Free Veazie self-defense classes for youth part of anti-bullying campaign

Posted Oct. 10, 2013, at 7:56 p.m.

VEAZIE, Maine — The owner of Krav Maga Maine, a local self-defense school, is offering free classes for 8-17-year-olds later this month as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

“Krav Maga basically means ‘contact combat’ or ‘close combat’ in Hebrew and is an Israeli reality-based self-defense system,” said Keith Emery, owner and chief instructor.

The free self-defense classes are part of an anti-bullying campaign Emery is organizing with Ryan Hatch, owner of The Maine Jump.

Both men have taken stances against bullying in recent months.

Emery, who is a Veazie police sergeant, conducted an investigation into a cyberbullying case that led to convictions of felony terrorizing and misdemeanor terrorizing this spring for a teenage girl from Scarborough who cyberbullied a Veazie teenaged girl who she thought was flirting with her boyfriend.

A father of three who experienced bullying firsthand, Hatch this spring formed an anti-bullying coalition comprising, among others, people from law enforcement, the business community, the social services arena and others who have had enough of bullying and are working to stop it.

Emery said that the free self-defense classes his school is offering for youth aim to help them defend themselves against an assault. The two-hour classes will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the school, which is located at 1521 State St. in Veazie, Emery said. Classes are limited to 10 students each.

For more information about the school, visit www.kravmagamaine.com, where parents who are interested can sign up and download a waiver.

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