Monthly Newsletter - October 2018

Dear Friends,

This months installment is full of great videos, news articles, and information about some exciting new changes at the school. And as always, 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
CMAA on Instagram
Kungfu Competition
Watch and Learn Kungfu and Tai Chi
CMAA Water Bottles!
Festival of Nations
Tai Chi In The News
New Fashion- CMAA's New Look!
Volunteer Opportunity!
The Student Becomes the Teacher
青出于蓝而胜于蓝— Max当老师了



Please note that all classes will be cancelled Monday 10/8/18 for Columbus Day.  Hope you enjoy your time!

Additionally, CMAA Kids Classes 4:15-5pm and 5-6pm will be cancelled on Weds (31st), Thurs (1st) and Friday (2nd).

Follow CMAA on Instagram!

We will be holding our quarterly Sash Test on Sunday, October 14th 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. 
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 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 (all degrees): $100

Watch and Learn
Entertaining and educational. If you’re like me and don’t have time to sit and watch, I open them up on my Ipad or laptop and watch while doing the dishes or folding clothes! 😊   

1. The ageless wrestler and Chinese style wrestling - Shuai Jiao! Love this guy, his love for martial arts, training and teaching! RESPECT!

2. Who was Bruce Lee? What was his philosophy about the martial arts? What made his style "Jeet Kune Do" so unique? Here's a great video that explains a lot. If you're interested, contact us to find out about our classes! They're suitable for people of all ages, and abilities.

3. Here is an insightful documentary around the life of Master Li Rongmei from Shanghai covering a myriad of interesting topics related to China, Modern Wushu, Shaolin, Wudang, Yang Style Taijiquan, and more. 

CMAA Water Bottles
Please help CMAA go green!  Throwing out hundreds of paper cups a week we have decided to ask students to bring their own water to class.  New CMAA water bottles will be available to purchase for $5, though any water bottle is OK of course!  Regular bottles of water can always be purchased during class for a dollar.  Thank you!

Festival of Nations!
This year’s Festival of Nations will be scheduled for Sunday, November 4th.  Stay tuned for details about a demo by CMAA as part of the China’s performance!  This is always a great opportunity for CMAA to showcase the results of our hard work and the beauty of Chinese martial arts to the local community!  

Note:  All students ranked light brown sash or higher are welcome to join our performance team perform!  You are required to attend the demo team training sessions as our performance routines are ever changing to reflect our students developing skills and abilities!  Please inquire with Shifu if you are interested in this opportunity! 

Check out some of the highlights from last years demo! 

Tai Chi In The News!
Not that you didn't already know that but it's always nice to see new studies coming out and new articles being written that recap some of the wonderful reasons to practice Tai Chi.  Read more here:
And here’s another great read:

So I think its fairly conclusive, Taiji is good for you! And in other news, water is wet.

CMAA’s Newest Black Belts
Watch these and understand what it means to earn your black belt at CMAA. Cool kicks and a dedicated spirit are only part of what you attain during the journey. Throw in family, friends, cultural appreciation and a sense of personal achievement and you're starting to get the idea.

Kungfu Uniform
It’s taken a little longer than anticipated, but we chose to make one alteration on the uniform to make them more functional and better looking!  They are currently in production.

CMAA will be upgrading our fashion! If clothes make the man, then a uniform this stylish will definitely help you achieve martial arts mastery.  As we continue to work with our partners in China, we are looking to receive our uniforms in October.  These uniforms can be worn to practice, demo's, performances, and competitions!  The projected cost is $36.  Please note, tops will be required for Kungfu students to Sash Test and while not required for Tai Chi students, for those of you who expressed interested you are more than welcome to don this stylish ensemble as well.

New school T-shirts are available as well!


Volunteer Opportunity!
Discover the joy of working with children and sharing with them your passion for martial arts! We are looking for Kungfu students who are interested in a wonderful volunteer opportunity.

For 7 years now, Shifu has been teaching at The Chinese Community Center's Chinese School on Sunday's from 2:50-3:40. The school is a non-profit organization which teaches and promotes Chinese language and culture in the capital district.

As a volunteer you will work alongside Shifu and other CMAA classmates to make sure each student in our Kungfu class is safe, having fun, and learning real martial arts!

Reasons to volunteer: 
1. Share what you love!
2.Colleges and employers value those who take the time to give back to their community. 
3. Help a new generation of children discover a love for martial arts. 
4. Help a generation of Chinese Americans discover a wonderful part of their traditional culture.

Our class runs the length of the school year and held on Sunday from 2:50-3:30. Classes are usually cancelled when there is a holiday on Friday or Monday.


If you are interested please contact Shifu via fbook messenger, email ( or phone (518)755-7512 (call/message)!

The Student Becomes the Teacher

I've watched Max grow from a shy, little boy into a confident young man. It was a huge honor today to award him his 3rd degree black belt. It was just as exciting to see him earn a second birthday present in class- his aerial! After years of working on it, he suddenly landed it on his special day!

All the kids look up to Max. Not just because he's big and strong, and knows just about every form practiced at the school, but also because he's kind and helpful. He always sets a good example, coming to practice ready to work hard. This month will also mark the beginning in a new phase of his martial arts journey. Ever ready and willing to help his classmates, Max is now an official assistant instructor and will be helping teach class several times a week.


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