March 2023 Monthly Punch

KARATE STUDENT OF THE MONTH Meet Faith Wright Age: 17 Belt Rank: Blue Favorite part of Karate: I enjoy doing kata Favorite Movie: Coraline Favorite Food: Enchiladas Other Hobbies: I love being an Artist Most memorable moment: The first time I stepped into my art school Interesting fact: I have a bump under my tongue Upcoming…

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It’s All in the Eyes!

It’s all in the Eyes!

Martial arts instructors teach karatekas to always keep one’s eyes locked onto the opponent’s eyes. Why is maintaining eye contact important during sparring? The eyes are the window to the mind! As the karateka studies the opponent, he/she can learn to anticipate the opponent’s moves correctly by the facial “telegraphing” that most people unconsciously use.…

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Karate Klips: Self Defense—Common Sense!

There may come a time when you are confronted by someone with not so good motives. This person may be looking to rob, assault, or worse. Here are some common sense tips when having to defend yourself. If you are assaulted, do not panic. Scream, run, try to get away, and call the police. If…

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Alumni of the Week “Jordan Abrams”

Jordan Abrams

Jordan Abrams Jordan Abrams graduated from Mountain Pointe High School with the class of 2016. He started training at Mountainside Martial Arts under Sensei Rick at the age of 11 in 2009. Within the first year of his training, his mother, Maria, and his sister, Sara, enrolled in order to train as a family. After…

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Alumni of the Week “Damien Ludwig”

Damien Ludwig

Damien Ludwig In 1992 Damien started training at Mountainside Martial Arts under Sensei Rick. In 1997 Damien earned his first degree black belt. He graduated from Mountain Pointe High School in 1998 and is also a graduate of Arizona State University. While attending ASU Damien earned his second degree black belt. After graduating college he…

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Alumni of the Week “Elliott Travis”

Elliott Travis

Elliott Travis I am currently living in NYC working in the film industry as a Gaffer and Director of Photography. I shoot national commercials for clients along with music work for some of the top artists in the industry. Used to live in LA for a couple of years doing the same thing. I can…

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Alumni of the Week “Mike Daley”

Mike Daley

Mike Daley Mike started training at Mountainside Martial Arts in January 2000 after watching his daughters Kiera and Alexandra have so much fun at Karate Kamp. Alex went all the the way to brown belt before she decided to commit to swim team. Kiera and Mike went on to achieve their black belts together in…

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Alumni of the Week “Katelyn Miyasaki”

Katelyn Miyasaki

Katelyn Miyasaki Katelyn followed in the footsteps of her brother Tyler and began training at MMAC in 2002, earning her first degree black belt in 2009. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis this May with her BS in biomedical engineering, and will be teaching English in Japan for the next year through the…

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