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Hamden, Connecticut                        www.thehamdenjournal.com                        March 4, 2011

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Sports & Recreation                                                                                                                                    

 

Becoming the Best You Can Be

Academy of Kempo Martial Arts - Shihan Frank Ciarleglio - Alex Prosper, Celina Caicedo, Connor Grace, Francine Corpus, Gabriella Rodriguez, Alexander Antoine - January 29, 2011 Belt Promotion

(back row) Shihan Frank Ciarleglio; (front row, left to right) Alex Prosper, Celina Caicedo, Connor Grace, Francine Corpus, Gabriella Rodriguez, and Alexander Antoine.

 

On January 29, students from the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden earned their new ranks. There were adults, teens, and children from Hamden and Woodbridge in the belt promotion. “These students have worked very hard to understand the techniques they have learned and continue to show growth in their knowledge of martial arts movement,” said Shihan Frank Ciarleglio, the Instructor and Test Administrator at the Academy.

“The martial arts at the Academy are not just about the kicks and the punches, it’s about becoming the best you can be. It is all about the quality of the students’ martial arts movements, and for the children it is about how they are doing outside of the dojo with the rules of the Academy, respect, self-control, and self-discipline. To help a child to become the best they can be takes a team of people to nurture them, which is why when we teach something in the dojo we show how it directly correlates to the outside world. This helps to make a connection in the children’s minds when they hear how the lesson plan affects behavior, manners, how to be a leader and how to make good decisions. This connection is what has been taught to them by their family, teachers, and coaches. It is about consistency and positive role models that help the children develop the proper habits to succeed. When a child or an adult decides to study the martial arts they start their journey of self-improvement, better health, and a safer way of living through their martial arts knowledge and training,” said Ciarleglio.

Students at the Academy learn the martial arts material necessary for a new rank and then perform it proficiently for their level to be chosen for a test. The children also show that they are doing their best at home and school in order to be selected. They have to be able to perform their movements and demonstrate their understanding of the movements to pass the test. “The ranks are always earned and never ‘given’ to a student and this is very important. The way the martial arts is taught at the Academy helps our students to set and achieve goals, and when they go through the test and receive that new rank they know that they have really earned it. It is very important for our students, as well as any individual, to be recognized for their accomplishments.  This is one of the major ways we help our students gain self-confidence and have better self-esteem,” noted Ciarleglio.

Martial arts take commitment from students and families, as well as the instructor to accept only the best, which is how success is achieved at the Academy of Kempo. Congratulations to the following students for their success. Adult Ranks (adult and teens): Orange Belt – David Bamgboye; and Blue Belt with a Green Stripe – Antonio Rodriguez, Erin Joyce, and Maya Caicedo. Junior Ranks (children): Junior Yellow Belt – Alex Prosper, Celina Caicedo, and Connor Grace; Junior Blue – Belt Francine Corpus; Junior Blue Belt with a Green Stripe – Gabriella Rodriguez; and Junior Green Belt with a Brown Stripe – Alexander Antoine.

For more information on the Academy, please call 203.288.9990 or visit them on the web at www.academyofkempo.com.

Academy of Kempo Martial Arts - Shihan Frank Ciarleglio - David Bamgboye, Antonio Rodriguez, Erin Joyce, Maya Caicedo, Emily Maranets - Januar 29, 2011 Belt Promotion

(back row) Shihan Frank Ciarleglio; (front row, left to right) David Bamgboye, Antonio Rodriguez, Erin Joyce, Maya Caicedo, and Emily Maranets.

 

 

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