Dear Respected Martial Arts Instructors, Sensei, Sabumnim, Blog Owners, and Authors:
There are blogging circles on the net who use 'carnivals' to help increase interest and traffic to their sites. These carnivals focus on a particular theme, get bloggers to collaborate with each other, and the link swaps make for some interesting reading.
I would like to propose an Anti-bullying Carnival to be launched amongst our network of martial arts blogs.
How it works
1. Write an anti-bullying article by the submission date OR repurpose an existing article and re-publish it by the submission date. Publish this submission to your blog OR create a FaceBook note. Make sure to add a comment at the foot of this post to include where your submission is.
2. I will then send you a preamble, a button and a link to the carnival page on this blog on April 14 2012, which you should stick at the footer of your post. If I do not have your email address, I will add a 'comment' at the foot of your post with the instructions.
3. Once you're set and if your post hasn't been published yet, you email me the location of your post, and I'll create a list of links on the carnival page.
4. To make it interesting, I will create a few 'Best of Carnival' awards which you can then stick on your post.
5. On the day of launch, all of us tweet and FaceBook the presence of the carnival to our adoring fans. :-)
Here's the button which will adorn the Anti-bully page. Please stick it on your website to help support this carnival.
I didn't think too hard about this. I just came up with a post yesterday called Martial Arts Parables talking about how it might be good to use story telling to help children understand high level concepts. Just thought it might be interesting to help develop this issue in respect of the training most of us provide, or the self defence advice we usually dish out in the course of our activities. For a sample post, see Vaughan Jackson takes Martial Arts to Avoid an Abusive Parent.
Final Edits (Recognitions on Your Post): April 14 2012
Like other blog articles, or most blog articles, you can keep it informal. But the best posts should be thoughtful, presenting good information, and should relate back to what we know of the martial arts. You might like to think about what other people are doing in regards to anti-bullying. It's up to you. The article you submit should be not less than 250 words. Pictures would be great.
Collaborating with Other Articles
If you'd like, use the comments section below to highlight your thoughts so that other people can collaborate with you or create an article that is related to yours but done from a different perspective.
Submissions so far
- Vaughan Jackson takes Martial Arts to Avoid an Abusive Parent
- Are Traditional Martial Arts Any Use to Somebody Who is Being Bullied?
- Teaching without Teaching
- Bully Medicine
- Standing Up to Bullies: The Case of Casey Heynes
- Karate Provides Options
- The Potential Value of the Martial Arts for Ostracised Korean Children
- There was this bully ...
- Teaching Kids
If it goes well, we can use this blogging carnival idea, and this little mailing list I've compiled to develop other topics that might be interesting to the community. I'm happy to take turns with other blog owners to host such a carnival run.
-- Colin Wee Traditional Taekwondo Techniques, Patterns, and Applications at the Traditional Taekwondo Blog. [Subscribe using email or RSS feeds] [Tkd Sitemap]. Colin is a martial art instructor with 25 years of experience across three continents. Colin leads a small Traditional Taekwondo group for adults in Perth, Western Australia. Connect with Colin on FaceBook and Traditional Taekwondo on FB.