Pupils at Helenswood Academy have been taking a positive stance against bullying by learning kickboxing.
Hastings Kickboxing Academy’s instructor Carl Denne with coaches Jennifer Fry, Nick and Gee have been teaching the children kickboxing to year 7’s throughout the last two terms.
Carl said: “We first met and taught the girls at the end of year 6 as they came up to Helenswood Academy for their transition week. Then followed by 9 weeks of classes into their first half year as year 7’s.
“Alongside the Academy, we are teaching the importance of healthy living, anti bullying, self defence and the importance of good behaviour along with many other positive attributes we need for every day life.
“Being a positive role model to so many young children is a hugely rewarding position to be in, helping them to understand fitness and healthy living and why it’s so important to behave in and out side of school.
The school approached myself at Hastings Kickboxing Association after hearing from a few children that attend the school and the positive effect we can have on some of their parents and siblings.
“I am extremely happy that I get opportunities like this one to go into schools and teach so many year groups.
“I have to book a day off from my regular job to do this but it’s worth every second.
“Hastings Kickboxing Academy runs classes at many schools throughout term time.
“HKA is currently working with local schools and council schemes within the county helping to promote healthy leaving, anti-bullying and helping to build confidence .
Carl, who has more than 23 years of experience at kickboxing, says he has now eft his full time employment after 17 years to now concentrate his time and efforts one hundred percent on HKA and the youth of Hastings.”
Hastings Kickboxing Academy have an extended gym at Brook Way, Ivyhouse Lane.
It offers professional tuition in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and organises a number of showcase events throughout the year.
For more information on HKA, visit their website at htwww.hastings-kickboxing.co.uk.
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