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American Top Team Instructor Willy Hardoy Arrested – “Lewd Behavior with Victim Between 12 and 16 Years Old” (Developing)

This story is developing and we will provide updates as they emerge. At 9:30 PM EST tonight, Victor Guillermo “Willy” Hardoy, a Brazilian Jiujitsu black belt and instructor at ATT Cape Coral, was arrested and taken into custody for failing

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ATHLETES AT RISK: Time to Hold Abusers and Enablers Accountable

Final in a 5-part series COMMENTARY by Cathy Chapaty It’s time. It’s long past time for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Taekwondo (USAT) to admit that former leaders stood idly by while predator coaches abused young athletes unabated.

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ATHLETES AT RISK: 7 Tips to Prevent Sexual Abuse, Misconduct

Fourth in a 5-part series By Cathy Chapaty I’ve made a plethora of mistakes in my martial arts teaching career that horrify me today. Years ago, I: Took a 15-year-old student out to dinner at the behest of his parents.

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ATHLETES AT RISK: Education, Boundaries Key to Ending Sexual Abuse, Martial Arts Leaders Say

Third in a 5-part series By Cathy Chapaty Yudit Sidikman was 12 years old when a sexual relationship began with her temple’s cantor. It lasted until she was 18. “I didn’t call it rape until I was the mother of

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ATHLETES AT RISK: The Evolution of Abuse of Power

Editor’s note: Pronouns and adjectives in some areas of this article are in the feminine for the sake of simplicity. It’s important to note that both men and women are victims of sexual abuse and misconduct. Second in a 5-part

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ATHLETES AT RISK: Convincing Olympic Athletes to Report Sexual Abuse, Misconduct a Hard Art

First in a 5-part series By Cathy Chapaty Eight years ago in Las Vegas, I volunteered for USA Taekwondo (USAT) during its annual U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships. I was paired with a friendly USAT coach named Marc Gitelman. (His students

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Enough is Enough: Instructors, it is NOT okay to have sex with your students

Morality Check: if you see the people you teach as potential sex partners you’re a goddamned predator. How’s that for a tagline? Does this hit a little too close to home for any of you? Good. Maybe it’ll help you empathize

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The No-BS Guide to Gun Control and the Second Amendment

So, let’s start with an agreement. Before you rush to the comments section to whine, cry or blather on about the article let’s at least agree that you will read this in its entirety. You won’t skim, you won’t stop

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The Ongoing Shame of Brazilian Jiujitsu Instructors Promoting Sexual Predators to Black Belt

Here’s the $50,000 question: Do Martial Arts instructors have any duty to screen their students before teaching them the skills of physical violence? For outsiders who only know about Martial Arts through popular culture, there’s a gross, sometimes deliberately-crafted misunderstanding

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