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Viro Goonetilleke - Assistant Director of Prime Time reviewed American Self Defense & Fitness Center
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Master Fred Bargiacchi conducts his Little Ninja’s class here at Prime Time Early Learning Center in Paramus. The children look forward to his class every Thursday morning. The class is conducted for 3 and 4 year olds. The children learn so much from his class. Coordination, balance, taking turns as well as their listening skills and discipline has improved. He makes the class fun and engaging. The children love to address him as ‘Sir’ and listen to his instructions very intently and they feel really proud to wear the uniform to the class. His engagement with the children, teachers and parents are very professional and informative. I recommend his class to any little one and I am sure they will enjoy their time with him.

Laurie Sciano - Assistant Director of Tutor Time reviewed American Self Defense & Fitness Center
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We have had Master Fred teach his Little Ninjas program here at Tutor Time in Saddle Brook for over 15 years and it has constantly been our most popular elective program. Master Fred works with the children on building their skills such as concentration, listening and focusing as well as teaching them about stranger danger. I highly recommend Master Fred & his American Self Defense Center.

Agnes Rendo - Pre-K Teacher reviewed American Self Defense & Fitness Center
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Master Fred Has been coming to our center to teach the Little Ninjas program for over 15 years. Master Fred’s program is very popular and most children in my class join the sessions. Over the years I have had the chance to sit and observe Master Fred’s classes. The sessions are very interactive and promote many gross motor activities, in addition to focusing on listening skills, concentration and cooperation. Master Fred also conducts discussions with the children about stranger danger which is a very important topic among young children. The children always have tons of fun in his class.
Master Fred also is willing to share his knowledge and strategies with myself and other teachers to help us with challenging behaviors in our classrooms. He provides us with ideas on how to work with children on self-control, listening, and focusing skills. By implementing his suggestions, I was able to help some of my students with their challenging behaviors.
I highly recommend the Little Ninjas program run by Master Fred

Debra Latona - Director of Nursery Rhymes School reviewed American Self Defense & Fitness Center
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For Over 10 Years Nursery Rhymes School has been hosting the “Little Ninjas” program developed by Master Fred Bargiacchi. In contrast to other Martial Arts programs that Nursery Rhymes has hosted in the past, the “Little Ninja” program focuses on developing the preschoolers listening skills as well as their balance and coordination and not just kicks and punches. “Sir” as he is called by the children, makes the experience fun because he is enthusiastic and he enjoys working with young children. Many of my former students who attended Master Fred’s program at Nursery Rhymes have continued with great success, their Martial Arts training with Master Fred at his center in Rochelle Park. I highly recommend Master Fred Bargiacchi’s programs for pre-school age children because the program has been carefully developed with age appropriate activities with specific developmental goals in mind.

Michelle & Mitchell Kessler reviewed American Self Defense & Fitness Center
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Spring Lake Day Camp fully enjoys our partnership with Master Fred's Martial Arts Program during the summer months. They share our philosophy of “children first” creating an environment which allows children to build self-esteem and believe in themselves.

It is amazing how fast Master Fred and his team gets the attention of the children and keep them engaged. It’s always a pleasure to have them at SLDC.

Michelle & Mitchell Kessler

Owners – Spring Lake Day Camp

Ringwood, NJ

Stacey Zweil - Director of TLC reviewed American Self Defense & Fitness Center
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The Little Ninjas program has been such a wonderful enhancement to our preschool program. The children love the time they spend with Master Fred. Master Fred makes the program fun and educational. The children are learning to follow rules as well as being patient as they wait their turn. Master Fred works hand in hand with our staff bouncing off ideas to make us one cohesive unit. Little Ninjas and Master Fred get a huge thumbs up!

Tina Guarriello reviewed American Self Defense & Fitness Center
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Master Fred is fantastic! We brought him in to be part of a 6 week after school enrichment program and our students LOVED him! His Martial Arts class offered a great blend of character building and self-defense skills. He taught life lessons they could understand as well as proper techniques. My son was one of the students who took this class and he really enjoyed it. We look forward to working with him again in the future.

Tina Guarriello
PTO Member at East Brook Elementary School,
Park Ridge NJ

Mehtaab Kaur reviewed American Self Defense & Fitness Center
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I go there and it is the bestplace to go for martial arts

Farouk Sheikh reviewed American Self Defense & Fitness Center
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Great place for kids and adults fitness and self defense classes

Laurie Gardella Scire reviewed American Self Defense & Fitness Center
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Great place.... Sir is excellent with the members that join, he is caring, kind and will never give up on any student.

Corinne Hope Ponte reviewed American Self Defense & Fitness Center
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A great staff that truly cares about all of the kids. The black belts that assist are all such amazing children. My daughter has been going here for 3 years now and it has been nothing but educational and enjoyable for her!

