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Warrior Martial Arts Students of the Month – January

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Frisco

Nick Gill

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Congratulations to Nick Gill for achieving the honor of WMA student of the month!! Nick is 14 years old and attends 8th grade at Stafford Middle School. Nick has trained in Martial Arts since the age of six. He currently holds an Orange Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and holds an Advanced Brown Belt in our Mixed Martial Arts system. Nick is a respected leader among our students, parents and instructors at Warrior Martial Arts! Aside from his grappling abilities, Nick is an amazing boxer and has competed in Silver Gloves and many of our WMA Sparring Sessions. His caring and motivating personality has made him such an important part of our WMA Team, especially to our younger students. His hard work and BIG heart is what makes him a true Martial Artist!! Please read below some great comments we have received from other Warrior Martial Arts parents about Nick Gill. The next time you see Nick in class, please make sure you congratulate him on being student of the month.

– Pamela Cohen

Owner, Warrior Martial Arts Academy

At our 3 kids’ first tournament back in June or July, Bailey had a similar experience. She was fighting holding back tears because she was disappointed in herself after a match. Nick came up to her and gave her a motivating and encouraging speech which clearly helped her relate and accept the loss like a Warrior should, honorably and humbly. I thought it was so genuine, that someone who hadn’t known our kids for a long time would care enough to help pick them back up on their feet. So cheers to Nick… You’ve got mad STREET CRED and total brownie points in the Crawford Book. Thanks again for your mentorship to our kids.

– Cristina Garcia-Crawford, Warrior Parent

 

Little Elm

Dhruv Singh

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Dhruv Singh is a sophomore at Lonestar High school in Frisco, Texas. He began training in the martial arts at the age of 8 years in a Tae Kwon Do class near his home. His reason for getting into the martial arts was exercise and fun. As time in training progressed and as he matured he stepped away from sport Tae Kwon Do and grew to favor the self-defense aspects and techniques specifically designed to save a person’s life. He admits, when he was young, martial arts helped him with this confidence, self-esteem, focus and self-discipline. Today he claims his success in public school education, home, and his social life all stem from the discipline and character development that started with his parents and his martial arts. To Dhruv martial arts is a way of life, not just another activity.

Dhruv joined Little Elm WMA this past July wanting to expand his knowledge to include ground fighting. He and his parents reviewed many schools throughout the area and selected Warrior as his new home. Since his arrival he has distinguished himself as a leader and a student instructor who positively inspires and kindly corrects the others. Dhruv became one of the founding students at the Little Elm WMA Certified Instructor Course that launched in October. This falls in line with his goals are to achieve black belt ranking and become a certified Warrior Martial Arts instructor. Currently he donates his spare time every week to the younger Warrior classes and assists Mr. Wiggs in teaching. Mr. Dhruv Singh is a valuable student member and we expect to see great things from him in the future. Congratulations Little Elm Student of the Month Dhruv Singh.

– Donnie Hayhurst & Nathan Wiggs

Instructors, Little Elm Warrior Martial Arts

 

Plano

Tate Brenner

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Warrior Martial Arts Academy Plano is proud to name Hollywood Tate Brenner as the January student of the month. Tate is a 3rd grader at Trinity Christian Academy.

This young man has dedicated his life to giving to others. He is a member of Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Tate just went on his 4th mission in last month to Costa Rica where he will worked in a small village outside of San Jose. His contribution was to assist in building homes for the less fortunate.

Tate is always carrying a positive mental attitude and is an inspiration to all around him. This animal lover will tell you his best friends are his three furry little friends Buddy (his dog), Zack, and Bite (two gerbils).

As a student of the martial arts Tate’s is very open minded and receives instruction well. He never hesitates to ask the necessary questions to make sure his technique is correct. Tate is targeted to be an orange belt soon and is well on his way to becoming a future WMA Black Belt. So we at Warrior would like to say congrats to this young up and coming warrior.

– Brandon Gill

Chief Instructor, Plano Warrior Martial Arts

Warrior Martial Arts Students of the Month – December

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Frisco

Gavin Woodward

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Age: 7

Grade: 2nd

School: Bledsoe Elementary School, Frisco, TX

Warrior MA Frisco is proud to name Gavin Woodward as our student of the month! Gavin is 7 years old and attends 2nd grade at Bledsoe Elementary School. He is a red belt in our WMA ranking system as well as a grey/white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Gavin has an amazing ground game which has awarded him with countless gold metals this year. He is a vital part of our competition team, always performing very well with a smile on his face the entire time!!

