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Congratulations to Our New Ranks!

Shihan Kevin held a belt test for beginner ranks on March 12, inviting Shefali, Anthony, and Rithwik to show us that they were ready to progress in their martial arts journey. Each student did very well, and were promoted to their next rank: Shefali is now an Orange Belt, while Anthony and Rithwik were promoted to Yellow Belt. Congratulations to all — we can’t wait to see what you do next!

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Happy Holidays from Pence Self Defense Academy!

Happy Holidays! Pence Self Defense Academy will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day, December 24-26. We will be open for Open Mat (come in and practice!) on Wednesday, December 23.

We will be open for classes the following week on Monday and Tuesday, December 28 and 29, Open Mat on Wednesday, December 30, and closed for New Year’s on December 31 and January 1. We will resume our regular schedule on Saturday, January 2.

Be sure to stop by the dojo to check out our new schedule, which adds Open Mat time during the week. Open Mat is a chance for you to come in and practice your material at your own pace. Instructors will be available to answer questions, but this is not a formal class time. If you’re interested in private instruction, see Sensei Kevin to make arrangements.

Thanks for your support in 2015, and we look forward to a happy and prosperous New Year with you, our dojo family.

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Sensei Diane
Sensei Ruth

PSDA Branded Apparel Now Available!

Pence Self-Defense Academy is now offering a range of apparel featuring an embroidered PSDA logo. Choose from a soft shell water-resistant jacket, pullover sweatshirt, pullover hoodie, zip-front hoodie, or golf/polo shirt — or even one of each! We can even personalize your items for a small extra fee. These items are perfect for holiday gift-giving, or just to ring in the new year. Show your pride in being a member of Pence Self-Defense Academy with this special apparel!

See Academy staff for order forms, pricing, and sizes. Orders desired for Christmas are due by December 4th.

As a reminder, Pence Self Defense Academy will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday November 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Saturday, November 28, and look forward to seeing everyone there.

Team Pence Represents at the Fall 2015 WMAF Tournament

Pence Self-Defense Academy was well-represented at the World Martial Arts Federation Fall Tournament this past weekend. Each of our competitors left it all on the mat as they competed against students from schools all over New England. They should be very proud of themselves.

Christopher P. 6-7 Beginner Forms
Rushil L. & Allison P. 10-11 Advanced Forms
Niyti P. 12-14 Black Belt Forms and 12-14 Black Belt Weapons Forms
Joe A. 15-17 Intermediate Forms
Sensei Diane & Sensei Ruth 18+ Black Belt Forms

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Christopher did what he set out to do — take first place in his very first tournament! Congratulations, Christopher!
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Adult Beginner Classes Forming Now!

Adult Beginner Classes will be held on Mondays, from 6:30-7:30 pm, starting August 3rd, 2015. These classes are intended to be taken in conjunction with the regular adult classes (Tuesday & Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm and Saturdays 10-11am). This class provides the opportunity for our newest students to develop their basic skills in a beginner-oriented environment.

Free intro lessons are available on Wednesdays between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. A sign-up form is available here; please indicate your preferred date and time, along with any questions, in the comment box. A member of our staff will be in touch to confirm.

We look forward to meeting you!

Independence Day

Pence Self-Defense Academy will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on Monday, July 6.

Have a safe, fun, and happy Fourth of July!

memorial day weekend

Pence Self-Defense Academy will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 26. Have a fun and safe weekend!

Congratulations to our new junior Black belts!

Sensei Kevin held a black belt test on Sunday, May 17. Congratulations to our new junior black belts: Akash, Tina, Rayna, and Niyti. All four have worked long and hard to earn their new rank, and are a great example of the kind of martial artist all our students should aspire to be.

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Special note to all students

If you have sparring gear, please be sure to bring it with you to class on Thursday, February 26. We will be conducting inventory to make sure no one is missing anything.

Punch n Brunch Self defense seminar!

We’ll bring the coffee, you bring the will to win! Join experienced martial artists for two hours of reality-based training and walk through the world with a new sense of confidence.

Enrollment fee is $35 — bring one or more friends, and you each pay only $25!

Sunday, April 12, from 11am to 1pm. Dress in comfortable workout clothes, bring a water bottle and be prepared for a great time.