Martial Arts Academy Hosts Special Child Safety Community Event

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Free child fingerprinting, dental imprints, photographs, and basic self-defense instruction will be provided at Forbes Middle School in Georgetown, Texas on May 9, 2009 at 11 a.m. This event is open to the public and is being hosted by Bertling's ATA Martial Arts as a service to the community, in support of AMBER Alerts.

Bertling's ATA Martial Arts in Georgetown has announced plans for a community Child Safety Open House scheduled for 11:00 AM, May 9, 2009, at Forbes Middle School Gymnasium. The local Child Safety Open House event, free to the public, presents an abduction education program called "Kidz in Power" and will include activities such as simple break away self-defense instruction, role playing with possible stranger dangers, and methods to deal with bullies. Guests from local fire and police stations will share information regarding other types of safety concerns. Experts will be on hand to provide other essential safety services at no cost to parents: fingerprinting, child ID cards with photographs, dental imprints, and collecting hair follicles for DNA in case the child is abducted.

The Open House is part of ATA Martial Arts' worldwide initiative to help minimize the risk of child abduction through education. With active membership exceeding 350,000 worldwide and 1,200 schools in the U. S. and abroad, ATA is positively positioned to reach children and adults with the message of abduction prevention. As part of the safety campaign, ATA has partnered with AMBER to increase AMBER Alert notification via e-mail and personal communication devices. Once an AMBER Alert is issued, AMBER uses state-of-the-art technology to notify its subscribers of a missing child in a specific area.

According to Georgetown ATA instructor Matt Bertling, education is the key to child safety. "Children of every age, gender and race are vulnerable to child abduction. Through age appropriate instruction, awareness or warning signs and ID activities such as fingerprinting, collectively ATA schools around the world hope to have a significant impact on reducing the risk of child abduction and victimization", says Bertling.

Bertling's ATA Martial Arts offers a variety of programs focusing on safety, including ATA Tiny Tigers for children ages 3-6, Karate for Kids, and the newest program, ATA-Xtreme, which combines martial arts with gymnastics and dance moves.

For more information on Bertling's ATA Martial Arts, contact Matt Bertling at 512-930-5425 or visit To sign-up to receive AMBER Alerts, visit

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