QUAD TOWN        Vol. 45        No. 6    February 16, 2010


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Self-Defense for the Streets

Academy of Kempo - Self-Defense for the Streets - Carrie Meyer Defending herself against Ben Hawkins, Ziael Aponte and Cazimir Bzdyra 

Pictured : Carrie Meyer Defending herself against Ben Hawkins to her right, Ziael Aponte from behind and Cazimir Bzdyra on the ground.

Hamden: On the week of January 25, 2010, the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden held their “Street Clothes Week”. This is where the students can wear their regular clothes to class. On one of the days during the week, it was recommended that the students wear their school clothes or their work clothes, and on the other day, they wear the clothes that they would normally hang out in. If the students came in on a third day, they were to choose a different style of clothes to wear. The Academy also asked the students to bring in any accessories they use on a daily basis, such as backpack, shoulder bags, books, etc.

 At the Academy, it is important for the students to understand their Martial Arts movements and how to use them in a real situation. “With all of the mugging, home invasions and crime in general on the rise there are more people coming into the Academy with self-defense on their mind. This week’s lesson plan brought the students’ understanding of self-defense to a new level. Our students learned how to overcome the restrictions that their clothes may impose on their movements and how to defend against someone who is trying to use their clothes (such as hoods, jacket, ties, etc.) against them. Another part of street clothes week was learning how to defend against someone trying to use the accessories a person carries with them on a day to day basis and how to use those some accessories as a self-defense tool,” said Shihan Frank Ciarleglio, a 5th Degree Black Belt and Instructor at the Hamden Academy.


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