Honoring a Martial Arts Master

 

We’d like to take a moment to recognize the late Sigung Richard Bustillo. Having trained under Bruce Lee, Sigung Bustillo taught our Sensei’s and many of our students through annual seminars in the art of Jeet Kune Do (JKD), Jiujitsu, Muay Thai and Kali/Escrima.

Sigung Bustillo began studying martial arts in his native Hawaii at the age of 8. The Filipino-American began his study under Bruce Lee in Los Angeles at age 24. In his lifetime he was also certified as US Olympic Training Center boxing coach, welcomed into the Black Belt Hall of Fame and the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He also worked with law enforcement as a defensive tactics instructor.

Credited with a role in generating worldwide interest in JKD, Sigung Bustillo was remembered this week in a memorial celebration for his “warmth, humor, and generosity” and being “quick with both his jabs and his jokes.” His home academy honored him as a humble mentor: “He knew no single approach was right for every student and guided many in reaching a level they didn’t know they were capable of — both on and off the mat.”

We at CMAA are grateful for the time he shared with us perpetuating the martial arts. We will continue to work diligently to foster his unselfish, comprehensive and practical approach to the martial arts in our own students.

Students of the Month

Here are April’s standout students!

Little Dragon — Stone Little
Junior — Ella Young
Adult — Derek Walker
BBC/NC — Douglas Christen
SWAT — Jack Sorge
Elite SWAT — Whit Wright
STORM — Hayden Lambkin
FKB — Johann Carcamo
Park Road — Devin Antista

Brown belt Jack Sorge has been studying martial arts with us for the past five years. The seventh grader at the Fletcher School enjoys being able to help students learn something he enjoys doing. In particular, he enjoys using the weapons — any weapon. Remembering the kata can be challenging, he concedes, yet he would encourage anyone to try martial arts saying: “Try it definitely because it can teach you life lessons.”

martial arts charlotte

Did You Know?

Popeye was on to something with his enthusiasm for spinach. This edible flowering plant’s leaves (which we eat as a vegetable) are rich in a variety of health benefits. The World’s Healthiest Foods site ranks spinach as its:

# 1 source of magnesium and iron (both minerals)
# 2 source of vitamins B2 and B6 (both water-soluble vitamins)
# 3 source of folate (another water-soluble vitamin
# 2 source of vitamin K (a fat-soluble vitamin)
# 2 source of vitamin E
# 3 source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin A
# 5 source of manganese
# 8 source of copper. Not sure where pennies rank on their listings for copper, but presumably low on the list since they are not food!

Slip spinach into a fruit smoothie, or try some of these 10 Kid-Friendly Spinach Recipes to find creative ways to get reluctant Popeye’s to eat their greens.

 

 

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