Mountainside Martial Arts Center - Ahwatukee

Ahwatukee Foothills Village
Phoenix, AZ
(480) 759-4540

Alumni of the Week “Tyler Miyasaki”

Tyler Miyasaki

Tyler Miyasaki Tyler began training at MMAC in 1999 and went on to complete his first degree in 2007 and his second degree in 2011. Since then he has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from ASU and is currently working on a Master’s in Food Science at the University of California Davis. Practicing…

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Alumni of the Week “Erik Braunstein”

Erik Braunstein

Erik Braunstein Erik began training at Mountainside Martial Arts Center in 2004. In 2010, he earned his 1st degree black belt and in 2014 he achieved the rank of 2nd degree black belt. Through Mountainside, he learned many important skills such as discipline, perseverance, focus, teamwork, leadership, and the importance of physical wellness. Erik has…

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Alumni of the Week “Jason Berbaum”

Jason Berbaum

Jason Berbaum Jason began his training under Sensei Rick Savagian in 1985 and earned his black belt in 1991. He has fond memories of his time there and remembers it being like a family to him. Currently, Jason works for a medical device company. He oversees the state of Hawaii for Arthrex/SportsTek Medical, which specializes…

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Alumni of the Week “Kira Nunemaker”

Kira Hart Nunemaker

Kira Hart Nunemaker In 1985 you could find all of the Hart family at the dojo, day in and day out. I was only a year old when my brother started training. By age 5 it was my turn to start my journey in martial arts;. I trained hard, competed hard, and grew up with…

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Alumni of the Week “Samual Peterson”

Samual Peterson

Samual Peterson I was born and raised in Ahwatukee and started karate at Mountainside Martial Arts at the age of 5 years. I graduated from Desert Vista and then attended both Northern Arizona and Arizona Stat for Criminal justice. I currently am employed with Foothills Pool Service and work for Sensei Damien Ludwig who also…

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Alumni of the Week “Samantha Arce”

Samantha Arce

Samantha Arce Samantha Arce started karate at Mountainside Martial Arts Center in early 1998. Studying karate and being guided by strong personalities turned this once shy child into a confident, capable adult. Who knew that testing for her black belt in 2003 would lead to another of the great passions in her life: teaching! Samantha…

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Alumni of the Week “Abhinav Goyal”

Abhinav Goyal

Abhinav Goyal Abhinav Goyal was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He earned his first degree black belt in 2007, and 4 years later received his second degree black belt. In 2008, Abhinav was awarded the Dojo Spirit Award that he was honored to share with Sensei Tyler Miyasaki. Throughout his time at the dojo…

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Alumni of the Week “Anshu Goyal”

Anshu Goyal

Anshu Goyal Anshu Goyal is a PhD student at the University of Southern California in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a Minor in Computer Science from the University of Arizona. He received his black belt in the Fall of 2011. Through karate, Anshu…

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Alumni of the Week “James Alexander”

James “Jamie” Alexander

James “Jamie” Alexander Jamie began his Wado Ryu Karate training under Sensei Rick Savagian in 1986. For Jamie, Karate was more than just a sport, it was a way of life. Facing adversity at a young age, and needing a foundation to build from, Jamie embraced the principles of Wado Ryu as a way of…

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Alumni of the Week “Layton Malmstrom”

Alumni of the Week - Layton Malmstrom

Layton Malmstrom Layton Malmstrom began his Karate career in 2006 and earned the rank of Shodan Black Belt in 2012 before ending his training in 2015. He has always maintained the humble yet fierce attitude that comes with martial arts training to tackle the tribulations of life. Layton is currently studying Business Management at W.P…

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