On Thursday the 17th December 2020 we held the last grading of the year. We can proudly announce that Prajiet Eswaran has achieved Junior White Sash Lion with membership number #113, Ari Kovacs has achieved Junior White Sash Dragon with membership number #114 and Taha Abbasi has achieved Junior White Sash Dragon with membership number #115
Our gradings require a lot of preparation with workbooks, homework, and physical, oral and written tests with all teenagers and adults submitting researched assignments as well.
Our Christmas Party and Awards ceremony was held on Sunday 13th December 2020 on a beautiful property in Yass. There was a lot of food, team water games, swimming, trampolining and even a jumping castle! Thanks to Felicity and Richard for hosting this!
Our annual awards were also presented with results as follows:
Rookie of the Year - Harriet Bell
Most Improved - Yulyana
Proficiency Dragon - Vinnie Bianchini
Proficiency Lion - Jesse Lo
Proficiency Adult - Xiaonan Chen
Student of the Year - Zachary Harvey
Wolf Pack Award - Jishen Li
Three Virtues - Harriet Bell and Jishen Li
Congratulations to all the award winners.
We still have one more week to go with our lessons at Radford for the year although the lessons at UC will continue throughout holidays. The Radford lessons will recommence on Monday 1st February 2021
We were honoured to have been part of Jacky and Ainav's traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony wedding on 12th December 2020! We wish the lucky couple endless love!
Our classes are strictly following Covid Safe protocols as set out by the Martial Arts Industry Association which includes exclusion of any unwell students and instructors from classes, temperature testing, frequent use of hand sanitiser, cleaning of equipment before and after use with restrictions and restrictions on partner work. Everyone takes part in these procedures and it has become a normal part of our classes.
We will concentrate on another grading at the end of this term and also practising for our new free performance of martial arts, lion dance and dragon dance on 5th and 6th September in the Canberra CBD and Braddon. ROAR for CANBERRA is a good luck blessing for all Canberrans and can be enjoyed in person on a limited bases and on live stream.
It is part of the Where You Are Festival by Rise Canberra and proudly supported by the ACT Government. You can find our more information here:
We've ramped up measures recently to prevent the tranmission of disease including viruses recently in class including the use of hand sanitiser at the start and end of each class and wiping down all equipment with antiseptic wipes are each class. We also stop anyone who has been overseas in the last 14 days from coming to class. All students have been enthusiastic in doing this and we have had no student being suspected of carrying the novel coronavirus. However as a medical doctor I've taken the decision to suspend all our face to face classes for the time being considering the transmission of the novel coronavirus in Australia is predicted to exponentially rise in the next 2 weeks.
The safety of all our students and their families is paramount. Luckily we still have online content as part of our course and plenty of ongoing online teaching will be coming in the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience in understanding this situation.
Dr Wilson Lo
Holiday season is in full swing and we all need a break! It has been a busy year for the academy with so many new students and so many students sitting gradings and gaining so many useful self defence skills. Our performance side has been the busiest ever with over 70 performances and workshops this year.
We recently announced our award winners for this year and you can view them on our students page
Next year will be just as busy and we are preparing for 2020 already. The Year of the Rat starts on 25th January 2020 and we already have many performances around Canberra locked in.
Our classes at Radford are on a break until Monday 3rd February but our classes at UC are still in full swing with extra sessions to help us prepare for next year. You will also see some new lions we have had made for our academy from China plus 5 new dragons!
If you are interested in our classes now is the time to try out some free sessions and we always appreciate the help we can get for our preparations! Contact us for more information because we will soon announce some extra holiday workshops for kids and teens.
We hope you all have a safe and joyous holiday season!
Due to the popularity of our classes we have expanded our teaching times from three to four times a week during December and January to prepare for the busy Lunar New Year period.
Now is a great time to join our academy and learn new skills! Please contact us if you'd like to give us a hand!
Following our performance at the VIP opening of the Historical Expression of Chinese Art exhibition at the National Museum of Australia we have been invited back to run workshops during the July school holidays and perform at the Chinese Festival Day on Sunday 21st July. Each week we will hold workshops on the Wednesday and Friday of the holidays:
0930 - 1100 Dragon and Lion Dance. This will include chinese percussion which provides the heartbeat of the dragons and lions.
1130 -1300 Kung Fu. Includes basic movements in the air and on the pads, forms, stretches, breathing and meditation.
Both these workshops are great as standalone activities for the holidays for the kids and also great introductions if they are keen to commit further to join our regular classes.
Each class is limited to 30 students so you need to book tickets early to avoid disappointment. You can book HERE
On Thursday 4th July we held a junior white sash grading for 3 of our students at our Radford classes. We'd like to congratulate the following students for promotion to Senior White Sash Dragon:
They will receive their stripes for their sashes and grading certificates at the start of term 3.
We now have a break with our Radford classes and resume them on Monday 22nd July. Term three will concentrate on flow of techniques, forms, weaponry and preparation for our play at Floriade.
Term Two of our lessons starts this week! Our UC lesson will have a surprise guest visiting from Melbourne for the start of our lesson! Our Radford lessons will concentrate on partner techniques, combinations and multiple opponent work. We will also hold another grading at the end of Term Two.
In other news we are pleased to announce Liam Hunter is now promoted to Junior Yellow Sash Dragon.