I never thought that I would get more satisfaction from teaching eager young martial artists than winning myself. I really never even thought I wanted to have control of or be involved with coaching or instructing a ‘team.’
It was just by chance that a series of events brought me to ‘Epic Martial Arts’ in Hicksville, New York which is owned by two unbelievably talented and generous people, Sensei’s Nicholas and Stacey Deluca.
We put together a group of about 25 eager students to form the ‘competition team.’ None had ever even tried nunchucks, nor did they ever compete at anything more challenging than a local long island tournament. Now about half of them compete in at least 5 world rated NASKA tournaments and about 5 have travelled to about 10, going as far as Florida, Chicago, Quebec and Texas.
these kids are truly determined and extremely talented. In only their second year of ‘serious’ competition they have dominated the NASKA under belt competition world and sent notice that when you see ‘Team Epic’ on a competitors back, you will see high level competition weapons and forms. You will see great attitudes, good sportsmanship and you might even see a little but of ‘me’ in their forms.
I am proud to share our teams results. They earned a bunch of firsts through fourth place finishes for the year. The results are actually better since many members of the team ‘moved up’ during the year, so their accomplishments only reflect points for a portion of the year. More importantly, they had fun and learned a lot about themselves.
All members started the year as ‘underbelts’ and have served notice that as ‘black belts’ they will raise the bar and change the level of competition.
So if you walk by a ring and see ‘Team Epic’ on the back of a competitor, stop and watch and even cheer on these hard working and determined young martial artists.
Here are our teams results for 2014:
This article was written by Sammy