Maria Blanco

  • Began training in 1997
  • Received Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 2004
  • Received Nidan in 2007

I have been associated with Scottsdale Martial Arts since 1994, the year I started my son in the karate program at the YMCA. I was impressed by the level of teaching and discipline that the program offered through the expertise of Sensei Ray Hughes. I myself made the decision to start training in 1997 and received my Shodan Black Belt in 2004 and my Nidan Black Belt in 2007.

Training was rigorous, fun and I made so many friends through the years some of whom I consider my favorite people. We do consider ourselves family and I love seeing the students grow into amazing young adults. Having been an art teacher for 13 years, I really enjoy the teaching process in art and martial arts. I hope to always be a part of the SMAC family.