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Training with other leaders taught me how to set and achieve my goals. As a member, I even earned a college scholarship! Look out world, here I come!

ATA World 'Leadership Kid' Summer 2012

Khristian Ray Downey
December 2012
ATA Martial Arts, Bentonville, AR

Khristian Ray Downey
Age: 7

ATA school: ATA of Bentonville, Ark.

Rank: Brown Belt

Years spent training: two years

How often he trains: three times per week

Special goals achieved: Placing first, second or third in each type of an event at a tournament. Making the All-A Honor Roll at school and moving up in my reading level (this year I have moved up two grades).

Future ATA goals: To become a Black Belt and become ranked in the State or Divisional tournaments.

Why he likes ATA: It teaches me skills that can help with bullies, helps me exercise and helps me make new friends.

How he gives back to his community:
I run 5K or 10K charity races two to three times a month. I am a member in 4-H for Washington County, and there are many community service projects. I recently turned in 10 pounds of soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

Leaders he’s loyal to: Mr. Adam O’Connor (his instructor), Johnny Kopp (a senior student at ATA) and my dad.

How he leads: By building up skills by meeting new people and learning new things.

Other interests: I like to play baseball and lacrosse, run, read and play outside.

Inspiration: My family pushing me hard to do the right thing and set high goals.

Advice to others: Always do your best, even when people are not looking.

What ATA teaches him: To never give up and to never doubt myself.