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Because I'm in the Leadership program at my ATA school, my Instructor asked me to think of a way to serve others in my town. I decided to pick up trash at a park near my house so that kids like me would have a clean place to play. My Mom and Dad and even my little brother helped. It was kinda gross, but I had fun. I really like helping people!
– Paxton Thomas, Yellow Belt, 9 years old

From ATA World Volume 19, Number 3 Ė 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 ATAís 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. Thatís 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 childrenís 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.