Quote of the Week
“If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll make it impossible.”
– Bruce Lee
Let’s Welcome the Newest Students to Join the Community!
We have a couple new White belts who decided to train in the Martial Arts in at our Dojo! We all remember how intimidating the first few classes can be, so be sure to give them a big ‘high five’ and introduce yourself at your next class!
SMA’s Newest Students
We look forward to working with you both on the mat!
“I am learning patience and learning how to set milestones towards the bigger goals physically and mentally.” – Sahab A.
Spotlight on A Kickboxing Student – Nikki C.
We may have grown to know each other on the mat, but how well do you really know the members of our awesome community? We took the opportunity to sit down with one of our Thai Kickboxing students – Nikki C. – in order to gain some insight into her life both on and off the mat.
SMA: Are you originally from Fairfield CT? If not, where did you grow up?
N.C.: I was born in England and grew up in Westport, CT.
SMA: How long have you been training at SMA?N.C.: A little over 3 years
SMA: What is your current rank?
SMA: What does the term ‘Martial Arts’ mean to you?N.C.: Martial arts means commitment.
SMA: What does your life consist of off the mat?N.C.: I’m currently a full-time student. I’m having an early midlife crisis – I quit my job last year and enrolled in an accelerated second bachelor’s degree program for nursing. I graduate at the end of this summer!
SMA: How has your martial arts training at our Fairfield Dojo served you off the mat?N.C.: It’s changed my life in so many ways that it’s hard to choose one thing. I’d say the main thing is that it’s given me the courage to try other new things and has freed me from my fear of failure.
SMA: What is your definition of a Black Belt Attitude?
N.C.: To me, it means leading by example. It means doing the right thing even when no one’s watching or when it’s not the easy thing to do.
SMA: What is your favorite food?
N.C.: Sakura hibachi
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?N.C.: My dogs, my niece and nephew, and my iphone.
SMA: What’s your ‘go to’ move?
N.C.: Pivot elbow
SMA: What do you see yourself doing in five years?
N.C.: Hopefully I’ll be a pediatric or emergency room nurse with my black belt!
SMA: What song would you have as your theme song?
N.C.: I don’t know – something happy. Something from Dave Matthews
SMA: Do you have any secret talents:
N.C.: Absolutely none (we at SMA would argue that this is not true)
SMA: Who do you admire the most, and why?
N.C.: I admire my mother the most. She was kind to everyone and she was always laughing – she lived life to the fullest.
SMA: If you had a time machine, where is the first place you would travel?
N.C.: I would love to go to Kenya where my mom grew up and hang out with her in high school
SMA: Where is the coolest place you’ve traveled to, and why was it so cool?
N.C.: I loved Venice – the canals are beautiful and there is so much history. Plus there are no cars which is incredibly different.
SMA: What is your favorite movie?
N.C.: I’m a sucker for old John Hughes movies, particularly The Breakfast Club.
BONUS RANDOM INFO: Dan and I went to high school together!
Thanks Nikki, for sharing your answers with us! Stay tuned — YOU may be our next Spotlight Student!
Dads – Trade In Your Tie for a Belt in June! – Train for FREE
Time is running out! Be sure to see a staff member today in order to take advantage of this training opportunity!
Be Kind to Your Training Partners!
The weather is heating up outside … and so are the inside of your gloves! If you’re noticing a foul odor seeping out of your gloves, chances are your martial arts training partners are noticing it too…
REMINDER: Our Summer Break is Coming Up!
Stryker Martial Arts will be CLOSED Saturday June 29th through Sunday July 7th – reopening on Monday July 8th.
Please be sure to mark your calendars, and get your stripes in!
June Black Belt Test
Our June Black Belt test will be held on
Sunday June 23rd
Current Black Belt students are to report to the school at 12pm. B0-Black Students who are testing for their first degree Black Belt must report to the school by 1pm sharp.
Good luck to everyone testing!
We LOVE Student Referrals! Who Do YOU Want to See Training Beside You on the Mat?
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?
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