About Our Regular Weekend/Evening Program

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Registration for the regular program (Weekend/Evening) is ongoing. For our schedule of classes, call 902-488-6779.

For late registrations, we will pro-rate the cost based on the number of weeks left in the session.

MAMBEC (Martial Art Mind Body Education Centre) Inc. 2003 – Life Skills Program with a Martial Art connection, focused on bullying.

MAMBEC is a contemporary martial arts centre, teaching both physical/mental martial arts. Our objective is to teach students safe skills to deal with conflict. Mental martial arts use reason and intelligence to cope with aggression before it becomes physical.

We are focused on peace/defence rather than fighting/offence. We teach conflict prevention by understanding the root cause and our students learn the skills to prevent, resolve, and control conflict. MAMBEC curriculum is designed to reach children in different aspects of bullying. We discuss the different roles that play out during a bullying episode: victim, bystander, upstander and bully.

Our programs are karate based with strong emphasis on body mechanics compatible with any traditional martial art. When a student achieves their MAMBEC black belt, they are encouraged to continue in the program for higher degrees. Students continue their Martial Art education through our instructor program.

Philip M. Hochman (Recreation Nova Scotia)

RNS should try to utilize its resources in order to enhance the human and organizational capabilities of this outstanding program. Presently, this Program is based mostly in Metro, but could be delivered throughout N.S. If this were to occur, more of our children and youth would be exposed to this initiative, and as a result we would have a better society.

Therefore, marketing of the program could be done through the Newsletter, Conference, and by word of mouth within the RNS network. However, if this program were to expand geographically, Lavonne would have to have greater human resources developed in order to meet the increased demand. This could possibly be accomplished with a Service Canada program, and RNS and the local organization. Another possibility would be a grant from NS HPP. This should be examined in more detail.

In conclusion there is a big upside for this initiative, and hopefully the future will allow the program to expand so that more N.S. children and youth become exposed to this information and apply it to their daily lives.

Philip M. Hochman
Director of Recreation
Municipality of the District of Guysborough
33 Pleasant Street, P. O. Box 79
Guysborough, Nova Scotia B0H 1N0
Tel: 902-533-3705 Ext 223
Fax: 902-533-2749
Email: phochman@modg.ca

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Overview of the MAMBEC Program

Program is broken down into four components in each hour. 

  1. First Component: WARM-UP – includes stretching /yoga for kids.
  2. Second Component: TECHNICAL – includes punching, kicking, kata and fundamentals of body mechanics.
  3. Third Component: LIFE SKILLS (with a focus on bullying) – involves listening to a short story, answering a few well-placed questions, as well as role-playing a scenario.
  4. Fourth Component: GAME – this includes a game that reinforces the lessons learned during class. 

Why is Conflict Education Important?

Conflict education is important because violence should be the last resort. We want our students to know how to avoid/manage conflict without resorting to violence by balancing the physical/mental self-defence. We recognize bullying among young people is increasing in our society and both skills are necessary to help stop this trend.

Children who learn about conflict are better prepared to deal with potentially dangerous situations. They are more confident, able to use words with other skills rather than violence.

We can reverse this terrible trend of violence if we take it seriously and get help from qualified professionals like MAMBEC. By using holistic education, children understand conflict and create healthy relationships founded on self-respect, respect for others and knowledge.

MAMBEC Program Structure

We offer 12 week programs registering 3 times a year (September, January, and April). Program includes 10 weeks of instruction, followed by Parent’s Day, then Belt Advancement (please note: if your child is not re-registering or belt advancing, their last class will be week 11, Parent’s Day). Closed for the summer months, with a 9 week Summer Camp that includes the Martial Art/Life Skills Program.

Below is Chart 2, describing our Life Skills programs that target all areas of bullying from different angles. These include Red Tool Box, Gold Book of Rules and J’s Bad Day, initial curriculum taught to the children and the foundation of the MAMBEC program. Rights/Responsibilities, Leadership Skills, Life Skills for Kids, Character for Kids, What is Bullying, We are Human and Heroes Circle are the advanced curriculum.  MAMBEC has over 500 hours of programming, including stories to reinforce all lessons taught. 

Technical skills – MAMBEC is compatible with any Martial Art, karate-based (all students are registered with Karate Nova Scotia). Second component, we teach stances, kicking, punching, kata and fundamentals of body mechanics. As students get to higher belt levels, self-defence maneuvers and more complex kicking, punching and kata are taught.  Fourth Component – a skills drill (game) that reinforces techniques taught during class. 

Childrens Belt Structure/Badging System

MAMBEC uses 2 full belt structures. Children’s Belt Structure- alternating stripe system – stripe of colour on a white belt to a stripe of white on a coloured belt. Students in our children’s program wear white uniforms. They receive badges for life skills, technical skills and for satisfactorily completing MAMBEC’s lesson programs. 

To advance to the Animation team, students must have completed:

Red Tool Box, Safety Awareness, Gold Rules, Safe Options System Kata (SOS), Jay’s Bad Day.

Techical Skills:

10 crunches, 10 push-ups, 10 squats, 10 jumping jacks, Horse stance, Front stance, Attention stance, Kick/Spin and Middle Punch with Kia.

Must be completed to the satisfaction of the Head Instructor.

Life Skills badges – placed on right sleeve starting at top seam, two abreast on either side of fold running down side of sleeve. Badges are mounted on left sleeve starting below top seam and are centred on fold. Technical skills badges are mounted on both elbows and below. See image for details.

Animation Team Belt Structure/Badging System

Students age 8 and up are eligible to enter Animation Team subject to approval of Head Instructor. MAMBEC uses 2 full belt structures. Animation Team Belt Structure – alternating stripe system from a stripe of colour on a white belt to a stripe of white on a coloured belt. Students on Animation Team wear black uniforms and are awarded a belt board once Black/Red Belt is achieved. Belt boards have colored belts with a stripe of white starting at white belt and up to and including black belt. 

Animation Team is a mentoring team where older students assist in teaching/mentoring younger students.

Badging system for Animation Team includes: Life Skills, Mentoring Level 1, Mentoring Level 2, Mentoring Level 3, Junior Instructor, Senior Instructor, Proper Technical Skills, Kata, Blocks, Punches, Stances, Front Kick, Back Kick, Side Kick, Scissor Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Crescent Kick. These must be completed to satisfaction of Head Instructor.

Life skills badges are placed on right sleeve starting at top seam 2 abreast on either side of fold running down side of sleeve. Mentoring/Instructor badges are mounted on left sleeve starting below top seam, then centred on fold. Technical skills badges are mounted on each elbow and below. See image for details.

1st Component

WARM UP, including yoga for kids.


   2nd Component

TECHNICAL, including punching, kicking, kata & fundamentals of body mechanics.


3rd Component

LIFE SKILLS (with a focus on bullying). In this component we find young students learn more information faster, and retain answers longer by listening to a short story, answering a few well-placed questions followed by role-playing.

4th Component

GAME/SKILLS DRILL that reinforces the lessons learned during class.

Belt Board

Children who achieve the black with red stripe belt (Junior Black Belt) are presented with a belt board at their belt advancement.

MAMBEC Black Belt Tree

MAMBEC Black Belt Tree is dedicated to all students who achieve their black belts in the MAMBEC system. A leaf is designated with the students name and date their black belt was awarded to them. To date, MAMBEC has awarded over 75 students with their black belts.

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