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Sarah Andersch gives the thumbs-up to her students at the Fargo Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy in south Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

Battling bullying: Martial arts teach kids to fight without throwing punches

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FARGO - Abbie Bennefeld was 13 years old when she was out for a walk and a 26-year-old stranger approached her from his vehicle.

"I felt vulnerable and scared," says Bennefeld, who is now 15.

The Gary, Minn., teen said she never wanted to feel that way again, so after doing some Internet research, she decided to enroll in classes at Fargo Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

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