Monthly Archives: December 2011
Remember the laughter,
the hard work,
and the tears.
And as you reflect on the past year,
also think of the new one to come.
Because most importantly,
this is a time of new beginnings
and the celebration of life.”
The World Martial Arts Academy of Pennsylvania is proud to host a blood drive for Miller Keystone Blood Centers. On Febraury 23, 2012 the first annual blood drive will be held at the Western Pocono Community Library starting at 8:30 AM and ending at Approximately 1:30 PM
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We wish all our family and friends a very joyous and peaceful holiday season. May we all be reminded of the blessings that surround us and comfort us and give thanks.
On Monday, December 19, 2011 Howard Latting 6th degree black belt and head instructor from the WMA Karate Academy located in Brooklyn, NY. and Robert Milne, 6th degree black belt and instructor from Bay Ridge Prepartory Academy in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, joined Rocco Lombardo, 6th degree black belt and head instructor from the World Martial Arts Academy of Pennsylvania in Brodheadsville, PA for a special practice with Mr. Lombardo’s Students. The three instructors have more than 90 years of combined experience in the art of Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do. All of the students enjoyed the opportunity to practice with these special guests. Classes for the WMAAP are held at the Western Pocono Community Library, for more information, please call 570 269-0096 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Milne, Howard Latting and Rocco Lombardo
I am honored to speak on behalf of all your students both past and present. Your approach to teaching your students has always emphasized, focus, quality of character, perseverance and devotion to the art of Tae Kwon Do. You stand before us as a shining example of quiet determination and patience every day. You have led each one of us to achieve more than we thought possible in ourselves. You are a role model for what it means to be an outstanding instructor.
Rocco, you have distinguished yourself in the art of Tae Kwon Do with over 30 years of practice and instruction, leading hundreds of your students to reach their goal of achieving their own black belts. You have endeared yourself to all of us who have learned through your leadership, the character qualities of responsibility, dedication, respect and honor. All of us know your deep passion for Tae Kwon Do and wish to follow in your footsteps and make you proud. Each and every one of us has a deep respect for you. We sincerely appreciate the effort and kindness you show toward us every day. Your commitment to us does not go un-noticed; therefore it is my great honor and with deepest respect for you, that we your students present this award to show our gratitude and appreciation for all you do.
Donna E. Cully
December 19, 2011
There are currently 1.5 million children home schooled in the United States. The numbers are growing steadily throughout the United States, averaging a 9% increase every year. With this growing trend come unique challenges for the parents of these children. Parents quickly learn that they need to assist with time management and organization as well as provide appropriate social interactions and physical education requirements that are state mandated.
Brother and sister, Benjamin and Sally Deutsch, of Jonas have been home schooled their entire lives. They tried several activities to satisfy home school requirements for physical education then they discovered the martial arts. There are currently 30,000 martial arts studios in the United States with approximately 2 million school aged children enrolled and practicing in this ancient art.
Ben and Sally began practicing Tae Kwon Do at the World Martial Academy of Pennsylvania that meets several times a week at the Western Pocono Community Library under the instruction of 6th degree black belt, Rocco Lombardo. Immediately, their parents noticed improved grades, increased concentration, confidence and focus in their children. It is clear that students who practice in the martial arts have increased self –esteem, strength, balance and flexibility. Sincere and devoted students begin to gain an understanding of the true nature and purpose of his/her art. It becomes a way of life, a way of being. They learn discipline and build respect and courtesy for themselves and others. They also build endurance and improve their wellness while also learning honor and humility. These are some of the characteristics that they carry through school, while making healthy choices that continue through- out their lives.
Sally stated, “ Starting Tae Kwon Do was great for me, I get to hang out with my friends, exercise and get stronger while becoming more flexible. I have learned to set goals for myself, it helps me focus and I have always been encouraged to do my best. I like listening to all the stories and I think it has helped my writing skills. Our instructor, Rocco, is really nice. Whenever I am learning something new, he shows me how it is done very calmly, he is patient and encouraging and supports me. It makes me smile when I see him working with the younger students, he is a great teacher.”
Benjamin puts it this way, “ I love the exercise, and flexibility and spending time with the other students. I really enjoy the traveling that we do all together and I am looking forward to the tournaments. I have become stronger and my self- esteem is better along with my self-control. I focus better and my confidence has increased. I like the fact that Tae Kwon Do has helped my Parkour a form of free running. When sparring with Rocco, I can see he is very powerful but very controlled. He treats everyone equally and stretches your limits.”
Both Sally and Benjamin agree that the art of Tae Kwon Do, along with their instructor Rocco has made a huge difference in their academic career as well as in their lives. Clearly home school students can benefit greatly from the participation in martial arts. Tae Kwon Do classes are available for home school students at the Western Pocono Community Library, for more information, please call (570) 269-0096 or e-mail email@example.com or visit our web-site at http://www.wmaap.com