MARTIAL ARTISTRY SHAOLIN KUNG FU & CHINESE WUSHU

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

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December, 2016

 

Albuquerque Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu karate students earn new belts

December was a busy month at Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu, and the season’s festivities forced us to abandon our typical sash presentation format in favor of one that allowed for students to test for new sashes, yet be home with their families for the holidays, so there was no opportunity for a group photo. Fortunately, a number of our students posed the month before for school photos, so we were able to get at least some pictures.

We had a nice, large testing group for our kung fu classes, and here’s a list of those receiving new sash ranks in the martial arts:

JULIE GASCHLER: Nian Qing Hu Quan  年轻虎拳 (Young Tiger Boxing)  for Purple sash

SILVIA COFFEY: Xiao Kai Men 小开门 (Little Open Gate) for Green-white Sash

KEITH WEBER: Tan Tui San 弹腿三  (Spring Leg Three) for Orange-black sash

CRAIG GOLDSMITH: Tan Tui Yi   弹腿一   (Spring Leg One) for Orange sash

KAEDE CARROLL: Tan Tui Yi   弹腿一   (Spring Leg One) for Orange sash

KEL COOK: Xiao Tan Tui Yi  小弹腿一 (Little Spring Leg One) for Yellow-white sash

IVANA GEORGIEVOVA: Xiao Quan    小拳 (Little Fist) for Yellow sash

DAVID WATERMAN: Xiao Quan    小拳 (Little Fist) for Yellow sash

LAWSON: Xiao Long Liu   小龙六 (Little Dragon Six) for White-red sash

CORBIN: Xiao Long San   小龙三 (Little Dragon Three) for White-green sash

EZRA: Xiao Long Er   小龙二 (Little Dragon Two) for White-orange sash

RUSSEL: Xiao Long Yi   小龙一 (Little Dragon One) for White-yellow sash

THOMAS: Xiao Long Yi   小龙一 (Little Dragon One) for White-yellow sash

BENJAMIN: Xiao Long Yi   小龙一 (Little Dragon One) for White-yellow sash

Congratulations to all those who received promotions in our kung fu and wushu classes in Albuquerque!


 

November 26, 2016

 

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November was quite the month for our kung fu school, as – along with a talented group of underbelts - we welcomed our third black sash, Diana Ma. Unlike many other schools, where rank is given quickly on either a time schedule or a pay-to-play basis, black sashes here are hard-earned and gloriously celebrated, with plaques and banners, ceremonies and lion dancing. 

 

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Diana chose to present Bagua Zhang 八卦掌  (Eight Trigram Palm) for her black sash. The viewing benches were filled to capacity, and the audience spilled out across the floor of the martial arts school. 

 

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 After the exhibition of this complex and beautiful internal form and the multiple ceremonies of presentation to the ancestors of our lineage, three of Martial Artistry’s cadre of ten Chinese lions rendered to Diana, each in turn, the other accoutrements of her rank.

First was her black sash, presented by Li. Our yellow lion, Li, has special significance for Diana, as she played his head throughout her tenure as lion dance team leader for our wushu demonstration team, Steel Phoenix. For this ceremony, Li was played by Monique Renee Cordova (head) and Ellie Wilson (tail).

 Diana Ma Li kung fu black sash Albuquerque

 

Cao-Cao, our kung fu school’s fighting lion, was chosen to convey Diana’s plaque commemorating her accomplishment. Cao-Cao was played by Christina Maze (head) and Keith Weber (tail). The raw materials for Cao-Cao's new grey and black beard were donated by Dorothy Stender, and lovingly crafted by Monique Renee Curley, who also tested for her brown sash that day.

 

Diana Ma Cao plaque kung fu lion dance

 

 

Lastly, Fu, our senior lion, played by lion dance team leaders Dani and Edi Juares, (head and tail, respectively), presented Diana’s black sash banner with her Wu family name, to be displayed proudly at our wushuguan.

 

 Albuquerque Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu's senior Chinese Lion, Fu, proudly displays Diana Ma's black sash banner. Diana Ma earned her black sash on Saturday, November 26, before a huge audience at the New Mexico kung fu school.  Fu was played by lion dance team leaders Dani and Edi Juares, who played head and tail, respectively.

 

 A final lion dance, with three big bows, closed the celebration.

 

 The Albuquerque Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu school guardian lions perform a celebratory dance for our newest wushu black sash, Diana Ma.  Diana was a gold medalist in Tae Kwon Do martial arts, and has been studying with Martial Artistry for 14 years.

 

 The lion dancing was greatly enhanced by the addition of a new gong stand, made by Todd Coffey. Our musicians for the day’s Chinese lion dances were Kevin Huang (drummer), KJ McIver (gongs), and George Bennett (cymbals).

 

Chinese kung fu gong stand, made by Todd Coffey, to celebrate another martial arts black sash at Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu in Albuquerque, NM. Isn't it glorious?

 

Afterward, the martial arts presentation group posed with their new sashes, listed below with the kung fu forms they presented.

