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Master Daryl Laperle

6th Dan #337

Master Daryl Laperle began his martial arts career in June 1986 at the Danielson Martial Arts Academy. He received his Black Belt in April 1990. In February 1992 he was promoted to 2nd Dan and he earned his 3rd Dan in November 1994. In March 1998 at the age of 22, he became the youngest martial artist in Cheezic Tang Soo Do’s 40 year history to earn a 4th Dan Master Belt. In September 2002 at the age of 26, he once again made Federation history by becoming the youngest 5th Dan Master Belt in Cheezic Tang Soo Do. Mr. Laperle has been a member of the USA Karate team and has competed from New England to the former Soviet Union, Bermuda and Australia, where he won first place in men’s open full contact sparring. In our federation he has been ranked #1 in his sparring division for the years 1991-2004, and 2006. He has also earned Grand Championship status several times in weapons and forms competition. Mr. Laperle has owned the Danielson Martial Arts Academy since May, 1994. In November 2004, Mr. Laperle was awarded with the prestigious Starfish Award, usually reserved for schoolteachers. As of October 2008, Mr. Laperle has promoted over 60 martial artists to black belt level, and has promoted two students to the Master Belt level. In January 2008, Mr. Laperle was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame and received the Outstanding Achievements in the Martial Arts award.

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Master Daryl Laperle

Master Daryl Laperle

6th Dan #337

Master Donald U. Laperle

5th Dan #969

Master Donald U. Laperle #969 Started at DMAA in June of 1995. Received his 1st Dan Black Belt 1-29-99, his 2nd 2-9-01, 3rd 9-26-03, 4th 10-24-07, 5th 10-26-12. Competed in many tournaments placing 1st in Spring & 1st breaking for many years. He has been to many countries for Karate-Russia, Poland, China, Australia, Bermuda, Italy Ireland, Wales. He was student Federation of the year in 1997. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from DMAA in 2009 and the Action Martial Arts Magazine Award for outstanding Dedication to the Martial Arts in 2009. He is married to Clarice Houle Laperele for 57 years they have 5 sons, Donald R, Dennis P, David H, Douglad H and Master Daryl D. Laperle and 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. He served in the US Navy from 1955 and was honorably discharged in October 1960. He was Chief of Operations for K.B. Ambulance Corps and a memboer for 35 years, a member of Danielson Fire dept for 35 years. served on Killingly town council a Past Grand Knight of St. James Council #2883 and a 54 year member. A member of Elks Lodge #1706 for 54 years. A retired member of local 777 Plumbers & Pipe-Fitters for 30 years. He was honored with the George C. Racine Humanitarian Award by th Chamber of Commerce in 1983 and received the Elks Distinguished Citizens Award in 2005 and the Service Award from Unite Association of Plumbers and Pipe-Fitters for his many years of welding instruction for apprentices and mechanics. He also was the owner of Lalperle & Sons Welding Co.

Most important aspect: is to believe in your self, stay focused and you can accomplish anything. The sky is the limit.

Greatest Benefit: You will begin to believe that anything is possible. Your health will benefit, your confidence will improve. Remember quitters never win and winners never quit.

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Master Donald U. Laperle

Master Donald U. Laperle

5th Dan #969

Master Steven Randolph

5th Dan #970
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Master Steven Randolph

Master Steven Randolph

5th Dan #970

Master Jessica Gagner

4th Dan #1887

Achieved 4th Dan Master Belt in October of 2016

  • #1887
  • 27 Years old,
  • 4th Dan
  • Became a member at DMAA 11/13/06
  • 1st Dan DMAA 11/30/17
  • Previously earned 2nd Dan at another school
  • 19 years Martial Art experience
  • 14 years a Black Belt
  • 1st place women’s sparring 2008 & 2009
  • Black Belt of the year 2008

Most important Aspect of martial arts: Self Discipline /Self Control

Greates Benefit: Confidence

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Master Jessica Gagner

Master Jessica Gagner

4th Dan #1887

Master Sara Dean

4th Dan #1888

Started martial arts in 1996
Transferred to Danielson Martial Arts in 2006
Received Cheezic Tang Soo Do Black belt in 2007
Black Belt of the year in 2015
20 years of marital arts experience
15 years as a black belt
Received Cheezic Tang Soo Do Master belt in 2016

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Master Sara Dean

Master Sara Dean

4th Dan #1888

John Auger

3rd Dan #821
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John Auger

John Auger

3rd Dan #821

Taylor Peloquin

3rd Dan #2062
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Taylor Peloquin

