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ATA Martial Arts hosts Kid Safety Day

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Dozens of Region 8 kids learned how to kick bullying Saturday.

ATA Martial Arts in Jonesboro hosted a free child safety day.

ATA Instructors taught kids about stranger danger and how to stand up to bullies.

The Jonesboro Fire Department was also there to teach kids about fire safety and show them what happens when officers respond to a fire.

"An event like this really helps kids to feel more confident, feel more secure, which decreases bullying," ATA instructor Santiago Gonzalez said. "We teach them not only to stop bullying for themselves but also to help others that are going through the same situations. It's helped me a lot over the years. I've been doing this since I was three and it's helped me a lot with my confidence and I want the same thing for other kids. That's the main reason why we're doing this."

Kids ages three to adults can take martial arts classes at ATA.

"For the kids, it's about being a leader in class and setting high goals for yourself, like straight A's," Gonzalez said. "For the adults, it's a great program for leadership development and fitness. Really any goal that you have, martial arts helps you achieve it."

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