Free clinic teaches kids to handle bullies
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CREATED Aug. 15, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Dojo Mojo is teaching kids how to behave their way to safety. Inside Brandon's ATA Blackbelt Academy, the kids aren't learning to fight their way out of bullying but to behave their way to safety.
Founder Leland Brandon says, "If someone is confronted, we're going to teach them tactics to get out of the situation. Breathe. Step back. Have confident look. Knowing how and where to run. But that's not martial arts. That's just everyday life."
Brandon owns several karate studios in town but he is also the founder of Dojo Mojo -- a company that teaches kids to overcome and prevent bullying. Kids Like 15-year-old Jordyn Boothe. "A couple times when I was in seventh grade. It wasn't physical bullying. It was more mental."
Jordyn says karate helped him learn confidence, self control, and respect. Qualities that make bullies stay away. Now he sticks up for other students who are targets. "It's a big problem today. People think if they're bigger they can pick on them. It's not nice. And all the suicides that happen because of it, it's bad."
The free Operation Mojo clinic is part of a karate tournament that's happening this weekend at the South Point. Just show up at 6 p.m. Friday night. Master Brandon would love to see teachers and principals come out too because he finds sponsors to offer this program in local schools.