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Elite Martial Arts is Starting a Bully Busting Program

BullyBustingElite Martial Arts in Kingston Springs is starting a Bully Busting Program that will give their students necessary tools to help reduce bullying. “Bullying is a huge problem in our schools today. Over half of my students have experienced some kind of bullying, I think that is totally unacceptable” said Harry Klapheke, the school owner. Bullying is not just a local problem. It is an epidemic nationally.

Bullying is often thought of as a physical attack. The truth is, most bullying is verbal, many times with long-term impacts. “Our goal is to teach proper and controlled verbal responses so the bullying does not escalate into a physical confrontation,” Klapheke said. The first element of a controlled response is having the confidence to stay calm when confronted. This comes from practiced responses so they come out naturally rather than forced.

If bullying becomes physical then a physical response may be necessary. “We teach our students to walk away from a physical fight whenever they can. But we are not naïve enough to think this is doable in every situation. So we teach how to block, kick and punch as a last means of protection” Klapheke said.

“We are so committed to this issue that we encourage every parent to become involved by working with their child and using the on-line program we have developed for our students. You do not have to be a student at Elite Martial Arts to use these tools—it is available to anyone who wants to use the program. It’s free and easy to participate” said Klapheke. The direct web site link is: http://www.elitemartialartskingstonsprings.com/BULLY-BUSTING.html

For more information contact Harry Klapheke at 952-3222 or email him at harryklapheke@gmail.com

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