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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

10 Year-Old Northridge Girl Kidnapped, Found

Earlier today we shared on our Facebook page that a 10 year-old girl was reported missing from her Northridge home by her frantic parents. Thankfully, the girl has been found. Authorities report she was kidnapped by two men unknown to her (strangers), then dropped off at a local hospital. She wandered to a nearby Starbucks in a state of shock with numerous bruises and lacerations. Thankfully, she was assisted by an unknown citizen who recognized her from news coverage.

Although photos of her and her full name are available online, we will decline to share them here as she is being treated as a victim of kidnapping and sexual assault.

(Source)

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

UPDATE: Authorities have confirmed that the girl was kidnapped at knifepoint from her home and sexually assaulted. They have arrested a secondary suspect, Daniel Martinez, charged with assisting the kidnapping but not participating in the assault. They are hunting for parolee and prime suspect Tobias Summers, pictured below. If you see this man, please contact authorities immediately.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wing Chun First Form Video

Our newest Kung Fu YouTube offering features a Wing Chun First Form video. The pace is quite slow because many guests were snapping pictures, so you should be able to practice with it if you've started learning at your Wing Chun kwoon. It was filmed during our annual field trip to Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, CA.




-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hsi Lai Temple Photos - 2013 Field Trip

On Saturday, March 9th our Kung Fu students headed to Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights once more. We enjoyed learning about Buddhism, Chinese culture, and wandering the picturesque grounds.

Enjoy some of the photos and head over to our California Academy of Martial Arts Facebook page for more:









-Kung Fu Los Angeles Staff

Friday, March 8, 2013

Whittier Kidnappings: Victims Escape, Flee

In nearby Whittier, California, there has been a recent string of related kidnappings specifically targeting young women and children:
  • A group of Good Samaritans held down 41 year-old registered sex offender David Polanco after he allegedly tried to kidnap an 18 year old girl. The group of people waited for police to arrive where he was later booked on suspicion of kidnapping. Once detained, police asked locals for any information if they have been in suspicious contact with Polanco. (Source with video)
  • A 12 year-old boy playing in a park when a man snuck up and put his hand over his mouth, ordering him to keep quiet as he tried to pull the boy off a swing set. Luckily, the boy ignored him and was able to catch the attention of his brothers nearby. They assisted in fighting off the suspect until he ran off.
  • Last month, an 11 year-old girl was walking alone near a park when she was abducted by someone and thrown into the back of a car. She found another girl of about 7 crying in the back of the seat. The girls teamed up to escape the car and contact police.
  • In the same month, a 17 year-old girl reported walking home when a man attempted to lure her into his car. She was also able to run away and contact police before the man could reach her.
  • That same day in the same neighborhood, two high school girls were in the middle of an argument when a man interrupted and told them to get in his car. Witnesses report that the suspect fled soon after. 
Polanco and suspects were unable to successfully kidnap any of the above mentioned victims due to their observance of the most important anti-kidnapping rule: always try to get away and attract attention to yourself, even if the kidnapper is threatening you.

Our martial arts program in Los Angeles focuses specifically on giving young children and women the confidence to defend themselves, and as demonstrated by the incidents in this article, you may be able to protect yourself and your children with the right attitude and education.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lantern Festival Los Angeles 2013: Demo Video Footage

On Saturday, March 2nd, our Martial Arts Demo Team was invited to perform at Chinese American Museum's 12th annual Lantern Festival in the Chinatown area of downtown Los Angeles.

Chi sau (meaning sticky hands) is one of Wing Chun's most famous exercises. The drill is designed to teach trapping, quick reflexes, simultaneous attack & defense and fearless fighting at close range.

Some video of Sifu Tei's chi sau demonstration:



Our California Academy of Martial Arts Demo Team after the show:

From top left: Patty, Adam, Sifu Tei, Adonai, Jen & Chris. From bottom left: Jr. Si-heng Roman & Jr. Sifu Brian 
We'd love to post video of the rest of our set, but we don't have any. If you took any, please Contact Us!

-Kung Fu Los Angeles staff