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ATA Brand Ambassador
Riley Ketcham

They say inspiration can come from anywhere…for Riley Ketcham her desire to become a martial artist came while she was attending a birthday party. Just one demonstration and she immediately fell in love with the sport.

Now Riley cherishes everything about martial arts, from training to the pure thrill of competing. Such passion has won her State Champ in Traditional Forms and Weapons XMC Forms and Creative Weapons, and District Champ for XMC Forms. It has even given her the confidence to face tough challenges, like competing against someone three times her size. “Tho she be but little, she is fierce,” she proclaims.

Riley is a 1st Degree Black Belt who isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. She especially wants to be a powerful athlete like Simone Biles, one of her biggest role models. The road to becoming a powerful athlete for her means weekly training with her instructors, Mr. and Mrs. Baez, private tumbling lessons, and using her favorite Life Skill, Honesty.

She trains at ATA Top Leaders in Jonesboro, AR where she shows off her talented skills each and every time she’s out on the mat.

A little more about Riley:


Favorite Food: Lamb chops

Favorite Movie: Ernest Green Story

Coolest Place Ever Been: Disney

If She Could Have Any Superpower Invisibility

Hobbies Outside of Martial Arts: Gymnastics, Acting

Most Proud Of: Achieving her black belt

Dream Job: Actor or Teacher

Favorite singer: Taylor Swift

What City Would She Love to Live In: Paris

Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving

Biggest Inspiration: Mom and Dad