Monthly Newsletter - September

Chinese Martial Arts Academy Monthly Newsletter September, 2012

Dear Students,

With so many great things going on right now this is without a doubt the longest school newsletter to date. Some of the announcements are important while others are just more fun and interesting.  Please take a few minutes to read about all the exciting things going on at CMAA so you don’t miss a thing!

Major Announcement (reminder):

The Chinese Martial Arts Academy (CMAA) will be moving to a new location- our very own home! Find out what this means for you! Read more here:

Progress Update: We are very hopeful of making our move in the second week of September.  While we are aiming to have our first class in the new school on September 15th,  if things keep going as smoothly as they are now we may even begin classes in the new space earlier in the week!  I will keep you updated via in class announcements, website/facebook updates, and email.

Class Cancellations As you can imagine things are all getting very busy now as we near moving in to our new home.  Once we are settled in, we will be offering many more classes six days a week!  However, in this period of transition we will have to cancel a few classes.  Please note the following class cancelations.

Wednesday 5-8 Tai Chi

Thursday 5:30-6:30 Kungfu Kickboxing

Thursday 8-9:30 Kungfu

Morning Tai Chi, Kids Kungfu, Wednesday Kungfu and Saturday classes will all be held as regularly scheduled.

Our new class schedule will be effective immediately as of our move in date.  Please visit our website to view the future schedule:

New Website! We have a new website!  Along with a new school, we have also updated our online image.  Please visit for up-to-date information about the school (including our future location and schedule).  Please contact me with any suggestions about the website and forward it to any friends and family that might be interested in our classes.

Sash Test We will be conducting our quarterly Kungfu Sash Test September 15th.  Please register by September 8th if you or your child is ready to progress. If you are not sure if you or your child is ready to test, please speak with me before class.  Testing is required to advance to the next level of forms training.  Also, please note the testing requirements and the small associated fee as identified by the curriculum:

CMAA Superhero Training for Kids (and Adults;) How many of you have watched Kungfu Panda, the Karate Kid or other exciting action movie? How many of you have played video games with the role of a superhero, someone strong and brave? Did you ever wonder what it would be like if you had those awesome powers?

Team CMAA! CMAA officially forms the Dragon Tiger Wushu Team and DT Fight Team! To learn more about what this means for you (or your child), please read more here:

CMAA and CrossFit Essay My name is Lucas Geller. I am the owner of a new martial arts school- The Chinese Martial Arts Academy. In one day I train 5 year olds to become super heroes, tattooed bodybuilders sport fighting and help seniors in their pursuit of longevity. Let me explain to you why I know Crossfit will be a powerful addition to our current course offerings:

China Trip: It is that time of year again.  Grandmaster Jiang Jianye will be leading a group to China during the month of September.  This year the group will be traveling to Shanghai-Zhangjiajie-Chengdu- Mt. Leshan- Tibet- Mt. Qingcheng- with an extended trip to Xian-Beijing. This year the group will focus on learning Tai Chi, Qigong and Buddhist and Daoism Chanting and meditation! Wish you all a safe and exciting trip, we look forward to lots of great stories and photo sharing when you return.

Interview with Longtime Taichi and Kungfu Practitioner Sandra Balint. Growing up training at the Capital District TaiChi and Kungfu Association, I remember at every seminar, every school demo, every event- there was one woman always there.  She was always helping to organize, prepare, clean up and TAKE PHOTOS!  I knew she was a dedicated, long time student of my Shifu, Jiang Jianye.

With great appreciation of her dedication to the arts, Shifu Jiang Jianye and CMAA I asked Sandra Balint for an interview.  I knew she would have a lot to share, a lot of great knowledge we could learn from.

CMAA Monthly Challenge, September- Goal Setting! Training with short term goals in mind will help us make those incremental baby steps and improvements required to achieve our long term goals. Remember “A goal without a plan is just a wish”. Make a plan and make your wish a reality!

That is all for now.  Hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend.

Please stay tuned for more updates on our upcoming move!