Safety Day held at Championship Martial Arts

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Tracey Hill, along with his sons, Mark and Matthew, listens to Deputy Lt. Stephen Crook of the Coweta Sheriff's Office.

Championship Martial Arts in Newnan and the Coweta County Sheriff's Office and Fire Department recently hosted a free Safety Day event, raising awareness about responding to strangers.

'It's about teaching kids how to assert themselves toward bullies by utilizing confidence instead of violence,' said Lisa Guadalupe, manager of Championship Martial Arts, who led the demonstrations.

Guadalupe's demonstration focused on ways to prevent bullying, stranger awareness and self-defense tactics that can be used for situations when an adult is not present.

'Karate is all about using your brain and making smart decisions,' said Guadalupe to the class.

Sheriff 's and fire department representatives were also on hand to provide safety tips and educational material to participants.

Deputy Lt. Stephen Crook, a school resource officer, was distributing child ID kits, activity books and other materials for parents and children.

Ginny Murphy, parent of 8-year-old Charles Winter, was impressed with the demonstration.

'Charlie loved her,' said Murphy, in reference to Guadalupe. 'We came here for a birthday party two years ago and he wasn't interested in karate then. Today, he sure seems to be.'

Currently the class is held annually, but Guadalupe is hoping to add some additional classes next year.



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