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'Above the Bully' Camp Giving Kids Confidence

Posted at 7:04 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 20:04:28-04

TULSA — Chesney Gwartney loves the "Above The Bully' camp at Trinity Martial Arts.

She says it's helped her gain the confidence to stand up to bullies.

"I really like it here, it's like a second home I guess."

The coaches at the gym focus on multiple techniques.

"One of the first things we show our kids is their posture. And kind of how to get picked out of a crowd to where a bully can identify. That's going to be a target," Daniel said.

Jamie Daniels teaches the little ones that body language is important, and her students need skills to handle bullies.

"Doing the Jiu-Jitsu, the May Thai, the judo, it has completely changed his life, it's changed everything around him, his friends, everything. It's kind of emotional, you know its a good thing," Daniels said.

Co-owner Michael Hayes teaches his students that violence is never the answer.

"We also try to give them instructions for how to address a compromise situation or a bullying situation verbally," Hayes said.

Brandi Farnswarth enrolled her three girls.

"I think it's preparing them from that young age they will know how to recognize it to defend themselves later. I've seen more changing kids," Farnswarth said.

Adrian Ryan agrees, and says he now feels better prepared.

"If I don't tell them to stop, they are never going to, if I don't stand up for myself, then they are just going to keep doing it," Ryan said.

'Above the Bully' is a two week long program, but Trinity Martial Arts classes are offered year round.

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