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Through my Taekwondo training I've learned how to defend myself, but as a Leadership student, I also received advanced lessons with traditional weapons. I never imagined that using something as simple as a Bo Staff could be so empowering! Although I hope I never have to defend myself against an attacker, I now have the confidence and ability to do so.
–Christina Morales, Brown Belt, 18 years old

From ATA World Volume 20, Number 1 Spring 2013

I am a police officer in Eugene, Oregon. On December 16, 2012, and other officers and I responded to a residential burglary. The victim and her son arrived home to discover their back door ajar. Realizing the suspects might have still been inside and understanding the potential for violence, the victim’s 14-yearold son, Edward William Fairchild IV (a Black Belt at Duer’s ATA Martial Arts in Eugene, Oregon), guided his mother back to their car saying, “Mom, we should leave and call the police.”

Due to his swift and decisive action, we were able to quickly locate one of the two suspects nearby with a cache of stolen goods from the home.

In my line of work, it is rare to find even adults making the judgment call of this young man. We in the law enforcement community place people in three categories: sheep, sheep dogs, and wolves. Mr. Fairchild is a sheep dog and protected “the flock.” My 6-year-old son Cavan is an ATA member at ATA
Northwest—Creswell and I can only hope he becomes the young man Mr. Fairchild has.

Thanks, ATA, for molding our youth and training them to be among the best.

Brad Hanneman
Police Officer
Eugene, Oregon