Monthly Newsletter – February 2017

 


Dear Friends,

Happy Chinese New Year! This year is the Year of the Rooster. In a Rooster Year, all of the Chinese animals can reap great rewards by tapping into Rooster traits. Loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values, and top-notch appearances are just some of the characteristics that will be rewarded this year. From seminars, to competitions, demo’s and other activities, you won’t want to miss out on the action at CMAA!

School Closings
Sash Test Recap
Master Ching Yin-Lee Seminar Recap
Kungfu for the Movies
TaiChi’s Science of Softness
Beautiful Tai Chi
Wushu Kungfu – Until the Day I Die
Persistence
Junior Instructor Leadership and Teaching Program

School Closings
Shifu Lucas and Shimu Zoey will be traveling to China to celebrate the Chinese New Year with family. CMAA Kungfu Classes will be cancelled on Weds 25th, Thurs 26, Fri 27th, Mon 30th, Tuesday 31st, and Wednesday 1st. Kungfu is OPEN Saturday the 28th. Tai Chi and CrossFit will be held as regularly scheduled.

Please note there will be no Chinese School Kungfu class on Sunday the 28th.  Chinese school students are welcome to take a free class any Saturday from 11:15-12:30 at the academy as a makeup.  Please just call in advance to let me know.

Chinese New Year Celebrations and Kungfu Performances
Clifton Park Halfmoon Library: Saturday, Jan 28th at 1pm.
East Greenbush YMCA: Sunday, Jan 29th at 5 pm.
The Egg: Saturday, February 4 at 3pm

Come support your team and enjoy the cultural celebration!

This year’s New Year Celebration at the Egg will include performances by the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. More info here: https://www.cccalbany.org/2017NewYear

Kungfu Sash Test Recap
I was very proud to watch my team at CMAA sash test. Everyone rose to the occasion and truly performed their best.

Chinese School Kungfu
This year’s Chinese School Kungfu Class! Lots of new faces. Some students have more natural talent, and some have great interest- however, they all have GREAT POTENTIAL! I wonder who will prove to be a future CMAA black belt!

Master Ching Yin Lee Seminars
It was a great day, with a bunch of great people, doing just what we love. What else is there? Thanks so much to Master Ching Yin Lee (Coach Bee) for sharing his knowledge, enthusiasm and genuine love of the arts with us! Can’t wait to see you again next year!

Kungfu for the Movies
In addition to individual empty/weapons routines, wushu kungfu also includes group choreographed fighting sets. The trend in competition has seen a transition from practical to spectacular. Here is an example of Wushu sparring routines.

Tai Chi’s Science of Softness
by Dan Pasek
Weber’s Law of Just Noticeable Differences can help us understand our perceptions of changes in force against an opponent when practicing Taijiquan. Weber’s Law applies to most types of perception, like the perception of different light intensity or duration or wavelength (color), loudness or length or pitch of sounds, and even psychological perceptions like differences in costs for products or services.
In Taijiquan, the major sense that we are training is touch.. Read more here: http://slantedflying.com/softness-sensitivity-and-science-in-taijiquan/

Beautiful Tai Chi

Wushu Kungfu – Until the Day I Die
Wushu is such an incredible discipline. Its good fun and great exercise. Though the flips and kicks might not be something our students will continue to do forever, the mindset is something they will carry with them long after they leave the gym. Focus and discipline, commitment and dedication are things they will practice for a lifetime.

Persistence
Persistence! Never give up. This is one of the most valuable lessons in martial arts!


Junior Instructor Leadership and Teaching Program
The Chinese Martial Arts Academy is proud to present the Junior Instructor Leadership and Teaching Program. Developing group management and interpersonal communication skills are the cornerstone of the programs agenda. In addition, the study of learning theory and education play a pivotal role as the students become teachers and take theory to practice.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”
– Theodore Roosevelt.

To find out more about this program please come speak with Shifu about how to qualify for this select program!

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

Best,

Shifu

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