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Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Charity for Burbank Temporary Aid Center

Compassion is a core value of Chinese martial arts. Every single Kung Fu class begins and ends with the student bowing – as they enter the training area, when the instructor ends the class, and again as they leave. The bow is a gesture of respect, comprised of two symbolic elements:

closed fist represents strength

open hand represents compassion

The holidays are an ideal time to share a little bit of what we have with those who have very little. For the week, The Giving Jar will be here at our martial arts school. So far, we have raised about $66.00 in 5 days. 

It is especially important that we teach children the importance of charity. Many of them will receive dozens of gifts this season from friends and family, not realizing that some kids – maybe even some of their own friends at school – are so much less fortunate than they are. 

Our goal is to raise at least $100. If we meet our goal, we will be able to provide two things to the poor in our Burbank community, via donation to Burbank Temporary Aid Center:
  • A gift for a teenage girl whose parents can't afford to buy her one.
  • Pantry supplies for the BTAC center. We recently read that the center is low on supplies in a Burbank Leader article.
Our Kung Fu kids will have the opportunity to go shopping with Instructors for the pantry supplies at our local Albertsons market. They will be given budgets and shopping lists and challenged to make all of their purchases with just the donations from The Giving Jar.

Thank you to all who have donated, and Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

10 Year Old Boy Fights Off Kidnapper in Monrovia

In an area near Monrovia, about 30 minutes from our martial arts school in Burbank, a 10 year-old boy escaped his kidnapper by biting him!

Dominic Barrera, the boy's father, said, "My kid was kicking and biting and screaming and I guess the guy got spooked, scared or he may have hurt him. (He) dropped my son and then he ran back."

 The boy had been kidnapped from his backyard by the suspect, who is still at large. His actions - kicking, screaming, and fighting for his life - may have saved his life. The boy did the same things, in fact, that we coach our own kung fu kids to do. At our kung fu school we even role-play kidnapping scenarios by grabbing the kids' arms and instructing them to scream "Help! Stranger!" while kicking toward instructors' groins and jabbing toward their eyes. If you're a parent reading this, you have every right to be scared for your child. Dangers will always exist, even in relatively safe neighborhoods. Kids are never truly safe from kidnappers.

The key is to prepare your child so you can breathe a little easier. Does your child know...

 1) How to break a stranger's grip?
2) Which way to run if a car is following them?
3) The vulnerable areas to strike a kidnapper?
4) What to yell to attract the most attention to themselves?
5) Who to ask for help when they're lost in a public place? (A lost child asking the wrong person for help is one of the easiest targets for kidnappers.)

 These are the most basic anti-kidnapping topics, and a great start to an important conversation about kidnapping that you can't afford to put off.

 -Kung Fu Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Kung Fu Halloween

Halloween is always a fun time of year at our kung fu school here in Burbank. We hold two separate potluck parties: one for the kids and one for the adults and teens.

The kids' party featured several games, cupcake decorating and a costume parade.

The little ones

Two Captain Americas

We'll upload more photos of our older kids soon :)

The adult/teen party included our now-traditional game of 'Mafia' (a card game involving strategy and acting skills, which is a natural fit for us because many of our students are involved in the entertainment industry)...

Mafia in progress

A few of the partygoers
If you took any photos we didn't include, send them to us!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, October 24, 2011

Singafest Asian Film Festival and Other Events

October kicks off a busy season here at California Academy of Martial Arts. Between our Halloween parties, November field trip, Christmas festivities, etc., there's always a lot going on.

In early October our Adult/Teen Demo Team performed at Singafest Asian Film Festival in Westwood.

This Sunday is our Halloween party for our kids. Then on Monday is our Halloween party for the adults and teens! We'll be open for trick-or-treaters at 6:30 pm.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Martial Arts Testing and Ranks: September

This month, like every month, a number of our Kung Fu students tested for new levels.

In Wing Chun, ranking systems are at the discretion of the individual school. In Chinese martial arts, generally, there are only three standard ranks: Student, Disciple, and Master/Sifu. However, most schools elect to assign colored sashes to represent these different ranks, which provides students clear measures of their past progress and future goals. Rank systems also help foster a more formal learning environment through martial arts tests and promotions.

For our kids particularly, testing can be a nerve-wracking experience... which is why it's so great when they pass!

Chloe, a Dragon, passing to her 2nd Level

David, Arantza and Teagan, all Tigers
Just a few of the children are pictured. Here's a group shot of our Kung Fu adults holding up their new sashes, posing with Sifu Tei:

There's at least one future Sifu in here somewhere...
EDIT: 9/28/11 - here's another photo of a Dragon with his new sash after graduating from Tigers a few months ago:

Congratulations to all!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sonny Chiba at Singafest Asian Film Festival

Sonny Chiba, a legendary martial arts movie star and an accomplished martial artist in his own right, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Singafest Asian Film Festival on Saturday, October 1st at the Bigfoot Crest Theater at 8:30 pm.

The next day our Demo Team, led by Chief Instructor Sifu Todd Shawn Tei, will perform before the 'Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie-Movie' documentary at 2:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Demonstration before Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie-Movie at Singafest LA Film Festival

Our adults' Demo Team will perform before the screening of Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie-Movie at Singafest Asian Film Festival. Our demonstration will be geared toward fans of the Ip Man Wing Chun movies as well as the recently released Shaolin movie starring Jackie Chan.

The screening is on Sunday, October 2nd at 2:30 pm and is co-sponsored by Meniscus Magazine. Here's the synopsis from the documentary's website:

"Narrated by an original animated character, comically obsessed with Kung Fu movies, this vivid, action packed documentary feature reveals the legend, the lore and the loony of the most ridiculously exhilarating films ever made. Written by Ric Meyers, based on his book, “Films of Fury” tells the story of the genre from its ancient Peking Opera origins to its superhero-powered future, from “Enter the Dragon” to “Kung Fu Panda” with all its greatest stars including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, James Bond and Jet Li and scenes from over 200 from the greatest martial art movies ever made."

