How Many Ninja Costumes Will We See?

We’re hosting a Halloween party at CMAA this month! From 6 – 8 pm on October 28, we hope to see families in their costumes for a fun night together. We’ll have a costume contest, games and a haunted house! Parents, please note, this is not a drop-off event. We want you to share in the fun too!

The Halloween event is the final piece of Bring a Buddy Week. We welcome your friends and family members (any one you consider a Buddy) on the mats for a trial class Oct 23rd to Oct 28th.

Then, on Halloween night proper, we’ll be closed. We’ll likely be too busy trying to scare small children in our own neighborhood to host classes that day.


Students of the Month

Kudos to this month’s hardworking students that have done an especially great job!

Little Dragons — Madison Farley

Junior — Dylan Younce

Adult — Skott Shores

Black Belt/Nidan Club — Sid Rau

SWAT — Stephen Knaack

Elite SWAT — Nicolas Kedar

STORM — Hayden Lampkin

Fitness Kickboxing — Tim Kendrick

Did you know?

Sure, it’s fun to get or give out Halloween treats at this time of year. Yet, you don’t want to get stuck with pounds of candy at the house after the big night. Here are some ideas on what you can do with any leftover candy (or too much loot):

If you have any leftover tricks, bring them to your next belt testing. Maybe you can make Sensei laugh if you get a question wrong.


Martial Arts Makes Leaders

Every day you train at Charlotte Martial Arts Academy you’re learning leadership. By respecting the instructors, by following instructions, and by supporting each other on the mats, you are being a leader. When you do your best, others will want to follow your example. Still, we want to be sure our Leadership Team pays attention to all of the skills a leader needs. That’s why we’ll be hosting Leadership Team training Oct 13 at 6 p.m.

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Looking ahead, we’ll be welcoming CMAA students’ family and friends on the mats for Buddy Week Oct 23 – 28. The week will end with a Halloween Party at 6 pm on the 28th. Plus, we want to be sure you are free to hand out healthy snacks and see the costume parade on Halloween Night. So, we’re closed Oct. 31.



These CMAAers have October birthdays — wish them well!

Oct 2

Sensei Roberts

Oct 8

Zaiir Walcott

Oct 9

Josephine Paoloni

Graham Young

Oct 10

William Davis

Oct 11

Peter Morgan

Oct 13

Kristin Darnell

Jordan Jaeger

Loral Kingsley

Oct 18

Alden Fletcher

Oct 20

Matthew Sensabaugh

Oct 23

Ryan Borachok

Oct 24

Audrey Knaack

Oct 27

Miller Baldwin

Oct 28

Amelia Monte

Oct 29

Fisher Morrow

Oct 31

Ariana Carcamo

Ariel Carcamo

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Birthday with Black Belts

We’re hitting out September stride. So much so that we’re back to testing again at the end of the month. Many Novice and Intermediates are up for Belt Testing at 6pm on Sept. 29. Also, please note that all classes are cancelled on Sept. 30.

In the meantime, with summer camp in the rearview mirror, we find we miss the exuberance of open play at Charlotte Martial Arts Academy. One way we get to play more games and have extra fun is when someone lets us host their birthday party! Host your next party at CMAA and enjoy an all-inclusive, professionally run party on the mats.

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Students of the Month

Little Dragons — Fisher Morrow
Junior — Payton Majors
Adult — Joe Knaack
Black Belt/Nidan Club — Rainier Coggins
SWAT — John Reiley Gregory
Elite SWAT — Emma Small
STORM — Hayden Lambkin
Fitness Kickboxing — Liz Davis

Did You Know?

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You can prepare better for tests — belt tests or school exams — by eating a healthy diet. Since our brain uses glucose, vitamins and minerals, water and fats to function, you need to keep these replenished to fuel your grey matter.

Here are some healthy snack suggestions for test prep courtesy of Developing Human Brain:

• Walnuts, for instance, help develop neurotransmitters while pistachios prevent inflammation in the brain and cashews improve memory.
• Apples also boost brain power, reduce anxiety, and particularly useful for martial arts, increase movement and sensory perception. That’s thanks to their high levels of acetylcholine.
• Blueberries are a super-food too thought to greatly improve memory and decision making.
• Pumpkin seeds enhance focus and help you replenish zinc in stressful times.

Here’s one more fun one: Dark Chocolate can diminish the negative effects of stress and improve problem-solving skills.

Now your only remaining problem is what amount of these you can eat before the test and still avoid a stomach ache.

Labor Day and Martial Arts

 You probably know Labor Day is more than the makings of a long weekend. Since the late 1800s the first Monday in September has been dedicated to workers’ contributions to the country’s strength, prosperity and well-being. So, although we’re closed Labor Day weekend (though Fitness Kickboxing will still be offered), we want to take this opportunity to recognize your contributions to CMAA’s strength and prosperity.


Without your hard work as students, Charlotte Martial Arts Academy would not be as successful. Your willingness to train, learn, and persevere provide the foundation for our school’s culture. So, while enjoying some time off this weekend, we hope you’ll also enjoy this tribute to each of you for your special contributions.


Many CMAAers have birthdays this month. Wish them well when you see them on the mats!

