2013 ONLINE SCRAPBOOK

MARTIAL ARTISTRY SHAOLIN KUNG FU AND CHINESE WUSHU

ALBUQUERQUE, NM

 

December 21, 2013 Students Earn New Ranks

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December sash presentations were held right before winter break, and we had a large and skillful testing group show off their kung fu techniques for new ranks.

DIANA MA: 天蛇从云和土打击 (Heavenly Serpent Strikes from Cloud and Earth - Snake Fist) - Brown-Black Sash

QIU YAN: Nan Dao (Southern Broadsword) - Brown-White Sash

SHERRY RIDDLE: Xiao Tang Lang (Small Praying Mantis) - Red Sash

BETSY WILLIAMS: Xiao Tang Lang (Small Praying Mantis) - Red Sash

TODD COFFEY: Nian Qing Hu Quan (Young Tiger Boxing) - Purple Sash

ED MCGINNIS: Chang Quan (Long Fist) - Blue-Red Sash

DANI JUARES: He Shan (Crane Fan) - Green-Black Sash

EDI JUARES: He Shan (Crane Fan) - Green-Black Sash

CAITLYN RODGERS: Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - Green-White Sash

TIM VOSKRESENSKY: Tan Tui Er (Spring Leg Two) - Orange-White Sash

AARON GASKINS: Tui Er (Spring Leg Two) - Orange-White Sash

KJ MCIVER: Tui Er (Spring Leg Two) - Orange-White Sash

OLIVIA PENA: Xiao Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - Yellow-White Sash

ZOE VAN NORTWICK: Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - Yellow Sash

RONIN STEWART: Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - Yellow Sash

N.D.: Xiao Quan    (Little Fist) - Yellow sash

 

 

Videos have been edited and those who presented will receive them via email in the next few days. Thanks for your patience and congratulations on your achievements!

 


 

November 23,2013 Albuquerque Martial Arts Presentations


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Albuquerque martial arts students dazzled friends and well-wishers with their kung fu skills as they completed the final phase of their requirements for new rank at Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu. Presenting their forms and receiving new ranks were:

JASON OGLESBAY: He Shan (Crane Fan) - Green-Black Sash

LEE ANN HALUSKA: He Shan (Crane Fan) - Green-Black Sash

KIM KRESOVICH: Tan Tui Er (Spring Leg Two) - Orange-White Sash

GEORGE BENNETT: Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - Orange Sash

KAMERON KRAMER: Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - Yellow-Black Sash

CONNOR BENNETT: Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - Yellow-Black Sash

OLIVIA PENA: Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - Yellow-White Sash

NICK: Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - Yellow Sash

COLE HUFFMAN: Xiao Long Er (Little Dragon Two) - White-Orange Sash

BAXTER COFFEY: Xiao Long Er (Little Dragon Two) - White-Orange Sash

JONATHAN LAM: Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White-Yellow Sash

ALEX DO: Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White-Yellow Sash

JAMES KEY: Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White-Yellow Sash

ALAN DO: Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White-Yellow Sash

 

Congratulations all!

Individual photos of our kung fu students in action are available in our Facebook Album for this event.


October 26, 2013 Four Albuquerque Kung Fu Students Earn New Sashes


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Congratulations to our latest martial arts students to receive promotions.

APRIL DAWN DUNCAN: He Shan (Crane Fan) - Green Black Sash

OLIVIA PENA: Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - Yellow Sash

SANTIAGO MARQUEZ: Xiao Long Er (Little Dragon Two) - White-Orange Sash

CRUZ ARCHULETA: Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White-Yellow Sash

Individual photos of our martial artists in action are available on our Facebook Album for this event.

 


 

September 21, 2013 Albuquerque Kung Fu Sash Presentations

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Ten Albuquerque kung fu students earned new martial arts sash promotions during the month of September. Congratulations go out to:

BARBARA WILSON: He Shan (Crane Fan) - Green-Black Sash

CHRISTINE DULLEA: Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - Green-White Sash

JEN VOSSEN: Kung Lik Kuen (Power Fist Form) - Green Sash

SILVIA: Tan Tui San (Spring Leg Three) - Orange-Black Sash

AARON GASKINS: Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - Orange Sash

KAMERON KRAMER: Xiao Tan Tui Ye (Little Spring Leg One) - Yellow-White Sash

TALIB WESTMAN: Xiao Tan Tui Ye (Little Spring Leg One) - Yellow-White Sash

ANDRES LUCERO: Xiao Long San (Little Dragon Three) - White-Green Sash

AARON MENDOZA: Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White-Yellow Sash

VICTORIA MARTINEZ:    Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White-Yellow Sash

Great job, all!

