NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - A kids' jiu-jitsu class comes to life on the pages of a book thanks to a local teacher turned author.

Yvonne Sifuentes thinks jiu-jitsu can help kids learn how to protect themselves from bullies in a safe and peaceful way. 

So, she wrote a story called "The Shih Tzu who Knew Jiu-Jitsu" where a wise poodle teaches the bullied shih tzu.

Sifuentes said kids in her class learn more about conflict resolution than about fighting.

"We also want to make sure we maintain control, and if we do use a technique, we want to make sure minimal force and negotiate with the bully," said Sifuentes.  

Sifuentes is still in the process of publishing her book.