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A large martial arts competition took place in Zanesville for an important cause.
Spartan MMA, Strickland Fight Promotions and Ohio Fighting Championship, were all in partnership to put on the "Fight the Hate" anti- bullying kick- off event at the Zanesville Civic Center on Saturday.
"This is a show that we've designed to try to generate as much revenue and awareness as we can about bullying issues," said Owner of Strickland Fight Promotions, Joseph Strickland. We also want to bring in money to help with the youth programs. "
Children that range from the ages of 10 to 15 are encouraged to join the youth program. Strickland says that learning martial arts is a healthy and safe way for kids to let go of their aggression.
"For kids that deal with bullying issues and things like that it gives them a lot of self confidence," said Strickland. It teaches them how to protect themselves, it teaches them the difference between knowing when they need to fight and when they need to walk away. "
If a child is interested in joining the program they will need a parent's approval and they should contact the Zanesville Civic Center at 740- 452-7401 for more information. At Saturday's fight there were ten amateur fighters, who fought three, 3 minute rounds. All fights followed the Ohio Athletic Commission's amateur rules. The next show is scheduled for November.