Monthly Newsetter - June

Monthly Newsletter – June

Dear Friends,

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

School Closings Kungfu Competition Kungfu Competition Team Training Seminar Taiji Sword Seminar Student of the Month Profile Kungfu Sash Test New Chen Style Taiji Sword Class Save Money with the CMAA Referral Program!

School Closings All other classes will be held as regularly scheduled.

Kungfu Competition CMAA will be organizing a competition team to participate in the 2nd Annual TCKWA Wushu Kungfu Tournament in Hadley, Mass on Saturday, June 21 at 10am.  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!

Please find additional registration information here: If you have any questions about registration please feel free to ask me during class, by phone (518) 755-7512 or email

Kungfu Competition Seminar Sunday June 8, 12:00 pm – 2:00pm. Price: $40 (Limited to 15 students, competitors only).

This is THE last chance to train with International Wushu Champion Benoit Denolle!  Please show your support and join us for Benoit’s final seminar before he leaves CMAA and the US!

Benoit will use his critical eye to identify exactly what you will need to focus on to win in Hadley, MA on June 21st. Taiji Sword Seminar June 29th 10:30am-12pm Cost: $25 (Limited to the first 15 people)

Learn the fundamentals of Chinese Jian (Straight Sword). From straight sword philosophy, and martial arts application to basic stationary sword techniques and Taiji sword stepping exercises, we will take the time to better understand Taiji sword basics.  Afterward, we will look at specific movements, postures and combination from the 32, 42 and Chen Sword routines, to better understand their similarities and differences.    

New Chen Style Taiji Sword Class Starting Wednesday evening 7pm-7:30pm, Shifu Jiang Jianye will begin teaching traditional Chen Style Taiji Straight Sword from the beginning of the form.  The regular Chen Sword group will continue with our practice, review and learning of the routine.  

Kungfu Sash Test Please note that we will be holding our quarterly Sash Test on Sunday, July 13th 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.

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 Student of the Month Profile – Max “Mad Max” Bruni I’d like to introduce you to Max.  It doesn’t matter if you come to the 5pm or the 8pm classes, he's often in both – on the same day!  In addition Max is also one of our fastest students, often dominating our games of Horse Stance Freeze Tag and Sharks and Minnows.  When training Kungfu it is easy to get caught up in the speed of the moves and forget the quality and clarity of the techniques.  Recently, several students have asked me to let Max help them learn their forms because they feel he does the movements very clearly.  This is an important foundation for higher level training.  Next time you see Max, say “Hi” and try to not get tagged.

Shifu: Why did you start Kungfu? Max: Last summer I was watching Bruce Lee videos on YouTube and I liked his moves, so I thought it would be cool to learn Kungfu.

Shifu: What is your favorite thing about Kungfu? Max: Broadsword is my favorite! Whenever I have time I practice it in my backyard.

Shifu: Who is your favorite martial artist? Max: Bruce Lee, Lucas Geller (Shifu), and Jackie Chan

Shifu: What is your favorite dessert? Max: Chocolate ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

Shifu: What are your goals in Kungfu for 2014? Max: To work on my splits and butterfly kicks.

Shifu: Anything else you'd like to share with everyone? Max: I am so glad I started Kungfu. I have made a lot of friends. Shifu gives everyone a good workout and makes it fun. I also like watching his videos on YouTube. Kungfu has made me stronger and faster. I just ran my timed mile for gym class and got 6 minutes 27 seconds. I beat my record!

Congratulations on your progress Max.  Keep up the hard work, I know lots more success awaits you!

Save Money with the CMAA Referral Program!

CMAA Referral Program- Easy as 1,2,3!

1. Tell your friend about our program

2. Your friend signs up for one of our programs

3. You get $50 on your account or a free ½ hour private lesson and a T-Shirt!

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