Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, November 11, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 
Mountain View News Saturday, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 
Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis 

Mountain Views News 80 W Sierra Madre Blvd. No. 327 Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 Office: 626.355.2737 Fax: 626.609.3285 Email: Website: 

“We seek tranquility in the midst of conflict andmats where the Little Dragons, kids 4-5, the Beginnersdanger, we strive to control our bodies, mind andwho are 6-7, and the teens work out and learn the 
emotions. We do our best to avoid conflict, defendnecessary skills to achieve the next level.
ourselves when necessary, and protect others.” G3So far, four students, have achieved black beltAcademy of Martial Arts Mission Statementstatus: Ashley Conlon, Sophia, who is 16, and guys:

I met Gary Gapezzani, Owner and Chief Instructor,Jack and Rocco who are 15 and 16 respectively.
a couple of years back when G3 Academy was fairlyThere are adult classes for those 18 and up andnew in town and discovered this was a happeningGary assures me they have quite a few guys in theirplace! I met Ashley Conlon last November when the50’s and 60’s who train at G3 where they are involvedSierra Madre Rose Princesses were practicing gettingin a somewhat gentler but still aggressive dynamicon and off our float in case of fire or other Sounds good to me.
At that time she was a junior at La Salle and headedG3 has a workout space in the back and therefor college to major in math and science. She wasare cardio kick boxing and regular fitness classesinvolved in dance and theater, was an ambassador throughout the day. If you’ve got a young someoneand football cheerleader for La Salle. Ashley waswho could use a few of these life skills such as focus,
also part of the spiritual journey program through Piconcentration, and discipline, you might give G3 aAlpha Chi, a St. Rita’s youth leader and altar server.look. They’re at 303 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., 626-773

What I didn’t know about Ashley was that she was6876. Their website: www.g3academy.comon her way to achieving her black belt in Martial Arts.“A black belt is a white belt who never quits!”
She was actually the first student to walk in the doorRenzo Gracie 
of the newly opened G3 and her brother, Jack, wasA big thank you to all the friends and neighborsthe second. Ashley was 11 when she started martialhere in town who attended my husband, John Davis’,
arts, also involved in gymnastics but martial arts ismemorial service last Saturday. Your presence washer first love. She is the main teacher of the little kids such a comfort and our family appreciated seeing sofrom 6 to 12 and she received that coveted black belt many of you. We appreciate, too, your donations toon November 7th. World Vision’s Clean Water Project in John’s name.

What most of us may not know about martial artsSierra Madre is truly a kind and loving place to live.
training is that this is a confidence building activityGod bless you every one!
where life skills such as learning to speak beforeMy book page: Deanne Davis 
crowds, motivating younger students, achievingBlog: www.authordeanne.comgreater focus, concentration, discipline not to give up, “A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter”
sharing skills they’ve acquired and learning the joy ofis available there… 
giving back are part of the training. Ashley createdAs are all the Emma Gainsworth Pumpkinher own methods involving patience and confidenceAdventures 
to handle her kid’s classes. Ashley is a Sierra MadreFollow me on Twitter, too!
girl and we are extremely proud of all she’s achieved.playwrightdd 
Congratulations, Ashley Conlon!

While chatting with Gary Gapezanni, he showedme that they’ve redone the studio entirely since mylast visit. The front area is now filled with Hapkido