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© 2019, 2020  by Dara Connolly. All rights reserved. 

Dara, America's Bully Buster
 

Dara was a black belt instructor when she realized her years of physical training weren’t enough to protect her from everyday bullies and abusers. She created this program to help every woman — including you!

 

Dara helps you identify and prevent bullies, abusers, and predators before they hurt you. Learn how to have healthier relationships and attract positive people to you.

Accomplishments

2019

Professional Member of the National Speakers Academy

2019, 2018
International Speaking Competition Awards

2017
Mayoral Award for Excellent Service, Danville, CA

2017
Mayoral Award for Excellent Service, San Ramon, CA

University of Rhode Island
Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition,  Minor in Women's Studies

2019
Published Someone You Know; Expert Secrets to Prevent Bullies, Sexual Assault, & Bad Relationships. An Amazon’s Top-Seller

2018
Sexual Assault Counselor Training

Tri-Valley Haven

2017
Soroptimist International Award for Excellent Service Helping Women

2017
Published Jerky Johnny, a safety & relationship game for ages 12+.
An Amazon Top 100 Toys

Certified Black-Belt Instructor

15+ years teaching Tae Kwon Do martial arts and sexual assault prevention

 

Awards & Grants 

ALBANY CALIFORNIA
POLICE DEPARTMENT
GIRLS INC. 
OF ALAMEDA COUNTY
NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE
GIRL SCOUTS
OF AMERICA
CONTRA COSTA PUBLIC EDUCATION FUND
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN, YOUTH  & FAMILIES​
 

Founder, Author, Creator

FOUNDER — KURUKULA™ WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT

Dara, a certified black-belt instructor, started this award-winning Kurukula program in 2004. She realized the need for a class beyond martial arts alone to help women successfully handle every-day bullies, abusers & predators.

 

Dara's programs helped women speak up in relationships and at work; to avoid bullies, abusers, and predators. You learn to be Confident, Fearless and Safe.

“Dara Connolly is fantastic! I can’t explain the confidence she gave me and my daughters. Both teens are facing the dating scene in high school. When can you say, “No?" ALWAYS! This program is so worth it!”

Tracy Wiley, Mother of Teen Girls

AUTHOR — SOMEONE YOU KNOW © 2019
Do you know a controlling person? Do you worry that you or your child will be a victim of bullies? Self-defense expert Dara Connolly provides an easy, profound, and entertaining read to help you attract positive people and avoid the bad ones. Learn inside tools and tips to identify and avoid unhealthy relationships before it's too late. Available at  Amazon→

"Above the buzz of #MeToo, #TimesUp, and the current Women’s Movement, what specific skills have you learned to keep safe? 

I give expert advice to prevent abusers from selecting you."

— Author, Dara Connolly

CREATOR — JERKY JOHNNY® SAFETY GAME

Professional self-defense and sexual assault prevention expert, Dara Connolly, teaches your daughters (and sons) practical life-skills for handling bullies, avoiding sexual assault and building healthy relationships in a fun game setting.

Jerky Johnny is an Amazon Top-Seller and listed as an Amazon's Top 100 Toys. 

 

Teens are the highest risk group for dating violence and sexual assault.

Jerky Johnny helps teach prevention skills before they are in a risky situation. A proven critical prevention tool for young women, the game may be played among teens or between a parent and daughter to start a dialogue.  Available at Amazon→

"As a father of three daughters, I really appreciate the important work Jerky Johnny does for young women."

— Chief of Police Mike McQuiston, Albany CA (retired)

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