Our Creed & OSS!

By now you’ve probably heard CMAA’s new student creed: We are Charlotte Martial Arts Academy. We bow in respect. We practice martial arts for peace and harmony. Oss.

That word at the end? “Oss.” There are many definitions. Our Sensei’s definition, shared by Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy, is really two meanings. One: it’s an abbreviation of Onegai Shimasu, which is a request along the lines of “With your permission.” Secondly, it’s tied to “ossu” which means Oshi Shinobu, which conveys the idea of “persevering when pushed” and having the grit to keep on going.

Students of the Month

These students embodied the CMAA creed in April:

  • Little Dragons — Lela Griffin
  • Junior — John Reiley Gregory
  • Adult — Jason Murphy
  • Black Belt Club/Nidan Club — Charlotte Gay
  • SWAT Team — Charlie Whitmire
  • Elite SWAT — Matthew Johnson
  • STORM Team — Jimmy Simpson
  • Fitness Kickboxing — Marla Carcamo
  • Park Road Montessori — Connor Ross

Eight-year-old John Reiley has only been doing karate since September, but he enjoys it. The St. Pat’s student enjoys warming up and practicing his sidekicks. Why is he doing karate? Because he’s rough, he says. What does he like about it? “It teaches you how to get away.”

More May birthdays!

Give an extra bow to your fellow martial artists who are turning a year older!

May 17

  • Alec Antista
  • Steve Sellers
  • Michael Turner

May 18

  • Nicolas Kedar

May 19

  • Eric Fischer

May 21

  • Finn Jones
  • Jonathan Young

May 22

  • Matthew Johnson

May 23

  • Kim Glenn

May 25

  • Natasha Edwards
  • Zarak Siddiqi
  • Skylar Smith
  • Liam Watkins

May 26

  • Jonathan Carcamo

May 27

  • Jim Nisley

May 28

  • Sam Georgopolous
  • James Leicester
  • Isaac Sheridan

May 29

  • Jack Gertner

Did you know?

Grit is perhaps a better indicator of future success than talent. A person’s ability to keep going in the face of setbacks, and put in the work long-term, matters as much as talent. As Martin E. P. Seligman, director of the Positive Psychology Center, tells Psychology Today, “Unless you’re a genius, I don’t think that you can ever do better than your competitors without a quality like grit.”

In fact, there is such a thing as a “10-year rule” which suggests that the key component in success is someone’s ability to stick with something through at least a decade of hard work.


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