Sawyer's Martial Arts Instructors

Master

Johnson

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About
Master Johnson is a resident of Canton, CT and holds a B.A. in International Communication. Currently she is a department manager for Nordstrom. Her training with Master Sawyer began 20 years ago; she has been active in teaching, tournaments and the martial arts community since.
Rank
Black Belt Number: 1102
4th Dan Black Belt: 10/07/2011
3rd Dan Black Belt: 11/30/2007
2nd Dan Black Belt: 03/18/2005
1st Dan Black Belt: 04/14/2000
Apprentice Black: 06/30/1998
Awards
Master Johnson has received numerous awards and 1st place trophies in forms competition; including CTSD for the past 3 years. Ms. Johnson place third in the World Tang Soo Do Championships for her Chil Son form. She is also student ambassador for the British Council, and a member of the Greater Hartford Arts Council.
Specialties
Master Johnsons specialties are forms, technique and sparring.
Interests
Master Johnsons interests include graphic design and photo restorations, travel (She has traveled to 9 countries), fitness, arts and culture.
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Master

Hinman

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About
Mr. Hinman has been training with Master Sawyer and in martial arts for the past 20 years. Aside from teaching at SMA he is active in tournaments and the martial arts community. Mr. Hinman teaches in both kids and adult classes, as well as running the open sparring classes.
Rank
Black Belt Number: 1100
4th Dan Black Belt: 10/07/2011
3rd Dan Black Belt: 11/30/2007
2nd Dan Black Belt: 09/06/2002
1st Dan Black Belt: 04/14/2000
Apprentice Black: 06/30/1998
Awards
Master Hinman has won numerous grand championships and first places at tournaments. Master Hinman recently competed in the World Tang Soo Do Championships and placed third in Team Fighting as well as won grand champion in men's fighting at the 2011 CT Yankee Nationals. He has also been awarded Cheezic TSD student of the year and Snow Board Instructor of the year from Ski Sundown.
Specialties
Master Hinman's specialties are Sparring, Kicking, and Self Defense.
Interests
Outside of class, you will find Master Hinman building websites, working on his cars or home, playing paintball, or grilling all year round.
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Master

Sawyer

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About
Master Sawyer was born in East Hartford, CT, moved to Canton as a child, and graduated Canton High School in 1980. Master Sawyer worked as an auto mechanic before he took a position at PMP Corp and has since become a department supervisor. Master Sawyer's training in Tang Soo Do started in 1981. His passion for martial arts lead him to start teaching in 1987 through the town's parks & rec program. In June of 1991 he opened his first school.
Rank
Black Belt Number: 206
7th Dan Master Belt: 10/3/2014
6th Dan Master Belt: 4/20/2007
5th Dan Master Belt: 3/16/1998
4th Dan Master Belt: 1993
3rd Dan Black Belt: 1990
2nd Dan Black Belt: 1988
1st Dan Black Belt: 1986
Awards
Member of the 1990 USA Karate team that competed in Russia. Ranked #1 in Black Belt Fighting by IPPONE in 2001 and 2004, Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2003 as the Tang Soo Do instructor of the year, Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2004 as the male fighter of the year, Inducted into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors in 2008 for outstanding Dedication to the Martial Arts. 5 time Ct Yankee National Black belt fighting Grand champion.
Specialties
Master Sawyer specialties include sparring, self defense, technique and timing.
Interests
Master Sawyer enjoys dogs, sports (Football and MMA mostly), fitness, finding new challenges to keep life interesting, movies, and music. Master Sawyer loves spending the day at the beach, warm weather and strongly dislikes the winter!
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Master

Kane

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About
Master Kane was born in NH, but raised throughout CT along with her five brothers. In 1992, she settled down in Collinsville to raise her son and has been there since. Professionally, Master Kane has over 30 years experience in accounting.
Rank
Black Belt Number: 665
4th Dan Black Belt: 10/07/2011
3rd Dan Black Belt: 11/30/2007
2nd Dan Black Belt: 11/06/1998
1st Dan Black Belt: 10/20/1995
Awards
Master Kane is an accomplished martial artist placing in both sparring and forms competition. When she was more actively competing, she placed 2nd overall during the 1996 tournament year.
Specialties
Master Kane Specializes in form and fan weapon.
Interests
Master Kane enjoys home improvement projects, working on her yard and camping.
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Ms.

Goldfarb

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About
Ms. Goldfarb was born and raised in Torrington CT. and currently lives in New Hartford. She has a total of 18 years experience in martial arts, 6 of those with SMA. She holds an associates degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Ms. Goldfarb often helps teach the kids classes..
Rank
Black Belt Number: 1982
3rd Dan Black Belt: 04/26/2013
2nd Dan Black Belt: 09/24/2010
1st Dan Black Belt: 02/13/2009
Awards
2010 and 2011 grand champion in women's black belt sparring at CT Yankee ationals. Winner of the 2012 Tang Soo Do world championship tournament in Boston. Ranked 1st place in sparring for the 2012 year in Federation tournaments.
Specialties
Ms. Goldfarb's specialties are Sparring and teaching.
Interests
Ms. Goldfarb's interests include outdoor sports such as hiking in the warmer weather and snowboarding in the winter. She also like working out at the gym and learning new things.
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