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Through my Taekwondo training I've learned how to defend myself, but as a Leadership student, I also received advanced lessons with traditional weapons. I never imagined that using something as simple as a Bo Staff could be so empowering! Although I hope I never have to defend myself against an attacker, I now have the confidence and ability to do so.
–Christina Morales, Brown Belt, 18 years old

From ATA World Volume 19, Number 3 – Fall 2012
By Stephanie Wilbur As
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Master Greg Moody, who has owned ATA schools in California and Arizona, recently completed his PhD at Arizona State University by researching the effects of martial arts on bullying in children.

Moody, who is also project manager for ATA’s Bullying Prevention Program, set out to answer this primary research question: Do kids who have earned a Black Belt in ATA martial arts get bullied less than other kids?

The answer, he found, was yes. He measured the bullying behaviors of students at different belt ranks in 22 ATA schools in 17 states. He found that children who participate for a time in ATA, earning intermediate belts, do not get bullied as much as kids who are beginners.

In other words: Participation in ATA martial arts will reduce bullying. In fact, it reduces bullying by 64 percent. That’s far better than the other programs Master Moody investigated.

Master Moody also found that parents perceived a 56 percent reduction in bullying after ATA martial arts, so parents and kids both see a difference in how kids are treated and how they handle themselves.

Congratulations to Master Moody, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Center, and instructors working to end bullying behavior, as well as kids and parents who see change in their children’s confidence and strength through Songahm Taekwondo. Agent G, another ATA defender against bullying, would be proud! He knows the strength of ATA martial arts, too! Like Master Moody, he stands up for defending yourself.