Martial arts expert combats bullying in schools
December 31, 2006
A Mansfield, Louisiana martial artist and
instructor Robert May is looking forward to working with area students
as he visits schools with a new class on dealing with bullies in the
school and work environment.
"I'm really excited to bring these
ideas about bullying to the classroom," he said. "Bullying is a reality
in life. Eighty-five percent of children are either bullied or are
May said a bully-buster program can change a
problem at a school because it builds awareness of what bullying
actually does to people.
"The program builds self-discipline and
confidence," he said. "The classes also hit home to children with
behavioral problems because it makes them aware of their own
May also is considering teaching the program to adults
as well because he says bullying continues in the workplace,
May first became involved in martial arts at college in 1972
where he began studying shotokan karate. He then became interested in
the kicks and style of tae kwon do. He now teaches tae kwon do and
combat hapkido, a self-defense art, at Fitness First in
One thing he's noticed about all martial arts classes
is the amount of discipline found in all of them.
May expects to
give his first class to fifth-graders at Converse Elementary School in
January after the students return from their Christmas break.