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FORMS Classes

Wednesdays 6:15 - 7:15
Advanced Form | WonGapWon (Bul Sa Do)
Bodan & Black Belts only

Saturdays 1:45 - 2:30
Dagger Forms 1- 4 and their empty hand adaptation.
Green Belts and up.

Words from Sabumnim

The first four weeks of September went as smoothly as planned. Week one and two were an in-depth review of basic defenses 1-5 from beginning to take downs. We also went over the continuous line and the broken line, circular pivot and zigzag short steps variations of the basic take downs. We reviewed the Um and Yang methods of entry and interception of the basic attacks. We also covered the importance of the Eagle grip and how to effectively apply it using the proper extension power and coordination of your dan jun lower body and balance point. Everyone over Green belt also seems to have a higher skill of basic defense reversals 1-5 and a much better understanding of the mechanics. Week three we covered basic defense strikes and basic defense chokes 1-5, one counter for #1, two counters for #2, three counters for #3, four counters for #4 and five counters for #5. Week four we basically reviewed all the skills that were covered in the three previous weeks and worked on the foundations of the mat skills. During the forms class, we have been working on what many have been calling Hwang Gap form or Lil liana form (Bul Sa Jo). We will be continuing it for the month of October and maybe into November. Keep in mind that Grandmaster Lin will be teaching the fundamental 24 step Tai Chi Form, history, linage, secret principles and it’s combative application for six weeks starting October 21 to November 18, 2017. Most of us will have Bul Sa Jo pretty much complete by then.

For the first week of October, we will be reviewing all the skill sets that we covered in September and we will also be focusing on clinch skills 1-4. The second week of October we will be adding clinch skills 5-8 as we continue to review the previous week’s skill sets. During the second half of October, we will be focusing on Plum Blossom Palm and observing what the student body is lacking and where more training and practice are needed, and then we will choose a path from that point.

Over the last ten months, I’ve been asked to do several seminars on many of the most important building blocks of our system in HapKiDo. However, I feel doing a one day seminar always leaves many members out because of the date and times that usually don’t work out well for them. Instead, I’ve chosen to focus on one of the categories every week for the next twelve weeks. In short, the entire school is getting a weekly seminar and for seven days a week. Most of the student body will have no idea of the value of what they are getting or the rarity of a gift like this, but I do hope that those of you who have ample experience and understanding take full advantage of this opportunity to take another quantum leap in your martial arts journey.

For Black belts and those who plan to be a Black belt, I would like to include what I call “closing the deal” for the last two weeks in October. For every technique there is a beginning, a middle and an end. Closing the deal is the completion or finishing of any particular self defense encounter or technique. You can also compare it to putting out a fire. If a fire isn’t properly or completely put out, it could respond with even greater rage than that which was originally dealt with. You never leave an adversary battle ready or combat effective. Once an opponent has chosen to do you bodily harm, they must be rendered completely useless physically, mental and emotionally. This requires a understanding of the weaknesses of the human body, the vulnerability of the mind and a little knowledge of how to cut deep into the soul of an adversary.

Below are a few video clips from the beginner’s Keys and beginner’s dvd for those who may have missed some classes or would just like a quick review of some of the lessons of September.

Basic Defense with Strikes

Basic Defense with Chokes

Basic Choking Skills

Basic Defense Reversals

Basic Defense Counters
Beginners Tai Chi Instructor Certification
Grandmaster Chi Young Lin is teaching a Tai Chi Instructor Training at WMAC!

Here are the details:
Open to all levels
Six week intensive
Begins Saturday October 21st and ends Sat November 18th
2:00 to 3:15pm

The intensive includes:
Building Tai Chi foundation
Tai Chi 24 step form
Health secrets of real Tai Chi
The special keys of easy self defense
History - lineage
DVD included

Limited enrollment register and pay by Tue. October 3rd 2017

Special Offers

October 2017 Special
Sign up Now for Afterschool 2017! HapKiDo PLUS Homework help AND completion!
October Promotion Tests and New Test Time

Adult - Friday 20th at 7:00am and 7:00pm
The Dojang will be open for training after the tests
Children - Saturday 21st at 9am
Black Belt Birthdays

Sensei Andy Zukifil 10/18
CSN Jill Burdick-Zoll 10/24
Marc Hungerbuhler 10/1
Jule Farmer 10/6
Roberto Barretto 10/9
Jennifer Cassetta 10/10
Stephanie Givens 10/10
Richard Musako 10/11
Douglas Graham 10/12
Ken Kochey 10/13
Romare Antrobus 10/13
Michael Chang 10/14
Ethan Sharvit 10/18
Ilyana Kadushin 10/23
Robert Davis 10/25
Mazz Swift 10/27
Makeda Wubneh 10/28
Ellen Lerner 10/29

Jordan Llanes 11/2
Taty Sena 11/3
Kvin Lozeau 11/3
Richard Finley 11/4
Kelly Rutkowski 11/11
Claudia Reid 11/18
Chris Kelly 11/19
Rasshid Roberts 11/25
David Pike 11/25
Alexandra Hungerbuhler 11/25
Adam Deher 11/28
Felix Feliciano 11/28

Children's Halloween Party!

