About Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems
Founded by Dr. Clifford Thomas in 1980, the Ramblers organization reflects the diversity of the community, including persons with various developmental and physical disabilities. All ages are represented in the organization, from children as young as three to senior citizens.
Young people face peer pressure daily that can create trouble for themselves and others. The Rambler program shows youth how to be leaders rather than followers, how not to be forced into negative and harmful situations, and how to stand on their own convictions.
Listen to Dr. Thomas' interview on Lette's Chat on Blog Talk Radio about his work with children, youth, adults, and seniors, and in the community here.
We Lead By Example, Inc.'s Advisory Board's role and membership information are provided here.
WJLA (ABC) News Story: The August 22, 2012, Harris' Heroes segment about Dr. Thomas' bullying prevention and self-defense summer camp are at this link.
Street Smarts: Saving the Seniors
Street Smarts: Saving the Children - Who's Saving Them?
Anger Management and Bullying Prevention
In today's world, aggressiveness, including bullying, is creating difficult and dangerous situations for everyone. The Rambler program shows youth how to control their anger in confrontational situations with positive approaches.
Young people face peer pressure daily that can create trouble for themselves and others. The Rambler program shows youth how to be leaders rather than followers, how not to be forced into negative and harmful situations, including by bullies, and how to stand on their own convictions.
Preventing Child Molestation and Child Sexual Abuse
The epidemic of child abuse of many kinds is of great concern to everyone. The Rambler organization shows youth how to recognize potential danger signs and how to react if they are approached in an inappropriate manner.
Preventing Child Snatching
Children are particularly vulnerable and trusting of adults and authority figures. The Rambler organization trains children to be aware of their surroundings and how to react and respond effectively if approached by a child snatcher. Learning such skills can save their lives.
Street Smarts for Adults
Adults become escape artists through this program. They learn practical methods of self-protection they can use while carrying out their daily activities, including while traveling for their jobs, during their family and leisure activities, and at home.
Stalking is defined as the unwanted tracking of one individual by another or by a group of others, and it has become a serious problem in our society. The Rambler program teaches adults how to protect themselves against stalkers in schools, in the workplace, on the street, and in the home.
Domestic Violence Prevention
We teach adults how to defend themselves and escape harm and seek assistance when they are faced with domestic violence and become targets for abuse.
Bullying is rampant in today’s society, and it occurs in schools, in the workplace, on the street, and in the home. The Rambler program teaches adults how to prevent becoming victims of this aggressive and dangerous behavior.
Protection from Sexual Predators
People are taught how to assess, escape from, and report occurrences where they may be "groomed," subsequently lured into dangerous situations, and ultimately abducted in order to be brought into underground networks of unseemly sexual and other kinds of subjugation by nefarious individuals.
Children are not the only targets of kidnapping. The Rambler organization extends its lifesaving skills to adults of all ages. Individuals are shown how not to become victims of abductors. In the unfortunate event that an abduction occurs, Rambler students learn effective situational management and self-protection methods.
Protection from Computer Predators
Sexual predators roam the Internet in search of victims. They are enabled by the numerous social networking Internet services through which individuals provide personal information to strangers. Individuals are taught about potential dangers and how to protect themselves against them.
Preventing Date Rape
Date rape is a growing problem. Individuals are trained to be aware of the many aspects to be considered when they date or participate in social situations in which they may be negatively pressured. They are taught “ street smarts, including prevention and self-defense methods.
Protection from Home Invasion
Individuals are taught how to protect themselves from home invaders and other predators who target their neighbourhoods with criminal intent.
Individuals are taught how to protect themselves from potential auto invasion situations. They are given practical tips for parking lot safety in the face of the rise of assaults in those locations.
Martial Arts and the Law
It is important for both youth and adults who study martial arts to understand their legal rights and responsibilities in self-defense encounters, whether in home or school situations or on the streets. This program brings together police and martial artists to understand what is considered legally acceptable and legally excessive when a martial artist is involved in a confrontation and applies his or her martial arts skills for self-protection.