VIDEO - Sheffield Karate kids say ‘no’ to bullies

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Sheffield martial arts expert Liam Richardson visited a primary school in the city for a special assembly on anti-bullying.

Confidence, respect and discipline were at the heart of Liam’s seminar with young schoolchildren from Halfway Infant School, where he taught the importance of standing up for yourself without resorting to violence.

Liam from Strike with pupils at Halfway Infant School

Liam from Strike with pupils at Halfway Infant School

Liam - who along with martial arts pal Danny Ball shot to fame on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2008 - owns Excel, a mixed martial arts academy in the city.

He said: “I’ve been coming into schools for about five years now, teaching them about the life skills martial arts can build, such as focus and confidence.

“I love working with children and, as I was bullied in school myself, anti-bullying is an issue close to my heart.

“Some people think of martial arts as a violent sport but, on the contrary, it’s not about fighting, it’s about control and respecting yourself and others. Plus it’s great exercise.”