Sensei Louis Gaudinot knows what it’s like to be a shy and quiet school age kid. That’s exaclty why his parents brought him to Tiger Schulmann’s more than twenty years ago.
Now Gaudinot helps a new generation of TSMMA students in Hudson County. A direct student of Tiger Schulmann, Gaudinot is an expert in every aspect of the organizations unparalleled curriculum. That means his Hudson County students learn an advanced martial art that covers every aspect of what a student might encounter in a real bullying situation.
“Thankfully our curriculum has evolved immensely since I started in the 1990′s,” says Gaudinot. “We have streamlined what we teach so our students get thousands of repetitions on the most important techniques to stop bullying.”
Gaudinot says students still learn the old school discipline he was exposed to when Tiger Schulmann’s was teaching traditional karate. Only now his Hudson County school has left behind outdated techniques that don’t apply to a contemporary self-defense situation.
“Our students master the most important skills to defend themselves in any bullying situation. This builds confidence in students and helps them achieve outside of martial arts as well.”
Gaudinot says Self-Confidence is the most important element to confront bullying. His students assert themselves at the earliest stages, when bullies are testing his Hudson area students. Without that Self-Confidence Castro says many school age kids will back down from the bully, which only makes the behavior escalate.
“Bullies test out many kids so they can find the easiest one to make their victim. My students learn to stop things right at the earliest stage so they never have to worry about being called names or even worse succumbing to physical bullying.”
Gaudinot says in the very rare cases where a bully has confronted one of his students physically the techniques they learned at his Hudson County MMA school were more than adequate to protect them.
“We don’t advocate physical contact unless it is absolutely necessary. In the few instances where one of my students had to physically confront a bully they became a hero in their class.”
Gaudinot says those kids become almost like folk heroes. Every other kid knows who the bully is and no one will ever give his student a problem after the first incident.
“We teach an assertive approach to bully prevention. It is the responsibility of the individual student to protect themself. I know my students can’t rely on teachers and administrators to protect them, nor should parents. I teach students to stand up for themselves. What’s important is we give them the physical skills to do it.”