Local martial arts group says it can help prevent school violence tragedies

Superior Academy will be hosting a free seminar for Lewiston Elementary students on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26. (WRDW-TV)

Superior Academy will be hosting a free seminar for Lewiston Elementary students on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26. (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW) -- Members of a local martial arts group say they have the tools to help prevent school tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary in December.

Superior Academy will be hosting a free seminar for Lewiston Elementary students on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26. Group members say they want to prepare kids physically, emotionally and mentally to handle potentially deadly situations at school.

The students are learning Jeet Kune Do. It's a martial arts system developed by Bruce Lee.

Jason Herrera has been in the martial arts business for a long time, but after all the recent tragedies, especially the ones involving children, he wanted to do something.

"Some of the primary issues going on including mental and emotional disturbances," Herrera said.

Herrera, says those can be the triggers that cause people to do something out of the norm. He says his program has the steps to help kids overcome issues before they become serious.

"Situations like Sandy Hook occur because of the lack of emotional mastery in people, young people especially," Herrera said.

So, later this month, he's taking his program to Lewiston Elementary. It's simple and straight to the point.

"The martial arts and the self-defense teach you self control," he said.

And parents agree.

"If you are prepared mentally and physically by martial arts, for example, that would help a lot," said one parent.

Jason Linticum is a Columbia County school physiologist. He says he's looking forward to seeing the program in action and preparing students for any type of situation.

"There's huge benefit to knowing how you're going to react to a situation. Whether it's self-defense or something on a larger scale," Linticum said.

As for Herrera, he says his group is excited about the seminar at Lewiston Elementary and about teaching students these potentially life-saving skills.


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