Individual photos of our martial artists in action during their wushu presentions are available in our Facebook Album for this event!

 


 


August 24, 2013 Presentions for Kung Fu


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A big presentation day at Martial Artistry, with thirteen students testing successfully for new kung fu sashes this month.

JONATHAN MILTON: Qilin Gun (Unicorn Staff) - Red-Purple Sash

JOSEPH BUTNER: Xiao Huo Long (Small Fire Dragon) - Blue-White Sash

SAMSON RIDDLE: Xiao Huo Long (Small Fire Dragon) - Blue-White Sash

EMILY: He Shan (Crane Fan) - Green-Black Sash

NATHAN HALUSKA: Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - Green-White Sash

DANI JUARES: Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - Green-White Sash

EDI JUARES: Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - Green-White Sash

MIA BURDEAU: Tan Tui San (Spring Leg Three) - Orange-Black Sash

JOEL FAGERSTROM: Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - Yellow-White Sash

CONNOR BENNETT: Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - Yellow-White Sash

SW: Xiao Long Er (Little Dragon Two) - White-Orange Sash

ARTURO ARCHULETA: Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White-Yellow Sash

JESSALYN LAM: Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White-Yellow Sash

Congratulations to all our Albuquerque martial arts students!

Be sure to check out individual presentation photos and other coolness on the Facebook album for this event. 


 


July 27, 2013 Albuquerque Martial Arts Sash Presentations

Amid all the chaos and fun of summer vacations, we found ourselves with a small - but mighty - presentation group for this month's kung fu promotions.


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GALE BORKENHAGEN: He Shan (Crane Fan) - Green-Black Sash

BAILEY GUTIERREZ: Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - Orange Sash

GEORGE BENNETT: Xiao Tan Tui Yi (Little Spring Leg One) - Yellow-White Sash

MITA SALDANA: Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - Yellow Sash

ISABEL FRIEBERG: Xiao Long Er (Little Dragon Two) - White-Orange Sash

 


 


July 2013 New Instructor's Aides for Little Dragons


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With our Little Dragons martial arts class bursting at the seams, we felt it would be a great time to add some more instructors to the class for children ages 4-8. Long time kung fu instructors April Dawn Duncan and Barbara "Ellie" Wilson stepped up to help out, and we added some new instructor's aides as well. Kevin and Caitlyn Rodgers are going to be a great additon to our Little Dragons Instructors Team.

We also got some new some fun toys to help our youngest students work on their wushu air time. Just take a look at what they're doing already!


 


 


Saturday, July 13, 2013 Shiny!


Jen Vossen Dorothy Stender Barbara Wilson cleaning martial arts trophies.


(L to R) Dorothy Stender, Jen Vossen and Barbara Wilson work to restore the martial arts trophies to some semblance of their former lustre.


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The result of an afternoon martial arts trophy scrubbing - a bunch of shinies framing the kung fu logo mural, which is coming along as well.

 


 

 


Saturday, July 6, 2013 Kung Fu Cut-Ups

April Dawn Duncan helps put the finishing touches on the flooring during the kung fu school remodel.

April Dawn Duncan hard at work getting the floor cut to size so we can start to display some of the trophies we're restoring.

 


 


Saturday, June 22, 2013 Kung Fu Sash Presentations

 

New promotions, new sashes and new wall mural!

LEE ANN HALUSKA: Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - Green/White Sash 

LILY JENSEN: Kung Lik Kuen (Power Fist Form) - Green Sash 

KEVIN RODGERS: Tan Tui San (Spring Leg Three) - Orange/Black Sash 

TIM VOSKRESENSKY: Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - Orange Sash 

KIM KRESOVICH: Tan Tui Yi (Spring Leg One) - Orange Sash 

TRAVIS KRUEGER: Xiao Tan Tui Er (Little Spring Leg Two) - Yellow/Black Sash 

SANTIAGO MARQUEZ: Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White/Yellow Sash 

COLE HUFFMAN: Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White/Yellow Sash 

BAXTER COFFEY: Xiao Long Yi (Little Dragon One) - White/Yellow Sash 

Great job, everyone!

 


 



Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Martial Artistry School Logo

Work begins on the mural for the back wall. First, we project the logo for our kung fu school, then draw it in with good, old Sharpies. Sounds easy, until you're balancing on a 15 foot ladder with your arm cramping. Right, Baker?


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All drawn in. Not even painted yet, and already it looks awesome.

 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Paint On!