All of our Warrior MA instructors are proud to have him as a student. His hard work and dedication in class and completion makes him a true champion. Gavin will one day be an excellent man and a great martial artist.

– Meshel Gill

Instructor at Frisco WMA

 

Little Elm

Spencer Olson

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Age: 12

Grade: 7th

School: Stafford Middle School, Frisco, TX

Spencer is one of our highest ranked colored belts here at Little Elm Warrior Martial Arts Academy. He has distinguished himself not only on the mat but in the youth academic world and is destined to be a man who creates his own destiny. Spencer credits his martial arts training has affected his life in many facets. He has become more active in daily life, exercising greater patience with others, improved his self-control of his feelings and thoughts, and has greater confidence in both small and large tasks.

Spencer is no slouch when it comes to his school’s academics. He has set himself up for success scoring 99% in the fields of Science and Reading during the 5th and 6th grades. This uniquely qualified him to become a candidate for the Duke Talent Investigation Program (DTIP).  Spencer was put up by his teacher into a competition pool of the top 300 students in the state. Of those Duke University selected 3% and Spencer was solidly among those chosen to partake in the program.

The on-mat performance and academic accomplishments of Spencer Olsen led his instructors to make him the first inductee into the LE Certified Instructor Training Program, which launched this past October. We, the instructors here at the LE academy, look forward to Spencer learning how to become a future instructor and assisting in the grooming and mentorship of our future Warriors.

His message to other kids about his training at Warrior Martial Arts is that training here will be the greatest experience of their life.

– Nathan Wiggs

Instructor at Little Elm WMA

 

Plano

Aidan Beckham

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Age: 10

Grade: 4th

School: Centennial Elementary, Plano, TX

Plano Warrior Martial Arts is proud to announce Aidan Beckham is Plano student of the month for December. Aidan is 4th grader at Centennial Elementary Aidan is a very bright student. In addition to studying the martial arts at Plano WMA, he has a passion for soccer and football. Aidan currently holds the rank of red advance belt and is working towards his black which should happen early next year. This young man has a bright future ahead of him.

– Brandon Gill

Instructor at Plano WMA

Warrior Martial Arts Students of the Month – November

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Frisco WMA

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Warrior Martial Arts Frisco is proud to “crown” Bailey Crawford as November’s Student of the Month!! This sassy 10 year old is not only beautiful inside and out, she is a Beast!! Her dedication on the mat is highly impressive and inspiring to all of her competition teammates and coaches. Even with a broken arm Bailey attends her regular competition classes doing whatever modified drills she can. Aside from her own training Bailey assists in our Little Warrior’s class which her 4 year old brother attends. With 3 “martial artist” siblings the Crawford kids, on occasion, transform the upstairs playroom into their very own training facility with Ms. Bailey as the ring leader!!!

Bailey is currently in 4th grade and attends home school. In addition to martial arts this young lady enjoys horseback riding, painting on canvas and even writing poetry. Bailey is a true artist in all aspects of the word. She has the heart of a Warrior and the determination of a Champion!!

Plano WMA

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Warrior Martial Arts is proud to announce Defne and Deniz Gurun were jointly selected to be Plano students of the month. Defne 8 and Deniz 6 are students at Barksdale Elementary School. Both girls excel academically as well in their Martial art studies. It’s a challenge to describe them separately. Collectively they both are very hard working, smart, and a pleasure to have as students. Recently Defne attended WMA2 and had a great showing. She puts together strong combinations and kicks like a professional. Deniz aka Little Sister is an awesome grappler with a lot of skill. Lighting fast takedowns and a sneaky sleeve choke. Both the Warriors have earned a place in our hearts and it is our privilege to recognize them both as Plano Students of the Month.

Little Elm WMA

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The selection for ‘Student of the Month’ representing Little Elm WMA goes to Djuliana Dichev. Djuliana is referred to, by her instructors, as the perfect student. Her attention to following directions, focus, and applying herself to training tasks is executed with flawless performance and to a degree of great competency. Often she is utilized as the example in the class and highlighted as a leader who others want to follow.

