Children learn how to handle offenders at 'Stop the Bully'


Top: Parents, grandparents and others could practice defensive moves with their children during “Stop the Bully” on Saturday at Gordon Martial Arts. Bottom: John Way, 5, practices punches with certified assistant instructor Richard Rousaville.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 01:18 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Although Nataly Green hasn't dealt with bullying in her first weeks of kindergarten at Walker Elementary School, her parents wanted her to be prepared.

"In case she is (bullied), we hope she can defend herself," said Nathan Green, Nataly's father. 

Nathan and his wife, Laura, brought their 5-year-old daughter to the free "Stop the Bully" self-defense training on Saturday at Gordon Martial Arts after learning about it from their daughter's school.

 Nataly said she enjoyed learning more about bullying tactics and how to protect herself.  

 "It's really serious when a bully comes up to you and tries to be mean," she said.

However, Nataly is confident that she can handle such a situation.

"I will be prepared, definitely," she said.

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