Singafest is a young film festival that boasts sponsors such as LA Weekly, Fil-Am Creative, Bigfoot Corporation, Gilt Groupe, Sapporo beer, and more. Tickets are available here for the festival's events.

Aside from our demonstration, all of the movies at the festival will be of great interest to Asian film buffs - of which we have many at our school - so keep an eye out for us if you're attending.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hong Kong Airlines Flight Attendants Learning Wing Chun Kung Fu

We've posted about the Kung Fu training at Hong Kong Airlines before, but now for the first time we have video of the flight attendant girls actually practicing their Wing Chun!

The Hong Kong Airlines flight attendants can be seen practicing pak sau, tan sau, kup jarn, and many other signature Wing Chun moves. They are even learning Siu Lim Tao! (That's Wing Chun's first form for those not in the know.)

What do you think? Will Wing Chun training become standard on airplanes one day?

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Saturday, August 20, 2011

New Mommy and Me Martial Arts Program in Los Angeles

Big news!

We at California Academy of Martial Arts are now accepting registrations for our new Mommy and Me Martial Arts Program. This parent participation program is designed for children ages 2 years, 6 months to 3 years, 6 months. Of course, dads, grandparents, uncles, aunts, nannies, etc. are absolutely welcome and encouraged to join us.

Class sizes are limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please call us at (818) 843-7916 or e-mail us!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, July 25, 2011

How to Learn Wing Chun

Right after "Where can I learn Wing Chun?", "How can I learn Wing Chun?" is one of the most popular and relevant questions we receive from enthusiasts all over the world. Finding a Wing Chun school can be very difficult, but once you actually find a school -- well, then what?

Asking how one can learn Wing Chun Kung Fu is a very nuanced question. How should I approach my training? How much should I practice, how often should I attend class, how can I ensure personal success?

The simplest answer is to work hard, be realistic, and above all, be humble.

Working hard sounds easy, but it's not. The Shaolin monks are famous for their incredible skill -- skill cultivated through thousands of hours of study and practice. In fact, in his book "Outliers" author Malcom Gladwell posits that 10,000 hours of training are necessary to achieve greatness in any discipline from computer programming to athletics. He calls this rule the "10,000 Hour Rule." Of course this rule should be taken with a grain of salt, as some disciplines take longer to master than others, and some students have access to better teachers than others. However, there is certainly merit to the basis of his theory: repetition, above all things, is necessary to achieve mastery.

Being realistic also sounds easy enough, but again, it's not. Many, if not most, prospective students cite martial arts movies as one of their motivations for training. However, in martial arts movies, action stars train in montages. In real life, there are no stunt doubles to do the hard work for you, and no quick cuts to make the time pass more quickly. Accept this, and you will enjoy each second of training rather than constantly wondering what's next. Students are always asking us this: When can I learn the next form? When can I participate in Wooden Dummy training? Never forget what Ralph Waldo Emerson said, that is too profound to ever become cliché: "Life is a journey, not a destination."

Being humble is important for a myriad reasons. First of all, without humility, one's mind is closed to new possibilities. Martial arts is about self-improvement, but conceited people cannot accept the potential for self-improvement within themselves. Secondly, teachers enjoy working with humble students; they do not enjoy teaching students with "know-it-all" attitudes. It is just as important for the teacher to respect the student as it is for the student to respect the teacher. Finally, being humble means you accept the possibility of failure. Accepting the possibility of failure enables you to battle the hidden enemy inside: fear. Fear of looking stupid, of losing, of doing the wrong thing. To paraphrase Sifu Tei's article on "Overcoming Fear" published in Inside Karate Magazine in 1996, letting go of this fear will free your mind and let your training take over. Humility is key in all true martial arts; at our school we bow before and after training, always.

In 1995, when Sifu Tei had just opened California Academy of Martial Arts, he said, "I want my school to be a sort of Shaolin Temple in America where students learn more than martial arts but a philosophy of life." He added, "Adults also need an outlet to relieve the stress of everyday living."

The key to learning Wing Chun and Chinese martial arts -- the "how" of mastering it and reaping all of its rewards -- lies in approaching it as a philosophy of life, not just a method of fighting. If all you have learned from your martial arts class is how to defend yourself, you have achieved much, but you are missing much more.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, July 18, 2011

Burbank Retirement Home/Burbank Assisted Living Demonstration

Teaching compassion to kids and adults is one of the cornerstones of our martial arts program for all ages. Recently our Kung Fu Demo Team performed at Le Bleu Chateau, an assisted living home for seniors in Burbank. Afterward, our students mingled with the residents, introducing themselves and providing some company and cheer to them.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Jaycee Dugard Story: A Reminder About Street Safety for Kids

As you probably already know, when Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old, she was kidnapped while walking to school. Her kidnappers held her captive for 18 years until she was finally discovered and rescued. Now more than ever, the issue of women's self-defense/kids' self-defense should be explored in classrooms and camps, but as usual most are silent on the issue.

It's impossible to discuss Dugard's kidnapping without mentioning the issue of street safety for kids and street safety for women. What is street safety and how does it fit into the self-defense discussion? Street safety refers to the skills individuals need to avoid putting themselves into dangerous situations, as well as skills they can use to escape these situations without needing to use physical self-defense skills.

Here at California Academy of Martial Arts we frequently discuss street safety with our students. Some common misconceptions are described after the jump:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wing Chun Kung Fu on Twitter

Twitter is an endless source of entertainment for those who know how to use it. Here's our favorite Twitter remarks from users all around the world about Wing Chun Kung Fu, Ip Man, and martial arts in general:

"Wing Chun...I shall learn its arts and ways"

"Yooo ip mannn was siiiiick. If u guys don't already know he's the founder of wing chun and taught bruce lee."

"I just dreamed the plot for Hangover Part 3. It ends with a WingChun fight scene. Galifakas had better start training."