Six year old Djuliana attends the first grade at Brent Elementary School and regularly scores perfect 100’s. Her endeavors extend beyond being a great school student and studying the martial arts but hobbies include reading many books to expand her mind and rounding out her physical abilities with swimming.

Because of Djuliana Dichev dedication to being a model student she has earned the right to be Little Elm’s WMA November Student of the Month. Congratulations!!

Congratulations to the October Students of the Month

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Plano Student of the Month

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Brendon Lin

Age: 6

Grade: Kindergarten

School: Centennial Elementary

Brendon Lin also known as Little Man Big Guard is an inspiring Martial Artist with a toughness that’s hard to match. Currently holding the rank of Blue belt and on his way to black Brendon has acquired a mass amount of skill since entering the Warrior program. From his nonstop jab to his constant pressure on the ground. He is definitely one to watch for in the future.

Brendon is a blessing as a student he is friendly and considerate to all his training partners and friends both on and off the mats.
Brendon is a student at Centennial Elementary School. As a 6 year old kindergartner he is very wise at such a young age. Sure to make you smile. With every conversation we at Warrior Martial Arts look forward to seeing this young man grow and prosper. The support Brendon receives from his family towards his martial arts is none other pure dedication.

Brandon Gill

Instructor W.Plano WMA

Frisco Student of the Month

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Cian Del Cid

Age: 11

Grade: 6th

School: Cobb Middle School, Frisco TX

Warrior MA Frisco is proud to name Cian Del Cid as our student of the month!! As a brown advanced belt, Cian has accomplished so much in our Warriors 3 class as well as WMA’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition team. At a young age this rising star has become one of the Best CIT helpers on the mat. He is a smart and talented martial artist and I am honored to call him my student!!

Meshel Gill

Instructor Frisco WMA

Little Elm Student of the Month

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Carson Kramer

Age: 12

Grade: 7th

School: Stafford Middle School, Frisco TX

Carson Kramer is one of our highest ranked colored belts here at Little Elm Warrior Martial Arts Academy. He has distinguished himself not only on the mat but in the youth academic world and is destined to be a man who creates his own destiny.

On the mat Carson is the largest youth we have. Despite his size, he never abuses his size and strength advantage when training with his partners. He gauges himself to each work out partner grappling or sparring at their level. He is fast achieving a solid command of his techniques. This has led to Carson being selected to be the first inductee into the LE Certified Instructor Training Program piloting in October. We, the instructors here at the LE academy, look forward to Carson learning how to become a future instructor and assisting in the grooming of our future Warriors.

Academically Carson set himself up for success scoring 99% in the fields of Science and Reading during the 5th and 6th grades. This qualified him to become a candidate for the Duke Talent Investigation Program (DTIP). Students who qualify for the Duke TIP have the opportunity to register to take a college entrance exam (SAT or ACT) during their seventh grade year. Those students scoring exceedingly well will receive merit recognition for the college application process and scholarship information from universities around the country. Carson, now in 7th grade was put up by his teacher into a competition pool of the top 300 students in the state. Of those Duke University selected 3% and Carson was among the selectees. He now goes on to challenge himself with 3 weeks of college training every summer going forward to groom himself for a bright future as an adult.

Carson’s parents and instructors here at the academy are not only proud of him and who he is choosing to become, but we hold him up as LEWMA’s Student of the Month to be an example other may learn from and follow.

Donnie Hayhurst

Instructor Little Elm WMA

You Can Help This Warrior Find a Cure for Type One Diabetes

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Two years ago, Charlie Crawford was diagnosed with type one diabetes. This ruthless disease affects millions of adults and children. It’s unrelated to diet or exercise. Living with type one diabetes requires vigilant carbohydrate counting and blood glucose testing, along with a lifelong dependence on insulin injections.

Charlie doesn’t let this disease define his life. It hasn’t stopped him from becoming a straight-A student, audition for a school musical or becoming our Plano Warrior Martial Arts Student of the Month. No matter what Charlie does, he works hard and brings a positive attitude. Since his diagnosis, he’s even been volunteering to help other children living with type one diabetes.

 

Charlie Crawford is a model of what a future leader should be. He inspires everyone around him.

