1. Choose a costume that is fire-proof, fits properly, and allows you to see where you are going.
2. If you’re costume includes a prop, make sure that the ends are smooth and flexible enough to not cause an injury if fallen on.
3. Make sure you can see and be seen after dark by wearing a light-colored costume, using reflective tape, and by carrying a flashlight.
4. If you are going to go house-to-house, without your parents, be sure and plan a route ahead of time with your family so they know where you’ll be and who will be with you.
5. Only approach houses that have their house lights on.
6. While at the door, stand back several feet from the entrance and never go inside a stranger’s house.
7. Cross the street at corners and be sure to look both ways for traffic.
8. Be cautious around candles and jack-o-lanterns and don’t stand too close because your costume might catch on fire.
9. Be careful around pets and animals; they may be over-excited or scared of people they don’t know and bite.
10. Bring your candy home to be inspected before eating to make sure it hasn’t been tampered with.
Courtesy of your friends at Samurai Karate Studio.
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Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.
Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for 5 consecutive years in a row.
Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars.
Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at: [email protected]
Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.