Monthly Newsletter – September

Monthly Newsletter – September

Dear Friends,

As always, there’s a lot happening at CMAA!  Please review the following information on:

School Closings
Kungfu Movie and Pizza Night Recap
Student of the Month Profile – Christopher “B2L” Stewart
1 Year FREE at CMAA – NEW Referral Program!
Kungfu Competition October in Boston, MA
Kungfu Sash Test
Kettle Bell Seminar – Strength and Fitness with CrossFit Coach Kyle Roddy
3 Great Tai Chi Articles 

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

Best,

Shifu

School Closings
Please note we will be closed and all classes will be canceled Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Aug. 30, 31st and Sept. 1).  Otherwise, all classes will be held as regularly scheduled.

Kungfu Movie and Pizza Recap

What a blast!  From an indoor soccer championship to duck duck dragon, lots of fun was had by all.  A healthy dose of pizza, and cookies were consumed during the showing of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  Stay tuned for upcoming news on another night of fun!

Shifu Does the ALS Ice Buck Challenge
During the Kungfu Movie and Pizza Night CMAA students were more than happy to help Shifu participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and dump icy cold water on him!  Hey it’s for a good cause, right?

Kungfu Competition: International Chinese Marital Arts Championship
If you are interested in competing, this is a great opportunity. CMAA will be organizing a competition team to participate in the 4th Annual “New England” Kung Fu – Wushu Championship.  This year’s competition will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Fore Kicks Sports Complex in Marlborough, MA. (aprox. 30 minutes outside of Boston).

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!

For more information please visit the website here: http://www.kungfuchampionship.com/boston/
For registration forms please follow this link:
http://www.kungfuchampionship.com/boston/registration.html

Student of the Month Profile – Christopher “B2L” Stewart
I’d like to introduce you to Christopher.  Chris is a natural leader, always eager to step up to the front of the line and take charge. You might have not realized how young he is because he is also huge for his age, standing 6’4 at 8 years old… (well, maybe not that tall yet, but he sure seems like it!). If I say let’s practice something one more time, he’s quick to ask to practice it one hundred more times.  Because of his leadership skills and super awesome dance moves, Chrisopther “Born 2 Lead” Stewart has been selected as CMAA’s Student of the Month!

Shifu: Why did you start Kungfu?
Chris: When I started in October of 2012 it was mainly for exercise, but it was fun and exciting for me, and I grew to love it.

Shifu: What is your favorite thing about Kungfu?
Chris:  The warm up drills and learning new forms.

Shifu: What are your goals in Kungfu for this coming year?
Chris: To compete in a competition this year. And get brown sash and start spears.

Shifu: Do you have any advice for anyone looking to get better at Kungfu?
Chris: Keep working hard and you will get better  in no time.

Shifu: What is your favorite food?
Chris: Sushi. I have been to every Japanese Restaurant in the area..

Shifu: How’d you get such awesome dance moves?
Chris:  Some people have gifts, dancing is one of mine. When I hear good music I cant stop my butt from  moving.

Shifu: Anything else about yourself you’d like to share with everyone?
Chris: I love basketball, I want to become great like Kareem Abdul Jabar, who played basketball and martial arts.

Thanks for taking the time to chat Chris!  Congratulations on all the progress you’re making.  Keep up the hard work, I know we’re going to make some major progress this year.

Kungu Sash Test
Please note that we will be holding our quarterly Sash Test on Sunday, October 19th at 10am.

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: $75

Save Money with the CMAA Referral Program!

CMAA Referral Program- Easy as 1, 2,3,4,5.
1. Earn $50 when your first referral joins.
2. Earn $100 when your second referral joins.
3. Earn $250 when your third referral joins.
4. Earn $500 when your fourth referral joins.
5. Earn ONE YEAR FREE when your fifth referral joins.

This will be even easier now with our new CMAA flyers.  You can pick them up for free at the school. Just write your name on the back of the bottom info tabs and when people come in with your flyer tab they will be considered your referral!

*Please note that offer applies to annual memberships and new referrals only (as of 8/5/14).

Kettle Bell Seminar – Strength and Fitness with CrossFit Coach Kyle Roddy

Have you ever used a Kettle Bell before, you know the thing that looks like a bowling ball with a handle on top? Maybe you’ve tried them before or seen them sitting in the corner of a gym and were curious to try them but unsure of how to use themCome learn the basics of one of the most dynamic and fun strength apparatus with CrossFit CrossFit Level I, Level II and Kettle Bell Certified Coach Kyle Roddy!  From proper handling for safe training to intricate details on everything from swings, and snatches to jerks and Turkish get ups come get some new tips on better KB training!

No previous KB Training is required for this seminar.  This seminar is open to non-crossfitters!  CMAA parents are welcome to register!

Seminar: Kettle Bell Technique for Strength and Fitness with Coach Kyle Roddy
Date: Sunday, September 21.
Time: 10am-12pm.
Cost: $40 (if registered by Sept. 12th), $50 (if registered by Sept 19th).
Limit: 8 -12 person (min/max).

3 Great Articles on Tai Chi

Chen Style Tai Chi Body Requirement
Six Harmonies – The Cheat Sheet for Perfect Posture
Why Study Tai Chi? Adaption.
Click here to read more!

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

Best,

Shifu

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