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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.


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

The History and Significance of Black Belt Testing in Martial Arts

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In martial arts, the black belt is a system that describes your graduation in the discipline of martial arts where your proficiency is marked by the color of the belt. Belts are used to indicate when a student has been promoted to the next level and are an adaptation of the Kyu / Dan rank system of Kodokan Judo. Kano Jigoro, the founder of judo, first devised the colored belt system and awarded the first black belts to denote a Dan rank in the 1880s.

The systematic use of belt color to denote the rank of the step-up Karate level system signals your progress in the study of the martial arts. The color of a belt indicates your rank and in theory, your ability. Each step forward represents a further accumulation of skills and knowledge. Belt colors generally get darker through each level towards black belt. This seems a likely reason for the black belt to symbolize the most advanced level.

The black belt is commonly the highest belt color and denotes a degree of competence. Testing for the black belt is commonly more rigorous than for beginner proficiency. Rank and belts are not equivalent between martial arts, styles, or even within some organizations. Martial arts vary so that a black belt can be earned in three years or in ten years. The black belt is not the end of training but rather as a beginning to advanced learning: you “learn how to walk” and may thus begin the “journey”.

To advance to a new martial arts level, you take a formal test. These tests for higher ranks can include practical, oral and written requirements. These vary depending on the martial arts level being tested. The contents of tests vary among styles but each school has set criteria.

Preparation for the Karate grading exam comprises many areas, including:

  1. Physical /technical preparation: aerobic, anaerobic and explosive training
  2. Mental/Spiritual preparation: Martial arts are not an activity, but something you become. The focus is on enjoying the journey, not just the end result.
  3. Knowledge and Understanding: understanding the expectations of your body and skill sets helps prepare you for your black belt test.
  4. The Test: Get there early to warm up and stretch to prevent injury. Perform your techniques with full power and focus on total concentration.

In contrast to the “black belt as master” stereotype, a black belt commonly indicates the wearer is competent in a style’s basic technique and principles. Warrior Martial Arts Academy offers periodic belt testing and ongoing instruction in martial arts so that you progress at your unique pace to develop your skills. For enrollment and instruction, please visit our closest location or contact us at 972-473-8721 or via
Email at Info@WarriorMartialArtsAcademy.com.

Congratulations to our Warrior Martial Arts Student of the Month

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Christina Mendoza is Warrior Martial Arts student of the month for June. Christina is a student at our Frisco location. Mrs. Mendoza is a Sophomore at Wakeland High School. She is an amazing student, leader and athlete. She is a member of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Team and the Warrior Martial Arts Demo Team. Most recently Christina performed at the Texas Revolution game and competed at NAGA in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition in Norman, Oklahoma. Christina is also testing for her Black Belt on June 27, 2014. Next time you see this BUSY young lady at Warrior Martial Arts, please make sure you congratulate her! Way to go Christina on all of your accomplishments. You are a true Martial Artist!

Limited Time Offer: Three Months of Class for $89

Your child can spend the summer months having fun, staying active and learning essential life skills at Warrior Martial Arts Academy. Parents who register before August 20th will receive three months of class and a free uniform for only $89. This deal lets you save money on giving your kids access to our elite instructors, cutting-edge training facilities and world-class special events.

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[testimonial name=”Allison Chafin Bussert” gender=”female” company=”Parent” link=”” target=””]”Our son, Leighton, has been attending for just a few months. We have seen an enormous increase in his self-esteem and self-discipline. He has found something he has a natural gift in, and he loves it. He almost feels sad on the days he doesn’t have class. With the help of his instructors and Mrs. Cohen, he is going to continue to grow by leaps and bounds!!! I whole-heartedly recommend Warrior Martial Arts. I can’t wait to see where we go from here!!!”[/testimonial]

New students can make new friends while learning Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts. The high-energy classes at Warrior Martial Arts Academy help kids stay physically fit and healthy. Our instructors offer each child individualized training to help them succeed.

Warrior Martial Arts Academy is dedicated to training champions both on and off the mat. Our classes help young people learn skills that help them in everyday life. Students discover practical strategies for dealing with the serious issue of bullying, are rewarded for responsible behavior at home or school and benefit from a healthy outlet for stress. Coaches of youth athletic teams give Warrior Martial Arts Academy credit for improving their player’s performance. Our curriculum also helps children learn the values of leadership, confidence, discipline and respect.

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[testimonial name=”Lina Zaghloul Bichara” gender=”female” company=”Parent” link=”” target=””]”Great instructors, great management, rich curriculum and friendly environment. There’s no better place for our kid to grow with good martial arts skills and the discipline and positive attitude to go along with them. Our experience with them has been exceptional. We strongly recommend Warrior Martial to anybody who asks.”[/testimonial]

Kids can also participate in a wide variety of great events. Warrior Martial Arts Academy gives our students the chance to have fun at our summer camps, train with experts such as EFC Champion Jason House in special seminars and compete in exciting tournaments. We offer a wide variety of events to make sure there’s something to participate in for everyone.

