Martial arts instructors condemn violence against bullies

By Matt Preprost
Canwest News Service/National Post
WINNIPEG — Martial arts instructors are condemning a Winnipeg mother’s decision to enrol her bullied son in kick-boxing classes and give him permission to retaliate against his tormentors.

The mother, who asked not to be named, gave her son the green light to “kick the snot out of ” his alleged tormentor when school starts next month.

But that vision of what self defence actually entails has self-defence experts cringing.

“Martial arts is not about kicking and punching,” said Sonny Pabuaya, instructor at Iron Fist Tae Kwon Do in Winnipeg. “That’s a misconception people have because that’s what they see in the movies.”

“Violence only invokes more violence,” said Diego Beltran, who runs Guardian Dojo-Kyokushin Karate Canada Inc. in Winnipeg. “I’m in total disagreement with the lady.” Full story.


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