QUAD TOWN        Vol. 44        No. 46        December 8, 2009


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Free Martial Arts Lessons For Food

 Academy of Kempo - Teens Seperate Food for Drive 

Pictured (L-R) Colt Pimer, Maya Caicedo, Antonio Rodriguez and Chris Pimer.


          Hamden: Here are some of the Junior Adult Students from the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden separating the food collected in November for Saint Ann’s Soup Kitchen and the Keefe Center’s Food Bank. The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts of Hamden kicked off their annual food drive in September and has donated 35 bags of food to date.

          The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts is accepting donations for these two organizations to help the many families who have a limited amount of resources available to them due to current economic conditions. The goal of the Academy is to help these organizations to help these families enjoy their holidays by holding this food drive, and the Academy hopes that during this season of giving that they can encourage others to help also.

           “At the Academy we teach our students the importance of helping others. Donating food, clothing, toys, other material items or a monetary donation can do this, but that is not the only way of helping someone. Other ways to help is volunteering with different organizations, making things for someone (for example making a holiday card for someone in the military, a get well soon card for someone who is ill, drawing a picture etc.) or helping a family member, friend, neighbor or even a stranger”, said Shihan Frank Ciarleglio the instructor at the Academy. “These are very important life lessons for the younger people, this helps them to be part of a community and understand that everyone can give whether it’s something you buy or something you do for someone” said Ciarleglio.

          The Academy is offering its students a free semi-private lesson for any five or more non-perishable items they donate and offering two weeks of free lessons to non-students (limited to one give away per person and cannot be combined). “I am offering these free Martial Arts lessons as a way of giving back to those who give, and I am also hoping that it will encourage others to give when they would not have normally done so. This is a great opportunity for students to get some one-on-one training and for non-students to try the Martial Arts. These are rough times that we live in and some self-defense knowledge should be a necessity not a luxury”, said Ciarleglio.

          The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts is accepting donations now through the end of the holiday season, at 1890 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden Connecticut, 06514. You can also contact the Academy by phone at (203) 288-9990, or visit them on the web at www.academyofkempo.com to find out what are the best times to drop off your donations and receive your gift.


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