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Martial arts school says they see increase due to crime

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The almost daily crime reports in one Northeast Arkansas town has people there taking an unorthodox way in learning how to protect themselves. 

Between 120 and 130 students are enrolled in martial arts classes at Kicks Martial Arts in Blytheville. The owner, Alan Smith, said students there have wanted to know what to do if they are involved in a dangerous situation as well as the basics of protecting themselves and their families. 

The need to know is especially there for children, Smith said. 

"It's always a concern with parents about children being able to defend themselves if they need to as a parent myself I put my daughter in when she was six years old," Smith said, noting parents want their children to know what to do. 

However, several elderly people in Blytheville are also participating in the classes.  

People interested in participating can call Smith at (573) 752-0701.

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