Train with a Living Legend

Our Sensei is Coming! Our Sensei is Coming!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Once again we are hosting Sigung Richard Bustillo. This “Living Legend” who trained under Bruce Lee will teach our students the art of Jeet Kune Do (9 – 1130 a.m.) and Jiu-Jitsu (1-330 p.m.) on March 4. March 5 will be spent on Boxing/Muay Thai (830 a.m. – 11 a.m.) and Kali/Escrima (12-2 p.m.). 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. Register at the front desk!

We’re also offering additional classes in March on Friday March 3, 17 and 31. Beginners can train from 6 – 645 p.m. The novice/intermediate class is from 645 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The extra class means an added chance to show your spirit later this month when we host Spirit Week March 27 – April 1. You’ll have a chance to wear a wacky uniform, style your silly hair and more.

Keep an eye out, too, for details about the April 1 tournament at CMAA! Compete against fellow students in Kata performances, Weapon Kata, Team Kata and a grappling challenge.   Divisions will be broken up by age, skill, rank and size.  Don’t miss out on your chance to win your own set of custom engraved CMAA dog tags!!

March Birthdays in the CMAA Family

March 3
Jacob Glenn
Corbin Rosensteel
March 4
Mallory Obstler
March 5
Keith Hall
Tiffany Shores
March 6
Menke Allen
March 7
Nicholas Glenn
March 12
Henry Hammers
March 13
Caroline Mecia
March 14
Allison Fischer
March 17
Jason Murphy
March 20
Henry Hoover
March 23
Samuel Johnson
Maeve Raible
March 24
Ellis Small
March 26
Lunden Hall
March 29
Alex Kedar
March 31
Jurgen Buchenau
Dylan Williams

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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!).

How to get better in martial arts

There is one simple way to improve in martial arts. You can guess it. That’s right: Practice. We’re making it easier for students to get more training in starting this month with our added classes on the first and third Fridays of the month. That means this month, on February 3 and 17 we’ve added a Beginner class at 6pm and a Novice/Intermediate class at 6:45pm. Come start your weekend off with martial arts motivation!

While you’re here, check out a CMAA Summer Camp Magnet. We’re starting our annual contest in which those who proudly display the magnet on their car are entered into drawings. Monthly, We’ll draw for $50 and $25 gift certificates to the school or a T-shirt. Every 60 days we will draw for a FREE week of Summer Camp.

Summer camp registration is already open, by the way, so book now and get a reduced rate!

CMAA Family Birthdays

February 2
Tucker Cattie
February 7
Joel Murphy
February 8
Rosemary Ferguson
February 9
Ben Reister
Nathan Slattery
February 16
Hayden Lambkin
February 19
Jake Guffin
February 21
Kate McLaughlin
February 23
Winston Smith
February 24
Jack Andreozzi
February 27
Ruby Mayers
February 28
Gregg Watkins

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Martial Arts Teaches Respect

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

Leadership Appreciation

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!


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Reaping a new year’s goodness with CMAA

Let’s start off the new year with our own style of reaping. This January, Black Belt Club students will be working with the Kama. We have 3 styles (and 2 case options to choose from). This Okinawan martial arts weapon looks a lot like a sickle used for reaping the crops, but it’s also employed in weapons training.

For those on the leadership team, don’t forget the end of the year party is on January 14th, from 6-9pm at Kinetic Heights!  If you want to join us for some American Ninja Warrior style fun, fill out a waiver here.

Those of you who like to plan ahead will be happy to know that SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Register today for the lowest prices of the 2017 Summer Camp Season!

Birthday Wishes

Our best of birthday wishes to these CMAA family members turning a year older this month.