– A Warrior Martial Arts Instructor

 

Warrior students and parents can get involved in helping Charlie work towards a future without type 1 diabetes by participating in the JDRF One Walk. The walk helps raise money for JDRF, the largest nonprofit funder of type one diabetes research in the world. The One Walk takes place on September 27th, but attendees must register in advance online. If you are unable to participate in the walk but would still like to support Charlie, we are collecting donations at all Warrior locations. Checks can be made out to JDRF/One Walk with “Charlie’s Clan” written in the memo line.

 

Last year for his 1 year “anniversary” of being diagnosed with diabetes he wanted to walk in the JDRF walk. It happens around the same time that he was diagnosed, so he wanted us to not be sad each year when the date rolls around, and to do something good.

– Charlie’s Mother

 

So far this amazing young Warrior has raised $3,985 dollars for the fight against type one diabetes. You can see Charlie’s JDRF One Walk team page by clicking here. Let’s join together this month in helping a fellow Warrior fight against type one diabetes.

Congratulations to the September Students of the Month

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We selected one student from each location to be our Warrior Martial Arts Academy Student of the Month. They were chosen for their outstanding martial arts skills and exhibiting the attitude of a champion on and off the mat. Read about these three Warriors below.

Frisco WMA Student of the Month: Dakota House

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Congratulations Dakota House for reaching “Warrior Status ” as WMA Student of the Month!! He is 6 years old and attends Kindergarten at Fisher Elementary. Dakota has one of the BEST attitudes in the Warrior’s 1 class, always positive and energetic!! He is also a new member of WMA Leadership Program. Dakota’s eager personality and ability to always be up for a challenge is what makes him a true Martial Artist in the making!

Plano Student of the Month: Charlie Crawford

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There are a lot of words to describe Charlie Crawford. Strong, humble and an extraordinary young man. Charlie also known as “Charlie Boy” is the definition of hard work. Charlie is committed to being a successful Martial Artist and student. He currently holds the rank of brown advance belt and is well on his way to becoming a Black Belt in the next couple of years. Charlie Crawford is a model of what a future leader should be. He inspires everyone around him. We as instructors are lucky to have him as a student.

Little Elm WMA Student of the Month: Angelgabriel Leos

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A boy of 10 years, who is the quietest one in class, very focused, and consistently puts forth solid effort with attention to detail, would be our Angelgabriel Leos. He recently ascended to the Warriors 2 class and often times becomes the example for others to follow as he gets it right the first time. By day this mild mannered student attends Preswick STEM Academy and at night he becomes a Little Elm Warrior on the journey to his black belt goals. He is the only child of Willie and Beatrice Leos who bring him early to class most every day for him to get extra time into his practice. With his positive attitude and devotion to training Angelgabriel will become a future Warrior Black Belt and be able to accomplish anything he puts his mind to.

Have a Blast at the Back to School Bash

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Make your child’s return to classes and books fun at the Warrior Martial Arts Academy Back to School Bash. This free family-friendly activity will be on Saturday, September 6th from 10am – 1pm at each of our two locations in Frisco  and Little Elm . There will be so many different activities that every kid is sure to find something to enjoy.

Attendees can have a blast playing in the bounce house or snacking on snow cones and popcorn. Kids will also have a chance to meet one of the turtles they may have seen in a recent action movie. Warrior Martial Arts Academy will also be offering free trial classes and an anti-bullying seminar, giving kids a chance to learn valuable skills while having some high-energy martial arts fun.

A parent must accompany children attending the Back to School Bash. All current students attending this event are encouraged to wear their Warrior Martial Arts t-shirt. If you’re interested in registering your child for martial arts classes, Warrior Martial Arts Academy currently has an introductory offer for six weeks of class and a free uniform for $69. To learn more about the Back to School Bash or find out more about Warrior, contact us today.

See the address for each location hosting a Back to School Bash below:

FRISCO – 8822 Teel Parkway Suite 400, Frisco, TX 75034

LITTLE ELM – 2833 Eldorado Parkway Suite 303, Frisco, TX 75034

 

Congratulations to the August Students of the Month

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We selected one student from each location to be our Warrior Martial Arts Academy Student of the Month. They were chosen for their outstanding martial arts skills and exhibiting the attitude of a champion on and off the mat. Read about these three Warriors below.