Taylor Peloquin

3rd Dan #2062

Michael A. Peloquin

3rd Dan #2091
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Michael A. Peloquin

Michael A. Peloquin

3rd Dan #2091

Michael C. Peloquin

3rd Dan #2109
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Michael C. Peloquin

Michael C. Peloquin

3rd Dan #2109

Felicia Baker

3rd Dan #2207
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Felicia Baker

Felicia Baker

3rd Dan #2207

Anthony Verrill

2nd Dan #2258
  • #2258, 2nd Dan
  • Started September, 2008
  • First Dan –  April 2012
  • Second Dan –  April 2014
  • Demo Team member – 2010 to 2014
  • DMAA  Student of the Year 2011
  • DMAA Black Belt of the Year 2013
  • Studies Tang Soo Do, Tai Chi, and Aikido.

Most important martial arts lesson: What we give is the basis of what we leave behind.

Greatest martial arts benefit: Martial arts forces us to understand our bodies and our minds. There is no better indicator of health than a daily martial arts routine. It provides an instant measure of strength and weakness and a life-long method for living with oneself physically and emotionally. We carry this understanding into all other areas of life.

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Anthony Verrill

Anthony Verrill

2nd Dan #2258

Elizabeth Verrill

2nd Dan #2333

Started September 2008

First dan November 2012

Demo team member since 2010

Demo team coordinator 2013

Studied Jiu Jitsu and Capoeira in past. Studying Tang Soo Do, Combat Hapkido, and Tai Chi at DMAA

Tai Chi awards: Most Dedicated 2014 Most Outstanding 2013 Student of the Year 2015

The most important lesson I want to impart to my students is that they should continuously push themselves to be better than they are, inside and outside of the dojang.

The greatest benefit of martial arts is that it instills confidence, in martial arts and in other aspects of life. You may start off saying "this is too hard," but over time, you'll realize you've started saying, "I've got this."

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Elizabeth Verrill

Elizabeth Verrill

2nd Dan #2333

Edward Staples

2nd Dan #2337
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Edward Staples

Edward Staples

2nd Dan #2337

Audrey Hussey

1st Dan #2551
  • #2551
  • 49 years old. 
  • Started at DMAA in 2010, became a 1 dan in May of 2015. Received a 1 dan in another style in 2006. 
  • Earned Family Class Award in 2010, Master's Choice Award in 2014. 
  • Started DMAA's first Homeschool Class in 2014, and the first Tang Soo Tot's class at DMAA in 2015. 
  • "Karate teaches focus, fitness, humility, and dedication. There is no down side!"
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Audrey Hussey

Audrey Hussey

1st Dan #2551

Sydney Cleaveland

1st Dan #2575
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Sydney Cleaveland

Sydney Cleaveland

1st Dan #2575

Olivia Hussey

1st Dan #2577

Olivia Hussey, 1 dan black belt, age 18, started October 2010, became 1 dan on Nov., 20, 2015.

Demo team member 2011-2014. Family class award 2013.

I started in an old Okinawan/Japanese style in 2004 when I was 7, I learned a lot there and it has influenced my fighting style in many ways. From there, I transferred to DMAA with my mother and siblings, and since then DMAA has had the most profound impact on my life, encouraging me to push myself to new levels of skill in forms, sparring, and giving me the opportunity to learn my favorite weapon: the sword.

The most important thing I want to impart to my students is determination and intensity. Every student has a limit to what they are able to do: to how many pushups they can do, or how long they can hold a horse stance, but through determination, everyone can get a little stronger, a little faster, a little more flexible each class.

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Olivia Hussey

Olivia Hussey

1st Dan #2577

Victoria Staples

1st Dan #2604
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Victoria Staples

Victoria Staples

1st Dan #2604

Tristan Estabrooks

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Tristan Estabrooks

Tristan Estabrooks

Maxwell Cleaveland

1st Dan #2605
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Maxwell Cleaveland

Maxwell Cleaveland

1st Dan #2605

Veronica Hussey

1st Dan #2647
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Veronica Hussey

Veronica Hussey

1st Dan #2647

Serenity Evans

1st Dan #2648
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Serenity Evans

Serenity Evans

1st Dan #2648

Shana Evans

1st Dan #2649
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Shana Evans

Shana Evans

1st Dan #2649

Isabella Gonzales

1st Dan #2650
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Isabella Gonzales

Isabella Gonzales

1st Dan #2650

Natalia Reali

1st Dan #2652
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Natalia Reali

Natalia Reali

1st Dan #2652