Monthly Newsletter – April 2016

Dear Friends,

From seminars, to competitions, demo’s and other activities, don’t miss out on the action!

School Closings
Sash Test
Wudang Tai Chi Class Series
Tai Chi Sword Class Series
Student(s) of the Month – Sam “The KoG” and Kaily “Super Splits” Chen
Kungfu and Tai Chi Competitions
2016 New Jersey International Wushu Kungfu Tournament
4th Annual Kungfu Wushu Competition
Qigong Grandmaster Li Jun Feng Seminar
Joshua’s Essay on Chinese Martial Arts
Martial Arts and The Ball
Mindful Movement

School Closings
All classes will be held as regularly scheduled.

Sash Test
Please note that we will be holding our quarterly Sash Test on Sunday, April 10th, at 10:30 am.

You know exactly what we will be testing but if you have any questions, check the Sash Requirements page on the website and feel free to clarify things with me during class.
http://www.martialartsalbany.com/kungfu-sash-requirements/

If you are unsure whether or not you (or your child) are ready to test, please speak with me before or during class, via email at AlbanyCMAA@gmail.com or by phone (518) 755-7512.
Remember, you will not “get” your sash at CMAA – you will EARN it! There is a big difference. It’s important you (your child) learns the value of their sash- the value of hard work! Let’s stay focused and step up our training so we’re fully prepared for the test!
White/Yellow/Green/Blue: $25, Red/Purple/Orange: $50, Light Brown/Dark Brown/Gold/Black: $75

Kungfu – Tai Chi Competition
If you are interested in competing, this is a great opportunity. CMAA will be organizing a competition team to participate in the 2016 New Jersey International Wushu-Kungfu Tournament. Yellow sashes and above are encouraged to compete.   Everyone is welcome to come and support your team!

Just like sash tests, the true value of competition is still self-improvement.  All the fun and team bonding is just a nice extra!

2016 New Jersey International Wushu-Kungfu Tournament
Date: Sunday May 29, 2016
Location:
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort (Grand Ball Room)
1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Divisions by age, gender and experience in Traditional Kung Fu, Taiji and Contemporary Wushu. Team and combat form categories as well. Competitors invited from USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Check-in begins at 9:00 am and competition starts promptly at 10:00 am.
Spectacular performance features Chinese and American Masters and Chinese National Champions.

Please get more information under “Competition” @ http://zhaochangjun.net/en/  
http://zhaochangjun.net/ch/index.php/extras

4th Annual Kungfu Wushu Competition: June18th
If you are interested in competing, this is a great opportunity. CMAA will be organizing a competition team to participate in the 4th Annual Kungfu Wushu Competition. Yellow sashes and above are encouraged to compete.   Everyone is welcome to come and support your team!  As a smaller tournament with simple organization, this competition has been a good venue for new competitors.

Just like sash tests, the true value of competition is still self-improvement.  All the fun and team bonding is just a nice extra!

Online Registration here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UuPl3A43Iy3FKKOSlouTAJfhWWZUCQLb-0Z54kpdDUU/viewform

Date: Saturday, June 18th.  Competition begins at 10am sharp. 
Location: Hopkins Academy High School Gymnasium. (1.5-2 hours from Albany, NY)

Wudang Tai Chi Class Series

CMAA is proud to present a 6 week course centering on the Wu Dang 28 Movement TaiJi form. This short form is based on one of the crown jewels of Wu Dang Internal Martial Arts – the Wu Dang San Feng 108 Movement TaiJi form. We are blessed here at CMAA with amazing teachers who teach amazing forms and skills. This 108 form has been taught by Dashi Jianye Jiang here at CMAA on Saturday mornings at 10:00 for years. This 28 form offers an excellent opportunity, particularly for beginners but for the more advanced practitioner as well, to learn the original movements in a condensed format. The postures will be presented in accordance with the way Dashi performs them so this will provide a strong stepping stone in learning and refining the 108 form.

For more information please get more information here: http://www.martialartsalbany.com/wu-dang-28-movement-tai-chi-seminar-series/

Tai Chi Sword Class Series

CMAA will be offering a 6 week intensive seminar series on the 42 Posture Tai Chi sword routine. With regular opportunity to train in the 42 sword every Tuesday and Thursday morning this seminar series will help those who would like to get a better understanding and familiarity with this routine for continued practice.

For more information please read more here:
http://www.martialartsalbany.com/tai-chi-sword-seminar-series/

Student(s) of the Month – Sam “The KOG” and Kaily “Side Split” Chen. 
Another brother sister duo. Sam and Kaily Chen joined CMAA joined almost 1 year ago and have done exceptionally well. In addition to their impressive physical skill sets including awesome flexibility, and good butterfly kicks they are also very focused and learn quickly.  In fact, they are the only students to date to triple sash test!  This means while learning their new staff form they also watched the other groups practicing broadsword and intermediate staff and learned 3 forms at once, tested and earned their green, blue and red sashes all at once! It is a real joy to work with them and I am proud to announce April’s students of the month, Sam “The King of Games” and Kaily “Side Split” Chen.

Shifu: Why did you start Kungfu?
Kaily: I had been wanting to go for a long time, we started because of Andy and Jessica’s mom brought us there one day.

Shifu: What is your favorite thing about Kungfu?
Kaily: Game time
Sam: Game time.

Shifu: What are your goals in Kungfu for this coming year?
Kaily: Getting a gold belt.
Sam: Getting a light brown belt.

Shifu: Do you have any advice for anyone looking to get better at Kungfu?
Sam: Pay attention and try your best.

Shifu: What is your favorite food?
Kaily: Ice Cream.
Sam: Sesame Chicken.

Shifu: What are your favorite marital arts movies?
Kaily: Kungfu Panda 1-3
Sam: Enter the Dragon.

Shifu: When you’re not training at CMAA what do you like to do in your free time?
Kaily: Play on my laptop.
Sam:  Play with friends.

Thanks for sharing guys! Look forward to seeing you all in class soon!

Qigong Grandmaster Li Jun Feng Seminar

Wushu Legend (Beijing Wushu Team Coach/China National Wushu Team Coach) and Qigong Master Li Jun Feng will be coming to CMAA for a Sheng Zhen Unconditional Love Qigong seminar.

Date: Wednesday, June 8th from 6-8pm.
Seminar price will be $40 (before 5/25), $70 (after 5/25)

For more info please visit the website here and watch the video:http://shengzhen.org/new-page/


Joshua’s Chinese Essay about What Martial Arts Mean to Hm.
http://www.martialartsalbany.com/cmaa-student-essay/

Martial Arts and The Ball

Several different examples of how martial artists from various styles include ball training in their regimen. Although some arts emphasize striking, while other are focused on grappling, the ball allows for sensitivity and fluidity. In any case, its just fun to watch.  Enjoy!
http://www.martialartsalbany.com/martial-arts-and-the-ball/

Mindful Movement
“It is suspected that activities such as dance, gymnastics and martial arts will prove to be the best as they emphasize mindful movement” : Spark! How exercise will affect the performance of your brain.
https://youtu.be/AGnGRgyLwMs

Summary
As usual please stay tuned for more exciting action at CMAA!

Best,

Shifu

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