Hapkido blend martial arts was introduced to Dana unexpectedly while trying to find a sport for her two sons. Her boys fall on the autism spectrum, with ADHD and Apraxia mixed in. This presented the challenge of finding a sport that would boost their peer interaction and physical training, while holding attention and positioning for success. They were welcomed by Sensei Rick Shaw and his wife at United Karate Centers, and Dana decided to join their community and start her martial arts journey in 2014, shortly after her kids.
At UKC, Dana was struck by Sensei Rick Shaw's teaching style - not only did he teach proper technique, physical awareness, and how to defend oneself; but he also taught respect, honesty, focus, serving others, control over oneself, and self worth. Dana saw the difference that these teaching methods had on her children, and was excited to be part of it.
Because of Dana's desire to help her own kids grow (and help regulate their behavior on the mat), she began assistant teaching the children's hapkido classes with Sensei Rick Shaw. As her own children became more mature, and her talent for teaching was recognized, Dana continued to assist with both kids and adult classes. By 2019, she had amassed over 100 volunteer hours on the mat!
Dana was awarded her black belt alongside Sensei Satori in 2018, and is currently training with the other instructors to obtain a second degree in Hapkido Blend. After UKC closed, she was excited to share her teaching experience by serving a new community, and continuing on the mission of teaching both martial arts and life skills. Dana and the other instructors at Rising Tide Martial Arts are excited to pass on this holistic method of training for ANYONE who wants to get hooked on Hapkido Blend.