Schools throughout South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire that are looking for an alternative way to build self-esteem and confidence in their pupils, are being called on to enter PK Education’s latest competition.
Primary and secondary schools can win a 1-hour workshop at their school for up to 20 of their pupils with Stannington-based Powers Marshall Arts. The competition, which is organised by the Sheffield-based supply teacher recruitment agency, is free to enter and a winner will be drawn at random and announced on Monday 5 February 2018.
More and more schools are turning to alternative ways of helping young people focus their energy in a positive, non-contact way and martial arts training has proven results in helping pupils channel aggression and build self-esteem.
Paul Powers, the founder of Powers Marshall Arts, who has more than 45 years’ experience in martial arts, commented: “The collaboration with PK Education is a great opportunity to spread the word as to what we can offer to schools and their young people who may have more challenging needs. We get a lot of young people through the door of our centre in Stannington who lack direction, and really just need some help with focussing their energies in positive ways. We offer exactly that. For me, it’s the most rewarding job in the world – seeing people that have been on the wrong path, guided towards a more positive future.”
PK Education Chief Executive Karl Housley has been involved with Powers Martial Arts since he was a young boy facing his own life challenges and lacking direction. He believes passionately in the transformative effects on behaviour that martial arts training can have on young people. Karl now heads up PK Education which boasts seven offices throughout the UK, a staff of more than 40 people and a multi million turnover.
He said: “This is a great opportunity for PK Education to both help a school and young people within it who are facing life challenges. Paul and his team can achieve great things in just an hour which I have experienced first hand. The positive impact it had on myself and the other young people in the classes I attended as a youngster was immeasurable – we learnt respect, self-defence, and how to channel negativity into something good. These are tools you can take back to the classroom, and apply to day-to-day life.”
Self Defence UK will be bringing its team of highly experienced instructors, including World K1 Kickboxing Champion Alex Mackenzie, into the winning school and working with pupils to deliver an engaging and fun non contact session which will include a gentle warm up, basic tools and techniques of K1, footwork, jabs, and some pad work, ending with a cool down. As well as being a great way to teach focus, determination and drive, martial arts also promotes fitness, social skills, and fun.
The competition is open to primary and secondary schools in South and West Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire. To enter, please email here. The competition closes on Friday 2 February 2018. A winner will be chosen at random and you will be notified on Monday 5 February 2018.