Come join us for some Halloween spook and fun! Be one of the first 50 kids and receive a free gift. Tell all your friends!

Friday October 27th 4-6pm

Grandmaster Choi Tae Kwon Do Testing

Congrats to Grandmaster Choi's students who just tested for their rank in Tae Kwon Do. There hasn't been a Tae Kwon Do testing at our school since 1997! Bodan Laura Bang, high red belts Lamyae Barnham and Kat Garcia all tested for their brown belts. Our awesome teens (and kid) Ahmed, Assia, Molly and Tyler all tested for their red, blue and green belts. Radwa and Mohammed participated and supported their siblings who tested. Everyone worked hard, doing forms and techniques and finishing up with sparring. Great job everyone!

Ninja Night

WMAC kids participated in a fantastic and fun Ninja Night. Sabumnim worked with the kids on sharing a 12 month commitment about what they would do to make the world better. They also learned about being a Ninja and what it entails:
  • being Nice
  • having a strong Identity
  • standing Noble
  • always for Justice
  • always in Action
Look for the next Ninja Night to take your child to the next level!
Atlantic Antic 2017

Another year, another successful Atlantic Antic. Now in its 43rd year, the festival is one of the world's longest and most eclectic. This is WMAC's 11th year participating and as always the students turned out to help out. Bodan Michal Lewandowski coordinated the event, and was there from the moment it started at 10 to the close of the festival at 6, talking to people and working the booth. He had help from Delta, Pierre, Danielle, Rosa, Michelle, Kelly, John Romano, Georges, Robert, Marva, Darryl, Kat, Amed, Ezzeldeen, Monica, Sung E. Special thanks to Katia and Ameer who worked the crowd for much of the afternoon and to Pipsqueak who kept an eye on our stuff. Our kids' demo team rocked the house with a special performance following Mayor di Blasio's opening speech for the festival. Carol Glasgow followed up with the always crowd pleasing demo in street clothes taking down an attacker. Thank you to Michal and the rest of the students who helped out. See you again next year!

Though the weather is still in the 80's, October is in full swing, meaning there are only 3 more months left in the year. 3 more months means only 3 more tests for 2017. Lower belts, plan out your testing dates as January is white belt month with no testing. Black belts and bodans, evening testing is when Sabumnim evaluates and sees who is ready, physically and mentally, for black belt testing. Evening tests are also a great way to check what you need to work on. See you on the mat!

ChungSaNim Betty

Bodan Class on Thursdays at 6:15pm

Bodans! Join Sabumnim's 6:15 class on Thursdays for Black Belt testing preparation. Sabumnim will be going over correcting all the basics to make them sharper.

Congratulations to our very own Emmy award winning, 2nd Dan Sunbae, mother of two Rachel Pagani!

Rachel was part of a team of makeup artists who were awarded the Emmy for their work on Saturday Night Live. WMAC is proud of you Rachel and wish you the best of luck in what is to be a promising career!
ChungSaNim Jonathan Waks has a baby boy!

On September 13th Kate and Jonathan gave birth to William Starbuck Waks - 7lbs and 1cute oz!
Welcome to the world and to WMAC little William!

Sign up HERE

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Rare Forms

I want to share with the WMAC community the mental health services that my group Urban Therapy NYC is offering. We are a growing group of NYS licensed psychotherapists (therapeutic warriors) dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and groups attain a level of well being that allows for more joy, love and excitement in life. We offer affordable hour long sessions, and a sliding fee scale.

Many of us live with the burden of daily fear and anxiety, ongoing depression, addictions, and low self esteem. Over a very short time, these emotional states distort our perspectives to the point where we begin to feed the destructive narrative, rather than nurture the truth of love, joy and peace. We tailor our approach to the needs of the individual, rather than using just one therapeutic modality for all issues. Treatment sessions are holistic and include a range of modalities such as psychotherapy, cognitive and behavioral therapies as well as meditation, mindfulness and body therapies.

  • Reduce stress and eliminate anxiety
  • Shed fear, shame and humiliation
  • Overcome depression
  • Become engaged in their lives
  • Control and eliminate destructive behaviors
  • Recover from trauma
  • Work through thought patterns that restrict motivation and achievement
  • Develop practices for happiness and success
  • Create plans for more ideal lifestyles
  • Love more. With others, and with the self.
HapKiDo curriculum USB keys are available for purchase at the front desk. Each one is packed with techniques, forms and a lot of extra material, and can be easily accessed from your computer, tablet, iPad or phone. The USB keys will make it much easier and faster to learn your test requirements. They will also lessen the stress level of those that feel they have a challenging time remembering new material. The price runs from $30 to $40 depending on the amount of information they contain.

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