MARTIAL arts is the latest tool being used to promote peace and self-confidence in South Yorkshire schools.
Liam Richards – one half of Britain’s Got Talent duo Strike – has been working with students in schools teaching them self-defence skills and the basics of the ancient art.
And Liam claims the routines he teaches – which are full of punching and kicking – can actually help combat violence in schools.
Liam said: “Martial arts is not about violence. It’s about health and control, focus and confidence. Of course self-defence is an obvious beneficial factor but we are careful to encourage students to combat their problems with words and not physical action.”
The sessions have already made a difference in schools such as Wales High School in Rotherham.
Deputy head Lisa McCall said: “There have literally been a barrage of complimentary comments made about not only the content but also the delivery of the course.
“The students involved have genuinely valued this opportunity and as a result of their attendance on the course, key staff within school have witnessed noticeable improvements in a range of areas.”