On Saturday, October 24, 2015, Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo will be hosting the 1st Annual Stomp the Bullying Kick-A-Thon to support the Stomp the Bullying program (Stomp the Bullying, Inc.) that owner Michael Miller co-founded. The event is open to the public and will be held from Noon – 2:00pm.
Stomp the Bullying, Inc. is a non profit organization co-founded in 2011 by international martial arts and self-defense experts Michael Miller and Sean Kelley, dedicated to actively teaching children how to avoid becoming a target for bullying, how to recognize all the different types of bullying, how not to be a bully, how not to be a target of a bully, what bullying really entails, the warning signs of both a bully and someone being bullied, the risk factors, common myths about bullying, statistics, the three t-steps to verbal harassment, the rules of engagement in dealing with bullies and what you can do as citizens to “Stomp the Bullying.”
Miller and Kelley’s mission in developing Stomp the Bullying was to take an active approach to tackle the bullying epidemic by educating children and empowering them through a martial arts angle increasing their confidence and self-esteem and teaching them how to handle bullying situations through verbal judo and non aggressive self-defense techniques (escapes, restraining holds, joint manipulations). It also teaches the importance of community and offers community service opportunities.
The Stomp the Bullying program has gotten international attention and Miller and Kelley were both recognized by the House of Representatives for the program. Several celebrities have contacted them and have become advocates for the program including actors Martin Kove (Sensei John Kreese in the Karate Kid series), Sean Kanan (Karate’s bad boy Mike Barnes in Karate Kid III), Rob Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice), Curtis Sliwa (founder of the Guardian Angels), and kickboxing legends Bill “Superfoot” Wallace and Don “The Dragon” Wilson. The program has been featured on two news stations, one in West Palm Beach, Florida and one in Easton, Pa, and in several news papers.
Come support our campaign by watching the phenomenal students of Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo kick their hearts out. Students from our Little Dragon program (ages 4-6), Kenpo Kid program (ages 7-9), and Junior program (ages 10-15) will be doing four rounds (two minutes each round) to see how many kicks they can do. We appreciate your support. Let’s show our community how much we care. No child deserves to be bullied.
We are always looking for sponsors. Just a small $5.00 donation will sponsor a child. Your $5.00 could save a child’s life. You can donate at the door if you would like to be one of our sponsors. If you can’t make the event (Noon-2pm on Saturday, October 24, 2015) but would still like to sponsor a child, please send a check made out to Stomp the Bullying to the address below.
We hope to see you there. We are located at 443 East Main Street, Bradford, PA 16701.