MIRAMAR, Fla. - A martial arts facility is taking its lessons to South Florida elementary school students in an effort to stop bullying.
Park's Martial Arts Federation has been teaching "Anti-Bully Boot Camp" for the past 20 years, and now it's offering the program free to public elementary schools in Broward County.
The instructors teach kids to defend themselves with their brains instead of their hands.
"So, we have these different lesson plans that we've designed that has nothing to do with a kick and a punch, but it's about a way of communicating," said Master Shick Park.
Students learn how to control their anger, to diffuse a situation with a bully by communicating, and to improve their confidence.
"It has a lot to do with teaching them the value of self-control and to believe in themselves and have a certain level of self-confidence," said Master Park.
Local 10 got to see the program in action at Silver Lakes Elementary in Miramar and kids we spoke to said they were learning important lessons while having fun at the same time.
"It teaches me how not to fight back with the bully, but I can still defend myself," said Alexandra Austin, a 5th grader.
"We learn about the apology block, the treat block, all that stuff," said Seth Dauphin, also a 5th grader.
The school's assistant principal said the program appears to be working.
"We've already seen the impact positively its made on our children. The children are learning how to be confident and how to use kind words," said Alice Aguilar.
Parks Martial Arts usually offers the class during a portion of P.E. so kids don't miss any class time.
For more information on the class, or to request it at your child's school, you can call 954-693-3636.
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