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Could you protect yourself and/or your family in an attack from a violent aggressor?

Posted on October 15, 2013 by SMA Central Valley

As SMA Students know, one should use “common sense before self defense.” There is an entire arsenal of preventative measures that one can take to reduce one’s likelihood of being a victim. However, what if your preparation and anticipation doesn’t work? Could you protect yourself and/or your family in an attack from a violent aggressor? Unfortunately, for most people and even some martial artists, the answer is no. (please ask why!)

Why is this? Many individuals haven’t experienced the mental and emotional surge that comes with being in life threatening self defense situation. Those people that have been in a serious attack or simulated attack now know how their mind and body react and therefore, they may be more prepared.

What happens during an attack? For most people, the unconscious response of the body is “fight or flight.” The intense fear and uncertainty of the situation triggers the adrenal glands. As a result, heart rate increases, breathing gets shallower, eyesight becomes restricted and there is a decrease in blood flow to the decision processing part of the brain. (perfect when we were cavemen, not so useful today!)

How will the SMA Training Weekend help? 2 outcomes of this training program for participants are:
1. to strengthen practical self defense skills best suited for one’s body type and ability
2. to improve one’s ability to positively channel the fear and adrenaline produced in a self defense situation (Now for the fun part, ask how!)

How will I achieve those results? The combination of practical self defense instruction coupled with reality based self defense situations in which the participant can use full contact on the assailant who will be protected by law enforcement grade body armor. The situations the participant will be in will elicit uncertainty, fear and adrenal response. Participants will not be taught to eliminate fear but rather to positively channel it in order to defend themselves.

Come join us for the hard training, expansion of knowledge, life building experiences and fun!

SMA’s Personal Power Weekend November 8th and 9th 2013: The Ultimate Training Experience!

ATTENTION WOMEN: Our very own Instructor John DeBlasio will be hosting a free introductory discussion in Women’s Self Defense on Friday, October 18th at 7:30pm at the Curves Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser. Instructor DeBlasio will be touching on the same curriculum that he teaches as an adjunct professor in his accredited Women’s Self Defense Course at Orange County Community College. All participants will receive 2 free classes of Women’s Self Defense Training at Success Martial Arts. Come join us for this great cause!

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Bully Awareness/Prevention Board Break-A-Thon!!

Posted on February 14, 2013 by SMA Central Valley

SMA Central Valley and Chester teamed up this January in the battle against bullying! The Bully Prevention Board Break-A-Thon provided students in our community a chance to learn about bullying and how to take a stand against it. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the event! Whether you sponsored an instructor or student or participated yourself you have made a difference in the community.

We were able to raise over $1,700 against bullying! This means in total we broke over 320 boards! Now it is time to get out and make a difference. With recommendations from teachers in the local schools SMA will sponsor students who are either perpetrators or victims of bullying. Through Martial Arts training these students will learn a positive way to raise their self-esteem that will allow them to become confident young adults. Stay tuned to see the progress of the children selected to benefit from this endeavor.

Special thanks to Davin and Skylar Rosenblatt for raising over $500 for the cause. Davin’s Den Radio Show hosted a live broadcast during the event!

Watch our amazing instructors break some boards!!

Instructor Chris Terrace

Instructor Russ Ferdico

Senior Instructor Sorgenti

Instructor John DeBlasio

Master Joseph Preira

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Dashin’ For a Difference Success!

Posted on September 14, 2012 by SMA Central Valley

SMA Warriors look good even covered in mud

Thank you to all who participated and contributed to SMA’s community outreach initiative: Dashin’ for a Difference. Over $4k was raised in a combined effort for St Jude’s Kids and a local anti-bullying campaign.

Next up…”Board Break-A-Thon” in November!

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Dashin’ for a Difference: 4 steps to participate in the event and get sponsored

Posted on June 12, 2012 by SMA Central Valley

Dashin for a Difference – I’m going to conquer the dash
Click the above link above to learn how to register for the event. Your selflessness (and wild and craziness) is greatly appreciated.

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Dashin’ For A Difference – How to sponsor Master Preira and SMA participants

Posted on June 1, 2012 by SMA Central Valley

Dashin’ For A Difference

Help us make a difference in our local community! The more we raise, the more children we can help. Click the link for more details!

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Your Personal Power Weekend 2012 trailer

Posted on May 16, 2012 by SMA Central Valley

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What an incredible adventure it was! Click above to view the 60 second trailer. Next up, Your Ultimate Breakthrough Weekend November 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2012. Save the date and come join us for the fun, excitement and learning!