January 1
Crista Cammaroto
Elyjah Shafter

January 5
Lloydie Jaeger
Tracy Nisley
Skott Shores
Sebastian Walker

January 6
Walker Darnell
Susan Gursky

January 9
Forrest Collins
Lincoln Sanders
Baylor Skinner
Charlie Whitmire

January 11
Tripp Rickenbaker

January 13
Finley Jaeger
Landon Thomas

January 14
Elliott Vennum

January 17
Christopher Young

January 18
Amanda Wagler

January 20
William Mines
Menelik Murdock

January 21
Caleb Coble

January 22
Tim Kendrick

January 24
Kelly Davis
Max Prizinski
Beckett Skinner

January 26
Jimmy Simpson

January 27
Drew Hardison

January 29
Trae McAllister
Akira Osaka

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What better way to prepare your mind than with the lessons of patience, respect, and self-discipline that come with the effort to master the martial arts? We look forward to seeing you back on the mats in 2017!

Ho ho hi-yah. Holidays at CMAA

Can you believe it? Another group of students this week is testing for black belts. This means no classes starting after 6 pm all week. But be sure to join us at the graduation on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at CMAA.

We are open for regular classes the week after, but closed Dec 22- 31 (although FKB will continue). Plan now though to attend the annual New Year’s Eve lock-in. Starting at 6 p.m., kids love this night with their friends. Register at the front desk. It’s $79 for individuals and $158 for families!

Students of the Month

Little Dragon — Finn Cavanaugh

Junior — Henry Hammers

Adult —Steve Sellers

BBC/NC — Clark Jaeger

SWAT — Eric Fischer

Elite SWAT — Jacob Glenn

STORM — Ryan Borachok

FKB — Crista Cammaroto

Park Road Montessori —Vaishnavi Sahukar

Jacob Glenn is an 11-year-old Alexander Graham Middle Schooler ranked High Brown Belt. He’s been doing martial arts since he was four, after he was given the class as a birthday present. He enjoys teaching and being in Elite SWAT but admits he misses being a Dragon. “I liked being a Little Dragon and playing games; that was pretty fun.” Today, although he’s challenged by memorizing all of the curriculum below him, he enjoys being committed to something and having to learn discipline.

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See you in 2017!

’Tis the Season for Black Belts

Some may be in the mood for red and green this month, but we have several students thinking this month about black — their black belts.

With a Black Belt Prep Class tonight, a Brown/Black Belt Progress Check from 1 – 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and another Black Belt Prep class Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. there are plenty of opportunities for our latest Black Belt cyclers to get ready for their exams the week of the 12th.

Share your wishes for success with our High Brown to 1st Degree Black Belt candidates: Chris Angel, Laney Abernethy, Jason Murphy, Sandy Skardon, Jacob Glenn, Elyjah Shafter. Kate Hoover, Hayden Lambkin and our 1st Degree Black Belt to 2nd Degree Black Belt candidates Hank Schmidt, Grace Gay, Charlotte Gay and Jonathan Young.

There will no classes beginning after 6 p.m. Dec 12 through 16. On the 17th, the exams wrap up from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. But plan on joining our newest Black Belts in celebrating their hard work at graduation on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. at CMAA.

We’ll be closed Dec. 22 – December 31, but open for FKB and our traditional New Year’s Eve lock-in beginning at 6 p.m. that night. Join us by registering at the front desk. It’s $78 for individuals and $158 for families!

CMAA Family Birthdays

We finish out 2016 with a number of birthdays among our many belt ranks. Be sure to wish these CMAA-ers a Happy Birthday.

Dec 4

Pete Asmer

Dec 5

Mackinsey Johnson

Wesley Morgan

Dec 6

Hanshi Andrew Davis

Kohai Hank Schmidt

Dec 11

Marla Carcamo

John Reiley Gregory

Dec 12

Declan Henry

Dec 15

Marieke Wagler

Ellie Weatherly

Dec 17

Maddox Greene

Izzy Allen

Dec 22

Eliza Clarkson

Donovan Murray

Dec 24

Jennifer Osborne

Jesus Rebollo

Dec 25

Christopher Angel

Dec 27

Paige James

Caelyn Miller

Dec 28

Rachel Guffin

Scott Reister

Dec 30

Finn Callaway

Stone Little

Dec 31

Will Rentz

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