"For his birthday, I decided to start my 5-year-old on Wing Chun, so I taught him a basic Siu Nim Tao form. He took to it instantly. "

"Me: You practiced Wing Chun Kung Fu? Did you make that up? Ben: No! It's what Bruce Lee practiced. Aren't you Chinese, wtf? "

and finally, my personal favorite:

"That inspired moment when Ip Man makes you want to give up all the things in the world & take up Wing Chun. *Hyuk hyak hyuk!*"

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Homeschooling Martial Arts and Kung Fu: Advantages and Benefits

Over the years at California Academy of Martial Arts we have counted many homeschooled children as our own students. The benefits these children experience in our program are numerous, but socialization and exercise are at the top of the list. How can Kung Fu help a homeschooled child stay ahead of the curve?

Some of our homeschooled children have been actors, others athletes, but the vast majority were homeschooled simply because their parents thought it fit their lifestyles best. There is much debate over whether home education is advantageous for children, and much research has been done on the subject. Whatever your viewpoint, socialization of homeschooled children is undeniably a challenge for many families.
Almost all homeschooled children spend less time interacting with other children than their peers in mainstream schools. At our school, children spend much time training with each other doing various drills, exercises, and games. Our instructors help the kids learn important social skills such as etiquette, fairness, teamwork, and leadership.

Kung Fu also provides kids with a much-needed outlet for their boundless energy! Research shows that kids are spending more and more time in front of the TV and less time moving and playing.

Of course, Kung Fu training is more than simple gym class: kids learn self-defense and anti-abduction skills, too.

If you know a child who might benefit from martial arts training, have them give us a call.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Anti-Bullying: Martial Arts Success Stories

Bullying statistics are frightening, but not all bullying stories have negative outcomes. At Raging Waters on Saturday, one of our Dragons, Brian, defended his younger teammate Roman, age 6, from a bully... without throwing a single punch!

I hear it all the time: martial arts just teaches kids to be violent, it doesn't teach them how to use words, it just shows them how to fight. The truth is that the right martial arts program always stresses nonviolent conflict resolution, with any physical measures taken as a last resort.

While it's true that anti-bullying policies can minimize bullying, the fact is that bullying is here to stay. Just watch puppies play and you'll see that they establish dominance by harassing one another! Kids are no different. However, kung fu training helps ensure that our kids won't be victims.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2 Party at Raging Waters San Dimas, Part 2

Here at California Academy of Martial Arts our Memorial Day Weekend could not have been busier. The madness started on Saturday when our Kung Fu Los Angeles Demo Team performed at Raging Waters San Dimas. The event was a Kung Fu Panda 2 Party complete with free T-shirts, Silly Bandz, beach balls, and of course, our performance.

The event was one of our longest and most successful demonstrations ever. We debuted two new acts (a History of Kung Fu and Wing Chun skit and a huge 7-person fight scene) as well as performing old favorites such as Siu Lim Tao and Ping Kuen. What happened after the demo was over was just as memorable - our entire team was treated to a day at the park. Everyone came away thrilled, relaxed, happy, and in a few cases, a little sunburnt.

Complete video of our kung fu demonstration after the jump:

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2 Party at Raging Waters San Dimas!

Big news! Our Kung Fu Los Angeles Demo Team will be performing at Raging Waters San Dimas this Saturday, May 28th, at 12 pm sharp. We'll be near the Flowrider, adjacent to Splash Cove.

Raging Waters Events are always fun for the whole family and this one will be no exception. Kung Fu Panda 2 marketing teams will be at the park handing out goodies such as Kung Fu Panda T-shirts, Silly Bandz, etc. Our performance will be about 30 minutes long and one of the most ambitious ones we've ever performed. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but there will be costumes, high-flying kicks, authentic Wing Chun, and more...

Hope to see you there!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

P.S. After our performance, our team and guests will be enjoying the park. Say hi if you see us.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wing Chun Video: Training for Hong Kong Airlines Staff

Check out this advertisement from Hong Kong Airlines advertising that they teach all stewardesses Wing Chun. We blogged about this recently in our post Wing Chun Training for Women... in Midair!

The advertisement focuses on the more graceful aspects of our art; the woman demonstrates some movements from Sil Lim Tao and the Wooden Dummy forms...

Very cool.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2 Hits Burbank AMC Movie Theatres, Teaches Kids to Work Hard and Believe in Themselves

On Thursday, May 26th, "Kung Fu Panda 2" (the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster) will hit theaters. California Academy of Martial Arts' Demo Team plans to demonstrate outside the Burbank AMC 16, one of the best-attended movie theaters in the country according to this Burbank Leader article. Keep an eye out for us!

In 2008, the original "Kung Fu Panda" inspired countless kids to take up the ancient art of kung fu. Its message was that self-belief, coupled with hard work, can transform even the laziest Panda into a formidable warrior! The sequel, according to news reports, has a theme of self-discovery: Po, discovering he is adopted, sets out to learn about his birth family.

Check out the trailer, if you haven't already, and get ready for AWESOMENESS:

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, May 16, 2011

Burbank News: Memorial Day Camp & Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day is an official school holiday for our kids, and the unofficial start of summer for all. Get your child's summer off to the right start by sending them to our MEMORIAL DAY CAMP on Monday, May 30th from 9 am - 3 pm.

We're playing kung fu games, drills, life skills training, watching martial arts movies, and just having fun all day long.

The cost of the camp is $50 and includes lunch and a trip to Menchie's.

To RSVP - and do it soon because space is limited to 20 campers - call us at 818-843-7916 or e-mail info@kungfuwingchun.com.

our official camp flyer

Monday, May 9, 2011

Wing Chun Kicks and Kicking

So far on Kung Fu Los Angeles we have discussed Wing Chun hand techniques in several posts, but we have not spent much time exploring our devastating kicking techniques.

Before we start, check out Wing Chun Techniques, Concepts and Theory (Focus on Centerline Theory) if you are new to Wing Chun or need a refresher on our centerline theory. This post explains why we do not use some of the more acrobatic kicks in the martial arts world (e.g. spinning back kicks) in the Wing Chun Kung Fu system.

