QUAD TOWN        Vol. 42        No. 39        November 20, 2007


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The Challenge to Improve


Hamden: Special congratulations to Mathew Tomlin of Hamden for becoming the most improved student in the Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts October 2007 Push-up Challenge.




Throughout the month of October the Academy of Kempo in Hamden held their second 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 Ciarleglio.

                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. There are so many people who 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 Michael Rotondo for being the most improved in the Little Dragons Class (4yrs old through 6yrs old), to Andrew Flamm for being the most improved in the Preteen Class (7yrs old through 10yrs old), to Matthew Tomlin for being the most improved in the Advanced Preteen Class (7yrs old through 10yrs old) and the most improved in the Academy, to Michael Perrotti for being the most improved in the Junior Adult Class (11yrs old through 15yrs old), and to Nicholas E. Restrepo for being the most improved in the 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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