Monthly Newsletter – March 2017

Dear Friends,

From seminars, to competitions, demo’s and other activities, you won’t want to miss out on the action at CMAA!

School Closings
KungFuSash Test
Tai Chi Seminar Series!

China Trip Recap Recap
Chinese New Year Celebrations Recap
Martial Ethics- Jackie Chan
Longfist Kungfu
Instructor Life Goal
Martial Arts for the Greater Good
Kungfu Tea
Kungfu and Tai Chi in the News
CMAA on Social Media

School Closings
There will be no school closings this month.  All classes will be held as regularly scheduled.

KungFu Sash Test
We will be holding our quarterly Sash Test on Sunday, April 2nd at 10:30am. If you are not sash testing you are still encouraged to come participate and support your teammates (no charge of course).

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

Tai Chi Seminar Series

CMAA will be presenting a 6 week course centering on the Wu Dang San Feng 28 Movement Tai Chi form. This short form is based on one of the crown jewels of the Wu Dang Internal Martial Arts – the Wu Dang San Feng 108 Movement Tai Chi form. This traditional long 108 form is taught by Dashi Jianye Jiang here at CMAA on Saturdays at 10:00. 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 ( a lifelong pursuit).
Get all the info here: http://www.martialartsalbany.com/tai-chi-seminar-series/

China Trip Recap Recap
A little overdue but I wanted to share this with those who hadn’t seen photos yet.  It was purely a family affair, with good company and good eating!

Chinese New Year Celebrations Recap
CMAA rocked The Egg for an exciting Chinese New Year performance! Great job you guys. It’s an honor to showcase cultural diversity in the capital district, demonstrate high level martial arts that inspire others to begin their journey and demonstrate your own talents developed through hard work and consistency!

Here are a couple of great shots from the events!



Watch the clip below for a too see CMAA’s full performance.

Martial Ethics- Jackie Chan
Martial arts is more than a hobby. The discipline, commitment and dedication required are developed along with the friendships you form and the bonds you make. Watching this one clip of Jackie Chan, you realize how unique and special he really is. You realize his success is due not only to his martial arts, athletic skills, and unparalleled daring and bravery, but also due to his “Wude” (martial ethics). I wish more politicians and businessman shared this same sense of humanity in their professions.
Please click the link below to watch the video clip.  Its worth it.
http://www.wimp.com/jackie-chan-reunites-with-his-original-stunt-team/

Longfist Kungfu
A strong foundation with incredible speed and precision = GOOD KUNGFU!


Instructor Life Goal
This one pretty much sums it up!  When I was 5 I wanted to be a Ninja Turtle.  My dream hasn’t changed much except now I get to help other ninjas live thier dream too:)

Martial Arts for Greater Good
 

Kungfu Tea

Kungfu and Tai Chi in the News
Came across two interesting news clips this past month in CBS and CNN.  Both relate to heath and wellness through the Chinese arts. Enjoy!

Movement is Medicine – Tai Chi for Back Pain
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/first-response-to-back-pain-not-medication-study-says/

Kungfu Granny
http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/02/19/kung-fu-granny-vans-pkg.cnn

CMAA Social Media
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get all the news, updates, and exciting info!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChineseMartialArtsAcademy/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chinesemartialartsacademy/

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

Best,

Shifu

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