Monthly Newsletter - March

Newsletter – March Dear Students,

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

School Closings Sash Test Seminar Recap Student Profile Get a FREE CMAA School Shirt!   Save Money with our Referral Program

Please continue reading for the details:

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

Sash Test Please note that we will be holding our quarterly Sash Test on Sunday, April 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

Seminar Recap What an amazing opportunity it was to train with a national champion in the comfort of our own martial arts hall.  What’s even better is that Ben has worked with everyone before and had an idea of everyone needed to work on.  I know he was anxious to share his insights and technical expertise with everyone and I am very pleased that you took advantage of his time, energy and keen eye!

Just as when USA team member Brandon Sugiyama and USA Wushu Team Coach Mario Martinez came to visit, it was a reminder that BASICS ARE EVERYTHING!  What makes Ben stand out is his amazing ability to jump, spin and flip through the air.  However, I was excited to see that that was not the direction he chose to take our group.  Rather in the true fashion of a high level practitioner, he brought us back to really focus on the technical precision of the fundamentals.  Although it’s not always the most exciting part our art, the basics are the foundation of your martial arts training.  

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Student Profile

I’d like to introduce you to Brenna Paxton.  She’s the young woman at CMAA doing inside crescent kicks that are so loud you might have a ringing in your ears after hearing one.  She is hard working and detail oriented.  What you might not know, is that she is also one of the most positive people I’ve ever met.  No matter how new, young, old, fast or slow another student is, I routinely over hear Brenna genuinely praising them for their success, improvements and accomplishments.

Shifu-Why did you start kungfu? Brenna-I wanted to learn self-defense and gain confidence.

Shifu-What is your favorite thing about kungfu? Brenna-I enjoy forms, we get to work together and have fun, while learning and drilling the movements.

Shifu-Who is your favorite martial artist? Brenna-Definitely Bruce Lee. He is an absolutely amazing martial artist. I hope to someday be as good as he was at kungfu.

Shifu-What is your favorite kind of dessert? Brenna-Two words-frozen yogurt:)

Shifu-What are your goals in kungfu for 2014? Brenna-I NEED to get my aerial and a perfected butterfly kick.

Shifu-What have you learned through your experiences doing competitions, demos, and performances? Brenna-I learned to always try my best, and to practice until I got the form at my expectation level.

Shifu-Anything else you'd like to share with everyone? Brenna-Always try your best, and NEVER give up. The more you practice, the more you improve.

Keep up the hard work Brenna!  I look forward to seeing your continued success. Summary Stay tuned for more information on an upcoming Tai Chi Seminar, and new Jeet Kune Do Kungfu classes at CMAA!