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Kids Benefit From Martial Arts Training

When parents who have little knowledge of martial arts first consider enrolling their children in a dojo, or martial arts training facility, they have a lot of questions. This post and the ones to come will address some of those questions and help parents feel more comfortable about getting their kids started in the martial arts.

One of the goals parents often have for enrolling their kids in martial arts training is to help them develop self-discipline. Martial arts training is an excellent way to foster self-discipline. In fact, this is one of the central aspects of martial arts. This continual focus on self-discipline is seldom found in other activities for children. The emphasis placed on instant gratification today makes the learning of self-discipline harder for your children.

Increasing self-esteem is another central focus of parents who are considering enrolling their kids in martial arts training. This is also a consistent goal of martial arts training. Learning the forms, moves, and getting proficient in them promotes increased confidence in self and increased self-esteem.

Learning respect is a goal both of parents and the martial arts in general. Respect begins with the bow to the instructor at the start of every lesson. This respect is always required. Kids learn to respect those who are senior to them in any way.

Many parents today are also concerned about bullying. They want their children to be safe from bullies. Martial arts training will help your child learn self-defense moves, but more important, it teaches them to avoid confrontations. Resolving conflicts through non-violent means is emphasized. Also, as your child learns more about the martial arts, he or she becomes more confident. This confidence manifests itself in other places than the dojo. Feeling confident will keep your child from becoming the target of bullies. Most of the time, bullies seek out those who are less self-confident as their targets.

These are a few of the goals parents have for getting their kids into martial arts training. Why should you choose Warrior Martial Arts Academy for your child’s training?

Our system is high quality. We consistently place first, second, or third in every competition, even though we’re the smallest team in the top ten attending. We were recently recognized as the Best Martial Arts Classes in DFW.

Our instructors are trained in a variety of martial arts, allowing our students to be exposed to several styles of martial arts training. Altogether, we have over 100 years experience in the martial arts.

We also bring in quality outside instructors every two or three months to give a free seminar in their specialty area.

Also of great importance is the level of comfort parents can have regarding bringing their kids to our dojo. We strive to be family. To develop a safe place among friends and trusted mentors.

Warrior Martial Arts Academy strives to be the best place in the DFW area for you to bring your children for martial arts training. We understand your concerns and goals. We share them. Contact us today for more information or to enroll your child in martial arts training.

We’re in Frisco, Little Elm, and Plano. Go to our web site to get the phone numbers for each of these locations.

Warrior Martial Arts – Little Elm Student of the Month

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Little Elm’s Warrior Martial Arts February Student of the Month: Mikael Q

Mikael is a perfect example of what it means to be a black belt leader.  Mikael leads by example and puts forth 100% in his training. He says he loves to train martial arts and believes the training has improved his self-discipline.  His favorite part about training is the application portion of sparring.  When asked about his goals, he was very absolute wanting to accomplish two things in his life:

1) He wants to become a martial arts instructor and

2) He wants to be the doctor who finds a cure for cancer.

He is a great student to have apart of our Warrior Martial Arts family and we are so proud of him. Congratulations little man, you are well on your way to becoming a great person.

Nathan Wiggs
Instructor, Little Elm Warrior Martial Arts Academy

Warrior Martial Arts – Frisco Student of the Month


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Frisco’s Warrior Martial Arts February Student of the Month: Emma C

This amazing young lady is ‘A’ top student at school as well as consummate practitioner on the mat. Her amazing’ness even extends to a second language as she speaks both English and French. Emma enjoys helping as a student teacher-in-training with our Warriors 1 class. This gives her a feeling of giving back to the other students, one of which is her younger sister Hanna. Emma is by far one of the kindest and most respectful students at our academy. Although Emma has only been a student at WMA Frisco for 6 months, her technique is developing at a rapid pace. There is no doubt Emma will one day be an amazing black belt and become empowered to do what ever she wants in her life.

Meshel Bridges-Gill
Instructor, Frisco Warrior Marital Arts Academy

Warrior Martial Arts – Plano Student of the Month

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Plano’s Warrior Martial Arts February Student of the Month: Josh B

Josh recently received his orange belt, this young man is on his way to greatness.  Josh has many interests including such things as faithfully watching the Walking Dead, Sci-Fi movies and having a good old fashion Nerf shoot out with his best buddies. Josh is an amazing young man with tons of potential and a big heart.

On weekends Josh spends his time giving to others.  The others I speak of are his furry four legged friends.  He Volunteers at a cat shelter called Feral Friends.  Josh has committed and devoted his time to ensure himself a place in the heart of people he is around and the ones he takes care of.  Congrats Josh well deserved.

Brandon Gill
Instructor Plano Warrior Martial Arts Academy

Texas Fit Chicks partners with Warrior Martial Arts

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Warrior Martial Arts Academy and Texas Fit Chicks have collaborated to offer fitness boot camps exclusively for women. This is an empowering Program for Women. The program is designed to help participants maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and nutrition. Classes are held in a positive environment to help women achieve sustainable fitness goals. These programs will be hosted at all three  Warrior Martial Arts Academy locations in Frisco, Plano and Little Elm. This program has become so popular, that a well-sought after instructor has joined the team in order to keep up with the demand from the local community. Above is a photo of this popular Instructor Aimee Storm, before and after becoming an Instructor.

Each class is head by an experienced Texas Fit Chicks certified instructor. A boot camp is four weeks long, with classes held three times a week. New members can join at any time without waiting for a new camp cycle to begin.

Body composition is assessed before and after each session, as well as providing free nutritionist-created meal plans. Warrior Martial Arts Academy instructor Donnie Hayhurst is enthusiastic for this partnership, saying, “This is an exciting new component of our continued commitment to fitness. We currently help over 600 students live healthy lives through martial arts, and it’s great that we’re able to expand the benefits of exercise and proper nutrition to a new audience.”

The Dallas A-List voted Texas Fit Chicks as the best boot camp in north Texas. The Texas Fit Chicks boot camps have over 3,000 women currently enrolled. To learn more about the Texas Fit Chicks program, visit www.texasfitchicks.com. Boot camp class times and information can be found on Warrior Martial Arts Academy’s website at www.warriormartialartsacademy.com.

Warrior Martial Arts Students of the Month – January

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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



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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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



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.