NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Martial Arts for Life located at 1260 Springfield Avenue in New Providence is hosting a free online bully awareness workshop for all local families this Friday, July 3rd at 6:30 pm.

Martial Arts for Life will be teaming up with world champion Roland Osborne to provide a 45-minute workshop providing education and strategies to help kids end bullying in their lives. Roland has won over 150 championships, had a travel show on Discovery Channel and created Hyper, the largest youth martial arts movement worldwide. He has trained over 100,000 people around the world.

The workshop will be live-streamed on the Martial Arts for Life Facebook page this Friday.

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According to owner Rich Brugger, “We had an opportunity to team up with one of the experts in the field of bullying education to provide this training to the local community. We felt that with some activities resuming it would be a good time to provide this type of training for the kids in our community.”

Bullying is a serious problem with serious consequences. Consider the following research published by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Education Statistics:

- Students need not be the targets of bullying to experience negative outcomes. Observing bullying is associated with adverse mental health outcome

- Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and dropping out of school.

- Students who are both targets of bullying and engage in bullying behavior are at greater risk for both mental health and behavior problems than students who only bully or are only bullied.

- Bullied students indicate that bullying has a negative effect on how they feel about themselves (27%), their relationships with friends and family (19%), their school work (19%), and physical health (14%).

- The percentages of individuals who have experienced cyberbullying at some point in their lifetimes have more than doubled (18% to 37%) from 2007-2019

For more information, please visit or contact Martial Arts for Life at (908) 464-2836.