Mountainside Martial Arts Center - Ahwatukee

Ahwatukee Foothills Village
Phoenix, AZ
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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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Alumni of the Week “Paul Nico Luna”

Alumni of the Week - Paul Nico Luna

Paul Nico Luna Paul Nicolas “Nico” Luna is an investment banking analyst in the California K-14 Education Group at RBC Capital Markets in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Nico started practicing karate at the age of 6. He continued with karate throughout his high school years at Brophy College Preparatory and,…

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Alumni of the Week “Marco De Leon”

Marco De Leon

Marco De Leon Marco began practicing karate at Mountainside Martial Arts in 2002 and received his Black Belt in 2007 at the age of thirteen. This achievement played a significant role in instilling a strong sense of confidence that he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to. Karate taught him the importance of respect…

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Alumni Of the Week “Alec Chavez”

Alec Chavez

Alec Chavez Alec began training at Mountainside in 2000. He earned his first-degree black belt in 2009 along with his six teammates. Karate taught him not only toughness and grit but the importance of never giving up. A common saying in the dojo was “die going forward” and he tries to live by that every…

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Alumni Of the Week “Alexandra Siegal”

Alexandra Siegal

Alexandra Siegal Children can be our guides in so many ways and I am particularly grateful for the fact that my oldest son, a child at the time, guided me into the study martial arts. One evening, in 1984, while watching him in his class, it occurred to me that rather than just sit and…

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Alumni Of the Week “Vinny Parthasarathy”

Vinny Parthasarathy - Alumni of the Week

Vinny Parthasarathy Vinny first began his training at Mountainside Martial Arts in 2005. He achieved his black belt in the November of 2014 after nine years of intense training. In his thirteen years at Mountainside Martial Arts, Vinny learned focus and discipline and has devoted the dojo’s five precepts to his everyday life. In the…

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