Come to our 14th Annual Halloween Party
- Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 17:29
Come if you Dare! We are celebrating our 14th anniversary by having our 14th annual Halloween costume party. We will have games, prizes, snacks and drinks! It’s always a blast!
- Lil Dragons and Golden Eagles Ages 4-7 are from 4-5 pm.
- Super Samurai and Shoguns Ages 8-13 are from 5-6 pm.
Bring as many friends as you want!
We are Closed Halloween Night
- Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 17:22
We are closed Thursday October, 31st evening so our students and staff and celebrate Halloween with their friends and family.
9 New Jr. Blackbelts!
- Published on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 15:16
Defensive Edge Martial Arts Academy Welcomes 9 New Junior Black Belts and One New Second Degree Junior Black Belts
Wakefield, MA (October 5, 2013) After six plus years of intensive training and commitment, 8 local students recently earned their Junior Black Belts from Defensive Edge Martial Arts Academy. In addition, Brett Senders, of Reading, earned his 2nd degree Junior Blackbelt. “This is a great achievement for each student that demonstrates their hard work, commitment and perseverance. I am very proud of them,” said Alford. The recently promoted 1st Degree Jr. Blackbelts include: Wakefield residents Joseph DeBenedictis (14), Dante Bucci (11), Neil Smith (10), Brett Butler (10), and Jake Levine (10); Stevie Lafferty (10) and Cali Lafferty (8) of Peabody; and Kevin McMaster of Saugus.
To be awarded the Junior Black Belt and a 2nd degree Junior Black Belt, the students are challenged both physically and mentally for about 3 hours. After students undergo a difficult physical portion called “Hurricanes”, they are required to teach a variety of techniques to demonstrate their understanding, communication skills and confidence in their abilities. In addition, there is an intense sparring section of the test which requires the Junior Black Belt candidates to defend themselves from over 100 attacks from classmates in safely simulated yet realistic self-protection scenarios. In the final section of the test, the candidates spar with full force against the instructors who, in return challenge the student both physically and mentally without hurting them.
“This is a very demanding test, both mentally and physically but these kids have been training here for most of their lives.” Instructor Rick Alford stated. “These students walked away with a sense of pride, success, and confidence which is what our school is all about,” he explained.
About Defensive Edge Martial Arts Academy in Wakefield MA
Founded in 1999, Defensive Edge (www.defensive-edge.com) is a modern, multifaceted martial arts academy that incorporates four highly effective disciplines: Small Circle Jujitsu (Modern Self Protection), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Submission Wrestling), Muay Thai (Thai Kick Boxing) and MMA or Mixed Martial Arts). Perfect for all skill levels and age groups, its programs provide students with cutting edge techniques and tactics for real world self-protection, fitness, combat sports competition and personal growth. The school serves students in Wakefield, Reading, Melrose, Stoneham, Saugus, Lynnfield and surrounding communities.
Family Fun Day!
- Published on Saturday, 28 September 2013 21:20
At Defensive Edge, You’re Family!
September 28, 2013:
It was a great day full of Fun & games for friends and family of Defensive Edge! We had our pet Dragon to take some photos, face-painting, board breaking contests, Prize Wheel, hot dogs, drinks and more!
Defensive Edge MMA fighters Shine!
- Published on Saturday, 28 September 2013 21:15
September 21st, 2013 – Lewiston ME
Defensive Edge MMA Fighters Dan Connaughton and Nermin Zilic Fought hard and well at New England Fights in Lewiston, ME. Dan Connaughton remains undefeated in MMA with his 1st round KO! Nermin Zilic Fought a hard battle but lost a split decision despite out-striking his opponent.