Respect is among the many characteristics emphasized by martial arts at CMAA. This month you can see it in action. We’re hosting a Buddy Week — Jan. 17 – 23 — during which we ask students to share our school with a friend they respect. Bring a friend to class and you and your friend can join us also at a free movie night Jan. 21st at 6 p.m.
We’ll also be showing respect to our community this month. We’ll need volunteers to help when we clean up the neighborhood as part of Charlotte’s Clean Streets Program. Sign up online to help January 21 starting at 3 p.m. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather AND for picking up stuff, bring work gloves, and youngsters must bring a a parent!
We’re also respecting the art of grappling in a Boot Camp January 29. Join us from 1 – 3 p.m. that day to practice holds and getting out of them too. $59 per person.
Students of the Month
Little Dragon — Eli Kim
Junior — Amanda Wagler
Adult — Jason Murphy
BBC/NC — Christopher Beamon
SWAT — Jonathan Carcamo
Elite SWAT — Chance Nisley
STORM — Grace Gay
FKB — Kristen Darnell
Park Road Montessori — Sebastian Gretchell
Congratulations to the many students recognized at our quarterly leadership event. These students demonstrated the skills we teach on an ongoing basis. As Sensei Price noted at the Kinetic Heights event: “If you’re going to lead, you have to lead all of the time. You can’t just pick and choose when to be awesome.”
Recognition for the Quarter ending Dec. 31:
Top Staff — Nathan Glenn
Top Elite SWAT — Sean Borachok
Top STORM — Charlie Whitmire
Top SWAT — Gabriel Villatoro
We also shared our appreciation of these individuals who stood out as the top leader in their rank for 2016:
Top Staff — Nicholas Glenn and Nicholas Krug
Top Elite SWAT — Chance Nisley
Top STORM — Hank Schmidt
Top SWAT — Chris Angel
Finally, in an emotional promotion befitting the rarity of bestowing the title, Sensei Price welcomed Tyler Grier and Todd and David Patefield to the rank of Sho Sensei. They join just two others promoted to this rank in Sensei’s 20 years of teaching!
Did You Know?
More than 100 active volunteer groups are responsible for cleaning up hundreds of miles of city of Charlotte streets.
Here’s why it’s needed:
- Litter clean-up costs the U.S. more than 11.5 billion each year!
- Trash blowing out of truck beds and tipped roll out bins cause a large percent of litter in our neighborhoods.
- Litter decreases property values, diminishes community appearance and promotes even more litter.
- Even food waste has a cost. It attracts rodents to the side of the road. The rodents then attract raptors like hawks and owls. The raptors are then hit by cars.
Join CMAA in doing its part!