According to the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Education, between 1 and 4 and 1 and 3 kids say they’ve been bullied at school. Only 20 to 30 percent of these kids report it to adults, and while 49 states have ant-bullying legislation, bullying is still not considered illegal in this country. But, one family driven by personal experience and their love for martial arts is on a mission to help children combat bullying.
Meet James and Michelle DeGrechie and their son Christopher Watkins, owners of the one-year-old Richardson Undaunted ATA Martial Arts. Not only have they made their dream of running a martial arts studio come true, they have also taken a creative approach to planting seeds of inspiration and courage through their book “Bullyproof.” Co-authored by a group of martial arts leaders, this book shares different strategies and tactics on facing the bullying problem that affects kids and teens all around the world.
Please join us for an evening of informative and interactive conversation that just may inspire you to not only learn martial arts and how you can get involved with anti-bullying efforts, but also what it looks like to seed creative ideas and approaches to engaging our passions and gifts in our community.
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., July 7, 2016
Undaunted ATA Martial Arts Studios
819 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 40 Richardson, TX 75080
Next door to Tom Thumb
About Undaunted ATA Martial Arts
We teach all our members to focus on and be present in the moment – and in this age of distractions and sensory overload, this is a skill which returns immediate results in all aspects one’s life.
About the Owners
Mrs. Michelle DeGrechie is a 3rd degree black belt ATA certified instructor. She has been practicing martial arts for many years. Mrs. D. is a 3 time world champion, 2 time district champion, and 4 time Texas state champion, as well as a level 3 certified tournament judge. She is also recognized as a home educator by the Texas Home School Coalition.
Mr. James DeGrechie is a 3rd degree black belt, ATA certified instructor, and an Orthopedic-certified registered nurse. He has an extensive knowledge in martial arts and has experience in several different styles. Mr. D. is a Level 3 certified tournament judge and is a 5 time Texas state champion.
Mr. Christopher Watkins is a 3rd degree black belt, ATA certified instructor, and is the chief instructor at Undaunted ATA. He has earned 6 Texas state titles and is a Level 3 certified tournament judge. Mr. Watkins has been studying and honing his martial arts skills since early childhood. He is a fierce competitor, and a mainstay on the tournament circuit.