 

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DIANA MA (巫狮妈)Bagua Zhang 八卦掌  (Eight Trigram Palm) for 1st Degree Black Sash

MONIQUE RENEE CURLEY: Fanzi Quan  翻子拳 (Tumbling Fist) for Brown Sash

GEORGE BENNETT: He Shan  鹤扇   (Crane Fan) for Green-black Sash

KEL COOK: Xiao Quan    小拳 (Little Fist) for Yellow sash

MILA LENSI: Xiao Quan    小拳 (Little Fist) for Yellow sash

ADDISON EPPS: Xiao Quan    小拳 (Little Fist) for Yellow sash

OTTO: Xiao Long San   小龙三 (Little Dragon Three) for White-green sash

Congratulations, all!

 


 

October 29, 2016

 

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Five martial arts rank promotions were awarded at our kung fu school in the month of October.

JOSEPH BUTNER: Huangjin Feng Shuang Bishou  黄金凤双匕首  (Golden Phoenix Double Daggers) for Purple-white

KJ McIVER: He Shan  鹤扇   (Crane Fan) for Green-black Sash

KEITH WEBER: Tan Tui Er 弹腿二  (Spring Leg Two) for Orange-white sash

KEL COOK: Xiao Quan    (Little Fist) for Yellow sash

FLYNN: Xiao Long Liu   龙六 (Little Dragon Six) for White-red sash

Congratulations, all!


 

September 24, 2016

 

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An extra-large group of students from our kung fu classes earned new ranks this month in Albuquerque.

Congratulations go out to:


ANDRES LUCERO: Tan Tui San 弹腿三  (Spring Leg Three) for Orange-black sash

SASKIA KUNG: Tan Tui San 弹腿三  (Spring Leg Three) for Orange-black sash

BRUCE KING: Tan Tui San 弹腿三  (Spring Leg Three) for Orange-black sash

CHRISTINA MAZE: Tan Tui San 弹腿三  (Spring Leg Three) for Orange-black sash

ADAM MAXWELL: Tan Tui Er 弹腿二  (Spring Leg Two) for Orange-white sash

DANIKA BODMER: Tan Tui Yi   弹腿一   (Spring Leg One) for Orange sash

VANESSA PINO: Tan Tui Yi   弹腿一   (Spring Leg One) for Orange sash

ETHAN JOHNSON: Xiao Tan Tui Er 小弹腿二  (Little Spring Leg Two) for Yellow-black sash

CARLEY MAZE: Xiao Tan Tui Er 小弹腿二  (Little Spring Leg Two) for Yellow-black sash

IO KALAPA: Xiao Quan    小拳 (Little Fist) for Yellow sash

BAXTER: Xiao Long Qi   小龙七 (Little Dragon Seven) for White-brown sash

LANDON:  Xiao Long Si   小龙四 (Little Dragon Four) for White-blue sash

INDIANA:  Xiao Long Yi   小龙一 (Little Dragon One) for White-yellow sash

Special congratulations go out to Baxter, who graduated from the Little Dragons martial arts class and into the group wushu class. Good job to all our Albuquerque martial artists.


 

August 27, 2016

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Adults and kids alike find the hard work on their kung fu during classes pays off in improving their martial arts skills.

It also pays off on quicker advancement. Receiving new ranks during our August presentations were:


ELLIE WILSON: Dao Yi  刀一  (Broadsword One) for Blue-Black Sash

GALE BORKENHAGEN: Xiao Huo Long  小火龙  (Small Fire Dragon) for Blue-White Sash

KEVIN HUANG: He Shan  鹤扇   (Crane Fan) for Green-black Sash

KEITH WEBER: Tan Tui Yi   弹腿一   (Spring Leg One) for Orange sash

KAEDE CARROLL: Xiao Tan Tui Er 小弹腿二  (Little Spring Leg Two) for Yellow-black sash

ADAN ORNELAS: Xiao Quan    小拳 (Little Fist) for Yellow sash

Congratulations to our Albuquerque martial artists!

 


 

July 30, 2016

 

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Albuquerque martial arts students from our adult and kid’s kung fu classes demonstrated their martial arts skills to the instructors at Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu. Congratulations for new ranks go out to:

ED MCGINNIS: Huangjin Feng Shuang Bishou  黄金凤双匕首  (Golden Phoenix Double Daggers) for Purple-white

DANI JUARES: Huangjin Feng Shuang Bishou  黄金凤双匕首  (Golden Phoenix Double Daggers) for Purple-white

EDI JUARES: Huangjin Feng Shuang Bishou  黄金凤双匕首  (Golden Phoenix Double Daggers) for Purple-white

JAMES KEY: Kung Lik Kuen (Power Fist Form) for Green Sash

BRUCE KING:  Tan Tui Er 弹腿二 (Spring Leg Two) for Orange-white sash

GISELLE FERREIRA:  Tan Tui Yi   弹腿一   (Spring Leg One) for Orange sash

CRAIG GOLDSMITH:  Xiao Tan Tui Er 弹腿二(Little Spring Leg Two) for Yellow-black sash

JULIAN:  Xiao Long San   小龙三 (Little Dragon Three) for White-green sash

CORBIN:  Xiao Long Er   小龙二 (Little Dragon Two) for White-orange sash

NICHOLAS: Xiao Long Er   小龙二 (Little Dragon Two) for White-orange sash

OTTO: Xiao Long Er   小龙二 (Little Dragon Two) for White-orange sash

EZRA:  Xiao Long Yi   龙一 (Little Dragon One) for White-yellow sash

LUIS:  Xiao Long Yi   龙一 (Little Dragon One) for White-yellow sash