The last lesson of term one was dedicated to a beginner grading. Marks were added up in the school holiday break and assignments studied. We are pleased to announce that Emily Whiting has been awarded a junior white sash lion with a mark of 77%! She is now a full member with her membership number being #97 and she will be given her sash and certificate the start of term 2 next week!
OK we've been a bit slack. Or rather busy! So much has occurred this first part of this year with Chinese New Year, Man from Iron Back and even Lambing Flat Festival with performances and appearances - that these recognitions are really for January, February and March!
DRAGON - Jesse Lo. Good attendance record for practise sessions including training 5 times a week before Chinese New Year. Also the youngest person (12 yo) to perform in the 18m Singaporean Dragon Jet and he really isn't fazed by performing in adult positions in dragons and lions.
LION - Samuel Le. Full of enthusiasm during our busy time and good performances in kung fu, dragon and lion for Chinese New Year.
WOLF PACK - Wallace Lo. A rookie to our school and with no prior experience was an essential part of our performance team during Chinese New Year and deciding to stay on as a regular student. Always helping with driving, transporting and storing equipment and doing whatever he can for the academy, demonstrating the true martial arts spirit. Did well with crash courses in gong, cymbals, and dragon and performed in the main dragon for the Chinese Ambassador, National Multicultural Festival and for Yau Kung Mun at the Lambing Flat Chinese Festival.
We are pleased to announce that another senior student/instructor has passed his grading. Congratulations to Sihing Sam Le who is now promoted to Junior Purple Sash Lion.
A senior closed door grading was held on 21st December 2017. Thank you to all those who participated and helped out. It was a hard physical test of endurance. Congratulations to the following students who were successful:
Sihing Lochlan Graf - Junior Purple Sash Lion
Sisook Jeremy Le - Senior Purple Sash Lion with honours
On behalf of YHKFA and UCKFA we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and wonderful New year! Training starts again at the AIS on Monday 5th February and at UC on Saturday 13th January. Looking forward to seeing you there!
In November we were busy preparing for gradings and getting as much kung fu training done as possible. The students who were outstanding in class were:
DRAGON - Liam Whiting. Good attendance and attention to training which resulted in an outstanding performance at the grading
LION - Lochlan Graf. Consistent with attendance and helping out in class as usual along with individual practice.
WOLF PACK - Tyson Baker. Always coming to class - 3 times a week mostly and offering to help others.
We've just had our last lesson of the year and looking forward to our Christmas Party and Awards celebration! Our term 4 grading was completed in class last week and congratulations to all those who put in a huge effort to sit for it. The successful applicants were:
Andy Lo - junior white sash dragon
Liam Whiting - junior white sash dragon
Jahla McCormack - junior white sash dragon
Jesse Lo - senior green sash dragon with honours
Tyson Baker - senior green sash dragon with honours
October we went into full swing with our kung fu syllabus after a big season of performances. Most of our students are preparing for an end of year grading. The students who stood out were:
DRAGON - Asya Krepysheva. Kept up her usual level of enthusiasm and attending as many classes and performances as she can.
LION - Lochlan Graf. Great attendance and excellence in setting an example with techniques, etiquette and choreography.
WOLF PACK - Tyson Baker. Enthusiastic as always and a proud member of our academy.
Global Student Recruitment at UC also contacted us to provide a self defence workshop for international students from China who were living in Canberra on 15th November. We were more than happy to provide these two workshops and look forward to working with the universities in the future.
On Sunday 5th November 2017 the inaugural general meeting of the UCKFA was held on the campus of the University of Canberra. The purpose of the association is to provide UC students and the general public tuition in the asian arts - currently Chinese kung fu and Filipino eskrima, wushu, dragon and lion dance, although this list may be expanded upon in the future. The lessons are provided on the campus of UC and the association will be a UC cultural group governed by UC Life! The association is intending to present the minutes to UC Life! in the next 2 weeks and then open a club bank account and be declared a not for profit group.
Currently YHKFA is providing tuition to UCKFA on Saturdays from 1-3 pm. UC students and the general public from age 8 onwards are welcome to trial a free lesson and join as members to receive tuition.
The committee of the UCKFA was elected at the IGM and are as follows:
President - Dr Wilson Lo
Vice-President - Mr Jarryd Morton
Treasurer - Dr Sim Hom Tam
Secretary - Mr Jeroen Splinter
General Committee Member and Social Events Organiser - Ms Janine Walker