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

Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 01:18 PM.

Greg Bledsoe, who instructed children with other staffers’ assistance, said self-defense basics include one key lesson.

"The first thing we tell them is to avoid ... any confrontations,” he said.

Before matters get out of hand, children should inform a parent or teacher, and use self-defense as a last resort, Bledsoe said.

Mary Way, impressed by the free session, registered her 5-year-old son, John, for martial arts lessons.

"We are going to teach him a proper way of how to handle (bullying)," she said. 

Way is confident that martial arts can prevent children from bullying.

"I think it will make the kids more aware of what they can do to protect themselves," Way said.

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