In June and July we had two combined martial arts and dragon dance performances. It was great teamwork to pull these off! On 24th June 2017 we performed at the FCCCI Chinese Language School as as guest act for their Multicultural Festival. And on 2nd July 2017 we were busking at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston at their Multicultural Day. We are also looking forward to a private dragon dance performance at the University of Canberra on 5th July. Please look at our facebook pages for more photos! www.facebook.com/yhkfa and www.facebook.com/canberradragondance
On 1st June 2017 we held a grading for three of our students. They all put in a lot of hard work and now we have two new members! When a student fills out a membership form commencing lessons that is just an application. Full membership to the academy has to be earnt by passing that first grading. The results were as follows:
Ewan Hunter - junior white sash dragon. New member #91
Liam Hunter - junior white sash dragon. New member #92
Heath Hamilton - junior yellow sash lion. Existing member #88
Congratulations to them all!
Our students of the month of May are:
DRAGON - Yannick Splinter. Consistent in attendance and put in a lot of effort for recent dragon demonstrations
LION - Lochlan Graf. Excellent effort in class and helped with judging the recent grading
WOLF PACK - Brendan Kok - taken the reins for dragon dance tuition whilst Ares Nie is away and has become our dragon percussion maestro and teacher!
From Saturday 13th May 2017 we will have regular lessons in Wushu and Dragon Dance. Unlike our AIS lessons we also open these sessions up to adults, as well as kids over 8 y.o. and teens. We have some introductory prices for these lessons including UC and ANU student discounts.
If you are fit and/or musical, are of good character and want to work in a team learning about these aspects of Chinese culture then please contact us for more information. First lesson is free so come along and give it a go!
Lesson are held in the UC Indoor Sports Hall 2 from 1:00 - 3.00 pm on Saturdays.
March was a busy month for us with some new students joining our classes and our demonstration for the National Capital Dragon Boat Festival. There was also a lot of preparation for the demonstration for Harrison School. Plus there was also the National Allstyles tournament ACT championships. Our students of the month are:
DRAGON - Andy Lo. For consistency in class and practise and participation in our demonstrations. He's come a long way since last year.
LION - Tyson Baker. Entered his first martial arts tournament and entered 3 events, coming away with 2 silver and 1 gold medal.
WOLF PACK - Alvon Junior. A new student for us but with a long history of martial arts training. Has been enthusiatic in week day classes and weekend training and our demonstrations. Invented his own staff form for the Harrison demonstration.
Congratulations to Green Sash student Tyson Baker on entering his first tournament at the NAS ACT regional championships. He entered 3 events and came away with a lot of experience and also snare silver in the forms, gold for points sparring and silver for continuous sparring!
Congratulations to the following students of the month:
DRAGON - Ayush Kumar. For his enthusiasm in class and during our busy Chinese New Year demonstration time around Chinese New Year. He even volunteered to jump into the Monkey King/Sun Wu Kong suit for the National Multicultural Festival stall!
LION - Rajiv Singh. For his involvement in the demonstrations, hosting our post demonstration lunch and finding a new student!
WOLF PACK - our weekend lessons have now evolved into wushu and dragon dance lessons as run by Ares Nie. So he gets the award this month for giving up his time to teach us his valuable skills!
On 4th February we had a trial run with Bruce, the Little Dragon at Westfield Belconnen blessing the shops along with Canberra Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance. We also had a small self defence and board break performance.
The main show will be at the National Multicultural Festival in Civic. Come and see us at:
1. NMF Parade. Saturday 18th February 1600 onwards
2. NMF Information Stall on Ainslie Avenue on Sunday 19th February from 1000-1600. Really this is the area between David Jones/Myer at the Canberra Centre and the Canberra Theatre.
3. NMF Demonstration on stage outside our stall on Sunday 19th February - the time we have been given is 1015 but this may change.
Until then enjoy some snapshots of our Westfield demonstration. You can see more on our public facebook page: www.facebook.com/yhkfa
As we welcome in the western New Year (based on the sun) for 2017 we are also awaiting the start of the Chinese or Lunar New Year (based on the moon). Chinese New Year's Day is 28th January 2017. Each year is dedicated to one of the 12 animals (slightly different to the 12 animals in our style) and one of the 5 elements (same as our style). The upcoming New Year will be the Year of the Fire Rooster (technically red rooster!!)
The celebrations around this time lasts for 2 weeks and are known as the Spring Festival. The highlight will be the multiple performances and blessings by our good friends, Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance Troupe and you will see their lions around Canberra at various restaurants and clubs. The details are on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/canberraliondance/
Our academy will have a stall at the National Multicultural Festival at Petrie Plaza (The Chinese Quarter) on Sunday 19th February and will perform a demonstration then. We will also have a small demonstration at Westfield Belconnen on Saturday 4th February - the times for both of these will be announced soon. During the stall we will be displaying our new Dragon Head and later this year our academy will also form Canberra's first Dragon Dance team, thanks to the tuition by Ares Nie.
Our regular lessons start on Monday 30th January with some slight changes - our lessons now start at 1630 and will last for an hour and we are now located at the Combat Centre at the AIS (same building as last time but different room).
New students are welcome to trial a free class!!
As our year came to a close several students were outstanding in their commitment to training and preparation for the December gradings, along with our weekend Wolf Pack classes. Our Wolf Pack classes have now evolved and taken on a new discipline. We have been fortunate enough to have the services of Ares Nie, a former Level 2 National Athlete in China for Wushu. He has been teaching some of our dedicated students the basics of wushu and later this year the basics of dragon dance. The students of the month of December were:
Dragon - Sanjiv Singh. Very dedicated in class putting in 100% effort and this was evident in his excellent grading mark. Also putting his hand up for weekend training and to participate in the upcoming demonstrations for Chinese New Year.
Lion - Tyson Baker. Always disciplined in class with no complaints and has been also keen for extra training. Although it was New Year's Day and not technically December we can't ignore his effort during our New Year's Day 9am Mount Ainslie Walk during which he ran up to the summit from the War Memorial in just over 15 minutes...wearing winter clothes!
Wolf Pack - Rajiv Singh. Hasn' t missed a wushu lesson yet and is obviously trying his hardest, working through his pain barrier!