Grand Island business helps teach kids self-defense skills to stop bullying

Taekwondo at Children's Day

About 3.2 million students in the U.S. are victims of bullying, according to the national association of school psychologist.

A Grand Island business is teaching fighting skills and discipline that they said will reduce those numbers.

At the 24th annual children's day Third City Taekwondo is teaching kids how to knock out bullying.

"Not just teaching the techniques, but also when's appropriate to use it,” Taekwondo Instructor Matt Boyle said. "I started this when I was five with my brother and my parents."

Boyle is a lawyer by day and instructor by night and said they teach their students to talk their way out of a confrontation, or tell an adult or supervisor first.

"And unfortunately, if then you're put into a position where that doesn't work, well then, you've got some tools at your disposal to be able to protect yourself," Boyle said.

At children's day, kids were able to practice their moves with some of the tri-city students.

"Front kick- number two front kick, and jab and jab cross,” a Taekwondo student said.

"A lot of times by seeing their own age kicking and punching and showing them how to do it, they feel better about it than us adults showing them," Taekwando Instructor Vay Moser said.

Kids in the program said their new moves gave them confidence to speak up for themselves.

"Bullying is a bad thing, but you have to stand up for yourself and if you have any friends, go up together and the bully can go away," Student Aksamgodban Ali said.

The black belt instructors said taekwondo teaches students life lessons that go beyond the punching bag.

"You have to actually set goals. You have to work towards them,” Ali said. “You have to come in and be motivated. You have to have the confidence in yourself that you can achieve what you set out to achieve. That's a lot of what we try to do is instill in them the belief that you can do it if you work towards it."

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