8 Week Self-Defense Program
Heroes in Action
As a Personal Safety Expert, planned, and directed a wide range of educational activities and assessments using a variety of methods: on-the-job training, classroom training, and personal life Skills. Additional responsibilities included conducting orientation sessions, mentoring novice teachers to improve classroom management and instructional job skills, and setting up individualized training plans to strengthen existing skills and teach new ones.
Ray Amanat founded “Heroes in Action” mainly because he was a victim of bullying and violence at home and from elementary school through high school.
A Hero in his life helped him to realize that he deserved to be safe, and deserved to be respected. With that, Ray decided to be a “Victim No More”, and to end the bullying and violence in his life. He began studying Martial Arts which gave him the confidence and empowered him to stand up against those who were bullying him.
As Ray saw his life turning around, he began to empathize with others who were in the same circumstance, and did not have a Hero in their life to help them. Since schools have “Zero Tolerance” policies, Ray knew he could not teach martial arts in the classroom, but he could apply the principles of honor, integrity, respect and character as part of his curriculum. Since bullying and violence are safety issues, Ray researched, trained and became certified in many programs having to do with public and personal safety. At this point, he founded Heroes In Action, where he developed programs to help adults and childrenof all abilities and disabilities to feel empowered to keep themselves safe, as well as to create a culture of respect and non-violence towards others.
Ray has since lectured at public and private universities, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. He gives seminars and personal safety workshops to individuals and corporations, providing them with street-smart tips, practical advice, and role-playing with real world examples. He works with area law enforcement and local D.A.R.E.
programs, as well as the St. Louis Special School District, to give guidance to children with special needs, and is often interviewed by radio and news
He has established himself as a leading advocate for victims of abuse, bullying and violence. His tragic personal experience gave him a first-hand understanding of their experiences, which is why the program he developed works. It is also why he continuously works toward promoting the goal of Amanat’s Heroes In Action, to educate everyone in the community to create a safer environment, so we can all move forward in life in a positive way.