The painting continues. Painting the weapon racks gives the wushu guan a much cleaner look. Everyone is so excited to see this project coming together at our kung fu school!


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Maybe a few got a little too excited?

 


 

 

Saturday June 8, 2013 Our Kung Fu Paint-Roller Technique is Strong!

Good thing, too, since the thirsty cinderblock soaked up coat after coat of paint.


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Saturday June 1, 2013 Sandblasting! Or not.

The original plan was to sandblast the damaged paint and debris from the back wall. Brian Baker donned his alien horror mask, and those without respirators fled to safer parts -- and not just because Baker was uglier than usual!


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Alas, it was not to be. The sandblaster took one look at the mighty job that loomed before it, and promptly gave up the ghost. No worries. We're big, tough, martial artists, and this was a splendid opportunity for the Workout of a Lifetime. Or so, Tom Sawyer-like, Sifu told everyone.


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Every inch of the two story high cinderblock back wall had to be hand scraped, sanded and then washed down. Definitely not for the faint of heart. But at least we were able to entertain ourselves with "fireworks".


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May 29, 2013 Preparation for the New Mural

As martial artists, we may want to take Bruce Lee's advice and be like water, but water certainly isn't so great for walls and trophies. With the new roof and the foundation work at the school complete, we're finally able to start repairing the water damage that melted scores of trophies and made our back wall look so disreputable.


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Prep work began on May 29 as we cleared out the trophies, weapons racks and other stuff in order to be ready for sandblasting on June 1.

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May Martial Arts Sash Presentations

Saturday, May 25, 2013


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May sash presentations bring promotions and huge smiles!

KUAN MA: Huangjin Feng Shuang Bishou (Golden Phoenix Double Daggers) - Purple/White Sash

JASON OGLESDAY: Xiao Kai Men (Little Open Gate) - Green/White Sash

EDI JUARES: Kung Lik Kuen (Power Fist Form) - Green Sash

DANI JUARES: Kung Lik Kuen (Power Fist Form) - Green Sash

RACHEL MILTON: Kung Lik Kuen (Power Fist Form) - Green Sash

KAMERON KRAMER: Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - Yellow Sash

TALIB WESTMAN: Xiao Quan (Little Fist) - Yellow Sash

SCARLET TVEDT: Xiao Long Liu (Little Dragon Six) - White/Red Sash

TAS PALCZA: Xiao Long Si (Little Dragon Four) - White/Blue Sash

ANDRES LUCERO: Xiao Long Er (Little Dragon Two) - White/Orange Sash

Congratulations everyone!

 

April Kung Fu Sash Presentations

Saturday April 27, 2013


Albuquerque martial arts beginners kung fu sash presentations at Martial Artistry Shaoling Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu


April sash presentations showcased our beginning students, and their deep, solid stances (see the slideshow below of their photos taken during their form presentations) are a great testament to their diligent training. They really did us proud!

JACKSON: Spring Leg Three (Tan Tui San) - Orange/Black sash

NATHAN HOLDEN: Spring Leg Three (Tan Tui San) - Orange/Black sash

KENT VIGIL: Spring Leg Three (Tan Tui San) - Orange/Black sash

SILVIA COFFEY: Spring Leg Two (Tan Tui Er) - Orange/White sash

AARON GASKINS: Little Spring Leg Two (Xiao Tan Tui Er) - Yellow/Black sash

TRAVIS KRUEGER: Little Spring Leg One (Xiao Tan Tui Yi) - Yellow/White sash

TARA MELOGRANA: Little Spring Leg One (Xiao Tan Tui Yi) - Yellow/White sash

GEORGE BENNETT: Little Fist (Xiao Quan) - Yellow sash

JOEL FAGERSTROM: Little Fist (Xiao Quan) - Yellow sash

M. SAVILLE: Little Dragon Six (Xiao Long Liu) - White/Red sash

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Desert Dragon Tournament

Saturday April 20, 2013


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Brian Baker took three gold medals and one silver during Desert Dragon, a United States Kuo Shu Federation sanctioned tournament held at the Park Inn by Radisson in Albuquerque, NM.

Gold Medal, External Forms Weapons Traditional Flexible / Double wielding war fan

Gold Medal, External Forms Weapons Contemporary Short wielding straight sword

Gold Medal, External Forms Empty Hand Contemporary Open performing Northern Snake

Silver Medal, Continuous Sparring

Congratulations Brian Baker on your Desert Dragon victories!

 


 


Belen HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS Movie Premiere

Saturday April 6, 2013

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The cast of the kung fu comedy filmed in Albuquerque, NM dressed to the nines to strut the red carpet at the Belen premiere of HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS.


