Dawn-Marie Sardiñas has nearly 20 years of martial arts training. She earned her 1st degree black belt from Grandmaster Kim, Suk Jun in 1999 and was immediately encouraged to begin teaching. After many years running multiple, successful after-school clubs and programs, Ms. Sardinas’ natural ability to relate to young students led her to being appointed as the Head Instructor of the Children’s program at S.J. Kim’s TKD in NYC in 2004. Ms. Sardinas left her position there to co-found Gotham Martial Arts in 2007 where she was inspired to create Mastodon Training.
Ms. Sardiñas began working with children when she was a teenager as a Red Cross certified babysitter and camp supervisor for the local Parks and Recreation Department in her hometown in CT. Her passion for working with children led her to pursue postgraduate coursework in Education after receiving her Bachelor of Music from Western Connecticut State University in 1994.
Master Sardinas earned her 5th degree black belt in 2011 and continues to train and develop herself both personally and professionally.