Parents of students can train free in Warrior Martial Arts Academy’s adult classes. Whether you want to improve their strength, flexibility and energy levels through Fitness Kickboxing or receive instruction in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, our knowledgeable instructors can help every step of the way. All students can attend class at any of our three locations, so you can fit martial arts training into even the busiest schedule.

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[testimonial name=”Mrs. Rivers” gender=”female” company=”Parent” link=”” target=””]”Warrior Martial Arts has been great and i’m really impressed with the program.  I can see my son growing everyday, but since he’s been enrolled he really acts like a little gentleman.  He does well in school and listen to his teacher, he’s been helping me around the house, picking up his things, loading and unloading the washer and dryer.  Thank you for everything you’ve done. He’s really excited and shows off his moves all the time.  I can definitely see the change in Chandler Rivers!”[/testimonial]

There’s never been a better time to give your child all the benefits of martial arts training. To learn more about this special offer for three months of class for $89, contact Warrior Martial Arts Academy today. One of our knowledgeable instructors will be more than happy to respond to your questions.

Congratulations to our Warrior Martial Arts Students of the Month

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Alex Li is the Warrior Martial Arts Student of the Month. He is a student at our Plano location. Alex is an outstanding student and we are proud to call him a true warrior.

Since becoming a member of WMA in Plano, Alex’s performance has been nothing other than spectacular. From his heavy hands to his powerful kicks, Alex continues to impress his instructor, Mr. Gill every time he comes to class. Alex‘s ability does not stop with his kick and punch techniques. His ability to take his opponents to the ground using great BJJ techniques is equally impressive. The future is bright for this young WARRIOR. Through dedication and hard work, there is only one outcome for this warrior: BLACKBELT.   “Rumble young man rumble.”


Alex has been taking Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training course at Warrior Martial Art at Plano for 5 months. The instructors are great and always encourage Alex to challenge the new level and stay committed. With Martial Arts training, Alex is trying to understand the spirit of true Martial artist and he becomes much more respectful and honest. Even at home he acts like a real martial artist teaches his younger brother how to protect himself. Alex goes to Warrior Martial art with a great positive attitude and puts a lot of effort to improve his Martial Arts techniques. Currently Alex is an orange belt and he is working hard to move forward since he knew his belt is not given to him free it always needs hard work to EARN higher level belt. Martial Arts also gave Alex a great sense of confidence, discipline, and leadership. Advanced classes of Warrior Martial Arts is an outstanding opportunity and honor for kids who work hard, Alex is ready for that.

– Alex Li’s Parents

Warrior Competition Team’s NAGA Wins Featured in News Story

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The Warrior Martial Arts Academy Competition Team and the 33 medals they earned at NAGA are the focus of a new article on All About Martial Arts. It features quotes from Warrior students, parents and instructors on the hard work and dedication it took to win big at the tournament. Read this excerpt from “Martial Arts School Wins 33 Medals at Regional Tournament”:

Members of the Warrior Martial Arts Academy competition team had spent months preparing for the tournament. “Being on the competition team has taught me how to be more respectful and how to work hard in order to earn something.  I won four gold medals at my first two tournaments and my hard work paid off,” said Will Hawthorn, a sixth grade student who attends Stafford Middle School in Frisco.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu Seminar with Bruno “Tank” Mendes March 27th

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Warrior Martial Arts Academy is proud to continue our tradition of hosting world-class events. On March 27th, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Bruno “Tank” Mendes will teach a free seminar at our Frisco location. This is an opportunity for students to hone their skills by training with an elite instructor.

Bruno’s experience and credentials make this a can’t-miss opportunity for martial artists of all skill levels. As a 3rd Degree Black Belt, “Tank” is a coach and instructor for several notable BJJ athletes. He’s a three-time Rio de Janeiro state champion (2002/2003/2004), and placed first overall in athlete rankings for the Rio de Janeiro BJJ State Federation (2002/2003). Recently, Bruno became a BJJF Brazilian Nationals No Gi 2013 medalist.

The kids session will take place from 6:15 – 7:15 pm, while adults and teens will meet from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Attire for the seminar is full Gi. Students can RSVP on Facebook for this event, though this is not necessary for attendance. As this class is free and open to the public, students are more than welcome to invite any friends interested in martial arts or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Warrior Martial Arts Academy Co-Founder Profiled in News Story

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Warrior Martial Arts Academy co-founder Pamela Cohen was profiled in a recent article featured on Frisco-OnLine.com. This profile tells her story of a life dedicated to martial arts, from beginning lessons at age four to now running three schools. Check out this clip from “Lifetime of Work Pays Off for Entrepreneurial Collin County Woman”:

While watching her organization expand has been a source of pride for Pamela, seeing her students’ personal growth has been even more exciting. “We just held a Black Belt test,” said Pamela, “and it was great seeing how all the kids have improved since they started. By that I don’t just mean their martial arts skills. They’ve developed their leadership skills, and that’s great to see.”

You can read the full piece here.