It's hard to believe we are rolling out the dates for our Summer Camps for 2016!
We just added the Summer 2016 page to the site.
So far we have 4 camps to select:
Our Lady of the Elms Elementary - June 13 - 17 - 9:00am - 11:30am
St. Sebastian School - June 20 - 24 - 9:00am - 11:30 am
Shaw JCC Kung Fu Camp 1 - June 27 - July 1st - 9:00 - 3:00 pm
Grace Church Martial Arts Camp - July 11 - 15 - 9:00 - 12:00pm
Shaw JCC Kung Fu Camp 2 - July 18 - 22 - 9:00 - 3:00 pm
This years camp we are focusing on handling bullies, developing awareness and strategies for strangers and having fun.
Please click here to register for your spot at the camp that best fits your schedule!
Check back as we might be having more camps!
We are very excited to be a part of a new international organization that's mission is to prevent and deal with bullies and it uses wing chun thinking to do it. We have already been impressed by the help we have gotten from their support volunteers.
We are looking forward to speaking to schools and preschools in the area to help spread the great information. If you are interested in having a presentation, please send an email to email@example.com . We will be looking to add a web form in the near future.
We are trying to build as many likes for our Wing Chun Against Bullying, Ohio Chapter page. Please help us grow it. The idea is to have great information and impactful photos/graphics to share to help stop bullying.
Please like the fb page and help us spread the great information!
Gong Hey Fat Choy!
Happy New Year! Today is the Chinese New Year's Eve, we are moving into the year of the Ram/Sheep and out of the year of the Horse. I hope that we are all staying warm this week and I wanted to talk a little about this very fun and family oriented holiday in Asia. For most of us, its a little unusual that there could be different new year celebrations. The reason Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is more of a floating/moving holiday is it is based on the lunar cycle and not the revolution of the Earth around the sun.
Explore some Chinese New Year Traditions!
Luck Money or Hong Bao
It is customary for family members (parents and grandparents) to give unmarried children "lucky money". Lucky money is a specific amount of money in an even number amount, even numbers are lucky. It is given in a red envelope because red is a lucky color. Traditionally, white is the color used for funerals and is associated with death. Also on the red envelopes are symbols associated with luck, wealth and prosperity.
Click Here for the Wikipedia source.
Tangerines and Oranges
Oranges are also eaten and given to family and friends. Because of their color, oranges and tangerines symbolize gold. Also, in Chinese, Tangerines sounds like "luck" and Orange sounds like "wealth". Giving someone one of these awesome fruits, you are wishing them wealth and prosperity for the next year.
Click here for the source page.
Lion Dancing is also customary to see during New Year Celebrations. Performers or troupe are from local Kung Fu Schools. As in the picture above, there is drums, cymbals, and at least 2 performers in the Lion. Sometimes there is a completion between kung fu school to see who has the best moves and who can overcome the hardest obstacles. During the dance, the lion(s) try to find or reach a lettuce bunch, this is were money is put. Once the lettuce is in the mouth of the lion, the money is taken out and the lettuce spit out, before another lion tries to go for the money...
Usually, based on the color of the lion, one could infer the style of Kung Fu of the School. The color of the beard of the lion could tell you the age of the teacher - black for a younger school/teacher, white for a well established/"experienced" teacher. I added a clip below to watch. If you start at the 3 min mark, the dancing is in full swing.
Have Happy New Year!
Kung Fu Camp at Camp Y-Noah! July 20th - 24th
It's hard to believe, but we are actually rolling out our dates for our Summer Camps! (It's nice to think about summer when it gets cold...)
We are excited to announce our very own Tiger Kids Kung Fu Camp at Camp Y-Noah!
The week will be packed with Swimming, Hiking, Crafts, Fun and of Course Kung Fu. Our goal is our campers will be able to advance a belt or patch level in that week.
There is limited space so please click the link to sign up!
This is a day camp that goes from 9am to 3:30pm. The campers will swim, do themed crafts, a high ropes course, play games and train Kung Fu. This camp is geared for New to Advanced Martial Artists from ages 6 to 14.
With early registration, the payment can be a spread out until May.
If you register by Feb. 28th - $200 - Save $40
If you register March 1st - May 15th - $220 - Save $20
If you register May 16th - July 4th - $240
Click the link to register today!
This is one of the views where our camp will be held.
New Keep S.A.F.E. 8 week program coming to Grace Church
We are excited to offer an 8 week Keep S.A.F.E. program at Grace Church in Bath, OH! This program is new part of the Sports Ministry Outreach of Grace Church, like our other programming, classes are once a week and approx. an hour long. We will cover the aspects of SAFE - Self Worth, Awareness, Fitness, Education. The class is great for women from their teens to grandmas.
The class is free of charge and is filling fast - as of today 5 spots remain open. If the class is filled, you can get on the waiting list for the next offering in Spring of 2015. To learn more about a connect group please watch the video and click the link to sign up!
Have a great day!
Link to sign up - https://graceohio.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=404
Wow! It's has been an exciting and fast paced summer! It's hard to believe that we are almost in the last week of August and July was a action packed blur!
I wanted to take the time to thank all of our students, their parents and families for another year of fun times, good training, and expanding our capabilities. Without you our classes and programming would not exist!
So how exciting has this summer been for us?
We held: 1-Race Sponsor/Obstacle Course, 3-one-week camps, 1-half-week camp and maintained our summer classes. Adding all of those events/classes for this summer, we have trained over 200 people! (A record breaking summer for us)
So here are some pics from the summer!
Another Video from JCC Camps
Grace Mini Martial Arts Camp Fitness Video
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