Kids in Kirriemuir have been invited to try out an exciting new martial arts group that has an anti-bullying policy at its heart.
Evolution Combat Sports is led by Noel McNally.
Noel, a father of four, originally set up the club in Blairgowrie to great success - having to add a second training shortly after opening so he could properly train the scores of students.
And now Noel has brought the club to St Andrew’s Church Hall in Kirrie every Wednesday night, open to children from as young as four.
All children in the club, supported by their parents, sign up to a ‘no bullying contract’ and are taught about essential martial arts skills and training and self-defence in relation to bullying.
Noel said: “As a parent of children in nursery, primary and senior school , and of a child with special needs, I realise how important it is to support and enourage these vulnerable children whilst focusing on stopping bullying in a positive way.
“In many cases bullies bully due to peer pressure or because they are being bullied themselves.
“At Evolution Combat Sport I wanted to have a no bully policy from the outset and we aim to actively promote no bullying while at the same time provide a support structure for those affected by it.
“I have developed a ‘family feel’ at the club - I believe it is more than just ‘a club’, it is more a community fuelled by friendship and respect.
“Everyone is welcome to join the family - not just bullied children, or those with special needs, but those who feel pressured into standing against bullying or, in fact, those who feel pressured into committing bullying.
“We give children and adults positive feedback and encourage them in their endeavours, teaching them about respect both at home and at school
“I believe it is essential that children and adults alike maintain a good balance of fitness and together with the rest of the team at Evolution Combat Sport we strive to ensure all sporting activities are kept fun and healthy.”
The club will also host seminars with respected leaders in the martial arts field such as 5th Dan Karate Instructor Arthur Clelland who will offer a wide range of different skills to the students.
Classes run on Wednesdays with classes at 6-6.45 p.m. (four to seven years), 6.45-7.30 p.m. (eight to 14 years) and 7.30-9 p.m. (15 years and over).
For more information see the Evolution Combat Sport Facebook page or contact Noel on 07753 353 553.