DARIEN, Conn. – More than a dozen young students of the Kempo Academy of Martial Arts in Darien kicked and chopped their way to win about 40 individual trophies during a tournament this past weekend at the Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Center.
Under the direction of Sensei Michael Nahan, the 6- through 11-year-olds demonstrated their months’ worth of training at the tournament, which included traditional program belt competitions. The majority of the students in the Darien Kempo school are from the town, but the program also attracts kids from New Canaan and Stamford.
“The hard work of these kids is a real credit to the families and parents of Darien,” said Nahan, adding that he wanted to thank the parents for helping their children to succeed.
“The parents in Darien not only faithfully brought their children to every practice, but they always help to reinforce the ideas of our training in the martial arts, even outside the dojo, especially about the strength of the individual and how that can be used to better ourselves and help others,” said Nahan.
After the competition, the students gave a rousing demonstration of their skills set to music, which included a fun surprise at the end. See video above.