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LIVE Injury And Violence Prevention Curriculum For Schools:

“Keep up the good work!  I thought it was fun and informative without being too scary.  Do you do seminars for children?” - Yvette N.


Injury and Violence Prevention Curriculum for Schools (K-12)

As parents, teachers, and school administrators we do everything we can to keep our children safe: car seats, safety belts, helmets, elbow pads, shin pads, mouth guards, and playground equipment with special soft surfaces.  But as adults we know they don’t just fall down in the safe places we create for them.  We can’t be with them all the time and we can’t protect them all the time.

Unfortunately accidents aren’t our only concern.  There are other dangers, predators that take advantage of the young and innocent.  We create registries of offenders and increase the security at our schools but the one answer that we are not doing is teaching our children how to protect themselves.  This doesn’t mean to fight but instead to escape and survive danger.

LIVE: Lessons In Violence Evasion was created to help women and children learn the natural principles needed to escape injury and violence.  The LIVE Injury and Violence Prevention Curriculum for Students is a non-violent, non-offensive system that teaches self-awareness, environmental awareness, physical safety, violence avoidance and escape.

The program is designed to be taught by physical education teachers to children in grades K – 12.  With the use of experiential learning techniques children partake in games and exercises that help them discover and internalize the principles necessary to be safe without the need to learn memorized punching and kicking techniques.

Unlike techniques that must be memorized a concept that is discovered from within will never be forgotten under pressure. During LIVE training children literally discover the principles of injury prevention, escape and evasion.

These experiential games and exercises transform their perspective of violence.  They begin to understand how their natural body movement can allow them to escape and survive a violent situation, be it falling off a skate board, dealing with a bully or worst case experiencing abuse or abduction.

LIVE takes an unconventional, fun and entertaining approach to answering the question, “What do I do if and when something bad happens?”

Injury and Violence Prevention Curriculum Outline

The LIVE program is made up of five sections along with supplemental safety information.

  • LIVE Physical Awareness: During a potential injury or violent situation most people freeze up and use only their limbs to protect themselves.  Success avoiding injury or escaping a violent situation comes in part from an awareness of your own body’s location in space and its movement capabilities.  LIVE Physical Awareness consists of a number of core strengthening and awareness exercises, pliability drills and breathing patterns that teach children a greater control over their own body.


  • LIVE Environmental Awareness: Watch an elementary class of children walking down the corridor, attempt to get the attention of a middle school student in the cafeteria or spend a day in the driving education car at your local high school and you will see that our children’s awareness of what is around them is lacking.  LIVE Environmental Awareness is quite possibly the most important aspect of injury and violence prevention.  Utilizing basic awareness exercises, along with reaction training, observational skills and proximity sensitivity games children develop a broader sense of awareness that includes the rest of us and the world around them.
  • LIVE Injury Prevention: LIVE Injury Prevention consists of a unique system of rolling and body movements that allow children to recover safely when falling to the ground.  As any adult dealing with numbers of children knows they have an infinite capacity for injury.  Whether in the playground, on a sports field, riding a bicycle, or using any of the extreme sports paraphernalia injuries are on the rise.  The confidence an abilities that children develop in this program can keep them safer and reduce the incidence of actual injury.


  • LIVE Violence & Force Avoidance: LIVE Violence and Force Avoidance helps children discover and learn how to take advantage of the openings and spaces that occur in a violent situation. This section is summed up by the principle “Move what’s free of your body into open space”.  In our increasingly violent society, bullying and abuse are a constant threat to our children.  The avoidance skills learned in this section are non-offensive, non-aggressive ways to stay safe during a violent situation.
  • LIVE Escaping Methods: LIVE Escaping Methods utilize the principle of “Open space is found in the movement of the attack”.  It unleashes children’s ability to sense and “ride” the force of an attack, moving them safely to an open space and escaping.  The side of milk cartons, flyers at the local grocery store and snippets on your local news cast are unfortunate reminders of the fact that children are abused and abducted every day.  LIVE gives them a chance to escape and come home.


The material covered is presented in an age appropriate manner for each school level (elementary, middle, high school) and each grade level within that.  Because of the sectional nature and experiential learning methods used, physical education teachers have the freedom to present the information as a complete course or partitioned in any manner that fits their lesson plan schedule.

The LIVE Injury and Violence Prevention Curriculum for Schools (K-12) is a way for children to stay fit, healthy and safe while learning spatial awareness and kinesthetic movement.  The principles learned are for escape and evasion only; they can NOT be used in an aggressive manner.


The Origins of LIVE: Lessons In Violence Evasion.

When we were developing LIVE: Lessons In Violence Evasion we did seminars with hundreds of women.  During those seminars there were two questions that were asked every time:

“What do I do when someone grabs my hair?”

“Why isn’t this being taught to my children in school?”

The first question was easy to answer but the second required some thought.  Could we teach LIVE in schools?  Who would teach it?  How would we present it without scaring the kids?  Is this what they really need?

So we researched violence in the schools.  The data was eye opening, not only did they have a need for violence evasion but there was a real need for injury prevention just from accidents, kids being kids.

From the data came a specific list of the children’s needs.  First being a greater awareness of themselves and awareness of their immediate environment to attempt to prevent injuries and violence.

The second area was a need for injury prevention skills which applied to children in sports, at play and just walking down the hall.  Any parent or teacher knows that they have an amazing ability to get hurt.

Then there were the needs to be able to avoid violence as it happens and to escape violence when caught in the middle of a dangerous situation.  The caveat to these last two was that it should be a non offensive system to coincide with a large number of school systems that have a zero tolerance policy for violence.

Since the concepts of LIVE are taught to women in games and exercises it was easy to reproduce them for children without having to get into a discussion about rape or abuse.  The information is taught in an age appropriate manner from kindergarten to twelfth grade.

We combined the games, special injury prevention techniques Dennis taught in his martial arts school and exercises to increase children’s physical and environmental awareness to create a complete Injury and Violence Prevention Curriculum.

Then fortune shined on us in the form of two exceptional educators, Kevin Cushman the principal of Machon Elementary School and Leslie Kiely the physical education teacher there, who helped us get the curriculum into a pilot program.  The response from the students, teachers and parents was tremendous. 

To see how well the children did please visit the video clips.  The clips are raw footage of the children the very first time they were exposed to the material.  The classes were just under thirty minutes long but as you will see the children took to the information incredibly well.  We are tremendously encouraged at what they will be able to accomplish over an entire school year.


Helpful Links for Parents and Educational Personnel: The Amber Alert Portal National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Roots of Empathy    National Domestic Violence Hotline  National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Arizona State University Children and Violence Page Talking With

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