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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.


Teens Are Now More Stressed Than Parents!? How Martial Arts Can Help

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Think about how stressful life gets as an adult. Worrying about work, paying bills and supporting a family can seem overwhelming. With that in mind, the American Psychological Association released a report parents of teens may find shocking. New research shows teenagers may be more stressed out than their parents. Even more worrisome, the study states high school students’ problems will continue into adulthood if they don’t “reverse their current trajectory of chronic illness, poor health and shorter lifespans.” Kids and teens need an outlet to blow off steam, and many have found that in martial arts.

Any age can make a change when it comes to healthily handling life’s difficulties. Martial arts help kids and adults develop positive, responsible strategies for dealing with stress. If these skills are taught at an early age, they can set a child up for success throughout their teenage and adult years.


Improved Outlook on Life –Martial arts emphasize confidence, physical fitness and teamwork. This foundation of skills help kids and teens grow into responsible, balanced adults. The positive results help children out with current challenges, resulting in improved grades and lower stress levels.

Accepting Their Body – Some advertisements for beauty, health and weight loss products contain an ugly message: Your body has to look a certain way, or it’s worthless. Kids may start believing this falsehood after hearing it over and over again. Martial arts counteract this. In a dojo, it’s not about what a body looks like. The focus is on what a body can do, regardless of size or shape. It sends a positive message to children that abilities matter more than appearance.

Self-Discipline – One of the most important ways martial arts help children is teaching them to concentrate on a task from start to finish. On the mat, persistence and practice trump instant gratification. Learning the values of patience, respect for others and discipline at a young age helps cut stress levels later in life.

Self-Esteem – Confidence isn’t a trait everyone is born with, but it can be built by achieving goals. In martial arts, kids are constantly focused on completing their goals. Their self-esteem is given boosts both big and small whenever they learn a new technique or earn their next belt rank.

Respect – It’s one of the foundations of martial arts. Children learn to positively interact with authority figures. That means they’re prepared for everything from taking lessons under a teacher or meetings with their future boss.

Physical Fitness – Kids and adults become stronger, more flexible and healthier through martial arts training. These skills even carry over to other sports they participate in. Exercising reduces stress, helping both their physical and mental health.

Listening Skills –Today’s world moves fast. When information can come instantly through text messages, Facebook and other sources, it can be difficult for kids to develop attention spans long enough to take in lessons during school. The kind of focus martial arts builds in kids not only can help them pay attention in class, but later in their lives as well.

Teamwork – Kids aren’t alone during their martial arts training. They learn with support both from instructors and students. This team-centered environment helps children learn to navigate working with others, an essential skill both in school and life.

Socialization Skills – People who share common interests tend to get to know each other. In a martial arts class, peers from diverse backgrounds have a common bond. That helps them learn to relate and work with others in friendly, positive ways.

Anti-Bullying and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – Over three million kids skip school due to bullying every month. Bullying at any age can be a huge source of stress. That’s why it’s absolutely essential kids learn non-aggressive, positive ways to deal with this important issue. Martial arts training can help students to respond in non-violent, calm and controlled ways when handling these difficult situations.


Life can be stressful. That fact isn’t changing anytime soon. Young children, teens and adults can still learn healthy ways to deal with stress through martial arts training. The earlier in life these skills are learned, the longer they’ll last.

The Rise of the House of Gracie

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How One Family Made Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Into an International Phenomenon

The Gracie family name wasn’t always synonymous with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Their success as martial artists is the result of disciplined training and hard work beginning almost 100 years ago.  This story begins in 1917, when Carlos Gracie began learning a style of Judo from Mitsuyo Maeda.

Starting Small

Carlos went on to pass his martial arts skills on to his brothers. However, one of his smaller siblings struggled with moves requiring him to directly oppose an opponent’s strength. That man was Helio Gracie. He would go on to adapt these techniques so that smaller martial artists could take down larger opponents. This was the birth of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

The Challenge

Carlos Gracie submitted the famous Gracie Challenge in the 1920s. In an effort to promote and develop Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he and his brothers dared martial artists of all styles and abilities to test their mettle in the ring. The only rules were the match could only end by submission or knockout.

Many martial artists accepted the Gracie challenge. Few won. The reputation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the Gracies began to spread.

From a Garage to Greatness

After the birth of a second generation of Gracies, some of the family migrated to America. There, Rorion and Royce Gracie began teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu out of their garage.

From these humble beginnings a martial arts empire arose. Rorion helped host the first UFC match in 1993, in which Royce would compete. This bout was meant as a test to find the most effective martial arts style in the world. Royce was chosen to represent the family and step into the ring, where he gained the title of champion.

The members of the Gracie family are some of the best martial artists to ever live. However, this isn’t the result of raw talent or innate ability. The Gracies simply worked and trained until they possessed the leadership to build a martial arts dynasty, the discipline to work tirelessly to unlock their potential, respect for their opponents and the confidence to believe all things were possible.

Completing the Journey to Black Belt

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Every martial arts student has thought about quitting his or her training. It’s natural for your child to feel frustrated when they’re learning a new skill. You may hear them talk about how it doesn’t seem like they’re improving, or that they’ve hit a wall. There’s one difference between students who go on to become black belts and those who don’t: the black belts never gave up during hard times.

The journey to black belt isn’t a steady climb towards mastery. There will be peaks and valleys on the path to your child’s goal. Weeks will go by where they quickly learn each new technique, as well as times when they’ll struggle finding the motivation to attend class.

This is normal. Learning to overcome obstacles is an essential skill taught by martial arts. You can be an important part of helping your child learn the value of discipline and perseverance. The next time your child talks about being stuck in a rut, try considering these three tips:


Put It In Perspective – Some students feel overwhelmed while preparing for a tournament or belt testing. When this happens, help them take a step back and consider their training in a new light. Instead of focusing how far they have to go, look at how far they’ve already come. Techniques that challenged them in the past are now performed easily. Remind them that if they keep training, what they struggle with now today seem simple in the future.


Look Outside the Mat – Sometimes when a student is having trouble staying motivated, it’s caused by something in their lives outside of martial arts. Are they worried out about an upcoming exam in school, or dealing with other issues? That sort of stress can creep into their other activities, including training. Taking a holistic view of their life can help you pinpoint what exactly is stressing out your child.


Communication is Key – Remember, you can always talk to our instructors whenever your child is feeling stuck. They have years of experience keeping kids pushing through the hard times. If you want tips for keeping your child motivated, all you have to do is ask their instructor.

Congrats to Our NAGA 2013 Winners!

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Congratulations to all of our WARRIORS who competed at NAGA on December 14th. Everyone’s months of training and hard work payed off. Several students placed in the tournament, and we’d like to take a moment to congratulate those who brought back medals. Here’s the results:


Jake Clark – Bronze in gi, Silver in no gi.
George Alejandro – Bronze in gi, Silver in no gi.
Gabe Wilde – Silver in gi and no gi.
Karson Mitchell – Bronze in gi, gold in no gi.



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