Vol. 43 No. 19
May 13, 2008
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It’s All in the Preparation
Pictured (R-L) Mike Drezal, John Scott, Lisa Bottino, Arthur Battle and Jonathan Schmitz
Recently several students from the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden and
Trumbull were promoted to their advanced ranks. The test was held at the
Trumbull Academy where junior adults and adults performed their martial arts
movements for Grandmaster Brian Hanson a Ninth Degree Black Belt. “This is a
very important time in our students’ martial arts careers; this is where they
usually make the decision to go all the way.
All the way means to their Black Belts,” said Frank Ciarleglio a Fifth
Degree Black and Instructor at the Hamden Academy. “At these levels of Adult
Green Belts through Brown Belts it becomes more serious, the workout become more
intense, and it requires more of an understanding of the martial arts movements,
because it’s all part of preparing for the Black Belt,” Ciarleglio said. The
martial arts at the Academy is broken down into three categories, traditional,
practical and competitive martial
arts. The traditional martial arts is
where the students go over designated patterns that they learn at each level to
help with body strength, conditioning and flexibility. The practical martial
arts is where the students learn self-defense movements and work these movements
in a simulated attack situation so they can handle themselves in a
self-defense situation whether it is a physical confrontation or a mentally
abusive one. The competitive martial
arts is where the students learn to do their movements and prepare for
tournaments. However, when the students are not training for a tournament the
focus switches to having a greater understanding of how to use their martial
arts movements in more of a free style of fighting, whether it is traditional or
practical martial arts. Sparring is a major part of this and is where the
concentration is on skill and movement as well as timing and distance, very
important concepts to understand for the practical portion of the martial arts.
At the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts it not just about rank it is about quality. “It’s about teaching our students how to stay healthy whether its defending themselves against an attacker, having a better outlook of oneself or being in better physical condition. It comes down to quality,” said Ciarleglio. The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts would like to congratulate these students for their achievements; Green Belt Lisa Bottino, First Degree Brown Belts Mike Drezal and Arthur Battle, Second Degree Brown Belt John Scott and Third Degree Brown Belt Jonathan Schmitz.
You can find more pictures and information on previous belt promotions at www.academyofkempo.com, or contact them at 288-9990.
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