Warrior Martial Arts in Frisco: Kayli Woodward

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Congratulations, Kalyi Woodward for being the Warrior Martial Arts Student of the Month in Frisco! Kayli will be a 6th grader at Pioneer Middle School. Kayli is an excellent student in the gym as well as in the classroom. She is a member of the Warrior Martial Arts competition team. Kayli has also won several medals at nationally ranked BJJ tournaments. Kayli is also involved in our Certified Instructor Training Program, which teaches our students how to become instructors. She is an amazing helper and is considered a leader among her peers and siblings. Not only has “K-wood” challenged herself as a Martial Artist, she recently ran a 5K Marathon!

There is nothing this Lady Warrior can’t do!

 

Warrior Martial Arts in Little Elm: Dalton Monroe

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Little Elm’s Student of the Month is Dalton Monroe. Dalton, a Warrior Martial Arts Green Belt, is 11 years of age and attends Navo Middle School.  He started martial arts because he was bullied in school. The martial arts have allowed him to understand himself and others in ways that help him avoid negative situations in the first place, making the bullying stop. Today he carries himself well with a high self-esteem. His instructors credit him as being a human sponge, adapting every lesson well. He strives to be an example to other students as well as assist them with his knowledge. His future desires include to become a competitor and eventually a teacher of Martial Arts. Dalton Monroe brings credit upon himself and the Warrior Martial Art Academy.

 

Warrior Martial Arts in Plano: Hannah Davis

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Black Belt Hannah Davis is the true meaning of Martial Artist. Hannah gives 100 percent on and off the mat. With awesome kickboxing skills and a highly developed ground game, she is one to look out for in the future. Hannah earned her Black Belt in August of this year. Her passion shows every time she steps on the mat. This year, Hannah has competed in numerous grappling tournaments and always finds herself on the podium. Through hard work and dedication, Hannah is sure to be a future leader of our community. We at Warrior Martial Arts would like to tip our hats to this young warrior. Congratulations Ms. Davis!!!

Warrior Martial Arts Academy Beats 52 Teams in Oklahoma Tournament

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The Warrior Martial Arts Academy competition team was confirmed this month as first-place winners of the North American Grappling Association Tournament in the Kids and Teens division. Warrior students traveled to Norman, Oklahoma to take on 52 other martial arts teams from across Texas and Oklahoma. Members of the Warrior team placed in the top three rankings for 45 separate events.

Parents of Warrior competition team members stated they were pleased with the win, and with how martial arts have helped their children. Corey Chandler, parent of the youngest member on the team, said his son’s “progression over the past seven months has been nothing but amazing, working his way to gold medals” at the tournament.

Another Warrior parent commented on her daughter’s experience. “Hannah has absolutely loved being a part of the competition team at Warrior Martial Arts,” said Stephanie Davis. “It has built her confidence and given her a platform to put her skills to use.”

The North American Grappling Association, also known as NAGA, hosts multiple regional and national tournaments in North America and Europe. With over 175,000 members, it is the largest submission grappling organization in the world.

Congratulations to the July Students of the Month

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We selected one student from each location to be our Warrior Martial Arts Academy Student of the Month. They were chosen for their outstanding martial arts skills and exhibiting the attitude of a champion on and off the mat. Read about these three Warriors below.

Warrior Martial Arts in Little Elm

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Caleb Sexton has been awarded Student of the Month because he has demonstrated a wonderful positive attitude in everything he does. His smile inspires others to have fun and enjoy each lesson at Warrior Martial Arts. His martial arts technique has improved tremendously since he earned his yellow belt. Caleb is a leader and an example to all his fellow teammates at Warrior Martial Arts.

Mr.Hayhurst

Warrior Martial Arts in Plano

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Maanvi Bhatnagar is one of our toughest upcoming Warriors at Warrior Martial Arts. With lighting fast foot work and a long hard jab she is on her way to becoming a Black Belt leader. She is one of the toughest girls in Plano that I have had the pleasure of sharing the mat with. With her dedication and hard work on and off the mat, Maanvi has a bright future as a strong martial artist.

Mr. Gill

Warrior Martial Arts in Frisco

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Congratulations to Hudson Chandler for being our Student of the Month in Frisco. Hudson is on our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition team. Hudson Chandler is going into first grade at Pink Elementary. He is one of our youngest BJJ competitors and by far one of the toughest. Hudson most recently won a first place in the Gi and No Gi division at NAGA in Norman, Oklahoma. Although Hudson is talented, it is his hard work and dedication that make him a true Warrior.

Mrs. Gill