Bowie High School has gotten a little bit more artsy.
Martial Arts is now being offered at Bowie High School as a Physical Education credit as well as an elective.
Coach Justin Prescott teaches science classes for the majority of the school day, but come 1:53 p.m., he is teaching Martial Arts.
“Everyone starts off as a white belt. It's a full year course. It's Martial Arts 1 and this is our first year to have it," said Martial Arts Instructor at Bowie High School, Justin Prescott.
The form of Martial Arts that is being taught is a style of Jiu-Jitsu, called Progressive Jiu-Jitsu.
“It's not a one size fits all. We adapt our process to different types of students. I've got students in here that are all- star athletes, students in here that are gamers; I've got kids in here that are Special Ed. I've got a mixture of everything. We blend our Jiu-Jitsu and our style in order to fit them," said Prescott.
In the 7th period Martial Arts, a class of 19 students is not just learning about the many different kicks, punches and the gaining of different belt colors, the students are also learning about real-life situations.
“It gives these kids a feeling of self purpose, like they have confidence in what they're doing. We're teaching kids how to live without having to fight," said Prescott.
The 19 kids in the class range from 10th through 12th grade and Prescott said, they love being in the course.
“Oh, they love it. I've got some of the kids that have a little trouble in class may be they spend too much time playing on their phones. It (this Martial Arts class) gives them the attention and the self-discipline they need to in order to bridge that gap in the classroom.
Prescott is a Black Belt, has a Martial Arts certification and a P.E. certification. He told Newschannel 6 that after going through the class schedule at the end of the school year last year, he had heard about an after school program. He asked Bowie H.S. administration as well as the Bowie school district if he could teach a Martial Arts course, and of course they let him.