Monthly Newsletter – October 2016

  Dear Friends,

From seminars, to competitions, demo’s and other activities, don’t miss out on the action!

School Closings Kungfu Sash Test USA National Kungfu Team member Kevin Qin’s Kungfu Seminars! Ancient Chinese Tai Chi Manuscripts Translated Inspirational Movement Beautiful Tai Chi Kungfu/Tai Chi Competitions Resources For Home Practice

School Closings Please note, there are no school closings this month.  We will be open Columbus Day.

However, all Kungfu classes will be cancelled for Saturday, Oct. 22 for our special guest seminars by USA National Kungfu Team member Kevin Qin.  Please see below for more information about which seminar is the best fit for you or your child!

Kungfu Sash Test Please note that we will be holding our quarterly Sash Test on Sunday, October 2nd, 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.   

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 Black:$100.

USA National Kungfu Team member Kevin Qin’s Kungfu Seminars!

CMAA is very proud to announce we will be hosting two seminars with USA National Kungfu Team member Kevin Qin.  Kevin most recently earned bronze for the USA in the 2016 Pan-American Championships. Date: Saturday, Oct. 22 Time: 11:15-12:30 Beginner/Intermediate. 12:30-2:00 Advanced. More info here!


Ancient Chinese Tai Chi Manuscripts Translated What an incredible, FREE, online resource!  With translations of texts dating from the 1600’s, 1700’s, 1800’s and early 1900’s, these texts can give us insight into the original teachings of the internal arts.  Please visit, bookmark and frequent this website! Inspirational Movement Though its not a martial arts practice, these movements are certainly spectacular to observe.  In addition, for those of us who practice, it’s easy to imagine how nice it would be to have such incredible mobility and strength.  Hope this inspires you to continue strengthen your stances!

Although its a little less "exotic", here's an example of CMAA students training "wheels without steel"!  I see a future CMAA Kids CrossFit class in the making!

Beautiful Tai Chi In addition to being a pleasure to practice.  Taiji is simply beautiful to watch.  Please enjoy these two Tai Chi performances.


Kungfu/Tai Chi Competitions Competitions are great for those looking to challenge themselves.  Personally, I always disliked competing itself, but I knew it made me better so I forced myself to compete annually.

Competitions offer several benefits.  For example, they are good for short term goal setting, "I want to feel confident doing my entire XXX form by the competition date".  You can also get an idea of how your Kungfu skills compare to others from a 3rd party observer (judge).  Also, its a great way to bond with your teammates.  In addition, for some medals are motivating, and for others the fear of NOT getting a medal is motivating! For those of you interested in competing I wanted to get some upcoming competitions on your radar.  Please check with me to find out which one is right for you!

New England international wushu championships and USA traditional wushu team trials in south Windsor, CT Nov 5th.

Sat Dec. 3 UMD. This tournament is one of the best one the east coast.  High level competitors and well organized.  This tournament is good for those who have competed before and are looking for a better stage to show case their talents!

2017 5th annual Kungfu wushu tournament This Tournament is good for those looking to get competition experience!  The date is yet to be announced but its usually toward the end of Spring.

Resources For Home Practice When it comes to practicing Tai Chi, the easiest thing to do is just get to class.  Once you’re in the car the hard part is over, you know you’ll get a dedicated training session in.  We can go over questions, troubleshoot problems, discuss the nuances of the routines or simply review the forms. However, one of the best things you can do is practice at home throughout the week.  At first Tai Chi may seem challenging, but in the end it all comes down to consistency.  Here are some online resources to help newer practitioners with the forms we practice in class!

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




Shifu Lucas Geller

The Chinese Martial Arts Academy (CMAA) 3A Johnson Rd Latham, NY 12110 Phone: 518.755.7512 Email: Website: Facebook: