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Middle School Student Hosts Anti-Bullying Assembly with MMA Fighter Tyron Woodley

Top ranked professional mixed-martial artist Tyron Woodley left his gloves and mouthpiece behind when he traveled to Valley Park.  Instead of punches, kicks, or a submission, he used a microphone to help knockout bullying at a school assembly.  The assembly was organized and co-lead by middle school student Matthew Pearlman.


Mr. Woodley was asked questions about his thoughts about bullies, how to stand-up to bullies, and other questions about positive character traits.  He responded by stressing the importance of having the courage to assist those that are being picked-on and reporting students that are bullying others.  In addition, the students heard about his appearance on the MTV show “Bully Beatdown”, where he helped teach a bully a lesson about not picking on others.


The students had the opportunity to ask questions of Mr. Woodley.  The questions included:

-Have you ever been bullied?

-What do you think of when you are fighting?

-Who were your heroes growing up?

-Do your kids train in martial arts?

-Do you ever play the MMA video game that you are the star of?


The assembly ended with Mr. Woodley wishing students good luck in end of year tests and summer plans.  He also thanked Matthew for planning the assembly and for asking very intelligent questions.


This was Matthew’s second anti-bullying/character assembly.  He hosted an assembly in December with professional boxer Ryan Coyne.  Matthew is planning another character assembly for later this month with a St. Louis Blues hockey player.


Matthew Pearlman is the founder of TeensOnSports.com.  He has interviewed over 500 athletes for the site.  In addition to the interviews and assemblies, Matthew is an author and volunteer.  His first book, That’s Great Advice!  Advice from Pro Athletes for Kids, Written by a Kid, is set to be published this summer.  The book focuses on character related advice that he learned from the athlete interviews: perseverance, hard work, honor, integrity, and leadership.  Matthew is committed to spreading positive messages to other teens.


For more information, please contact: 

Dr. Bryan S. Pearlman- Advisor


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