QUAD TOWN Vol. 44 No. 42 November 10, 2007
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The Challenge to Improve
Back Row (L-R)
Ben Hawkins and Arthur Battle, Middle Row
Kevin Antoine and Antonio Rodriguez
and Front Row Gabriel Ciarleglio
Throughout the month of October, the Academy of Kempo in Hamden held their
fourth annual push-up challenge. This challenge was designed by Shihan Frank
Ciarleglio to help motivate the students to become better with their push-ups.
“The goal is to compete with yourself to become better and better - that is
one of the most important aspects of the Martial Arts, self-improvement” said
For those who find that competing with others is their motivator,
Ciarleglio has designed the challenge so there would be a competition within the
individual classes, (separated by age and levels) as well as a competition
throughout the Academy. Ciarleglio monitored everyone’s improvements and
coached the students on how to improve. “To improve in any task it takes
motivation, self-discipline and hard work at the correct things. So many people
set goals to improve their way of life and work very hard but get nowhere. It is
important to surround yourself with other goal-oriented people and work with
someone who can guide you if you need help”, Ciarleglio said.
The Academy of Kempo would like to congratulate the participants whose
push-ups improved throughout the month and hopes that they will continue their
journey to better health and well-being. A special congratulations to Gabriel
Ciarleglio for being the most improved in the Little Dragons Class (4yrs old
through 6yrs old), to Ziael Aponte and Kevin Antoine for being the most improved
in the Advanced Preteen Class (7yrs old through 10yrs old) and the most improved
in the Academy, to Antonio Rodriguez for being the most improved in the Junior
Adult Class (11yrs old through 15yrs old), to Ben Hawkins for being the most
improved in the Adult Class (16yrs old and up), and to Arthur Battle for being
the most improved in the Advanced Adult Class (16yrs old and up).. “Our
programs at the Academy of Kempo are not just about the punch and the kick
it’s about becoming the best you can be in everything you do,” said
Ciarleglio. For anyone needing help on how to set goals the Academy has some
helpful information on their web site www.academyofkempo.com under student
resources, or they can be contacted at 288-9990.
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