Black Belt Graduation
Saturday, June 19th at 10:30am
June 2021 Graduates
Graduating Black Belt Class of June 2021
About the Graduates
Deshi Ryan Meyers - 5th Degree Black Belt
Most of my family has trained in the martial arts. My sister is a second-degree instructor, my father, brother, and sister also trained along side of me. I have been training for 22 years since I was 4 years old as a little dragon. I am the head floor instructor. I would like to give a shout out to Shihan Feidt, Sensei Jim Munger, and Sensei Baker for pushing me to be better and helping me learn and grow as an instructor, Sensei Kris Munger for setting the example for me of black belt as a child, and Mrs. Munger for being my dojo mom and always taking care of me no matter what. I would like to thank all the instructors for helping me on the road to GOLD.
Mr. Chris Solan - 3rd Degree Black Belt
Chris Solan is a German teacher at Onondaga Central Schools. He started training with his wife Tiffany, a first degree, and eldest daughter, a second degree, in 2012 after earning his Master’s degree in Germany. His youngest daughter does gymnastics and Irish dance. Chris is achieving the rank of 3rd degree black belt with the support of his teammates and family. In his limited freetime, Chris likes to relax in his hot tub, travel the world, camp and see his family enjoy getting the most out of life. Chris is a proud Irish citizen.
Mr. Gideon Aitken - 2nd Degree Black Belt
My name is Gideon Aitken and I've been doing martial arts training for 6 years now at this dojo. I am officially achieving my second degree black belt and wish to keep on going. None of my other family members have taken an actual class, but my mom has done many KickFit classes with our fitness instructor Donalea Maloney, and is thinking about joining the team for self defense reasons. There are many activities that I like and enjoy doing. Some of those activities would include riding bikes, playing video games, and hanging out with family and friends. Some of my accomplishments would include getting my first degree black belt with a broken arm for the entirety cycle.
Ms. Olivia Arnold - 2nd Degree Black Belt
My name is Olivia Arnold, I’ve been doing karate for a little over 5 years. I go to Liverpool middle School with a 96 average. I train with my brother who is a 1st degree black belt. I love to paint and take care of my plants outside of the dojo and I hope to one day become an instructor.
Ms. Zion Heron - 2nd Degree Black Belt
My name is Zion Heron and the things I do outside of karate are living my best life with my friends. We go swimming, have fun sleepovers and overall have a good time. I don’t tend to do a sport outside of karate because I'm there all the time but I would like to eventually join my soccer team.
Mr. Ayaan Khan - 2nd Degree Black Belt
I don’t have any family that trains with me at the dojo. Outside of the dojo, I like to read, watch TV, play videogames with my friends, and on occasion go out on a walk or maybe even a run. In terms of accomplishments, I’ve made Honor Roll in every quarter in school and I’ve scored a 90 or above in all of my Regents Exams in school along with a 5 on an AP exam.
Mrs. Jennifer Matott - 2nd Degree Black Belt
I’m a proud mom of two boys who have trained with me and are active athletes in football, lacrosse and basketball. I love cheering them on! I was the last person in my family to join the Team Feidt team. My husband, Matt and oldest son, Mark achieved their black belts together in 2015. Watching them throughout their cycle inspired me to join. Our youngest son, Chris achieved his black belt in June of 2018 and then I achieved mine. I will now outrank them as a 2nd degree black belt.
When I’m not running the kids around or attending their games, I enjoy creating my own artwork, scrapbooking and running. I have run a dozen half marathons, a full marathon and a Ragnar. Injury has slowed me down but I continue to train hard setting new goals. As a National Board Certified art educator in Liverpool, I have taught thousands of students in 3 buildings over my career. Teaching art has been an honor and passion for 23 years.
Mr. Edward Maturo - 2nd Degree Black Belt
My name is Edward Maturo and I am achieving the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt. All of Clan Maturo trains with Team Feidt. My wife, Coach Stephanie is the the lead run coach for our awesome Team Feidt Run Program along with leading our Yoga “Stretch and Connect” Program. She along with my daughters Emma and Olivia achieved their new rank of Third Degree Black Belt in our previous Cycle. My son Aidan is a 2nd Degree and continues to train along with running cross country and track.
I would like to thank my instructors and coaches who have nurtured me to become the martial artist that I am today (You all know who you are). Every journey begins with a single step and I am reminded constantly of the their influence on me since I first tied on my white belt!
I would also like to thank my family for their amazing love and support throughout cycle. Special shout out to my wife Coach Stephanie Maturo for not only being my rock and best friend but also putting me back together every Sunday with her “Stretch and Connect” Yoga class so I could survive another week of cycle training! Secondary shout outs go to the makers of Alieve pain reliever and It Works Collagen for helping me stay vertical during candidate classes and pre-checks……….
Final thank you goes to Shihan Feidt. Thank you for this dojo (not a gym) and this program. My family and I are grateful that we have had a place to not only grow closer through training but also for bringing us an extended dojo family that continues to have a positive influence on us all inside and outside of these walls! We ROCK!
Mr. Chase Asmus - 1st Degree Black Belt
My name is Chase Asmus and I am 11 years old. I I started karate shortly after my eighth birthday. I am in fifth grade at Elden elementary school. I play a lot of baseball. I am a first baseman and a pitcher. I am also a boy scout. My favorite subject is math and I really like school. I also have a pet dog. I like to ride my bike, skateboard, roller blade, and ride my electric scooter. I like to do lots of camping, fishing, and boating with my dad. I’m super excited to get my black belt!
