New program gives children an alternative to violence

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – There is an innovative new program in the area that hopes to give children an alternative to violence.

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“Everyone needs a chance and an opportunity,” said Mark Gruebal, Gruebal’s mixed martial arts instructor.

Gruebal, along with other local boxers, takes the time to teach children in the community life skills using their hands and their minds.

“It goes way beyond teaching them boxing. What we’re trying to get them to do community service once a month, they have to maintain a ‘C’ average in school, and we’re trying to do that for kids who may not be able to afford to pay for martial arts,” he said. said.

Future Fighters of America is a free community program aimed at providing mentorship, boxing lessons, and community service to all CSRA children.

The program will be taught by local boxers Dominique ‘Lil Jalapeno’ Roundtree and Fernando Bunch who grew up in this same gym.

“It’s been a great amount of discipline in my life,” Roundtree said. “My coach has definitely been like a mentor to me, almost like a father figure, and so I want to have the same impact on these kids. I know Fernando, and like I said, Justin helps too. We all want the same thing for our communities.

Gruebal said, “Coming from a low-income family, it rains deep with me and me to reach out to the community.”

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