Monthly Newsletter - October

Monthly Newsletter – October Dear Friends,

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

School Closings Kungfu Competition October in Boston, MA Kungfu Sash Test Student of the Month Profile – Stavros “Zeus” Paganos Festival of Nations – CMAA Martial Arts Demo 1 Year FREE at CMAA – Referral Program! Kick or Treat – Halloween at CMAA Qigong Postures and Benefits Articles A Special Thank You

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

Best,

Shifu

School Closings Please note we will be closed and all classes will be canceled Columbus Day Weekend on Saturday and Monday (Oct. 11th/13th).  Otherwise, all classes will be held as regularly scheduled.

Kungfu Competition: International Chinese Marital Arts Championship If you are interested in competing, this is a great opportunity. CMAA will be organizing a competition team to participate in the 4th Annual “New England” Kung Fu – Wushu Championship.  This year’s competition will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Fore Kicks Sports Complex in Marlborough, MA. (aprox. 30 minutes outside of Boston).

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!

For more information please visit the website here: http://www.kungfuchampionship.com/boston/ For registration forms please follow this link: http://www.kungfuchampionship.com/boston/registration.html

Kungu Sash Test Please note that we will be holding our quarterly Sash Test on Sunday, October 19th at 10:30 am!

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.http://www.martialartsalbany.com/kungfu-sash-requirements/

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 AlbanyCMAA@gmail.com 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 – Stavros “Zeus” Paganos You can’t help but hear the claps on thunder and imagine bolts of lightning as Stavros “Zeus” Paganos connects on his front slaps and tornado kicks.  Combine that with his great stances and you’ve got the foundation for future success as a competitor in the martial arts. You may have noticed that a year ago, he and his sister Georgia joined CMAA and seemed to climb the ranks very quickly.  Part of that was their work ethic and consistency, while another was a previous year of training Wushu Kungfu basics at the Chinese Community Center.  I’d like to take the opportunity to better acquaint you with October’s Student of the Month- Stavros Paganos.

Shifu: Why did you start Kungfu? Stavros: It looked cool and I was obsessed with Jackie Chan movies and for self-defense.

Shifu: What is your favorite thing about Kungfu? Stavros: Everything! It's awesome.

Shifu: What are your goals in Kungfu for this coming year? Stavros: To get through spear.

Shifu: Do you have any advice for anyone looking to get better at Kungfu? Stavros: Keep practicing and don't give up.

Shifu: What is your favorite food? Stavros: Mmmm I have a lot: any meat, fries, Greek food, cheeseburgers and PIE!

Shifu: When you’re not training at CMAA what do you like to do in your free time? Stavros: Play video games, go on YouTube, and text people lol... Even though I have studying :/

Shifu: When you and Georgia fight at home is it like a kungfu movie scene with spears and swords? Stavros: Totally.

Shifu: Anything else about yourself you’d like to share with everyone? Stavros: I'm half Greek and I love Kungfu! I literally come every day and everyone is nice and I have many friends. My favorite movie right now is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I also have a cat named Smokey ^_^

Kick or Treat! Halloween at CMAA Kick or Treat!  Come wear your Halloween costume to kungfu on Friday, October 31st !  Of course we’ll train hard as usual, but there will be time for games and treats! 

Qigong Routine's Postures and Benefits

Here's is a link to the Chinese National Health Qigong Association (CNHQA).  On the website you can review "Practice Tips" page.  There are many articles on Yi Jin Jing (Tendon Changing Classic) and Ba Duan Jin (Eight Sections Brocade) as well as general qigong practice (listed at the bottom of the page under "Other").  In the various articles western medicinal and traditional Chinese medicinal benefits are described. While traditionally there are many variations of these routines, we do the exact same forms as described by the CNHQA. http://jsqg.sport.org.cn/en/tips/index.html

Under the "Illustration" page, there is also a step by step description of the routines (including photos). http://jsqg.sport.org.cn/en/illustration/index.html 

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 10/5/14).

Festival of Nations Come have fun and support your team as a group of your classmates perform at the Festival of Nations.  Our group is scheduled to perform around 12pm on Sunday, 10/26.  More info here: http://festivalofnations.net/ A Special Thank You Last month I celebrated my birthday at CMAA and then at the end of the month my grandfather passed.  I wanted to say thank you for all your kind words and support.  Your sincere show of care in the form of cards, celebrations and then condolences and sympathies was significant and meaningful.  I couldn’t be more thankful to work for such kind people.

Summary

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

Best,

Shifu