In Wing Chun there are, more or less, four kicks: the front kick, the side kick, the stop kick, and the back kick. (Some might also include the tripping motion as a kick, but for the purposes of this post we will exclude it.) Here's a video by Sifu Todd Shawn Tei explaining:

In 1997 Sifu Tei's article "Join the Chain Gang" was published in Kung Fu magazine. Here are some excerpts describing the key points:

1) WING CHUN KICKS ARE EFFECTIVE: Many falsely assume that Wing Chun is limited in its use of kicks. Not true. Rather, Wing Chun limits which kicks it uses - only using those that are most effective and discarding the rest: "Wing Chun never uses high kicks to the head or big spinning kicks because they will leave you open to attack. The centerline of your body must always be covered so it is never vulnerable."
2) USE HANDS AND FEET SIMULTANEOUSLY: Wing Chun kicks are often used in combination with a hand technique - "When you are striking with a punch high to the face, and low with a kick to the opponent's knee, this makes your attack very difficult to block and overcome."
3) TARGETING YOUR KICKS: "When you use kicks in Wing Chun, focus them to hit certain areas... it is very important to kick the opponent in vital and hard-to-block areas such as the groin, knees, behind the knees, the shins, hip, or stomach."
4) SIMULTANEOUS ATTACK AND DEFENSE: Wing Chun kicks can be used both for attacking and deflecting your opponent's kicks*. For example, the side kick can be used in a downward motion to stop your opponent's kick, or to strike your opponent's knee.

In future posts we will explore each kick's applications more thoroughly. In the meanwhile, thanks for reading and always feel welcome to stop by our school if you are interested in training!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

(*Author's note: in organized sparring competitions it is common to see fighters exchange kicks, making little effort to block them. In competitions this is acceptable because kicks cannot be aimed toward vital areas such as the knees or the groin. Obviously, this is a convenience not present in street fights.)

Friday, May 6, 2011

New Wing Chun Kung Fu Class

As our school grows, so must our class schedule! We are excited to announce that we have added another Adults/Teens beginners' Wing Chun Kung Fu class on Thursdays at 8:30 pm. (We are open 7 days a week and have adults' classes every day, with by far the most flexible schedule of all Wing Chun and Kung Fu Los Angeles schools.)

We welcome new students to come try the class with an appointment - just call us at 818-843-7916 or e-mail us at info@kungfuwingchun.com.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Kung Fu Los Angeles on Telemundo TV!

In 2009 our school California Academy of Martial Arts was featured on Telemundo's "En Contexto" with Ruben Luengas.

The episode was filmed after a number of crimes against women in the Los Angeles area. Sifu Todd Shawn Tei, our Chief Instructor, and Mr. Luengas, a very prolific reporter in the Spanish-speaking community, discuss both the physical and mental aspects of Chinese martial arts training for men, women and children.

California Academy of Martial Arts offers self-defense training for women all year round as part of its Wing Chun and Shaolin programs. Programs are available for students of all ages. For more information visit http://www.kungfuwingchun.com/.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wing Chun Training for Women... in Midair!

You might have caught this gem on the news recently: Hong Kong Airlines is training its crew in Wing Chun Kung Fu for use against unruly passengers!

If you missed it, here's a link to an article from The Guardian: Martial Arts for Mid-Air Combat

Spokeswomen for the airline report that a female flight attendant has already used her Wing Chun techniques to subdue a "difficult male passenger" on a flight from Beijing, China.

Why Wing Chun when choosing self-defense for women? Well, don't forget... Wing Chun was created by a woman, the Shaolin nun Ng Mui, and named after its first formal student, the young girl Yim Wing Chun.

The Guardian article also notes that Wing Chun is perfect for flight attendants/cabin crew because it "employs short, swift movements and can be practised in a confined space."

-Kung Fu Los Angeles

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chen Zhen Legend of the Fist at Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theater in Hollywood

Shaolin Kung Fu is alive and well in the entertainment capital of the world!

Our Kung Fu Los Angeles Shaolin Demo Team (all adults and teens) will do their second demonstration at the Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theater at 8000 W. Sunset Blvd in Hollywood tonight.

The show time is 7:20, but our team will be on around 7:00 pm, so get there early to see awesome forms and fight scenes inspired by the movie.

The movie stars Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Iron Monkey, etc.) and is on a limited theatrical run here in the United States.

We'll try to get some photos and video up soon!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Learning Wing Chun: Wing Chun Applications

Just a few hours ago, a 6 year-old boy tried our class for the first time. After the class, his mother said to one of our instructors, "I really like that you teach how to use the moves. He just tried a class at another school yesterday and they didn't show the kids how to use the moves at all. Just had them in the mirror kicking and punching." 

Here at California Academy of Martial Arts (Wing Chun Los Angeles/Kung Fu Los Angeles) we believe it's important for all students to know the applications of movements, deflections, and strikes. This may seem obvious - why on earth would one learn how to do a move but not learn how to actually use it for self-defense? Sadly, many schools, especially competition-focused schools, neglect teaching applications.

Meanwhile, ALL of our students, even our Little Pandas (ages 3-5), learn how to use basic hand and kicking techniques during their kung fu classes!

(Of course, if you don't know the application of a move you've learned, you should just ask...)

Here's Sifu Tei explaining some applications:

Here's a video from 2007 showing some of our youngest kids practicing Wing Chun applications such as pak sau, tan sau, bong sau, and even using the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy:

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Valley View Elementary School Festival

This Saturday, April 9th, our Demo Team (both kids and adults) will be at Valley View Elementary School in Los Angeles (Studio City/Hollywood area) to support their spring festival.

Our demonstration starts at 1:30 pm sharp, so if you're in the area, come watch us! There will be food, games and raffles throughout the day.

We also donated one of our "Kung Fu Power Packs" to their auction. The pack includes certificates for group and private lessons, a T-shirt, etc. Other items available include gift cards, signed movie memorabilia, and jewelry. You can check out the items here.

Several of our students including Catherine Glandon attend Valley View.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, March 28, 2011

Is Kung Fu Chinese or Japanese? History and More

Although many prospective students who come into the school know a lot about Wing Chun from watching Ip Man or researching Bruce Lee, many know nothing about martial arts whatsoever. In fact, a common question we're asked is, "Do you accept beginners for training?" The answer is yes! Anyone with an open mind is always welcome to train with us.

