YUUKAN Judo Club members are used to fighting.
Most throw people to the ground a few hundred times in one training session, but now they are fighting big a problem in the community - bullying.
The martial arts club has taken a stand against bullying, with members signing a contract stating not only will they not be a bully, but they will also speak up when they see someone being bullied.
Yuukan Judo Club coordinator Gayle Nolan said the contract came about from the experiences of many club members.
“A lot of our members actually started judo because they felt like they were being bullied at school or on the way home,” Mrs Nolan said.
“Parents have signed them up, not only because of self-defence but because judo gives them a strong sense of assertiveness and confidence.”
Mrs Nolan said the discipline around the fighting sport was all about respecting each other and speaking up for those could not
“With the skills that they learn at judo they need to be aware these moves should only be used for the sport and we want them to not only be respectful of other members of our community but to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
“With the bullying contract we hope all our members make an effort to stamp out bullying in our community.”
Mrs Nolan is encouraging other sporting groups in the community to sign up as well.
“We are just one club but if every club in the Milton Ulladulla region got involved it would be a great stand against bullying,” she said.
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