October 11, 2011
To the Students and Parents of GHMA,
Thank you ALL for the hard work you put in to get our school up and running! You painted, built, installed, donated, scrubbed, raked, weeded, and offered your advise and generous support. It was truly heartwarming!
We really are a family and many of us had the great fortune to get to know one another better, outside of the classroom setting. There is a lot of work involved in launching a school (even, as in this case, a new incarnation of a school) and you not only lightened the load, but further inspired the instructors and board to offer the learning experience you all deserve.
School's in session! Thanks to you.
Ed and John
Beginning February 7, 2012, John Himmelman will add an extra half hour to his 6:30-7:30PM Tuesday night class to focus on working toward your next belt. This will not be the only opportunity to work on your belts in our regular curriculum, but it will be time set aside specifically for that purpose. Stay after the class, or drop in.
JKD seminar with Sifu Raffi Derderian, March 24th, 10am to 1pm!
Arthur Blair, founder of Green Hill Combat Hapkido received his 4th Dan Black Belt certification on June 30, 2012! Congratulations, Art!
AND, on that very same day, Ben Chasse was awarded his Black Belt 1st Dan in Combat Hapkido! Ben is now one of our Assistant Instructors.
Thursday nights now added to adults Combat Hapkido class schedule!
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Instructor Edward Ricciuti Earns His 3rd Dan Black Belt in Chon-Tu Kwan Hapkido! Congratulations, Ed!
Friday nights are the new Saturday mornings!
Since we were struggling to have a steady instructor for Saturday morning mixed classes, we were forced to nix it. However, Chuck Repscher, a black belt in Combat Hapkido who also studies traditional Hapkido will be teaching adult/children's classes on Friday nights from 6:30PM to 8PM.
Chuck is an excellent instructor and we encourage you all to attend his classes!
Western Striking Techniques Join Our "Eastern" Art
Ed's been incorporating his skills as a boxer with his lessons in Combat Hapkido. Since many of our strikes are based on Jeet Kune Do's adaptation of Western boxing, Ed has taken on the task of getting down to the core of how to hit hard and hit fast - and then meld it with our Combat Hapkido techniques. This is a fascinating class! You'll be surprised at how these arts flow so well together.
We continue to move forward in our JKD! Four of us tested at Derderian Academy of Martial Arts on 1/26/13 and moved up to the next level. Our class instructor Sifu Sean Gallimore is now at Level 8, John Himmelman and Karl Neumann are at Level 7, and Ed Ricciuti is up to Level 4. This is just an awesome and effective art and we encourage you to give it a try!
To alleviate the parking problems with parents picking up their kids and the adult students arriving for the next class, we have moved Tuesday and Wednesday's adult classes back 15 minutes. Tuesday's adult class will now begin at 6:45PM and Wednesday's at 6:15PM. Each class will still be one hour.
Saturdays are BACK! Get your hapkido on in the morning and enjoy the rest of your weekend! Info here.