But back to the question at hand: Is Kung Fu Chinese or Japanese? The simple answer is Chinese. Kung Fu refers, at least in American society, to martial arts that originated in China such as Wushu, Wing Chun, Choy Li Fut, etc. etc. (In China the term "Wushu" may be used to refer to Chinese martial arts in general, but here in America, 'Wushu' usually refers to a specific sport-based martial art.)

Wondering about the history of Kung Fu and Wing Chun? There is little written history on this topic, but much oral history. Here is one of our Dragons, Bell, to tell you all about Bodhidharma, the Shaolin monks, and more:

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wing Chun Los Angeles & Choosing a Martial Arts School

Our school is in Burbank, but many of our students commute to us from other areas of Los Angeles. Looking out at tonight's adult/teen class, I see students who live in: Culver City, Montrose, Glendale, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Beverly Hills, North Hills...

What's the significance of this? For those of you who don't live in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Culver City are at least 45 minutes or more away in traffic. (As I like to say, they might as well be on the moon, it takes so long to get to Burbank from there on the dreaded 405...) Even Sherman Oaks, only 10 minutes away without traffic, can easily be a 30-minute drive during rush hour.

Anyone who has studied martial arts can attest that it's more important to find the right school and the right teacher than it is to merely find the most convenient option. Choosing a martial arts school is a short process for some (who just try a class and decide on the spot if they're comfortable with enrolling) and a rather lengthy process for others (like one of our students, Allan, who visited literally every kung fu school in the city doing trial classes and even trial months before returning to us having made his decision). Either way, there are several factors besides geographical location you should consider.

Remember the Chinese proverb: it's better to spend 10 years looking for a good teacher than 10 years learning from a bad one...

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wing Chun Techniques, Concepts and Theory (Focus on Centerline Theory)

For those who have never studied Wing Chun it can be very difficult to understand Wing Chun Kung Fu's sometimes difficult techniques and concepts.

Some central concepts are the centerline theory, economy of motion, use of redirection/deflection instead of blocking, simultaneous attack and defense, and trapping. 

There's not enough time or space in this blog to fully explore all of these, although you can keep an eye out for posts about them in the future. Our Chief Instructor Sifu Todd Shawn Tei has written several articles on these concepts including "Redirection is the Best Direction" and "Fighting with Wing Chun", featured in magazines such as Kung Fu Magazine, Blackbelt Magazine, etc.

Today we'll focus on why and how Wing Chun's use of the centerline theory enables its lightning-fast and efficient hand and simultaneous attack/defense techniques. Check out this video of Sifu Tei explaining:

As you can see, adhering to the centerline theory ensures that Wing Chun practitioners do not waste energy (a.k.a. economy of motion), do not overextend themselves, and do not lose balance when attacking and defending themselves. Don't all of these things sound like sensible things to do during combat? Remember, MMA fights often go for several rounds, with the winner prevailing very often due to superior cardiovascular endurance or strength rather than due to superior techniques. There are also weight classes in MMA, a convenience not available to us in real life.

Real-life fights rarely last longer than a few seconds, so there's no time or energy to waste, especially due to the strong possibility of multiple attackers.

I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea though - we do help all of our students build better fitness and balance! We just don't use (in our opinion) impractical* techniques such as spinning back kicks during self-defense/combat because there are better options available to us through our Wing Chun training.

*Note we didn't call more acrobatic/extended techniques ineffective. They're not ineffective; there's plenty of videos online of martial artists knocking out their opponents with spinning back kicks and the like. We're just saying that according to the concepts and theories of our style, there are more practical and efficient options available. No offense intended to anyone who studies something different.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thoughts on Bullying Victim Fighting Back Viral YouTube Sensation

Recently our Twitter and Facebook feeds were inundated with re-tweets and shares of this video of a bullying victim fighting back at his Australian school:

(You can skip the next 2 paragraphs if you've already seen it.)

In the video, which has since gone viral and become a YouTube sensation, a bully (the smaller kid) approaches his victim (the larger kid) and says something demeaning/threatening. The victim (since identified as Casey Heynes, a longtime bullying victim) just stands there as his bully grabs his collar and punches him in the face. As one kid with a camera phone and two bystanders watch, the bully grabs him and punches him again, but this time is blocked.

The victim's back is literally against the wall, but even having been punched twice, he does nothing to defend himself. The bully invades his victim's personal space again and attempts not one, not two, but FIVE punches to his victim's stomach. At the fifth punch, the victim snaps. He grabs the bully. The bully tries to get away, but the victim lifts him and body slams him to the ground. (The bully is apparently fine and did not sustain any serious injuries, thankfully.) Both of the boys were later suspended.

There are many different opinions about this controversial situation. As promised here are some thoughts on the situation:

1) Casey has apparently been a victim of bullies all his school life. Why hasn't someone enrolled this child in martial arts? In a qualified martial arts program Casey would have learned never to allow bullies to intimidate him or lay their hands on him. 18 seconds elapsed between the bully grabbing Casey and Casey fighting back. That's 17 seconds too many. Casey should have pushed the bully's hands off of him the second the bully grabbed him. If he had done that accompanied by a confident "Leave me alone or I will defend myself and you might get hurt" (or something of that nature, of course, that's a mouthful for most kids in high-pressure situations) the bully probably would have moved on to an easier target.

2) This video dispels the myth that martial arts is mainly for short and medium-statured kids. (We actually recently had a mother tell us her teenage son, who was only about 5'10, was too tall to participate in our class. Nevermind that our adult/teen students range in height from 4'11 to 6'9, right? It's such a silly myth but it refuses to die.) Kids of all shapes and sizes get bullied. Bullies pick their targets based on emotional weaknesses such as low self-esteem, not based on who looks physically easy to pick on. 

3) In our program we teach our children what level of force is appropriate in different situations. For example, if I show them a self-defense technique, I will say, "Is this for use against a kidnapper or a playground bully?" Again, if Casey had been enrolled in martial arts, he hopefully would have learned safer anti-bullying techniques than a potentially paralyzing body-slam. Without this knowledge, he was forced to react the only way he knew how, and that's no one's fault but that of the adults who failed to equip him with better tools. 

