Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness Promotes Students to Black Belt

Back row, left to right, Mr. Sean Arning, Senior Chief Instructor Kelly Perkins, Senior Chief Instructor Shelby Perkins. Front row, left to right, Ms. Zena Alyasiry, Mr. Lincoln Loiselle, Mr. Jonah Ostella, Mr. Sean Thompson and Mr. Chris Brugger.

Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness promoted six students to Black Belt on June 27th following a two day testing. The annual promotion takes prospective Black Belts through a rigorous examination that includes a challenging physical workout, tests students teaching and leadership abilities and sparring. This is typically done in one day. Students return the next day to perform their American Kenpo self-defenses, forms and sets for examiners. This portion of the grading is closed to the public.

The candidates also put together a “mini-demonstration” of their favorite techniques, including board and brick breaking, to perform for their family and friends for the Saturday evening Extravaganza where the students receive their Black Belt.

Promoted to First Degree Black Belt was Mr. Sean Arning. Promoted to Junior Black Belt were Ms. Zena Alyasiry, Mr. Christopher Brugger, Mr. Lincoln Loiselle, Mr. Jonah Ostella and Mr. Sean Thompson. Students train under the instruction of Senior Chief Instructors Kelly and Shelby Perkins. The Perkins own Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness and have been teaching American Kenpo since 1998. American Kenpo is known for its practical and effective self-defense. Guardian is the only Ed Parker American Kenpo studio in southeast Michigan. Pilates Reformer, Arnis and CPL classes are also taught at Guardian.

The studio is located at 30942 Ford Road in Garden City and may be reached at 734-266-0565 and