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College is an incredible and rewarding experience.

But as busy as you’ll be with adjusting to independence, new classes, and new friends, don’t forget to stay safe and maintain awareness.

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Following these nine simple steps can significantly increase your chances of having a safe and successful school year.

Familiarize yourself with your school’s Campus Safety office.

Every school has a Campus Safety or security office, and part of your tuition funds it. Make the most of this resource by utilizing its services. Your college’s website likely provides information like office hours and phone number, but you can also visit in person when you arrive on campus.

Next Step: Call or visit the Campus Safety office and request information about their programs. Find out if your campus has the following services and how you can take advantage of them:

Blue light emergency phone stations

Campus escort services

Safety maps with suggested secure routes

Support for a safety app like Campus Safe

Take extra precaution at night.

On average, sexual assaults and other crimes are more likely to occur at night. And while you shouldn’t scare yourself into assuming danger is around every corner, you also shouldn’t take unnecessary risks, such as walking alone at night. Instead, use the buddy system or call campus security for a ride.

Next Step: Can’t avoid walking alone or heading to an unfamiliar location? Download a personal safety app, such as SafeTrek, which was developed for college students. When you walk alone, launch the app and hold your thumb down on the safe button. Once you’re safe, release your thumb and enter your pin. If you need help or are in danger, releasing the button without entering your pin will notify local police of your location.

Always lock up.

Just as you wouldn’t leave your house without locking the front door, don’t leave your dorm or apartment without locking up — even if you’re planning on only being gone a few minutes. If you live on the first floor, close your windows and either shut the blinds or hide your valuables in drawers any time you leave.

Next Step: Purchase a small safe or dedicate a drawer for storing your laptop, iPad, and other valuables when you’re away from your room. If you use a safe, keep it hidden in a closet. If you live on the first floor of a building, make sure your windows lock. If they don’t, you can purchase a sliding window lock (Amazon) or security bar (Amazon).

 

Maintain privacy on social media.

Social media is a great platform for connecting with friends and family worldwide or sharing updates about your life. However, with everything you post, stay aware of who else could be viewing your profile. Avoid geotagging your photos, as it reveals your location to strangers, and don’t publicly announce when you’re home alone or are leaving your home unattended.

Next Step: Review the settings on each of your social media profiles. Disable location services, make your accounts private, and think twice before sharing anything. Remember: once something gets posted on the Internet, it’s tough to remove it entirely.

Be careful when getting into your car.

Most people don’t think to look in their backseat or under the car before getting behind the wheel. A predator could potentially be hiding in one of those locations, however, especially if you tend to leave your car unlocked or keep your windows rolled down. When walking to your car, approach at an angle that allows you to see around the vehicle, and check the back seat before opening the door.

Next Step: Lock your car doors and engage your car alarm every time you leave your car, even if you’re running just a quick errand.

Know where you’re going.

Whenever you set out to town or class, make sure you know where you’re heading and how to get there. Walk with confidence and avoid looking confused, even when you’re trying to navigate a new location. If you’re in an unfamiliar area, don’t use headphones or let your phone distract you, and focus on finding your destination.

Next Step: Download your campus map onto your phone and use your GPS to find popular, highly trafficked routes to get to your destination. Apps like Campus Maps can also help you find your way around your school campus. Always try to avoid walking along deserted paths, and when in doubt, stick to the routes with which you’re most familiar — even if they take a little longer.

Understand your campus’s and city’s crime.

The more you know about the crime in your local area, the better you can prevent similar incidents from happening to you. Most colleges and universities provide on-campus crime statistics, and several websites offer a thorough overview of a city’s crime rates, including the type of offense and specific locations where the crime occurred.

Next Step: Research your colleges reported on-campus crime by visiting the U.S. Department of Education. If you have specific concerns or questions not addressed by the site, contact your school’s Campus Safety office for more information. Use a site like City-Data.com to learn more about the crime within a particular city.

 

Learn how to defend yourself.

There’s nothing more empowering than knowing how to protect yourself physically. You’ll feel safer and more confident, especially if you live or travel alone. You don’t need a black belt in Martial Arts to master self-defense.   Sign up for one of our College Safe self-defense workshops.  Our workshops are available at our center or can be brought to your facility for groups of 12 or more.  If you’re feeling shy or nervous, ask a few friends to take the class with you.

Have safety and security supplies readily accessible.

Keeping a few safety supplies on hand can help you feel more protected such as knowing how to use everyday items as an effective self-defense tool can be extremely beneficial to you.  For a list of everyday items that can be used as an effective self-defense tool register now for our FREE Webinar.

Next Step: Pack your chosen safety supplies into a small kit, and fasten the kit on a key ring, lanyard, or backpack. These items should be easy to grab at any time, as they won’t do you much good if they’re buried at the bottom of your bag.

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