GRAYLING — On Monday night, Oct. 29, AuSable Martial Arts Academy held an Anti-Bullying Seminar at its center at 214 Huron Street in Grayling.

Former police officer and Tae Kwon Do instructor, Matt Morgan, talked with kids and their parents about bullying. They discussed what bullying was, how it can affect both the person being bullied and the person doing the bullying, and ways of dealing with it.

Matt says he teaches martial arts to help the children gain confidence, not to encourage fighting. Confidence is the most proactive way to prevent bullying, according to Matt.

For more information about AuSable Martial Arts Academy or upcoming seminars, contact Matt Morgan at (270) 562-2107 or

(Watch for our interview with Matt Morgan in an upcoming story.)

Michael Andrew King II shared his experiences being bullied and how learning Taekwondo has given him confidence with dealing with bullies.
Instructor Matt Morgan talks about what bullying is and how to use non-violent ways to deal with it.


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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at


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