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SMA Students: Earn up to 8 weeks of FREE training!

Posted on May 15, 2012 by SMA Central Valley

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26 students walk in….26 black belts, 2nd degree black belts and instructors walk out

Posted on May 9, 2012 by SMA Central Valley

The Grand Finale to SMA’s Personal Power Weekend was Sunday, April 29th as SMA proudly graduated 26 students to black belt and further ranks. Shown in the picture, the following people graduated to 1st degree black belt: Tyler Demarco, Katrina Tong, Joshua Caplan, Shees Jafry, Amanda Tong, Peter Mastropolo, Annmaria Murphy, Alex Rutnarak, Kenny Kohn, Justin Tong, Saul Padilla, Kevin Gardener, Bryan Coto, Ben Dawson, Megan Ingber, Chris Jenne, Antonio Dos Santos, Mark Atlas, Seth Ingber, Liz Murphy, and Yvonne Jenne. Graduating to 2nd degree black belt were Brenden Ingber, Jake Sikorski, and Brieonna Cochran-Berges. Our newly promoted instructors from the Chester location are Chris Terrace and Elon Gordon. Also shown in the picture are Training Instructors Erin Geraghty, Tyler Diedoff, Jeremy Iannucci, Ashley Crover, and Matt Sodano; Instructors Adam Sorgenti, Amy Young, Alexa Valastro, and John DeBlasio; Senior Instructor Andrew Sorgenti; Master Instructor Sheree Goldstein; Chester school owner Instructor Russ Ferdico; Central Valley school owner Master Instructor Joseph Preira and his wife and son, Stephanie and Lucas Preira.

These students set new, higher standards for themselves physically, mentally and emotionally and we are so proud of them. They really embodied our principles of working hard, overcoming adversity, disciplining oneself and loving, appreciating and contributing at a higher level. We look forward to seeing just how much more fulfillment they achieve in life with this new momentum.

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Posted on April 11, 2012 by SMA Central Valley

ATTENTION ALL DADS: If you haven’t seen the movie “Courageous” come join us at Success Martial Arts for a viewing on the big screen and open forum discussion afterwards. Powerful, valuable & inspiring message. This is a must see.

If you’ve seen and loved it come join us to reaffirm your role as a father, husband.

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3 steps to a more responsible child

Posted on February 13, 2012 by SMA Central Valley

If you are in the same boat as many of today’s parents you find it challenging to establish a balance of nurturing & loving your child and instilling discipline and responsibility in your child.

Over the last 16 years of childcare and children’s instruction experience we have found a formula of 3 steps that works.  Not only can this 3 step process lovingly coach children to increase their responsibility but it will encourage your child to make increased responsibility into an ongoing habit.

Many parents have reported that these 3 steps eased tension between them and their child, improved their relationship and gave them more time.

Step 1: Set specific outcomes

What exactly would you like your child to do?  Whether it’s brushing teeth, putting away toys, listening the first time or cooperating with siblings we must be specific.  Simply saying “be more responsible” or be “be good” is much too broad.  Discuss the details of what you want with your child.  Be sure to explain to your child why this is important to you and how it will help him/her develop positive habits that will help them in their life.  Start simple with just 2 or 3 outcomes.

Step 2:Give Positive Reinforcement

Many times parents are reactive to the mistakes their children make rather than proactive.  Don’t wait for your child to do something wrong.  Make a conscious effort to let your child know when he/she is doing something well. Giving positive reinforcement is a great way to accomplish 3 goals: reward your child, remind them of your expectations and aid them to make this action a habit.

Step 3:Seek support from and outside source

Organizations like boy/girlscouts and martial arts are time tested, proven sources of positive character reinforcement.  Not only does an activity like this give your child another environment to practice responsibility but it can also be a great way to review and recognize a child’s progress at home or school.

The Success Martial Arts Choose the R.I.G.H.T. Program (Responsibility Integrity Generous Hard-Working Thankful) gives parents the tools to accomplish all three of these steps easily.  Parents are provided with a customizable daily responsibility chart.  At the conclusion of the month and with a parents approval it is handed in to an SMA Instructor and the student is rewarded with a patch/medal/trophy based on their progress.  For challenge areas, instructors will meet with the child and parent to help reinforce the parent’s expectations.  For a minimal time investment you will help your child become even more responsible (and make your life your easier too!) just as hundreds of SMA Choose the R.I.G.H.T. Program users have.

Currently, SMA is offering the materials and support for this program free of charge. Contact SMA Central Valley at 845 781-7822 or Chester at 845 469-1716 or

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