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SUGAR LAND, Texas Local children are learning mixed martial arts in order to protect themselves at Texas Third Coast MMA.

They are not just learning how to kick, punch and a good takedown.

I think this is better than a karate class, said parent Karen Costa.

Costa s 7-year-old son is the youngest one in the class.

However, they are also learning about having respect for other individuals.

The characteristics of building an individual and a good adult comes out of mixed martial arts, said head instructor Joe Soliz.

Other parents agree that their children respect each other way better. The instructors also teach the students about respect and

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