4) The kids who watched and laughed as the smaller kid struck his victim should be punished for not finding a teacher to defuse the situation. The "cameraman" should also be punished. These kids' lack of empathy and morality is disgusting.

I assume that Casey is not enrolled in martial arts (or at least not a qualified program) so I do not fault him for what he did. He reacted as any child would react after years of bullying and humiliation. I am however very grateful that this situation ended with relatively little harm done other than a skinned knee. 

And, of course, I hope the bully learned his lesson, too.

-Sifu Nancy of Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Blindfolded Chi Sau/Chi Sao, Sensitivity, and Human Weapon

One of our adult students, Jen, has requested we blog about the role that sensitivity plays in chi sau/chi sao and the purpose of blindfolded chi sau play. Please note that this post refers to and quotes Ip Chun's "Wing Chun Martial Arts" book in several places.

First, check out this video from the popular show "Human Weapon" (Kung Fu episode):

The clip depicts a blindfolded Wing Chun Sifu demonstrating chi sau on his student atop the Great Wall of China.

First of all, it's important to understand that while chi sau is integral to Wing Chun training, it cannot stand alone in the place of sparring for combat or self-defense practice. However, without chi sau, you cannot practice Wing Chun, because it is largely through chi sau that Wing Chun skills are developed. It's difficult to overstate the importance of chi sau in Wing Chun. In fact, Ip Chun (Ip Man's eldest son) has written that chi sau is the "most important factor" in judging one's Wing Chun ability, and is the "bridge between forms and free fighting."

You begin the exercise from the "poon sau" roll. Here's a clip breaking down the roll:

As you can see, the poon sau roll gives practitioners a starting point. After poon sau, the movies become varied. We may teach certain sets of moves, but because you cannot predict your partner's reactions, the exercise is never repeated exactly the same. In this way, it is "free form". However, it is not like free fighting. The purpose of free fighting or combat is to "win". The purpose of chi sau is to practice. (Our school brings this same mentality to sparring practice - the purpose is to practice for the mutual benefit of both students. There is no "winner" or "loser" and no points are tallied.)

So back to the Human Weapon clip. Why is the Sifu blindfolded? Chi sau helps develop many aspects of one's Wing Chun, chief among them sensitivity and reflexes.

Practicing blindfolded forces us to rely on our sense of touch and our intuition rather than our sense of sight. Research shows that Blind People Sense Touch Faster. By practicing blindfolded, Wing Chun practitioners harness the oft-ignored sense of touch, so that when their eyes are open they can rely on two senses instead of just one for their close-range hand techniques and trapping.

As any higher-level Wing Chun practitioner knows, two senses are better than one.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Prodigal Son Wing Chun movie

Did you think that Ip Man 2 was Sammo Hung's first Wing Chun movie?

Actually... in 1981, "THE PRODIGAL SON" took its rightful place as (arguably) the "best" Wing Chun movie ever released. It would take more than a quarter century for Ip Man (2008) to dethrone it. Of course, that's just our two cents on the subject.

Anyhow, The Prodigal Son is still an excellent movie, and we wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone! In it, Sammo Hung stars as Wong Wah Bo - a real person from Wing Chun history. He also directed the film.

The fight choreography is truly spectacular. Best of all, it's a very funny film, although some serious themes are touched upon.

We don't sell this particular movie at our school, but you can find it on Amazon... if you're willing to shell out around $45, that is. Rumors abound of a version available for $10 but we haven't seen it yet. There also appear to be a few for sale for around $20 plus shipping. You might have better luck on eBay.

Good luck getting your hands on a copy - it'll be worth it!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, March 7, 2011

Bruce Lee, Ip Man, and Wing Chun

At the end of Ip Man 2, a small, arrogant child walks in and says he wants to learn kung fu. Ip Man laughs and tells him to come back when he's older. The child leaves, but not before telling everyone his name: Bruce Lee!

That's right. Bruce Lee was one of Ip Man's students. In fact, Ip Man was Bruce Lee's only formal martial arts teacher.

Here's some photos of Bruce and his Sifu Ip Man:

Ip Man and Bruce Lee practicing chi sau, or sticky hands

Although Bruce Lee would later go on to develop the concept called "Jeet Kune Do", this concept was not meant to be a new style for people to learn in lieu of other pre-existing styles such as Wing Chun. Rather, Jeet Kune Do was intended to be a way of thinking and training for maximum efficiency and improvement. 

(For more information on Jeet Kune Do, see Sifu Tei's article "Jeet Kune Do on Trial: Is it Guilty or Innocent of Being a Martial Arts Style?" A framed copy of the article is available for viewing at our school.)

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Long-Term Benefits of Fitness for Kids

Much has been said about why American children are becoming overweight and obese in frighteningly large numbers. The simple version of the answer is two-fold: 1) kids aren't getting enough exercise and 2) kids aren't eating the right foods.

To address the exercise issue, most schools offer P.E. (physical education) classes. Unfortunately, these classes are not every day for most students. Also, the quality of the classes varies from school to school. One of my young students, who attends a fairly well-regarded elementary school, recently told me that her entire P.E. class consisted of nothing but running laps for the entire session. I hope she's kidding, because that does sound boring...

Obviously, ensuring your child exercises regularly will result in many short-term benefits such as improved mood, focus and sleep cycles, a healthy weight, etc. However, not enough parents are aware of the long-term benefits of exercise. Children who participate in regular high-impact exercise are less likely to develop osteoporosis as adults. Exercise in childhood also lessens the risk of diabetes and/or obesity later in life. Just as parents have a responsibility to send their children to school to prepare them for the academic and career challenges they'll face as adults, they also have a responsibility to ensure their children are fit and healthy so they can avoid unnecessary health problems later in life.

Fitness is one of the 9 life skills we teach at our school. Kung Fu is an excellent source of exercise for all ages.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Ip Man Movies List

At least two or three times per week, someone wanders in and says, "I'm here because I saw the movie Ip Man and I want to learn Wing Chun."

