Vol. 43 No. 28
July 15, 2008
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(L-R) Back row:
Grandmaster Brian Hanson, Bonnie Jean Reilly, Alex Granitto, Anthony Williams,
Ben Hawkins, Muhammad
Ali, Cazimir Bzdyra, Kristine Burr and Shihan Frank Ciarleglio. Front row:
Michael Rotondo, Alfonso Mendoza and Samantha Cozzolino.
On July 9, 2008, students from the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden
earned their new ranks. There were children, junior adults and adults from
Hamden, New Haven, North Haven and Waterbury in the belt promotion.
The test administrator, Grandmaster Brian Hanson, 9th Degree
Black Belt and their instructor Shihan Frank Ciarleglio, 5th Degree
Black Belt viewed the students’ Martial Arts material. “To achieve a new
level at the Academy the students demonstrate their abilities and must do this
with the proficiency required for their level. The students demonstrate the
knowledge which they gain through their classes and have to use it in an
applicable situation”, Ciarleglio said.
each level comes a new challenge, whether it is a mental challenge or a physical
challenge and it helps the students at the Academy to become more aware of
themselves and others. “The students go through different scenarios during
their training, which helps them to mentally understand the situation and
physically be able to defend themselves. Many of these situations require a team
effort with their classmates. At the Academy the students learn how to be
leaders and work independently but also learn how to work with others as a team.
The Martial Arts is a state of being, both mentally and physically and whether
alone or with others.” Ciarleglio said.
Academy of Kempo Martial Arts would like to congratulate these students for
their achievements. Adult Ranks (adults and junior adults): Yellow Belts –
Kristine Burr, Cazimir Bzdyra, and Bonnie Jean Reilly, Orange Belts - Muhammad
Ali, Alex Granitto and Anthony Williams, and Purple Belt – Ben Hawkins. Junior
Ranks (four years old thru ten years old): Junior Green Belt – Samantha
Cozzolino and Michael Rotondo , and First Degree Junior Brown – Alfonso
Mendoza. For more information on the Academy, you can call 288-9990 or look them
up on the web at www.academyofkempo.com.
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