American Martial Arts Academy to offer a self-defense class

A one-hour Assertiveness and Safety Course designed for children by America’s assertiveness training experts will be offered on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 6-7 pm for ages 6-12 at the American Martial Arts Academy in Wautoma. Pre-registration and a fee is required for this class. Call 920-787-1736 Ext. 1 to register and get payment information. Registration is open until full. In a fun and lively environment, this program addresses dealing with bullies and stranger danger. For dealing with bullying, lessons such as playground altercation, how to handle name calling and teasing, protecting personal space and possessions, setting boundaries against inappropriate touch or attention, assessing ap-propriate defense and how not to start a fight are covered. As for stranger danger, children are taught the importance of knowing their name, address, and phone number if they were to get lost, and how to physically break away and escape the grasp of a would-be abductor. All proceeds from this event will go to benefit the A+ After School Programs that provide enrichment programming and academic support for youth after school until 5:15 pm at Redgranite Elementary and 5:30 pm at Riverview and Parkside schools. After school programs also provide a daily snack, opportunities for youth to explore their interests, and opportunities for family members to be engaged in their child’s learning. Joanne Nelson, of the American Martial Arts Academy, has been a partner of the A+ After School Programs in Wautoma for 5+ years offering martial arts and self-defense courses for K-8th grades at the after school program sites. For more information, email Kendra at or call 920-787-1736 Ext. 1.