Many of these Ip Man enthusiasts have become some of our most dedicated students.

When they come in, after talking about our programs and such, our instructors always ask if they've seen any of the "other" Ip Man movies. Here is a list with trailers of the "other" Ip Man movies already released or in the works for fans:

1. Ip Man 2 (2010) - sequel to Ip Man (2008); stars Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung.

2. Ip Man: The Legend is Born (2010) - prequel to the previous 2 Ip Man movies, starring Dennis To and Sammo Hung. Features a substantial cameo by Ip Man's real-life eldest son, Ip Chun, who portrays Leung Bik (Ip Man's second Sifu). Made by a different production company than its predecessor.

3. The Grandmasters (2011) - stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi. Was produced completely separately from the other 3 movies. The teaser trailer doesn't offer much unless you read Chinese, but we have high hopes for this film due to the caliber of its cast and its director, the renowned auteur Wong Kar Wai as well as action choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping.

(Why all the movies about Ip Man? Ip Man's chief claim to fame is having taught Bruce Lee, who popularized Wing Chun/Kung Fu in America... here at our school in Los Angeles we have a photo of the real-life Ip Man hanging in a place of honor, so that all of our students can aspire to be as great, as noble, and as influential as he was known to be.)

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The 818 Now Features California Academy of Martial Arts

Bryan Mahoney of The 818 Now, one of our local news and opinion websites, recently visited the school. He spent some time speaking with C.A.M.A. parents and instructors and even did a quick "intro" (introductory lesson) with Instructor Paul K. Daniel. 

Check out the link which has photos and video!

NEW GUY IN TOWN: I can say I know Kung Fu

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Video from Demonstration for Burbank Boy Scouts

Check out video from our kung fu demonstration for the Burbank Boy Scouts Venture Crew 201 on Feb 3, 2011.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Friday, February 18, 2011

Kung Fu Forms and Mindfulness

What is mindfulness, and how does it apply to Chinese martial arts?

Mindfulness means different things to different people. To most English-speaking Americans, to be mindful means to be cautious, aware, and attentive. For example, when I tell a young student "mind your stance" I am asking them to pay extra attention to their posture and stance movement.

To Buddhists, the term "mindfulness" has extra meaning. It is considered essential to enlightenment (the ultimate goal of Buddhism, similar in importance to the Christian heaven). Right mindfulness requires the Buddhist focus continuously and deliberately on one's body, actions, and mind. It enables and empowers Buddhists to do the right thing and make the right choices.

Mindlessness is everywhere in modern society. Sure, sometimes the mind needs a break, such as over that first cup of coffee in the morning or thirty minutes before bed. However, there are times when mindfulness is probably preferable. For example, who couldn't afford to be a little more mindful about what and how much they eat? Or when driving in rush-hour traffic?

Mindfulness is everything in kung fu, especially when doing our forms. We martial artists must mind our stance movements, our hand techniques, our posture, our breathing, and, during performances, even our facial expressions!

Just as regular exercise offers benefits beyond physical fitness (release of endorphins, self-esteem boost, long-term protection against various ailments, etc.), practicing kung fu forms offers benefits beyond simple memorization of a set of movements.

MINDFULNESS is just one of them...

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, February 14, 2011

Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Anti-Bullying

Many parents believe their children are not victims of bullying and thus are caught unprepared when the problem hits home. Of course, "bully-proofing" children is a large part of what we do at California Academy of Martial Arts. However, while the conversation on bullying tends to focus on victims and vilify the bullies themselves ("they're horrible kids!"), the reality is that the majority of them are good kids that just need some extra TLC. In fact, many are victims of bullying (or worse) themselves.

Once upon a time, according to Disney's upcoming show "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," there was a lonely little boy who wanted to be invited to play with the other children. But he never was. And years later, when the boy became a man, he was better known as Captain Hook*Isn't that message just as important as any other about anti-bullying?

Jake and Captain Hook.

Empathy - understanding how someone else is feeling, or being able to put yourself in their shoes - is a learned skill with immeasurable value. Empathic kids are shown to have better social skills, which helps them to do better in school and other social situations. Also, empathic children are perceived as better leaders, probably because they are better communicators and more likely to intervene in conflicts on others' behalf.**

Successful anti-bullying programs (like ours) should incorporate the social lessons promised in 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates' so that our children learn that for bullying to cease in their communities they must not only cease to be victims but also cease to be bullies themselves.

(*Excerpt from LA Times article published February 13, 2011.
 **Consulted http://www.drkutner.com/parenting/articles/develop_empathy.html)

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Ip Man 2 Demonstration Video

From Saturday January 29th, 2011 at Mann Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA ahead of a screening of IP MAN 2 starring Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung.

Yahoo Burbank Building Chinese New Year festival

On Thursday a team of Tigers, Dragons and three instructors did two demonstrations at Yahoo.com's Burbank compound. Video and photos are on the way - we're editing together the best shots from multiple parents.

In between shows, the kids were invited to partake in activities such as Chinese Lantern making, a raffle, and some delicious Chinese appetizers. They also played cards, explored the game room, and practiced forms. The Yahoo employees were so impressed and many congratulated our kids on their poise and performance.

Obviously they had an amazing time and the festival went so well that the Yahoo people are inviting us back next year! :) Yahoo! (pun intended)

the Yahoo Burbank compound

Team member Roman and a very large knight

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valley View Elementary School Student is Studio City Whiz Kid!

One of our Advanced Tigers, Catherine, was recently named a 'Whiz Kid' by StudioCityPatch, a local news website.

She definitely is a Whiz Kid and we're very proud of her!

Here's the link to the article about her recent accomplishment: Catherine Glandon Passes the Test!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Monday, February 7, 2011

Where's the "Kung Fu" in Kung Fu Panda?

Every generation seems to have its classic martial arts movie that inspires children to take up the ancient arts. The 2000s has at least two: "Karate Kid" and "Kung Fu Panda".

