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Instructor at Zhen Ren Chuan promoted to Third Degree Black Belt

Zhen Ren Chuan Martial and Healing Arts, at 301 Broadway, Arlington Center, has announced that instructor Mary Arredondo has been promoted to Third Degree Black Belt.

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On Nov. 10, she displayed passion, depth of knowledge and physical prowess in demonstrating the 2nd to 3rd Degree Curriculum. In this two-hour test, Mary demonstrated skill in a variety of martial arts and ably maneuvered her way through a multitude of self-defense scenarios.

Mary has been a member of the Board of Registration and Certification of Zhen Ren Chuan since its inception in 2010. She first started training under the tutelage of Charles DeVirgilio, founder of Zhen Ren Chuan Martial and Healing Arts, in Woburn, in April 2002.

Her son Stephen Arredondo attended Arlington Catholic and received his 1st Degree Black Belt in January 2005. Stephen also founded the Tai Chi Club at Arlington Catholic during his junior and senior year at AC.

Mary’s daughter, Emily, also attended Arlington Catholic and earned her 1st Degree Black Belt in December 2012.

Mary continues to teach at Zhen Ren Chuan two days per week and continues to attend the Advanced Degree Lessons on Tuesday night.

She continues to foster and embody the practice of community involvement by participating in events such as Spy Pond cleanups, food drives for the Arlington Food Pantry and caring for ZRC's community garden, at Alton and Broadway. Please join us in congratulating her on this success.


This news announcement, submitted by Charles DeVirgilio, a YourArlington advertiser, was published Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

Zhen Ren Chuan recognized by Support Arlington Center

 Alyssa K. Clossey, manager of the Facebook group Support Arlington Center, has recognized Zhen Ren Chuan Martial Arts Center, at Broadway Plaza, as its Business of the Month for November.

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Owner Charles DeVirgilio provided the background: At 301 Broadway since 2010, Zhen Ren Chuan is a martial and healing arts studio that offers a complete education in the study of the human mind and body.

Zhen Ren Chuan, meaning “The Art of the True Human Being,” encompasses correct and well-balanced exercises, movements and forms that date back hundreds and thousands of years. Offering adult lessons and children’s programs, they teach and instill the knowledge of Eastern ancient self-defense, relaxation techniques, martial arts methodology, values and ancient traditions.

The core of Zhen Ren Chuan’s movement and philosophy stems from the arts of Baguazhang, Chinese Shaolin / White Crane Gong Fu (Kung Fu), Taiji (Tai Chi) and Qi Gong (Chi Kung). They also offer Chinese Chin Na, Judo and traditional Chinese and Japanese weaponry. Sparring, Iron Palm and Iron Body training is available to advanced students who have developed the proper foundations, skills and discipline.

One of the key elements to Zhen Ren Chuan Martial Arts philosophy is giving to others. In 2009, the studio started a community garden where they plant strawberries, blueberries, peppers, tomatoes, herbs and flowers for neighboring businesses and friends of the community.

It has generated a feeling of community around Arlington Center, as local restaurants are using the herbs in their signature dishes - -anyone can come by and take the fruits, vegetables and herbs as well as enjoy the perennials they have planted over the years.

The studio also leads community trash clean-up activities at Spy Pond and runs food drives for the Arlington Food Pantry.

In addition, Zhen Ren Chuan Martial Arts operates Alton Street Boxing & Fitness as a means to facilitate a broader outreach in the community. They are currently offering boxing and fitness classes for people with Parkinson's Disease (as an affiliate of Rock Steady Boxing).

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Phone: (781) 646-8660

4 at Zhen Ren Chuan advance to 1st-degree black belt

Four young-adult students at Zhen Ren Chuan Martial Arts, 301 Broadway, Arlington Center, have been promoted to 1st-degree black belt.

Zhen Ren Chuan group photoHonorees Viktor Micunovic, Anya Consilvio and Gus Donaldson-Gaul.  Viktor Micunovic (7th grade, Ottoson Middle School), Anya Consilvio (9th grade, Chelmsford High School), Gus Donaldson-Gaul (9th grade, Arlington High School) and Shane McCarthy (8th grade, Ottoson Middle School) exhibited spirit and determination during their 1st-degree black-belt test, held in July. 

These students have been training over an average span of five years. In the two-hour test, they demonstrated proficiency in various martial-arts styles, they demonstrated skill in practice weapon forms, and they ably maneuvered their way through a multitude of self-defense scenarios, said Charles DeVirgilio, owner of Zhen Ren Chuan, a YourArlington advertiser.

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The staff at Zhen Ren Chuan have proudly watched the four grow to develop such virtues as in empathy, patience, determination and confidence, which have made them young leaders within their school communities.

They continue to foster and show the concept of community involvement as they participate in events such as Spy Pond cleanup, tending to ZRC's community garden at the corner of Alton and Broadway and involvement in food drives for the Arlington food pantry.

They embrace and understand that these acts inspire others to give back in meaningful ways.

In a culminating act for this accomplishment, these students submitted an in-depth testimonial reflecting on their unique journeys from white belt to black belt.

The school has recognized each with an embroidered, personalized 1st-degree black belt -- their original belt is now completely black -- and a certificate of rank. Please join us in congratulating them on their success.

This news and advertising announcement, which includes opinion, was published Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, and updated Nov. 4.



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