Program trains kids to fight attackers

Program trains kids to fight attackers
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - The math doesn't add up. A kid weighing less than one hundred pounds having enough strength to overcome an attacker. But experts say it's very possible.

"If the kid is prepared then, yes, they do have a much much better chance," said ATA Martial Arts Owner Erin Baker.

Escaping a potential attacker just takes confidence and a little technique. That's where fourth-degree black belt Baker comes in.

"Let's say you're getting into your car," said Baker. "You have your keys out. You feel a hand grab on your shoulder. Go ahead and break the grip. You're going to turn. Hit the neck. You can go ahead and follow with a knee strike."

The kids caught on quickly, getting louder each time around. Their parents watched on, hoping their children never have to put these skills to the test. But if they do, they're ready.

The clinic in Cottage Grove was just one of hundreds going on at ATA Martial Arts studios across the country. The American Taekwondo Association and AMBER Alert also helped put on Saturday's event.