Sept 5

Misa Harashima

Sept 7

Heyes Clarkson

Sept 8

Sandy Skardon

Sept 10

Eric Loselle

Cindy Watkins

Sept 13

Jude Murphy

Lydia Skardon

Sept 16

Luke Godshall

Chance Nisley

Janna Williams

Sept 17

Meredith Angel

Sept 18

Ibraheem Naushad

Sept 20

Jack Sorge

Sept 21

Luke Delaney

Sept 26

Stellan Barkley

Sept 27

Nolan DeRose

Charles Hammacher

Reid Wilson

Sept 29

Callan Henry

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Back to School Routine includes CMAA


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We’re in the midst of our final week of summer camp this week — what a fun summer it has been! But, like you, we’re starting to turn our attention to getting back to the regular routine of the school year.

We will be returning to our typical class schedule of Monday and Friday morning fitness kickboxing and no morning martial arts classes! If you want a tune up to get back into a regular training routine, let us know. We’re happy to set you up with a FREE private lesson to get you back on track with your classes.

Students of the Month

Congrats to these hard working students for all they did this past month!

Little Dragons — Ava Murphy

Junior — Ibraheem Naushad

Adult — Charles Hammacker

Black Belt/Nidan Club — Walker Darnell

SWAT — Jack Sorge

Elite SWAT — Jonathan Carcamo

STORM — Chance Nisley

Fitness Kickboxing — Scott Reister

 Ibraheem had a big smile on his face when he learned he was student of the month. The second grader at Chantilly Montessori figures he has been doing martial arts only seven or eight months. The green belt has been enjoying learning new things and doing fun stuff.  He says the nunchuck kata can be hard to remember, and he worries some about learning all of the skills as the belt difficulty builds, but he likes being challenged. No wonder then he is a student of the month!

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Did You Know?

Going back to school again represents a big change for everyone in the household. There are ways, though, to make the transition a little easier.

  • Adjust bedtime 15 minutes earlier over the next week or so to practice getting to bed sooner. This can help make the morning routine a little less hectic and difficult!
  • Plan ahead how your family will handle a missed or delayed bus. In the first weeks back the bus schedule can be erratic — don’t plan any early morning meetings you can avoid if you need to wait and be sure a child is aboard the bus first!
  • Avoid overbooking, especially in the early weeks when you are adapting to the new routine, focus on making fewer extra commitments. In this way you can gauge how well your student can manage school work and other activities before adding on to the calendar.

You might also have your child pick out five fresh outfits for the week of classes on Sunday morning. You’ll know you have enough clean clothes ready (and be giving yourself time still on the weekend to do laundry if needed). Of course, we’d suggest making sure their karate bag is packed with everything in top shape too! See you on the mats.

Still time for summer martial arts fun!

August has arrived, but that doesn’t mean your summer fun is over. We still have room in our camps for this coming month. What are you waiting for? Register for your spot!

We’re also offering our extra class sessions during the day while camp is on. Every Tuesday and Thursday there is a Little Dragons class from 930 a.m. – 10 a.m. with All Belt levels able to take class from 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Keep in mind, though, we’ll soon be returning to our regular class schedule of Monday and Friday morning fitness kickboxing and no morning martial arts classes. We’ll also be returning to regular uniforms!

If you’re coming back to CMAA from a summer break, let us know. We’re happy to set you up with a FREE private lesson to get you back on track with your classes.

August Birthdays

We have 20 CMAA family members to fete this month. Be sure to wish them a Happy Birthday when you see them on the mats.

Aug 2
Finn Cavanaugh
Aug 4
Laney Abernethy
Elliot Huffman
Aug 8
Ainsley Lauder
Aug 10
Jack LaPiana
Aug 12
Justin Sparks
Aug 14
Keith Muncy
Aug 17
Cooper Angel
Anthony Coggins
Aug 18
Cole Longworth
Aug 22
Sam Johnson
Aug 23
Landon Broadwell
Ava Murphy
Aug 24
Davis McArthur
Mandy Stroup
Aug 25
Mason Shores
Aug 27
Axel Prus
Jenson Prus
Aug 30
Christopher Beaman
Stephen Knaack

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Happy and Healthy Campers at CMAA

We’re back from an excellent week off celebrating Independence Day, and summer camp continues on at CMAA.

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We see summer camp as an important part of a happy and healthy lifestyle for kids. Teaching responsibility and independence, encouraging technology-free fun, embracing creative play and giving kids lots of physical activity, camp offers skills to overcome life’s challenges. Plus, our campers compete together in friendly contests over the healthiest lunch options — helping their healthy eating habits too.

There’s still time to register for CMAA summer camp. Do it today!

STORM and SWAT team members, don’t forget to RSVP for the end-of-quarter party at Sky High on July 23 starting at 245 p.m.

Students of the Month

Little Dragons — Heyes Clarkson
Junior — Owen Muncy
Adult — Maria Carcamo
Black Belt/Nidan Club — Menelik Murdock
SWAT — Ella Young
Elite SWAT — Sam Georgopolous
STORM — Hayden Lambkin
Fitness Kickboxing — Kim Glenn

Did You Know?

Having your child do chores around the house has many benefits for them. Young children and teens are often impulsive and self-absorbed — they want what they want when they want it — and unaware of how much work it takes to run a household. This can make it feel like a constant battle to get them to complete their chores. Yet, research shows that doing chores lets kids:

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  • Feel connected to the family
  • Builds their self-esteem
  • Makes the more responsible
  • Prepares them for adult life

The struggle is real, but the value is too. You are giving your child an opportunity to give back and begin to take care of him or herself and others.