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Anger Coach Online Donates Courses for Penn Youth

This  notice was recently posted from The Penn Youth Foundation On-Line Dojo. Please join, if you wish to participate. The blog post was written by Tom Callos.


ANGER COACH ONLINE Donates $20,000 in Anger Management Courses for Penn Youth

Dr. Tony Fiore of is the one of the world’s preeminent anger control teachers. Two years ago Dr. Fiore and I collaborated on the development of 2 courses for teaching martial artists about anger management –and how to teach it to young people.

Both courses are available to take on-line at Each course takes 10 hours to complete and comes with a graduation certificate.

Dr. Fiore has just donated both courses to each active participant/student in our next Penn Hawaii YF session (beginning Jan. 30, 2010), which adds up to more than $20,000 in tuition.

THANK YOU Dr. Fiore!

Any Penn Youth participant who completes the first course, passing both the on-line test and a verbal quiz from Coach Tom Callos, will earn $100 from the foundation (Regular attendance and completion of our 2 month training course will be a requirement for payment).

IN ADDITION, we are planning an on-line donation program where we solicit contributions from the 115,000+ members of www.BJPENN.COM for Penn Youth who complete the SECOND Anger Management Course (which teaches the participant how to teach other people the basics of anger management).

We will divide all donation up equally between all of our young participants who successfully take and pass the program (both courses). Our long-term goal is to have a team of young “Anger Management Educators” tour schools across Hawaii teaching other young people the ABC’s of anger control.

Stay tuned for more information.

Wecome New Marital Arts Anger Educators

On behalf of Tom Callos and myself, welcome to the following forward-looking martial arts instructors/owners who have recently completed training as Anger Management Educators for Marital Arts Instructors with The Anger Coach.  Completion of this innovative 20-hour online program identifies them as forward-thinking members of their community and their profession. They see their mission as arming their  students with a kind of mental self-defense that brings them peace and happiness for years to come. They will be teaching young people how to handle their emotions BEFORE they they become adults who have fallen victim to their own (or someone else’s) anger. They are PREVENTION specialists, who have  tremendous influence with young people—and  have dedicated their lives to the quest for personal mastery and self-defense. Anger management, in today’s world, is self-defense. If you live near their communities, contact them for more information.

Brian Myers: Greenwood, Indiana

Paul Gannon: Leicester, United Kingdom

Keith Turpin: Mocksville, North Carolina

Jason Gould: Framingham, Massachusetts

Again, congratulations to all our anger educators. If you would like to become a certified anger educator, you can get more information and sign-up by clicking here.

Dr Tony Fiore

The Anger Coach

Anger Coach Online

Martial Arts Message from Sensei Tom Callos

Following is a special article from sensei and community activist Sensei Tom Callos who is a strong advocate of anger management as a preventative self-defense tool: Tom is on a mission as he inspires the martial arts community to be leaders in reducing the amount of anger and conflict in the world.

Here is his message: 

To marital arts owners and studios:

You should OWN preventive anger management training in your community; PERIOD.Your goal should be to take the training, absorb it, live it –then assemble a smart and powerful 15 to 30 minutes  presentation and give it to students, friends, family, and community –OH say, about 10 to 20 times (you and/or your best staff people).

Your goal should be to take the training, absorb it, live it –then assemble a smart and powerful 15 to 30 minutes  presentation and give it to students, friends, family, and community –OH say, about 10 to 20 times (you and/or your best staff people).After that, you create a “Presentation Team” of capable kids to give the same presentation (or close to it) to other kids. You then help “book” these young people all over town, all year long. Seek local business sponsorship / corporate sponsorship with the long term goal of awarding team members $10 (or more) for each presentation given.

(You and your teaching team should also master the “1 to 2 Minute End of Class Anger Control Chat” —or something like that.)

After that, you start working on “numbers of people” —looking to teach 100 people, then 500, then 1000 and so on.

ARM the kids in your community with anger management tools that will save them a LOT of suffering  down the road.

Nobody should say or think “anger management” without thinking of your school and this wonderful and dynamic little team of activists/speakers you’ve trained to deliver what is, obviously, vital “self-defense” knowledge.

Call it “the Anger Management Project” –or something similar: Goal, that every child who learns to swim, learns the 8 tools of anger management (nobody wants to drown in their own -or anyone elses- anger).

You’re talking about investing less than $1000 and a couple of months of fun, relevant, interesting preparation/work and having something completely unique and non-aggressive to teach 1000’s of kids –a real Unique Selling Propositionfor your school.

Now I’ve been telling, talking about, and practically BEGGING you to be involved and to get this going (if you were my staff, you’d already be a master of this, we’d own the town, be producing our own in-house “anger TV” for local cable and/or our website –full of testimonials and promotion) ——and now we’re advertising it to the general MA
population. I sure hope your competition doesn’t get it going when you’ve had so much time to get it first.

I’d have already given presentations at/to:

The Mayor’s Office
XX amount of Counselors
Local School Principals meeting
All service clubs
Any business with more than 20 employees
Any high school leadership group, etc.

