Monthly Newsletter - December

Monthly Newsletter – December

Dear Friends,

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

School Closings CMAA Holiday School Party NEW JKD Combatives Class at CMAA Kungfu Sash Test Holiday Kids Kungfu Movie and Pizza Night Students of the Month Profile – Micah, Caleb and Noah Juman AKA “The Three Ninjas” Chinese Community Center Kungfu Performance CrossFit - All New Classes! 1 Year FREE at CMAA – Referral Program! 

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


Shifu School Closings Please note we will be closed Wednesday the 24th, Thursday the 25th and Friday 26th and then again for December 31st and January 1st.  Please take advantage of this time to be with your families and friends and plan for how you see yourself making progress in 2015!

Additionally, with the winter weather looming, please stay tuned to inclement weather closings.  I will post school closings on the websites homepage.  However, it might not display on certain mobile devices which automatically default to the mobile site.  Please call (518) 755-7512 if you are not sure!

CMAA Holiday Dinner Party With all the holidays and family get togethers this time of year, we would like to organize a time for the CMAA family to be together outside the school. Please join us for a holiday dinner celebration!

Date: Saturday, December 13th Time: 6:30 PM Location: Dragon Buffet, 1881 Central Ave. Albany, NY 12205 (518) 452-6963 Price: $16.50 for adults and $11 for children (under 10 years old).  Please pay in advance by check or cash at the school as we have reserved a room for our group. Deadline: Please register by Tuesday, Dec. 8th.

NEW JKD Combatives Class at CMAA Bruce Lee’s JKD inspired Combatives class will now be held at CMAA on Saturdays from 2-3pm.  For more information about the class please read more here! JKD Combatives Kungfu Movie and Pizza! Event: Kungfu Movie and Pizza Night at CMAA! Movie: Kungfu Panda Winter Holiday Special and Jackie Chan's Around the World In 80 Days! Date: Saturday, Dec. 20th Time: 5:30pm -8:30pm. Limited: 8-14*

Parents are welcome to drop your children off for the evening to get things done before the holidays (or just enjoy a relaxing night out).  Non CMAA students (siblings and friends) are welcome too!

We will have a minimum sign up of 8 people and a maximum of 12.  The cost is $25 per child under 13 years old, $12 for individuals 13+.  However, additional persons accompanied by a parent acting as a chaperone will be permitted at the rate of $10/child and $10/parent.  Students accompanied by their chaperone parent will not count toward the total number of signups.

Please register by Friday, Dec. 19th.  However, the earlier your register the better as space will be limited!

Kungu Sash Test Let’s start 2015 by working hard and making progress in your Kungfu practice! We will be holding our quarterly Sash Test on Sunday, January 4th 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 Students of the Month Profile – Micah, Caleb and Noah Juman AKA “The Three Ninjas”

What’s the secret to success?  Ask around and you’ll get many answers but when you simplify it, it really just comes down to two things- work hard and be nice.  Well, we all know that it’s much easier said than done.  However, these boys do it on daily basis.  They take hard work and leadership seriously.  They are constantly at the front of the lines showing off new tricks like back handsprings, and head flips all while being the first to cheer on a new student just learning a cartwheel or console someone privately who may have just done something embarrassing in front of the class.  I’ve seen them do these things out of the corner of my eye over the last two years and it has continued to give me great inspiration.  I’d like to introduce you to them- The Three Ninjas- Micah, Caleb and Noah Juman.

Shifu: “Why did you start Kungfu?” Micah: "We grew up around Kungfu training with my parents then my dad introduced me to CMAA. Right away I knew here is where I can train hard, learn kung fu, become physically stronger and mentally sharp.” Caleb: "I started Kung Fu because it seemed like a fun activity, physically challenging and something I wanted to get better at.” Noah: "Because it looked fun.”

Shifu: “What is your favorite thing about Kungfu?” Micah: "The flexibility and acrobatics.” Caleb: "My favorite thing is that it helps me with other sports such as soccer, basketball and gym class.” Noah: "I like the different forms, seeing my friends and warm up games.”

Shifu: “What are your goals in Kungfu for this coming year?” Micah: "Get better, train harder and have fun.” Caleb: "This coming year I would like to work on my flexibility, my spear form and acrobatics.” Noah: "Work on my flexibility to do my forms and kicks.”

Shifu: Do you have any advice for anyone looking to get better at Kungfu? Micah: "At first it might be frustrating but keep at it, stay focus and do you best.” Caleb: "When things become difficult work harder you will get it.” Noah: “Keep practicing and ask me for help.”

Shifu: “What is your favorite food?” Micah: "Yummy Crunchy Tacos!!!” Caleb: "Buffalo chicken wings.” Noah: "I love me some cheese pizza.”

Shifu: “What are your favorite marital arts movies?” Micah: "Rush Hour, First Strike and Shaolin Soccer.” Caleb: "The Forbiden Kingdom, Jackie Chan's Drunken Master and First Strike." Noah: "The Last Airbender and The Ninja Turtles.”

Shifu:  “When you guys fight at home is it like a kungfu movie scene with spears and swords?” Micah: "You have no idea..  (I sleep with two Kali Sticks for safety).” Caleb: "It's like Jet Li fighting Jet Li in The One.” Noah: "Sure but I always win LOL!”

Shifu: “When you’re not training at CMAA what do you like to do in your free time?” Micah: "I like to draw, hang out with friends, act and sing and well, train at home.” Caleb: "Play Soccer, Basket Ball and video games”. Noah: "Watch TV, play Lego Batman and eat snacks.”

Shifu: “Anything else about yourself you’d like to share with everyone?” Micah: "I like helping others and would love to work at CMAA as a summer job.” Caleb: "I love to go to Albany Flight the trampoline park and I love playing Nerf Wars with my friends.” Noah: "I always seem to get Caleb angry....”

Well, there you have it guys.  Keep up the hard work guys, you’re doing great.  You have an amazing future in the martial arts.  I can't wait to see where you take it!

Chinese Community Center Kungfu Performance Team CMAA will be organizing a small performance for the Chinese Community Center’s Sunday school on Sunday December 14th.  With so many students who originally began practicing at the CCC, I’d like to showcase their progress at CMAA.  If you attend the CCC or originally started Kungfu at the CCC, please join us! I will be sending out an email about this, but just in case I forget to include you, please let me know if you are available.

CrossFit - All New Classes!

CrossFit is the most dynamic strength and conditioning program ever.  We combine cardio intensive boot camp style workouts with heavy weight lifting, and gymnastics strength training.  Our workouts vary every day to keep your body constantly adapting to new challenges.

We can scale all workouts to any level of fitness, professional athlete to desk jockeys and soccer moms.

Please email or call in advance to schedule your first training session (518.755.7512).

New Schedule Here: Latham CrossFit Schedule

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 12/1/14).


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