QUAD TOWN Vol. 45 No. 43 November 16, 2010
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The Beginning of a Journey
Pictured: David Bamgboye, Julia Voinov, Imaan Massod, and Nathaneal Miller with Shihan Frank Ciarleglio in the back.
Hamden: On November 10, 2010, students from the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden earned their new ranks. “The martial arts at the Academy is not just about the kicks and the punches, it’s about becoming the best you can be,” said Shihan Frank Ciarleglio, the instructor and Test Administrator at the Academy. “It’s all about the quality of the students’ performance and about how they are doing outside of the dojo. To help someone to become the best they can be it takes a team of people to nurture a child. That is why when we teach something in the dojo we show how it directly correlation to the outside world. When a child or an adult decides to study the martial arts they start their journey of self-improvement, better health and a safer way of living through their martial arts knowledge and training,” said Ciarleglio.
The students learn the martial arts material necessary for a new rank and then have to perform it proficiently for their level to be chosen for a test. The children also must show that they are following the rules of respect, self-control and self-discipline at home and school to be selected. Then they have to be able to perform their movements and demonstrate their understanding of the movements to pass the test. “The ranks are always earned and never given to a student and this is very important. The way the martial arts is taught at the Academy helps our students to set and achieve goals and when they go through the test and earn that new rank the look pleasure and feeling of accomplishment that fills the dojo is amazing. That is one of the major ways we help our students gain self-confidence and have better self-esteem,” said Ciarleglio.
The martial arts takes commitment from the students and their family, as well as the instructor to accept only the best, which is how success is achieved at the Academy of Kempo. Congratulations to these students for their success; Yellow Belt - David Bamgboye and Nathaneal Miller, Junior Yellow Belt - Imaan Massod and Julia Voinov. 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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