Dear Students and Families,

I hope that you are enjoying this holiday season!

We are ready for an outstanding 2012 where Stryker Martial Arts will be making a bigger impact, teaching more students, and bringing the benefits of martial arts training to more families!

As we close out this year, I just wanted to remind you that there are no classes tomorrow as we have testing. (Remember, as usual, there are no unsupervised kids during the adult test)

Starting Friday, we will begin our winter break and will be closed until the new year (January 2nd, 2012).

It has been an interesting and challenging 2011 both personally and professionally for me and for SMA. I feel that both the students and the school have met these challenges and exceeded any “normal” expectation.  I am extremely proud of all of us!

I am confident that SMA has stepped up the program and increased both the value and the benefits for its members. Our kids’ program is strong and while my teaching style seemed a bit abrupt at first, many parents have expressed positive outcomes both on the mat and off.  Ultimately, parents are noticing a difference in the behavior of their kids outside the karate school… not just the “fun” they are having on the mat. After all, this has always been the goal of professional martial arts instruction. 

I want to thank all the parents for the positive feedback that we have received.  It means a lot to us.  Yet we are starting to receive an even bigger compliment.  Many parents have begun referring their friends and family to the school. This is the biggest vote of confidence we can receive and I thank you for the trust you instill in us by having your friends and family try our program.  We will do the best we can to meet their needs.

I am very excited for our Thai Kickboxing program heading into the new year. I have made some slight modifications over the last few months and I truly believe that these simple improvements are going to have a dramatic effect on the students’ physical transformation. Not only that, but our renewed stand against violence towards women is what will propel this program beyond anything its seen before.  Stryker Martial Arts is determined to teach women how to fight back. 
Imagine a program where you can have the physical transformation you want PLUS the opportunity to be safer and more confident. Its the best of both worlds and no one is bringing this to you except Stryker Martial Arts. 

Our goals for 2012 is to bring more families into our school and training together. I am not quite sure how this will look but it is something that I am very interested in. The parents who participate in the Thai Kickboxing and even the parents who have participated in our family class have a much different perspective regarding their kids’ participation in our program as well as the program itself. Therefore, I would like to see more families on the mat together. 

Thank you to all the students and families for your support in 2011 and I look forward to an outstanding 2012!


Dan Stryker
Stryker Martial Arts Inc.