2011 Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu & Chinese Wushu Scrapbook

December 2011

December 2011 Kung Fu & Wushu Sash Promotions

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Sash presentations were a bit unorthodox this month, as the Christmas holiday fell during our usual presentation day. Despite all the holiday chaos, we still had a healthy crop of promotions. Congratulations go out to:

Kaede: Little Dragons White-Orange

Tim Voskresensky: Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Lux Vossen: Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Jen Vossen: Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Sophie: Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Yellow-Black Sash

Lee-Ann Haluska: Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

Nathan Haluska: Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

Pierre Brussard: Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

Jesse Stephens: Tan Tui San (Spring Leg Three) - promotion to Orange-Black Sash

Fr. Barney Deane: Warfan - promotion to Green-Black Sash

Lydia Eggert: Warfan - promotion to Green-Black Sash

Zhu he nimen!

NOVEMBER 2011

November Kung Fu & Wushu Sash Promotions

November promotions at Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu & Chinese Wushu in Albuquerque, New Mexico.The holiday weekend made for a light Presentation group this month, but what we lacked in quantity we made up for in quality!

Ed McGinnis - Warfan - promotion to Green-Black Sash

Emily - Kung Lik Kuen (Power Fist Form) - promotion to Green Sash

April Duncan - Tan Tui San (Spring Leg Three) - promotion to Orange-Black Sash

Rachel Milton - Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange-White Sash

Ellie Wilson - Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

Jason Oglesbay - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Sylvia - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Mia Burdeau - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Zhu he nimen!

(Congratulations!)

November 12-17 2011 School Photos

Martial Artistry held its annual school photo shoot. As always, Sifu brought samples from her extensive collection of kung fu weaponry, and everyone had a great deal of fun hamming it up for the cameras. Much silliness ensued -- and yet somehow we still managed to take hundreds of really awesome photos.

 

 


 

October 2011

OCTOBER SASH PROMOTIONS

2011-10-29 presentation

October 29, 2011

Outstanding presentations this month; congratulations on your promotions!

Diana Ma - Pudao - promotion to Brown-Red Sash

Ben Berling - Nanquan (Southern Fist) - promotion to Red-Purple Sash

John Shelnutt - Nanquan (Southern Fist) - promotion to Red-White Sash

Yaoting Shelnutt - Chang Quan (Long Fist) - promotion to Purple-Black Sash

Tyler - Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - promotion to Green-White Sash

Jesse Stephens - Tan Tui Er (Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Orange-White Sash

Eliza Tvedt - Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

Lee Ann Haluska - Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Yellow-Black Sash

Nathan Haluska - Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Yellow-Black Sash

Sophie - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Lux Vossen - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Bobby Smith - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Orange Sash

Tas Palcza - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Yellow Sash

Zhu he nimen!

(Congratulations!)

 


 

2011-10-15 omnomnom

Lydia Eggert makes om-nom-noms for Instructor's Class, and that rotten, miserable, no-good Sparky eats most of them.

Saturday October 15, 2011

These are the om-nom-noms. Made-from-scratch cinnamon buns by Lydia Eggert. They were a treat for the instructors to enjoy after instructors class.

Delicious.

They were... my PRECIOUS...

Then, a horrible thing happened!

Noooooooooooooooo!

The precious!

2011-10-15 boys are disgusting

Such an undignified end! Such horrible fate for the om-nom-noms!


 

New Roof

Friday October 14, 2011

The first check is written and operation "Get lost, drips" is set in motion. Too bad it doesn't go as awesomely as planned... In fact, it becomes a nightmare...

 


  

 

 

Steel Phoenix Performance for Arts in the Parks at Ventana Ranch Park

Sunday October 9, 2011

2011-10-9 caonhaoOops! Guess who forgot to take video... It was kind of a hectic performance, what with Emily getting us lost, and the wet, slippery glass and the band that insisted in tuning their instruments during our performance... Anywho, that's my story and I'm sticking with it!

 


 

‎3rd Annual Albuquerque International Day at Talin Market

October 1, 2011

2011-10-1 vh lion dance

Martial Artistry performed kung fu, wushu and flag dancing with the amazing Van Hanh Lion Dancers during the 3rd Annual Albuquerque International Day at Talin Market. Thanks to Qiu Yan, Yaoting "Julian" Shelnutt, Brian Baker, Ryan McGowan and James "Sparky" Esparza for pulling off this performance with so little notice. We were so glad to be invited and so very honored to perform with the Van Hanh Lion Dancers -- thanks so much to Minh for inviting us!

 


 

September 2011

Sash Promotions for Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu & Chinese Wushu, Albuquerque, New Mexico

September 24, 2011

Despite a very large presentation group, sash promotions went quickly and smoothly -- a testament to the hard work of our students, who acquited themselves most admirably!

