Monthly Newsletter - May

Monthly Newsletter - May Dear Friends, As always, there’s a lot happening at CMAA!  Please review the following information on:

School Closings Sash Test Recap Kungfu Competition UPDATE Kungfu Competition Seminar Tiger Crane Southern Kungfu Seminar Tai Chi Episode on Kungfu Quest Bruce Lee's Kungfu Jeet Kune Do  now taught at CMAA! Suzanna “The Aerial Princess” Diehl  Tai Chi Gala – With Shifu Jiang Jian Ye

School Closings Please note the following school closings and class cancellations:

CMAA will be closed on Monday, May 26th for Memorial Day. All classes are canceled.

All Kungfu classes will be cancelled on Saturday for the Longfist Kungfu Seminars on May 17th. All other classes will be held as regularly scheduled.

Sash Test Recap As always I wanted to say great job to those of you who participated in April’s Sash Test. Congratulations to those of you who put in the extra work over the spring break!

In addition, I would like to congratulate those who chose NOT to sash test. You too demonstrate self-control. I know you too were excited to get your next sash and move on to something new but with an honest self-assessment, decided to wait until you knew you’d truly mastered your form. Keep up the hard work, we will test again soon and you will be all the better for having waited.

Bruce Lee's Kungfu Jeet Kune Do  now taught at CMAA!

CMAA is the host of a very special new Kungfu program!  Learn more about Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do and the instructor, Shifu Steve Juman, here.

Kungfu Competition Update/Date Change! 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!  Extended the Pre-Registration to May 26th

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

Please note that if you have already pre-registered and can not make it to the new date then Shifu Binh will gladly give you a full refund.

Kungfu Seminars Last chance to train with International Wushu Champion Benoit Denolle! Please join us for two final seminars with Benoit before he leaves CMAA and the US!

Tiger Crane Southern Kungfu Seminar May 17 with Benoit Denolle and Shifu Lucas Geller

11:15-12:30 white sash-blue sash $25 (Limited to 15 students) 12:30-2 red sash and higher $35 (Limited to 15 students)

There are two major styles in Wushu: Changquan (Long Fist) and Nanquan (Southern Fist).  At CMAA we emphasize Long Fist as our foundation.  However, once you have earned your Orange sash you will have the option to begin learning Nanquan!  What is the difference? Great question! Long Fist emphasizes kicks, high jumps and graceful postures.  Southern, inspired by Tiger and Crane movements, is aggressive and powerful, and emphasizes low stances and fast hand strikes.  That said, there is no better way to decide which style suits your body type and personality, or just diversify your knowledge of kungfu than by taking advantage of this unique opportunity to get hands on training in this system!

Kungfu Competition Seminar Sunday June 8, 12:30 pm - 2:30pm. Price: $35 (Limited to 15 students, competitors only).

Benoit will use his critical eye to identify exactly what you will need to focus on to win in Hadley, MA on June 21st. Suzanna “The Aerial Princess” Diehl - CMAA Kungfu Student Profile

She embodies the spirit of “speak softly and carry a big stick”.  She comes in focused, and always works hard.  She doesn’t always get it on the first try, but she doesn’t quit until she gets it.  You know who she is, Suzy “The Aerial Princess” Diehl.

Shifu- Why did you start Kungfu? Suzy- My mom told me to, and I needed something productive to do over the summer (lame, I know.) My siblings were already at the CMAA, so it was only natural for me to join as well.

Shifu- What is your favorite thing about Kungfu? Suzy- I love how kungfu is a combination of practicality and artistry. It can look fierce, graceful, and epic all at once.

Shifu-Who is your favorite martial artist? Suzy- Bruce Lee (though Jackie Chan's movies are funny, so he's awesome, too.)

Shifu-What is your favorite dessert? Suzy- Apple pie!

Shifu-What are your goals in Kungfu for 2014? Suzy- I would like to-no, I WILL- get my aerial back!

Shifu- Anything else you’d like to share with everyone?"

Keep up the awesomeness, CMAA! If we work hard now, then we will surely perform well at the competition Thanks for sharing Suzy!  Keep up the hard work, you seem to understand the true meaning of Kungfu just right.

Tai Chi Episode on Kungfu Quest Fun and interesting episode of the Chinese television show Kungfu Quest showcasing Tai Chi, its philosophy and martial arts application.   Please enjoy the full episode here:

Tai Chi Gala- With Shifu Jiang Jian Ye Shifu Jiang will be teaching 3 different seminars at this year’s Tai Chi Gala, including: The 12 Directions of Dan Tian Power/Energy, 9-Dragons Bagua Push-Hands, Tai Chi San Shou 2-Person Application Set!

For May 30th- June 1st.  For more information about these seminars and many more, please visit:

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