes
is necessary for a 'defensive purpose' (that is, in self-defence or in
of another, or to prevent or end an unlawful imprisonment) under s 15
Consolidation Act 1935.
This will be a complete defence to an
including murder, as long as the force used was, in the circumstances as
genuinely believed them to be, reasonably proportionate to the threat the
defendant genuinely believed to exist . . .
restricting this right (remember, kids interpret instructions like ‘don’t
fight back’ literally) could surely invite legal action from a parent if a
child is severely injured because the child was ‘restricted’ from
exercising their right to defend themselves.
bullying attacks occurred out in the public the police would charge the
offender with assault.
I would advise more parent to get the police involved, more parents of
bullies would get the point if police rocked up on their door.
I don’t agree with physical
punishment but kids must learn there are consequences to their actions.
CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY (www.lawhandbook.sa.gov.au)
A child under the age of 10 years cannot be
charged with a criminal
Offenders Act 1993
s 5]. Between the ages of 10 and 14 years there is a presumption that a
child does not have the
to know right from wrong and so cannot form an intention to carry out a
criminal act. This is known as the
doctrine of doli incapax. However, this can be rebutted by evidence to the
contrary, as was done in a case where a 12 year old boy was charged with
murder and evidence was admitted showing that he had an appreciation of
right and wrong R v. M (1977) 16 SASR 589.
victim of a crime committed by a person (including a child) may apply for
compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund for injuries
suffered as a result of the crime. The Fund can then recover monies paid
out to the victim from the
criminal injuries compensation.
In relation to comments
made by your listeners that doing a martial arts helps . . . just be
careful of what type of martial art, for example MMA (mixed martial arts),
boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, sporting arts (some taekwondo/Karate) and
street fighting styles encourage beating the other person rather than
avoiding getting hurt. Would you let your kids train with a group like the
‘Cobra Kai’ from the original Karate Kid???
When checking out an art
watch a class, if they line up facing each other, adopt a fighting stance,
teach the new students to kick/punch before evading and promote aggression
or the club is proud of their tournament wins then it is a sport
Great if sport is what
you want to do but this type of training is aggressive in nature and can
lead to your child getting in trouble for responding in a way that was ‘unreasonably
disproportionate to the threat’.
martial are is not sport orientated, we don’t enter tournaments to win
over others and don’t promote a ‘fighting’ or an aggressive ‘ready’
Ninjutsu is evasive in nature, opting for self-protection and if need be
controlling the attacker first before escalating to hurting anyone, to us
aggression and violence is a sign of weakness.
the initial training on break falls (not getting hurt when falling or
being thrown), evading punches and evading kicks and escaping grabs etc
plus the cultural values aspect of traditional Japanese martial arts.
belief is that the person that ‘wins’ a fight is the one that
doesn’t get hurt . . . not the one who ‘beats’ the other.
Just my thoughts on
BEWARE of Karate, Freestyle MA, Kung fu or Tae kwon do
clubs offering Little Ninja, Ninja, Ninjutsu, Samurai or Bushido training . . .
That's like a soccer coach teaching rugby! See
'FALSEHOOD vs TRUTH' (KYO vs
Ask your instructor where their art comes from, who started it, what's the
direct lineage and is it authentic?