Brian Baker - Nan Dao (Southern Saber) - promotion to Brown-White Sash

Samson - Xiao Hu Yan (Little Tiger Swallow) - promotion to Blue Sash

Joseph Butner - Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - promotion to Green-White Sash

Natasha McGinnis - Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - promotion to Green-White Sash

Becky Berlin - Tan Tui San (Spring Leg Three) - promotion to Orange-Black Sash

Jesse Stephens - Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

Caulder - Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Yellow-Black Sash

Yuanjie Li - Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Yellow-Black Sash

Lee Ann Haluska - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Nathan Haluska - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Jen Vossen - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Jerry Li - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Jason Oglesbay - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Jackson - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Purple Sash

Caden - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Green Sash

Mateo - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Orange Sash

Lennon Vossen - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Yellow Sash

Zhu he nimen!

(Congratulations!)

 


 

August 2011

Sash Promotions for Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu & Chinese Wushu in Albuquerque, New Mexico

2011-8-27 presentation

August 27, 2011

Those receiving martial arts promotions this month were:

James Esparza - Nan Dao (Southern Sabre) - promotion to Brown-Red Sash

Qiu Yan - Nanquan (Southern Boxing) - promotion to Red-Purple Sash

Alex Gardner - Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - promotion to Green-White Sash

Shiloh Maes - Tan Tui Er (Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Orange-White Sash

Pierre Broussard - Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg 2) - promotion to Yellow-Black Sash

Eliza Tvedt - Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg 2) - promotion to Yellow-Black Sash

Ian - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Yuanjie Li - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Lee Ann Haluska - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Nathan Haluska - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Scarlet Tvedt - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Green Sash

Aaliyah Ybarra - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Yellow Sash

Those receiving cracked ribs from Ms. Qiu this month:

Sifu

Zhu he nimen!

 


 

JULY 2011

July Sash Promotions for Kung Fu & Wushu

2011-7-30 presentation

Saturday July 30, 2011

Jonathan Milton - Chang Quan (Long Fist) - promotion to Purple-Black Sash

Student - Tan Tui San (Spring Leg Three) - promotion to Orange-Black Sash

Ellie Wilson - Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Yellow-Black Sash

Caulder - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Sophie - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Eddie - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Student - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Student - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

M. Saville - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Green Sash

Kaede - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Yellow Sash

Student - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Yellow Sash

Mateo - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Yellow Sash

Bobby Smith - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Yellow Sash

Zhu he nimen!

 


 

Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu & Chinese Wushu in Albuquerque hosts New Mexico Asian Family Center Fundraiser

 

July 16, 2011

Martial Artistry welcomed the New Mexico Asian Family Center's very first fundraiser to our wushuguan at 2500 Jefferson, NE in Albuquerque. The event ran from 11am until 2:30pm.

After a speech from Sherry Spitzer, the NMAFC Executive Director, Sifu Dug's Lotus Dragon Kung Fu School opened the event with lion dancing, Northern & Southern Shaolin kung fu, Yang Taijiquan and Xing Yi wushu routines. Below is a video of their lion dance.

[Direct link to Lotus Dragon Kung Fu School Lion Dance video]

The day's entertainment was continuous, inspiring and educational! Among the many wonderful performers were:

  • Natsuko Edelman Japanese Folk Dancing
  • Tessie's puppets
  • Martial Artistry's Team Steel Phoenix Chinese wushu, traditional Shaolin kung fu, lion dancing, dragon dancing and flag dancing

[direct link to Martial Artistry's Team Steel Phoenix NMAFC Benefit video]

[direct link to "Okinawan Traditional Dance" video]

[direct link to Van Hanh Lion Dance video]

Loads of cultural foods and crafts were available, and Joseph Butner brought samples of his masterful origami work.

All proceeds went directly to benefit the agency and its clients.

 


NEW COOLER!

June 30, 2011

Classes should be cooler with the installation of a new cooler over Fifth Week. YAY!

 


 

JUNE SASH PROMOTIONS

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June 25, 2011

Presentations always mean some seriously good wushu on display, especially when our higher sashes demonstrate their latest kung fu forms. Those receiving promotions this month were:

Ryan McGowan - Nan Dao (Southern Sabre) - promotion to Brown-White Sash

Chad Petty - Xiao Huo Long (Small Fire Dragon) - promotion to Blue-Black Sash

Todd Coffey - Xiao Huo Long (Small Fire Dragon) - promotion to Blue-White Sash

Lydia Eggert - Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - promotion to Green-White Sash

April Dawn Duncan - Tan Tui Er (Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Orange-White Sash

Brooke B. - Tan Tui Er (Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Orange-White Sash

Heather D'Angelo - Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Yellow-Black Sash

Jesse Stephens - Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Yellow-Black Sash

Ellie Wilson - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Pierre Broussard - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Neveah Saenz - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Mia Kaufman - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Student - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Green Sash

Student - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Green Sash

Scarlet - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Orange Sash

Zhu he nimen!

