By Mike Sanders
Sophomore Owen Grzywinski is not your average athlete.
A new student at SLA, Grzywinski made a serious impression when he used his superhuman physical skills during a soccer game to flip over an opponent and score a goal for the Rockets during a game.
“He basically flipped to avoid someone, rolled on the ground, and then kicked it into the goal,” said Sophomore Isabela Supovitz-Aznar. “The students were like “Woah, Owen!” Everybody started clapping.”
Students are impressed.
“Owen is awesome. He’s the only one I know who can do flips without hurting himself.” Said Sophmore Jeffery Schwertz. “ If I am ever in a fight, I would choose Owen to defend me.”
Where did Grzywinski learn this skill?
Every Saturday, Grzywinski attends classes at MaMas art studio in Mount Airy. There he practices Capoeira, a Brazilian-influenced martial arts style that involves fast-paced dancing and music.
This is where Grzywinski learned how to flip. But Owen has learned so much more from Capoeira than just flipping and fighting.
His mentor Mr. Raeutier taught Grzywinski not just the flips and moves to be a great martial artist, but also the discipline to achieve certain objectives.
“I don’t think I could do what I could do now without Mr. Raeutier,” Gryzwinski said.
This applies just to fighting but also in school work. Grzywinski is a home-schooled student, and this is his first year in a regular school.
Some students would fall in the first couple of months, but in his first 2 quarters he was able to discipline himself to become an A and B student.
Grzywinski is currently the starting right outside midfield in soccer. That is a position the requires a lot of stamina, becoming both an offense and defense. But that doesn’t stop Grzywinski.
Every month, he goes to a Martial Arts tournament with his classmates a MaMa’s arts studio. There he mentions that he always loves going to the tournaments to improve his skills even more.
But even though he is serious about martial arts, Grzywinski is still a fun, lovable guy. In fact, other than the tournaments, he has never been in a fight.
“But when ever I’m in trouble,” he said, “I can always flip my way out of it.”