QUAD TOWN Vol. 45 No. 31 August 24, 2010
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Self-Defense for the Streets
Pictured is Gabriella Rodriguez helping Gabriel Ciarleglio to sharpen his defensive skills.
Hamden: On the week of August 9, 2010, the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden held their “Summer 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 camp 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, work belts, 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, hats, 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.
“Self-defense is not all about the punches or kicks; it is also about utilizing your minds. Our lesson plan covered things such as: being aware of your surroundings, making your home safer both inside and outside, and how to spot trouble and avoid dangerous situations completely. For the children the focus also included stranger danger situations, dealing with bullies, peer pressure and techniques on how to handle themselves in those types of situations,” said Ciarleglio.
The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts is known for the quality of their programs, whether it is the children’s, teens or adult classes. The instructors at the Academy are there to help the students with not only knowing how to handle themselves in a physical situation but also how to handle the things that happen to them on a daily basis. “As an Instructor I have been trained and continue my own education both in the Martial Arts and on how to help people to overcome their daily obstacles,” said Ciarleglio.
For more information on the Academy, you can call (203) 288-9990 or visit them on the web at www.academyofkempo.com. While on the web site, please check out the other photos of street clothes week and the Personal Safety Page.
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