June 2017

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth ten thousand and this month’s newsletter is full of them. I’ve come across so many interesting things that I wanted to share with you all. Whether you practice Kungfu or Tai Chi, I think you’ll benefit from keeping an open mind and watching a few of these videos. And, as always, from seminars to competitions, demos, and other activities, you won’t want to miss out on the action at CMAA!

  1. School Closings
  2. KungFu Sash Test
  3. CMAA Student’s Incredible Story
  4. CMAA Rap
  5. Tie Chi
  6. Chinese Archery
  7. Tai Chi at CMAA
  8. 6 Reasons Everyone Must Try Tai Chi
  9. Kungfu Meme’s

SCHOOL CLOSINGS
There will be no school closings this month. All classes will be held as regularly scheduled

KUNGFU SASH TEST
Our quarterly Sash Test is on Sunday, June 25th at 10:30 am. If you are not sash testing you are still encouraged to come participate and support your teammates (at no charge of course).

You know exactly what we will be testing, but if you have any questions please check the Sash Requirements page and feel free to clarify things with me during class. 

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
Black: $100

CMAA STUDENT'S INCREDIBLE STORY
Recently I was scrolling through Facebook when one post jumped out at me.  I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  I had to reach out to her for more details.  Get the full story here!

CMAA STUDENT'S INCREDIBLE STORY

CMAA RAP
I recently had the idea to make a CMAA Rap Song and Music Video.  The result was better than I could have imagined.  Check it out here!  Make sure to give it a thumbs up if you like it!

CHINESE ARCHERY
Not martial arts per say but interesting none the less.  Chinese archery! Enjoy.

TAI CHI AT CMAA
Tai Chi in the Capital District! For anyone interested in Tai Chi, please check out CMAA’s Tai Chi dedicated page. I will be posting interviews, seminar info, articles, and videos etc. here 🙂 Enjoy!

6 REASONS EVERYONe NEEDS TO TRY TAI CHI
Eastern medicine practices have always placed a strong emphasis on prevention and treating diseases naturally whenever possible. Now, in many ways, Western medicine is catching up, particularly when it comes to utilizing tai chi moves to improve the mind, body, and heart. A growing number of people around the world are now interested in traditional Eastern systems of healing — including Tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, and meditation — due to mounting evidence that they can help prevent and treat many health problems such as arthritis, anxiety and chronic pain. 
Click here to get the full story!

KUNGFU MEMES
“Discipline equals freedom”- Jacko Willink. I want to teach my students an incredibly real and important lesson. Discipline equals freedom. Martial arts teach this lesson perfectly. Train hard, train consistently and you’ll be the one who can explore the arts with freedom, whether that’s means flipping and flying or mopping the mats with your classmates. However, this applies to all areas of life. People don’t want to be a slave to their teachers, their bosses, their poverty or their ignorance but the only way to truly free yourself of those things is to have the discipline to work. Study hard, train hard, eat right so you can enjoy all the other things life has to offer: health, creativity, meaningful work and positive relationships, etc.

It’s not about who’s the best, it’s about who’s left. “Kungfu” literally translates to skill acquired by working hard over a long period of time. It can be used to describe anyone who develops great skill via sustained effort. Keep the faith, stay consistent and enjoy a privilege enjoyed by few- mastery!

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