Hudson Valley Parent

HVP - January 2014

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Karate kids Exercise, discipline, confidence — Martial arts have it all! By LINDA FREEMAN W e hear it in the news every day: Our children are being bullied physically, emotionally, mentally and now even electronically. It's enough to make parents want to wrap their children in their arms and never let them go. But what can you do to instill a sense of personal safety and confidence in your children so they can navigate the world alone? I grew up in a different time 22 Hudson Valley Parent n January 2014 and place, but bullying is not new. Adam, my youngest brother, was a scrawny, pimply, timid kid who was always picked on — not only by his classStudents at the New Paltz Karate Academy show off their skills at a testing mates, but by our other tournament. Karate is a great way for boys and girls to achieve fitness, focus and self-confidence. brothers,

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