Quote of the Week

“Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.”

– Arnold Bennett

 


Moms Train for FREE for the Month of May!

If you have a child in our program, then see a staff member in order to take advantage of this special!

*Does not apply to current students in our kickboxing program.

*Does not apply to current students in our kickboxing program.

Moms – you do a lot for other people.  Be sure to take the time to make an investment in yourself – Come see what kickboxing can do for you!
See a staff member to get started.

“Since I started with Stryker Martial Arts, my physical strength has improved dramatically.  I have more energy, endurance, and feel healthier overall.  Apart from the physical growth, my self-confidence has increased as well.” – Darcy F.


Stryker Martial Arts Welcomes our Newest Students!

Black Belt is a White Belt who Never Quit!

We have some new white belts standing in the back of our classes, and they deserve a heart-felt ‘Welcome’ into our supportive community!  Be sure to introduce yourself at your next class – and remember … a Black Belt is a White Belt who never quit!

SMA’s Newest Students
Allie T.
Brian H.

We look forward to working with you on the mat!

** Do you know anyone who could benefit from training in the martial arts?  Invite them to join our community!

“The training my son has received thus far has definitely given him a great deal of confidence.  His body has changed physically which mentally makes him feel better about himself.  He feels stronger now and he always looks forward to coming to class and doing the best he can.  Of course, he enjoys doing the workout with all his friends he has met at Stryker Martial Arts!”  – Jayne Y.


They’re Strong… They’re Committed… They Are the NEWEST Members of our Black Belt Club!

We have 2 new students who have been accepted into our Black Belt Club!  They’ve already started contributing to this awesome program, and have exhibited the skill and determination to succeed.

BBCBe sure to give them both a ‘high five’ and congratulations the next time you see them in class!

SMA’s Newest Black Belt Club Members
Ian B.
Noah B.

Congratulations on making the commitment to further your training!  We’re looking forward to the next leg of your martial arts journey.

Our Black Belt Club program is invitation-only.  If you’re interested in finding out if you have what it takes to join the ranks of this elite group of martial artists, email us today!

“The class is more than a kickboxing program –  it is an art.  It brings your mind and body together as you gain strength, power, and agility.  A true rush!” – Jasmine R.


Spotlight on Our Kickboxing Student – Sahab A.

We may have grown to know each other on the mat, but how well do you really know the members of our awesome Fairfield, CT martial arts community?  We took the opportunity to sit down with one of our students – Sahab A. – in order to gain some insight into her life both on and off the mat.

SMA: Are you originally from Fairfield?  If not, where did you grow up?
S.A.: No, I grew up in Karachi.  The lifestyle there when I was growing up was very different from Fairfield.  Karachites would be on the streets even after midnight during the weeknights.  I moved to Fairfield CT when I was 18.  It’s been my home since, and I do not usually stay up past midnight anymore – even on weekends.

SMA: How long have you been training at SMA?
S.A.: Just a little over two months.  I wish I had joined Stryker many years ago when I first noticed the dojo.  Well, I am here now.

SMA: What is your current rank?
S.A.: Yellow Belt

SMA: What have you experienced as a benefit of training in our Black Belt Club?
S.A.: BBC focuses on the defense techniques for different possible real life situations.  I am a completely absent minded person and I think BBC would help me be more aware of my surroundings and teach me to be alert at some level.

SMA: What does the term Martial Arts mean to you?
S.A.:  Martial Arts is a complete lifestyle.  In time it would improve my focus.  I am going to challenge my mind and body to get used to discipline.  Hopefully, it will also have a positive impact on my family and work.

SMA: What does your life consist of off the mat?
S.A.: I am a software engineer at a small mobile healthcare company.  I love to paint on canvas, wall, furniture, you name it.  I watch a lot of TV.  Other than that, I am a mom of two.

SMA: How has your martial arts training served you off the mat?
S.A.: I am learning patience and learning how to set milestones towards the bigger goals physically and mentally.  Right around the time I joined Stryker, I was facing a lot of stress from a verbal bully and I just could not get out of my ‘being too nice’ to deal with that person properly.  I think my training helped me keep my cool and articulate my boundaries clearly.  The bully is still there, but is not my problem anymore.  Oh, not to mention that I noticed my work exit number off the Merrit for the first time, and I catch myself listening to less Indie music and more Techno now.

SMA: What is your definition of a Black Belt Attitude?
S.A.: Every time I make a mistake, I learn something.  I know I cannot give up, because I can only more forward if I keep going.

SMA: What is your favorite food?
S.A.: I am a foodie, but I love Vanilla ice cream.

SMA: You’re stranded all alone on a remote tropical island.  What are three things that you would miss the most from your current life?
S.A.: My phone, couch, and vanilla ice cream.

SMA: What do you see yourself doing in five years?
S.A.: I want to see my family happy and healthy.  I might be killing myself by pursuing post graduate studies and I hopefully would have my Black Belt by then.

SMA: What song would you have as your theme song?
S.A.: Life for Rent by Dido

SMA: Do you have any secret talents?
S.A.: I used to write poetry and romantic tragedies.  Then I had my daughter!  I cannot write anymore as my mind is always too busy with reality of after school activities and fixing dinners.

SMA: Who do you admire the most, and why?
S.A.: My son.  He changed my attitude towards life.  He is a very happy spirit.  When he wants to accomplish something he never loses his focus.  He gets hurt in the process but he never gets that as negative feedback and keeps trying until he gets what he wants.  As a mother, I don’t like his perseverance but I wish I was more like him.  And most importantly he is always there to cheer all of us and give us hugs at any time.  I wish I had that positive attitude to cheer up and comfort folks around me.

SMA: If you had a time machine, where is the first place you would travel?
S.A.: I would go back to about a decade ago and spend as much time as possible with my very loving dad.  He has Alzheimer’s now.  What I would not give up to have just one more conversation with him!  I would tell him about my kids and my academic accomplishments.  I know how happy and proud my dad would be if he could see and understand what I have in my life now!  I do not think I would travel anywhere else after that, I will keep going back to him.  It will be an infinite loop for me.

SMA: Where is the coolest place you’ve traveled to, and why was it so cool?
S.A.: I traveled to Northern Pakistan near Himalayas range ten years ago, where the unpaved circular road and mountain had an uphill on one side and a running river hundreds of feet down the other side.  The cool thing about the road was that except for a few corners, only one car could pass through at a time – but the road was used by two way traffic!  Sometimes our jeep had to reverse to find a spacious corner so the oncoming car could get through.  It was the most beautiful place I have ever been to, but I do not think I have the courage to go on a drive like that ever again!

THANK YOU Sahab, for taking the time to share your answers with us!  Stay tuned – YOU may be our next Spotlight Student!


We LOVE Student Referrals! Who Do YOU Want to See Training Beside You on the Mat at our Fairfield, CT Dojo?

 

Did you know that by sharing your martial arts experience with a friend or family member can actually benefit YOU? In fact, when you share your practice with someone you know, you not only have someone who can fully relate to your experience, but also someone who can help hold you accountable?

This quite often translates into BETTER RESULTS!

As a student, you’re also able to VIP a friend. Just pick up a card at your next class, or give us a call at (203) 319-9989.

So who are YOU inviting onto the mat?