Kung Fu Panda came out first and was really a pleasant surprise. Animators consulted martial artists when animating fight scenes. They used some of the same animals that the Shaolin monks observed when creating martial arts: the crane, the snake, the mantis, the tiger, and the monkey. They used real kung fu hand techniques and kicks, too. Obviously their attention to detail really paid off, as Kung Fu Panda was a blockbuster hit and its sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2, is due out in May.

Many kids are surprised to learn that Wing Chun, our primary martial art, is comprised mostly of movements from snake and crane! (They're also often disappointed to learn there's no 'Panda' style.)

So on that note, here's a video of one of our Dragons, Bell, who came in a couple years ago after seeing Kung Fu Panda and has accomplished a lot in her time with us... in this video she tells the history of kung fu, kid-style:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Patty Whitehead: commitment, in 2 photos

So Miss Patty, one of our senior sashes and an assistant instructor, started with us when she was 8. For some reason, no one believes us when we say that -- which I think is a testament to how truly rare commitment is among our children today. So I'm posting PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE!
Patty at about age 8 or 9 at the old school. As evidenced by her green sash she'd already been training for around 9 months.
Patty at age 14, receiving her red & black sash!
P.S. I'm particularly proud of Patty and many of the other children who have trained with us for years because I feel the art of commitment is really lost on many of this generation's kids. Let me just say that I believe ANY child is capable of this level of commitment and accomplishment! (With ample help and support from parents and family, of course.)

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tiger Graduations

Today two of our Tigers, Keilee and Kaden, graduated to Dragons. Both have spent 6+ months in the Tigers program and have really gotten to know and befriend their classmates, so I knew that this would be a bittersweet moment for both of them.

I asked Keilee, "Are you excited to go to Dragons?" She nodded yes. I said, "Are you sad, too?" She nodded yes and became teary-eyed. "I'll miss my friends," she said.

We've all been through these moments in life, graduating from elementary school to junior high, junior high to high school, high school to (for many of us) college, etc. etc. We've changed jobs, moved cities... the list goes on and on. Meaningful change is rarely easy!

It's a hard lesson, but an important one too:

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.  ~Anatole France

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

demonstration for Boy Scouts Venture Crew 201

The demo show last night for Boy Scouts Venture Crew 201 was amazing! Our Dragon team (Gabe, Adam, Sydnee & Brian) performed Siu Lim Tao, Ping Kuen, a form from Crane, and Chinese Choy Li Fut broadsword. Miss Patty and Miss Gabby performed hand techniques and sparring. Miss Patty performed the Choy Li Fut pole and also some blindfolded chi sau with myself (Sifu Nancy).

Afterward, the event's organizers generously offered for our team to partake in the Chinese dinner. Most of the kids and a couple parents accepted and feasted on orange chicken, chow mein, rice, salad, Mongolian beef, soup, tea, punch, etc. etc. Needless to say this was VERY generous of them and the team had a lot of fun celebrating the successful performance together and chowing down :) The Boy Scouts who were our "waiters" for the evening were very attentive!

Send us your photos & video if you were there, please!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Burbank Kung Fu Demonstration Show Tonight

For our students & others in the Burbank area--

Tonight four of our distinguished DRAGONS (ages 8-13) will be performing at a Chinese New Year-themed fundraiser held by the Boy Scouts Venture Crew 201. The event will be at: 2828 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505 inside a Methodist Church. It starts at 6 pm and will feature Chinese food and activities, plus a bunny petting zoo provided by Peggy Woods' Pet Emporium!

Our kids are on at 7 pm and a few of our teens/adults will also give free sparring, weapons and chi sau demonstrations.

You can come watch us for free, but in case you want to participate in the dinner, here's the info from a press release:

"Reservations can be made by calling the Church office at (818) 846-2866 -or- through the church email at MagnoliaParkUMC@SBCglobal.Net Leave your email or phone number. In the subject line put, CHINESE NEW YEAR. Event Coordinator Larae Hanks will contact you to confirm your requests."

Hope to see you there!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

George Lopez and Sifu Tei

Sifu Tei on the Wooden Dummy at our old location

Sifu Tei and George Lopez - June 2010

Sifu Tei on SPIKE TV's "1000 Ways to Die"

Today Sifu Tei filmed more episodes of "1000 WAYS TO DIE" for SPIKE TV. His past episodes are:

Samu Fry: http://www.spike.com/video/samu-fry/3341421

Warning: not appropriate for younger viewers!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Earned, Not Given...

Last night Sifu Tei awarded new sashes to a number of our students who tested over this past week and weekend.

Congratulations to all of them, because all of them -- the youngest being age 3 and the oldest in their 40s or 50s this time around -- earned their new ranking through hard work, humility and determination.

Some of them have only been with us for a few months and took their first tests on Saturday, but one of them, Miss Patty, has been with us for 6 years! Her commitment is definitely something to be admired. Keep an eye out for a longer blog about her martial arts journey soon.

In the meanwhile here's some photos of a couple 'Tigers' who passed this weekend with flying colors:

Keilee, who is graduating to Dragons today after almost a year in our Tigers program

Catherine, a veteran Advanced Tiger whose knowledge of Ip Man and his significance to Wing Chun was especially impressive

:) -Sifu Nancy

Monday, January 31, 2011

Ip Man Demo - part 2 continued

Couple more photos for you:
Mark & Sifu practicing

from left: Gabriela, Patty, Nancy & Sifu

Los Angeles Kung Fu movie opening (Ip Man 2 Demonstration) - part 2

Have a few photos to share from the Ip Man 2 Demonstration Performance at the Mann Grauman's Chinese on Saturday night.

Instructor Paul, white sash Sean & a couple fans.

White sash Sean.

Newly promoted black & white sash (2nd level) student Albert.

Black & white sash (just tested for yellow which is our 3rd level) Allan - also one of our webmasters and tech gurus.

I really like this one - Omar, one of our 'Pandas' (he's 5 years old) practices with Teacher Mark.

A group of us smile for the camera before entering the theater. I'm the one with my hands on Omar's (the little kid's) shoulders.

-Sifu Nancy