July 2014 Newsletter

Wise Words from Sifu Rick!

Cannot is a word that cowards use. It is better to die on your feet than to be a coward and live on your knees!
-Ed Parker


  • No leadership class this month July 2014
  • Next Belt test for those little and Junior dragons eligible Friday 8/15/14 at 6:30pm
  • Next Belt test for those Adult students eligible Saturday 8/16/14 at 11:00am
  • Next Mom’s kids class Friday 7/25/14 at 6:15pm, hope to see you there

Belt Promotions June 2014

Yellow Belts Green Belts
Sky Campbell Karen Allen
Cooper Moore Charlie Harris
Piper Paloci  
3rd Brown Belts
Orange Belts Priya Jhingan
Carson Dakroob Rohan Jhingan
Ry Kawashima Shaan Jhingan
Vijay Madhavan Jhonas Pinkard
Claire Rong Sathya Rajesh
Purple Belts 2nd Brown Belts
Shirya Rajesh Cody allen
America Wisot Chris Navratil
  Tom Navratil

Black Belt Pride

July 2014 Student of the Month

Calvin Mangum
Calvin joined American Academy of self defense in October of 2010. Always ready with a quick-witted come back, Calvin can be counted on for excitement in class.

Calvin enjoys many aspects of his martial arts training however, at times he really excels at helping others. Calvin shows an example of school loyalty that is second to none. Always a help, Calvin can be counted on to do things without being told. Sifu Rick would like to thank Calvin’s parents, Calvin & Tammy for all their support.

Optimism —Noun—

Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.

When you wake up in the morning, do you feel hopeful about your day? Do you think of all the good things that could happen to you at home or at school? If you spend more time thinking about the good things that might happen and less time thinking about the bad things, you are probably a pretty optimistic person.

It’s pretty easy to feel happy after something good happens, like when you do well in martial arts class, when you get a good grade or when you finish all of your chores. Optimism is a lot like happiness, but the biggest difference is that optimistic people are happy because they are sure something is going to go well, even before it does. Being optimistic about things can help you do better. When we work toward a goal with a good attitude, it makes the work more fun and helps us all do our best.

Cautious —Adjective—

Definition: Careful to avoid potential problems or dangers.
Example: The boy was cautious as he crossed the street; he stopped, looked both ways, and listened before stepping off
the curb.
Ready to test your knowledge?
Circle the synonyms (words that mean the same) and cross out the antonyms (words that mean the opposite) of cautious.

  • Careful
  • Distracted
  • Watchful
  • Reckless
  • Alert
  • Absentminded

How did you do? Reckless, distracted and absentminded are all antonyms for cautious. Be careful, alert, and watchful throughout the day and you will help keep yourself and your friends safe.

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