 


 

Zaijian Miquela!

4 2010 miquela

 

June 23, 2011

A fond farewell to a wonderful student and her family. We know that wherever she trains, she will be a delight.

4 2011 ty letter

 


 

Martial Arts Sash Promotions for May 2011

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May 28, 2011

Much joy and happiness was to be had at May Sash Promotions -- and not just on the part of those who earned higher ranks! Lydia Eggert sweetened the outlook of the instructors with York's Peppermint Patties for all and rumor has it that Randy Lantz invoked the Ghirardelli Gods to intercede on his behalf. But the wisest know that for an martial arts instructor, the sweetest thing of all is to see their students exhibit excellence. There was excellence in abundance, and smiles on both sides of the testing tables.

Promotions for the Month of May:

Sherry Riddle - Hu Quan (Tiger Boxing) - promotion to Purple-Red Sash

Dorothy Stender - Hu Quan (Tiger Boxing) - promotion to Purple Sash

Melissa Blakely - Chang Quan (Long Fist) - promotion to Blue- Black Sash

Randy Lantz - Xiao Huo Long (Small Fire Dragon) - promotion to Blue-White Sash

Daniel Robson - Xiao Huo Long (Small Fire Dragon) - promotion to Blue-White Sash

Robert Rael - Tan Tui Er (Spring Leg Two) - promotion to Orange-White Sash

Jesse Stephens - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Eliza - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Caulder - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Student - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Red Sash and promotion to Group Wushu classes

Jackson - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Blue Sash

Caden - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Orange Sash

Zhu he nimen!

 


 

2011 jackson crane

May May-hem!

This has been an exciting month for Martial Artistry! With our Little Dragons waitlist burgeoning to a two year estimated wait time for our youngest students, we bit the bullet and added two more Little Dragons classes. And filled them. In a month. Holy cow! That's a lot of little ones that want to learn kung fu! But then, there's not another class like it in Albuquerque.

You can see why so many want to enroll when you look at this confident, poised and powerful munchkin on the right. Jackson has been studying in our Little Dragons wushu program for a while now. The result of our one on one training and high instructor to student ratio (typically 1 instructor for every 2-3 students) really shows!

Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu & Chinese wushu added a new Advanced alex aerialAerials class as well this month, taught by none other than James "Sparky" Esparza. This class, which teaches all the airborne kicks and stunts for which wushu is famous, takes place on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays. See the "Schedule" tab on our homepage for details.

May also saw the return of one of our popular Little Dragon instructors -- alas, just for the summer, while she is home from University. Welcome back, Amanda Burroughs!

 


 

April Martial Arts Sash Promotions (Now with Less Scary!)

April 30, 2011

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April Sash Presentations were utterly awesome! You'd never guess it from the photo above, but that little cutie-patootie was "so scared" to present for her new sash that the waterworks ran overtime. But, by the time she was halfway through her presentation she was struggling to withhold a grin. By then end, she was positively beaming! Why? 'Cause that's how we roll here at Martial Artistry! She was perfectly amazing, too, and we have the video to prove it!

In fact, since September of 2010, a free video has been given to all participants of our monthly Sash Presentation Day. Just one more thing that makes Martial Artistry stand out from the crowd.

Promotions for the month of April were:

Diana Ma - Fanziquan (Tumbling Boxing) - promotion to Brown-White Sash

Student - Four Cloud Double Head Spear (Si Yun Shuangtou Qiang) - promotion to Purple-Red Sash

2011-4-30 presentationEd McGinnis - Northern Mantis - Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - promotion to Green-White Sash

Christine Ayoub - Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

Shiloh Maes - Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

April Dawn Duncan - Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

Student - Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

Student - Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

Heather D'Angelo - Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Eric Anthony Isler - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Pierre Broussard - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Ellie Wilson - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Ian - Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - promotion to Yellow Sash

Scarlett Tvedt - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Yellow Sash

Zhu he nimen!

 


 

March 2011 Martial Arts Sash Presentations



2011-3-26 presentationMarch 26, 2011

March Sash Presentations. Full of WIN!

Father Barney Deane - Northern Mantis (Xiao Kai Men) - promotion to Green-White Sash

Natasha McGuiness - Kung Lik Kuen - promotion to Green Sash

Tyler - Kung Lik Kuen - promotion to Green Sash

Student - Tan Tui San - promotion to Orange-Black Sash

Becky Berlin - Tan Tui Er - promotion to Orange-White Sash

Heather D'Angelo - Xiao Quan - promotion to Yellow Sash

Jesse Stephens - Xiao Quan - promotion to Yellow Sash

M. Saville - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Orange Sash

Keiler Evans - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Orange Sash

Student - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Orange Sash

Student - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Orange Sash

Student - Little Dragon - promotion to White-Yellow Sash

Zhu he nimen!

