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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.


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.