Every day, thousands of teens wake up afraid to go to school because of bullying. At YB World Taekwondo Academy in Stamford, they're using the ancient martial art to combat the issue.
"We noticed a couple of years ago, when parents were asking us for advice," said Abraham Kim, director of YB World Taekwondo Academy. "Their kids were getting bullied in school, they didn't really have enough confidence to stand up for themselves, and that's when we really thought we should really shift our curriculum to satisfy the demands of today's society."
"I believe the martial arts training benefit is helping to build up self confidence. The problem [with bullying] is losing their confidence first," said Grandmaster Yong B. Kim, owner of the academy.
But with focus and power driving each movement, that confidence can be re-attained. Also, along the way to building self esteem, respect for one another develops.
"Then we teach how to respect each other and how to cooperate with each other with better communications," said Kim.
The academy created the anti-bullying class in recent years, but they've been teaching Taekwondo for over 20. There's about 200 students from the area enrolled.
To find out more about the academy, visit http://www.ybworldtkd.com/