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Stafford teen Alex Baker teaches Taekwondo’s benefits — mental and physical — to a big audience. ‘It makes me feel like I’m making a difference.’

Growing up in Barnegat, the bullying was bad for Alex Baker.

“I was bullied horribly,” he said. “I was the only Asian person in my entire school. I was picked on, beaten up.”

Then, at age 9, he made a life-changing decision.

“I started Taekwondo and I came out of my little bubble,” Baker said. “I learned how to defend myself, to keep my mental composure when I was getting picked on, and it stopped.”

He’s stayed with Taekwondo for 10 years, and it became both a sport and a lifestyle. Now 19, Baker is the head instructor at K.T.C. (Korean Taekwondo Center) in Stafford….