KYUP! Project is Australia's premier violence prevention and empowerment program for teens.
At KYUP! Project our goal is to end the cycle of violence at a grassroots level. Our workshops have been delivered to more than 10,000 young people in schools across Australia and NZ.
We inspired young people to value and champion their safety and wellbeing and to break through limiting self-doubt.
If you are a female martial arts instructor who is looking to make a real difference in your community; all while making excellent connections and learning valuable skills - KYUP! Project is for you!
THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND KYUP! PROJECT
As Australia comes together to try and address our current epidemic of domestic violence, one woman is using her own experience to help empower young people to find their voice and learn about positive relationships.
Mel Thomas is a writer, speaker, media commentator, mother of two girls and black belt with more than 20 years of martial arts experience in Hapkido, the Korean art of self-defence.
In 2013, Mel founded the KYUP! Project in response to a wave of child-on-child assaults and family violence reports in her local area. Pronounced KEY-UP! and named after a martial arts power shout, KYUP! is giving girls a voice.
Find out why Mel is so passionate about self-worth and self-defense. Watch now.
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Learnt how to relax, not stress, trust in me and defend myself too. It was really good and funny!!!KellyStudent – Macquarie University
It was one of the best things I’ve done.Student 14 years
Mel is an inspiration and a champion for change teaching us how to empower ourselves and each other.Teneale LavenderNanga Mai Macquarie Indigenous Program – Macquarie University
Mel embodies passion and strength, her work is real, accessible and empowering.Layne Beachley7 x World Surfing Champion & Founder of Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation
Again your talk was amazing and I will be recommending you to every person, student, school representative that I know.Kate NewtonOperations Manager, Manly Rugby Football Club