Ms. Natalie Corrigan - 1st Degree Black Belt
My name is Natalie Corrigan and I’m 12 years old. I will be entering 7th grade at Soule Rd. Middle School in the fall. I have been training at Impact Martial Arts since 2017. Outside of karate, I enjoy singing and really enjoy drawing. I’m also currently interested in Greek mythology and enjoy reading all about it. I’m supported by my parents and my older brother. I’m excited to be receiving my black belt.
Ms. Averianna Davoli - 1st Degree Black Belt
Averianna Jane Davoli is 9 years old and in fourth grade. She has been training in martial arts
since she was a 3-year-old little dragon. She earned a low orange belt in jiu-jitsu, and is an
accomplished gymnast having earned 2 gold medals in her last gymnastics meet at the bronze
level. Her Mom, Becky does KickFIT. Her older sister, Meah is a 2nd degree blackbelt and blue
belt in jui jitsu. Her younger sister Tessa and Dad, Phil cheer her on whenever possible. She
loves to fish and play with her friends. Avery would like to thank her team for making this cycle
Mr. Nolan Fox- 1st Degree Black Belt
Hi! My name is Nolan Fox and I am 10 years old. I am a 5th grader at McNamara Elementary School in Baldwinsville. I play the baritone in the school band, and I enjoy riding bikes and doing anything outside. I like to spend my summers camping, swimming, fishing, and climbing trees. I recently earned my Arrow of Light rank in Boy Scouts. I have been doing karate since I was 7 years old. My favorite part is learning new katas and weapons training. Karate has made me stronger and more confident. This past year has been a real challenge, but I have learned to never give up!
Ms. Isabella Maslyn - 1st Degree Black Belt
I started training at the dojo in the summer of 2017. My first experience was being invited by a friend to be his “buddy” in class. I really liked how the class was run. The instructors were nice but firm. From there my career in karate started. Karate is one of my favorite things to do because of all the fun that we have. It has become a big part of my life. I have learned a lot as I have achieved each belt. I am so glad that I decided to work towards earning my Black Belt. That will be the greatest accomplishment of my life!
Some of the activities I do outside the dojo to show my creative side; I love to draw, paint and do crafts. I have filled a lot of sketch books with drawings of animals and anime characters. I have painted pictures for family and friends. I like to do digital art on my iPad too. I also love to read! I go to Barnes & Noble to add to my book collection all the time.
One accomplishment that I am proud of is being on Honor Roll every quarter since I started 7th grade. A lot of what we learn at the dojo I have also used in school.
I would like to thank all of my family for supporting me since beginning as a white belt. Many of them were able to come to my belt graduations at some point. I also want to thank every instructor that has guided me on this journey. I have learned something from every one of them. Congratulations to everything my classmates and I have achieved!
Ms. Eva Norrison - 1st Degree Black Belt
I am 11 years old and am in 5th grade at Gillette Middle School. I have been in karate since I was 7 years old. I train with my stepmother, who got her black belt last cycle, and my little brother who is a little dragon. When I’m not in karate, I love to play with my animals, and I love to play my video games with my friends online. As soon as I’m an adult, I would like to be a chef , cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. Also, things that I am looking forward after I get my belt, I want to do demo’s, be a swat member then, when I get more degrees I want to be an instructor. =)
Ms. Josephine Pennock - 1st Degree Black Belt
I'm a 5th grader at Brewerton Elementary. My younger sister, Charlotte, is a 4th grader at the same school, trains with me at the dojo, and is a High Red Belt. My other younger sister, Ellie, just joined little dragons. My little brother is only one and a half but will most likely end up joining karate, as well. Mom and Dad are very supportive of my sister and I.
Aside from karate, I’m also a Girl Scout Junior and have been with the same troop since kindergarten. In my free time, when I’m not watching television, I like to draw and play with my sisters, brother and puppy. I also help around the house with things like switching and sorting laundry, emptying the dishwasher, and other chores.
At school I enjoy math and reading. Despite the pandemic and starting the school year as a hybrid student, my grades have not dropped at all. In the past I have received multiple character education awards. I try to set a good example for my classmates and friends by always making good choices. My teacher is interested in how I am doing with karate and if I’m invited to events at the dojo, and it makes me happy to know I have support outside the dojo from someone other than my family.
Ms. Molly Primrose - 1st Degree Black Belt
My name is Molly Primrose. I am 11 years old and finishing the 5th
grade at Elden Elementary School in Baldwinsville. I have been training at Team Feidt since
December of 2017. My twin brother, Owen, also trains at Team Feidt and is receiving his black belt
this cycle as well. I love dogs and I have two at home - 1 year old Frankie and 13 year old Bella.
I play violin in my school orchestra and I love doing it. I also dance ballet, tap and jazz and
have been doing that since 2016. I am thankful for the support from all the Team Feidt coaches and
instructors who helped me meet my goals. I have enjoyed working with this team and I am excited to
get my black belt!
Mr. Owen Primrose - 1st Degree Black Belt
My name is Owen Primrose. I am 11 years old and
finishing 5th grade at Elden Elementary in Baldwinsville. I have been training at Team Feidt for 4
years and my twin sister, Molly, is also receiving her black belt this cycle. I have been a Scout
for 5 years and do it with Nolan and Chase who are also receiving their belts. I play the cello and
enjoy camping for Scouts. Last summer, my family got a dog named Frankie. Some of my favorite foods
are pizza and hot dogs. I also enjoy reading nonfiction books. I am
really excited to be earning my black belt this cycle.