 


 

February Martial Arts Sash Promotions

February 26, 2011

2011-2-26 presentationsPlease be sure to thank Microsoft (with brass knuckles, billy clubs and nunchucks) for the loss of the February Sash Presentation group photo -- as well as a whole slew of really awesome stuff I really wanted to keep.

You see, on its infinite wisdom, Microsoft has decided that every time I insert my 32gig memory card into the USB dongle, it must insist that the card be reformated. You know, because surely, I don't really want those photos and videos I just took. Wouldn't I really rather have a nice, clean, EMPTY, reformated memory stick? And surely, I'm too stupid to delete the files I no longer want on my own. No! Let's just reformat the whole drive!

No, no... Microsoft INSISTS! Microsoft will just keep posting that option, and posting that option, and posting that option, hiding it behind, between and underneath other windows until, BINGO!, someone accidentally hits one of the two selections that will send all those treasured photos and videos into oblivion. BOO-YAH! Victory!!! Microsoft knows that you didn't really want that video of your wedding anyway! Microsoft knows EVERYTHING!

Do you get the impression that, were I to meet him in a dark alley, bad things might happen to the Microsoft programmer that thought forcing a reformat of my memory stick each time I use it was a good idea?

DARN FREAKIN' STRAIGHT!!!

Ahem... (wipes foam from lips) Where were we? Oh yes... (beguiling, almost-sane smile) February Sash Presentations.

James "Sparky" Esparza - Fanzi Quan (Tumbling Boxing) - promotion to Brown-White Sash

Lydia Eggert - Kung Lik Kuen (Power Fist Form) - promotion to Green Sash

Cindy Villescas - Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - promotion to Orange Sash

Jackson - promotion to White-Green Sash

Alana Bauer - promotion to White-Yellow Sash

And some other students who for some reason wish to remain nameless (was it the foam on my lips?)

Zhu he nimen!

 


 

Tenth Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday February 12, 2011

Martial Artistry welcomed the Year of the Rabbit with its 10th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration and Potluck at 12:00 Noon on Saturday February 12, 2011 at Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu & Chinese Wushu in Albuquerque, NM.

Festivities began with a performance by Martial Artistry''s Team Steel Phoenix. Students, vistors, their families and friends enjoyed a half-hour demonstration of Chinese martial arts, lion, flag and dragon dancing -- concluding with the traditional feeding of the Guardian Lions for good luck throughout the year.

We always enjoy a great potluck meal after the show, and this year was no exception. It's obvious that many of our instructors are black belts in the kitchen! Dorothy Stender's amazing egg rolls are a tradition - and so popular she's yet to have any leftovers to bring home. Brian Baker's Kung Pao Tofu was hot, hot, hot. And its fortunate that Chad Petty brought enough tofu fried rice to feed 30, because I don't think a scrap left the building.

Last but not least, James Esparza treated us all to a viewing of his cult classic, THE CHAI TEA MASTER. No Martial Artistry student should ever miss this flick, starring dozens of students past and present. With such characters as Flapping Toenails, Master P, Rabies Boy, The Evil One, "Air" Chung, Master Mechanic, The Feng Shui Master and tiny little Jay Miller as the eternally adorable Abbot of Shaolin, this chop-socky flick has been an endless font of school lore and in-jokes.

Direct youtube link to The Chai Tea Master trailer

Sadly, we don't seem to have any video or photos for this event, most likely thanks to Window's insistence that I reformat my 32G card every time I plug it in, and their penchanct for hiding said window beneath stuff so reformat gets selected accidentally. If any of you Martial Artistry people happens to have any, please share!

 


 

Martial Arts Sash Presentations for January 2011

January 29, 2011

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 If the first promotions of 2011 are any indication, this will be an awesome year for kung fu at Martial Artistry. What a day of powerful presentations!

Qiu Yan - Northern Praying Mantis (Xiao Tang Lang) - promotion to Red-White Sash

Todd Coffey - Shantung Shaolin (Xiao Hu Yan) - promotion to Blue Sash

Alex Gardner - Kung Lik Kuen (Power Fist Form) - promotion to Green Sash

 

Joseph Butner - Kung Lik Kuen - (Power Fist Form) promotion to Green Sash

Emily - Tan Tui San - promotion to Orange-Black Sash

Robert Rael - Tan Tui Yi - promotion to Orange Sash

Brooke B - Tan Tui Yi - promotion to Orange Sash

Benjamin Rubin - Tan Tui Yi - promotion to Orange Sash

Student - Xiao Quan & Xiao Tan Tui Yi - promotion to Yellow-White Sash

Miquela - Xiao Quan - promotion to Yellow Sash

Eliza - Xiao Quan - promotion to Yellow Sash

Zhu he nimen!