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Mel Thomas is a mother of two young girls, writer, speaker, media commentator and self defence advocate with 13 years martial arts experience in Hapkido, the Korean art of self defence. Mel held the title of Australian Hapkido Woman of the Year 2005 and is actively involved in the martial arts community.
With a compelling story as both – victim and instigator – of teenage bullying. Mel has risen above dramatic circumstances of domestic abuse and poor choices as a younger woman to become an advocate for self defence, self preservation techniques and personal safety awareness.
Mel is a proud Ambassador for The Layne Beachley, Aim for the Stars Foundation and 2013 Business Grant Recipient sponsored by CBA.
KYUP! kids is an energetic, safe, hands-on apporach to personsal safety for students from 6 - 12. Kids learn practical strategies to combat bullying in an active and engaging workshop. Kids practice confidence boosting self defence moves and experience they are stronger than they think!
Whether it's turning negative thoughts into positive self talk, taking a stand and speaking out or shouting and fighting back in self defence. KYUP! empowers teen girls to make the best choices about their personal safety in this safe, fun, behaviour changing 1 hour workshop.
KYUP! keynote empowers women to replace fear with confidence. Forget the gym gear! This is real life. Be challenged, motivated and inspired to make cool headed, strong hearted choices. Discover you are stronger than you think with easy KYUP! self defence strategies and techniques.
Based on the successful groundbreaking Program for The NSW Police - Kings Cross LAC and East Sydney High teens. KYUP! for the Community delivers disengaged and at-risk teens the experience of belonging, self-worth and a sense of community.
Watch any martial arts movie or go to a martial arts class and you will hear and feel the power of KYUP! Pronounced “KEY-UP!”, loosely translated it means to shout. Much more than a word KYUP! energises your core and prepares you for a challenge. It encompasses your spirit and helps focus your determination. You don’t need to be a ninja to access KYUP! Everyone has it and everyone can use it.
"Mel embodies passion and strength and shares my goal to assist all girls and women to fulfil their potential. Her approach towards self-defence is real, enormous fun, accessible and empowering."
"It was an exciting, informative and engaging session. Mel, the presenter was vivacious and passionate. Her down to earth manner left the girls enthralled in her presentation."
The KYUP! Project is empowering young people to be strong, take control and stand up to the bullies. Mel's connection with the students is amazing to watch and so too are her results!
When I first met Melanie Thomas and heard of her work with the KYUP! Project I knew I had met a kindred spirit; a woman with a huge heart for young woman, and a passion to teach them how to be their best selves.