Kung fu comedy film HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS Belen premiere movie poster. This karate flick was filmed in Albuquerque, NM by students at Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu.

 

The library -- which, interestingly, houses the nicest public movie theater in Belen -- pulled out all the stops for this event, including red carpet, full color programs and posters, interviews with the media and Cory, our charming emcee.

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Even the four-legged stars were present to greet their fans. Dame Squirrely Dench (M) and Squirrel Connery (Agent 00Squirrel) were especially congenial and charming toward their fellow cast members.

Dame Squirrel Dench and Squirrel Connery help host the proceedings.


Or not.

Elaine Compton (Xiao-Xiao) was the first of the wushu movie stars to walk the Carpet O' Fame. No doubt about it, this kung fu grrrrl can rock purple fringe!


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Asked by the moderator what she intended to do with all of the items her kleptomanical character, Xiao-Xiao, had stolen during the course of the film, her reply was, "Hoard them." Somehow, no one seemed surprised.

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Kung fu couple Natasha (Natasha Badenov) and Ed McGinnis (Ding Bang, Abbot of the Jade Fender Temple) looked supremely sophistocated in basic black.


East Mountain martial arts movie star couple Ed and Natasha McGinnis at the kung fu film premiere.


While they looked smashing on the runway, Natasha didn't quite agree with Ed's description of himself as, "the perfect spouse". 

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Lydia Eggert, who played the not-so-evil Slow Lotus in the film, tossed grist into the rumor mill as she flirted shamelessly with Squirrel Connery during her interview.


Lydia Eggert Albuquerque kung fu movie star


Eyebrows raised as she mimed "call me" to the obviously delighted rodent. Could the buzz about an on-set cast romance be true? More importantly, how does a squirrel manage to hold a phone?

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Real-life BFFs Ellie Wilson (Queen Rilo'a) and April Dawn Duncan (Neato) were next down the red carpet. Ellie seemed strangely flustered by the emcee's question about April's reported kung fu prowress. 


"I know kung fu!" shouts April Dawn Duncan. Squirrel Connery and Dame Squirrely Dench seem less than impressed.


April assured the audience that she did, indeed, know kung fu.

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She might have gotten away with it. too had not Randy Lantz (Tai Shu Master) decided to set the record straight about April's training.


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Unfortunately for Randy, April definitely has a black belt in eaves-dropping.


Like her character (Oolong, the Tea Leaf Mystic) in HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS, Lee Ann Haluska  is an infamous tea connoisseur. Naturally, Cory, the emcee, couldn't resist asking her which was her favorite tea on set.


Lee Ann Haluska, karate film star, in Belen, NM.


She named Monkey Dandruff Tea as the clear winner, noting its "piquantly flaky aftertaste". Not unlike Lee Ann herself, some might say.


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Albuquerque martial arts class instructors Qiu Yan (Tiger Mom) and Father Barney Deane (Ting Yao) generated load of "Ooo!"s, "Ahh!"s and, in Fr. Barney's case, "Oww!"s.


Albuquerque karate class instructors Yan Qiu and Fr. Barney Deane at the Belen movie premiere of HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS.


And thus, what a Scot wears under his kilt remains the mystery of the ages.

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Mia Burdeau (Macy Nordstrom) was quick to heap praise on her fellow cast members's attire.


Mia Burdea, Albuquerque martial arts movie star, at the Belen, New Mexico premiere.


High praise, indeed!

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Todd Coffey (Dr. Yes) and daughter Silvia (Velvet the Cupcake Fairy) thrilled the premiere audience by wearing costumes reminescent of their roles in the movie.


Karate film family Todd and Silvia Coffey at the Belen, NM premiere of HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS, a Bad Squirrel/Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu production.

 

Although he was too young to be in the film at the time, Silvia's little brother showed up to support his dad and sister -- and we can certainly see he inherited his dashing father's fashion taste!

 

Silvia's little kung fu brother takes martial arts classes in Albuquerque.

 

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Brian Baker (The Educator) busted some martial arts moves on the red carpet.

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Baker's head is like fame. Hair today, gone tomorrow.

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Jackson (Cyborg Samurai), the youngest member of the kung fu flick's cast, sported a tuxedo and a cast for the HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS movie premiere.

Albuquerque karate kid Jackson discusses how he ended up cast bound.


 Could the injury have been a cupcake stunt gone awry?

