Friday, May 4, 2012

Phoenix Karate Kids Stand Against Bullying

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Contact John Nottingham 602-896-8721

Today a group of Phoenix karate kids joined over 1.3 million students in over 2,100 schools Stand for Change against bullying.  As part of the Phoenix BullyProof project they teamed up with Defeat the Label to promote the demonstration of unity and peace.

The karate kids are from USA Martial Arts & Kickboxing Phoenix at Tatum and Greenway.  They were given fliers about the event in addition to training on how to handle bullying and the importance of treating others with respect, compassion and kindness.

USA Martial Arts Master Instructor John Nottingham said, "I started the Phoenix BullyProof Project to share peace education and conflict avoidance skills for bullying prevention.  Stand4Change was a great opportunity to partner with a national organization to promote awareness and give USA Martial Arts students a chance to put our leadership, citizenship and bullying prevention lessons into action. In addition to our workshops, camps and other bullying prevention training, it is one more way of reaching our community."

Defeat the Label/ is promoting a series of events and promotions aimed at bullying awareness including a website, pledge, celebrity support as well as a song.  Celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Ellen, Cody Simpson and the Jonas Brothers have already taken a stand and you can too.  Individuals can take the pledge here.

The force behind is Ken Kragen, known for his Hands Across America "We are the World" charity song project in the 80s.  The event kicked off a movement to raise awareness about bullying and to encourage discussions on respect and peace education.


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