Downlaod a free report on how to become an anger management educator in your community:

Anger Management and how it relates to use of force and self defense

Anger Management and how it relates to use of force and self-defense

Law Enforcement personnel such as police officers, probation officers and national gaurds are often placed in dangerous and stressful situtations in which use of force is needed. The way in which law enforcement personnel manages anger is often a matter of life and death.Non -Peace officers such as sercuity gaurds, body gaurds, boxers and the average citizen who may be involved in a physical altercation or self defense also benefit from evolved anger management skills.Those who teach use of force techniques speak of a gradual level of force that can be applied in an effort to de-esculate or subdue a subject. The earlier levels of use of force incorporate many skills often taught in an anger management class.

Level One

Personnel Presence: The presence of a person can prevent and deter from an assault from happening to another patron by the person running, standing, walking towards an attacker . By using simple body language and gestures that are non-threatening you deal with the situation.
Anger management classes teach participant to be aware of there body language. Heavy breathing, a flushed face, and clinched fists are pronounced physical signals of anger.

Level Two

Communication: Used with presence, the use of the voice can usually achieve the desired results. Words can be whispered, used normally, or shouted to be effective. The content of the message is as important as your demeanor. It’s always best to start out calm but firm and non-threatening. Choice of words and intensity can be increased as necessary or used in short commands in serious situations. The right combination of words in combination with presence can de-escalate a tense situation and prevent the need for a physical altercation.

When angry we can exhibt a number of communication styles: Passive Communication, Aggressive Communication and Passive aggressive communication are not helpful when dealing with conflict. Anger Management courses encourage clients to participate in assertive communication.

Participants in an anger management course are encouraged to defend themselves. Their are occassions when physical aggression is manadated. When your saftey or the saftey of a loved one is jeapordized physical force may be neccessary.

Norm Bettencourt a tactical self defense expert describes three physical levels of self defense:

Level Three

Control Holds & Tactics: Certain situations may arise where words alone does not reduce the aggression. At this level, minimal force would involve the use of bare hands to guide, hold, and restrain a patron. This does not include offensive moves such as punching, tackling, and choking. Pain compliance holds could apply here, but only after ordinary holds fail to control an aggressive patron

Level Four

Chemical Agents: Sometimes when the suspect is violent or threatening, more extreme, but non-deadly measures must be used in defense to bring the suspect under control or affect an arrest. Before moving to level four, it is assumed that other less physical measures had been tried or was deemed inappropriate. When used by surprise, pepper spray and tear gas is an excellent distraction, allowing the security officer time to get away, call the police, or subdue the suspect.

Level Five

Temporary Incapacitation: To use force under level five means that the situation was so extreme, violent, and immediate that it was necessary to temporarily incapacitate a suspect prior to arrival of the police. This includes the use of all methods of non-deadly force beginning with the empty hand up through and including impact tools. At level five, properly used defensive and offensive moves are allowed under the right circumstances. Choke holds and carotid neck holds can be used, but at great risk. Although still taught at many police academies, neck compressions are very risky and used only in extreme situations.

Level Six

Deadly Force: When you are in immediate fear of death or great bodily injury at the hands of a perpetrator you are authorized to use deadly force in most cases. Check your state & provincial laws to be sure. Deadly force can be applied by your hands, impact tools, or with a firearm. There are no rules, other than negligence, for applying deadly force when it’s justified. However, deadly force is the highest standard and must be justified.

Posted with permission from:

Daybreak Counseling Service

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The Real Art of Peace

To continue our series on the union of anger management and principals of martial arts training, Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido, says……”The way of the warrior, the Art of Politics, is to stop trouble before it starts. It consists in defeating your adversaries spiritually by making them realize the folly of their actions. The Way of a Warrior is to establish harmony.”

For more information on the wedding of Martial Arts and Anger Management, click here.

The Art of Peace

With the recent union of the Anger Coach and the Martial Arts Community, I have come across a little booklet called “The Art of Peace” by Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido. Many of his teachings illustrate that anger management is actually mental martial arts. To start, he says: “In the Art of Peace we never attack. An attack is proof that one is out of control. Never run away from any kind of challenge, but do not try to suppress or control an opponent unnaturally. Let attackers come any way they like and then blend with them. Never chase after opponents. Redirect each attack and get firmly behind it.”

Anger Coach and The Martial Arts

The Anger Coach now offers training to Martial Arts Instructors in a new cooperative effort.

According to martial arts activist Tom Callos, “Anger management is a core ingredient to a meaningful self-defense program. But until now, there hasn’t been a program to teach martial arts instructors how to weave the education into their program.

Now the essentials of anger management can be taught alongside the basic techniques of physical defense.”

“Today, anger management is primarily taught as therapy to adults, after an incident or to people who already suffer from anger related issues. The martial arts teacher who has completed our training is in a position to teach preventative anger management. This, I believe, is real self-defense; recognizing a potentially dangerous situation  and doing something about it before a problem occurs. ”
Details on this new online program for martial arts instructors by clicking here