No Virtual Grappling Please…

What with holidays and snow days, some students may feel behind in their classes. Catch up at our Curriculum Boot Camp on Sunday Feb. 26th. Register for the 1-3 p.m. class; cost is $59. We’re also offering additional Friday night classes for beginners 6 – 645 pm and novice/intermediate 645- 730 pm on Feb 17 and a Monster FKB class on Feb 20 from 6 – 8.

While you’re in the studio, register at the front desk for training with Sensei’s teacher Sigung Richard Bustillo. This annual seminar sees a martial arts master who trained under Bruce Lee teaching our students the art of Jeet Kune Do, Jiujitsu, Muay Thia and Kali/Escrima. Attend the whole weekend for $179 (in advance, or $199 at the door), one day for $109 or one class for $59. Catered lunch is available for $15/day.

Part of the fun of martial arts is learning to use weapons and to grapple. Nevertheless, we’ve made a decision to prohibit video gaming at the school. Electronic devices are still welcome, of course, but we ask that students waiting for class or siblings in attendance not play video games on site. Perhaps read an e-book instead? For instance, the chapter book series Moonshadow: The Rise of the Ninja is set in Japan during Shogun rule.

Students of the Month

Here are February’s standout students!

Little Dragon — Luca Paoloni

Junior — Cole Longworth

Adult — Gabriel Villatoro

BBC/NC — Lena Georgopolous

SWAT — Reid Wilson

Elite SWAT — Luke DeLaney

STORM — Hank Schmidt

FKB — Susan Gursky

Park Road — Sienna Moulton

Providence Day School sixth-grader Cole moved to Charlotte from Los Angeles last year and made CMAA his new martial arts home. “It really helps you focus and lets out energy so it’s not all pent up,” he said. The grappling on the mats has been the hardest part for him to adjust to after three years spent studying taekwondo, which is all kicking (rather than grips on the ground). But the high blue belt loves working with the weapons — his favorite so far has been nunchucks.

Did You Know?

You can reduce stress by reducing negative self-talk. According to research cited by the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking can provide many benefits:
• Increased life span
• Lower rates of depression
• Lower levels of distress
• Greater resistance to the common cold
• Better psychological and physical well-being
• Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
• Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

Turn negative thinking into positive self-talk with practice. Identify areas in your life that you typically think negatively about and start out by trying to take a more positive approach to one of those things (e.g. a class in school, a commute, a relationship). It also helps to be open to humor, check in on your mental attitude throughout the day, and follow a healthy lifestyle (which includes studying martial arts!).

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