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Arguably the most convincing fight scene in the film was the battle between Dorothy Stender (Grumpy TaiTai) and her real-life son-in-law, Kuan Ma (Grumpy Asian). Cory, the emcee, queried Dorothy as to her feelings about lording it over her son-in-law with the Broom o' Doom.

Famed New Mexico kung fu grandma, Dorothy Stender, discusses her role in the film with Cory.


It should be noted that Dorothy's on-screen adversary was strangely absent for the premiere. 

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Poor Jesse Stephens. Thanks to his role as Billy Joe Jimmy Bob Buckett, he will never live down his donkey days.


Albuquerque karate movie star Jesse Stephens seems permanently typecast, thanks to his role in the kung fu flick HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS.



No, not ever. At least, not so long as we have anything to say about it.


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If you weren’t able to make it to the Belen premiere, don't panic!  HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS will be shown again (sans red carpet reception) at the Belen Library’s regular Thursday Night at the Movies on June 27 at 6:00 (doors open at 5:45). You can like the Belen Library Facebook Page for more information and updates.

 


 

 

March Sash Presentations

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So much awesome kung fu in one sitting, followed by promotions! What's not to love?

LYDIA EGGERT: Small Fire Dragon (Xiao Huo Long) - Blue/White Sash

ED MCGINNIS: Small Fire Dragon (Xiao Huo Long) - Blue/White Sash

FATHER BARNEY DEANE: Little Tiger Swallow (Xiao Hu Yan) - Blue Sash

JOSEPH BUTNER: Little Tiger Swallow (Xiao Hu Yan) - Blue Sash

LUX VOSSEN: Spring Leg Three (Tan Tui San) - Orange/Black Sash

MIA BURDEAU: Spring Leg Two (Tan Tui Er) - Orange/White Sash

TRAVIS KRUEGER: Little Fist (Xiao Quan) - Yellow Sash

TARA MELOGRANA: Little Fist (Xiao Quan) - Yellow Sash

 

February Sash Presentations

 

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Congratulations to all those who successfully presented forms for new ranks in wushu.

BRIAN BAKER: Snake Fist (She Quan) - Brown/Black Sash

JESSE STEPHENS: Crane Fan (He Shan) - Green/Black Sash

ELLIE WILSON: Little Open Gate (Xiao Kai Men) - Green/White Sash

JASON OGLESBAY: Power Fist Form (Kung Lik Kuen) - Green Sash

BECKY BERLIN: Power Fist Form (Kung Lik Kuen) - Green Sash

DANI JUARES: Spring Leg Three (Tan Tui San) - Orange/Black Sash

EDI JUARES: Spring Leg Three (Tan Tui San) - Orange/Black Sash

KENT VIGIL: Spring Leg Two (Tan Tui Er) - Orange/White Sash

NATHAN HOLDEN: Spring Leg Two (Tan Tui Er) - Orange/White Sash

BAILEY GUTIERREZ: Little Spring Leg Two (Xiao Tan Tui Er) - Yellow/Black Sash

AARON GASKINS: Little Spring Leg One (Xiao Tan Tui Yi) - Yellow/White Sash

 


 

12th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

Year of the Snake

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The 12th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration was a spectacular success. The buffet table was loaded with sumptuous goodies brought by all our students, from the famous favorites such as Dorothy Stender's eggrolls, Chad Petty's fried rice and Brian Baker's kung pao tofu, to new items that I'm sure many hope will also become delicious traditions. There were even robust sections for our many vegetarian students, and for those who are gluten-intolerant. There were full plates and full stomachs all around, and the tables were packed to capacity. Sparky and Jonah even flew in from Seattle to join in the festivities.

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At 1:00, our numbers really swelled as people trooped in, braving the cold and wind to see the world premiere of HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS. What is HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS? Well, if Monty Python's Flying Circus, a geek, and CROUCHING TIGER/HIDDEN DRAGON got tossed into a blender, put into an oven and only half-baked, HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS might be the result. The audience ran the gamut from 3 year olds to those in their 70s and up, and a number of people expressed surprise at how many little ones were able to sit focused and laughing through the entire one hour and 40 minutes, while the adults seemed thoroughly entertained as well -- although they laughed at notably different places!

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If you missed the World Premiere, don't despair! The movie will be shown at the Belen Public Library,  333 Becker Ave, Belen, NM 87002 on Saturday April 6, 2013. The press will be there, and members of the cast will be present to chat, sign autographs and answer questions. The red carpet reception begins at 5:30; the movie starts at 6:00. There is no charge for the movie, but a donation to the library would be awesome! This sort of campy comedy is always best viewed with a group of friends, so you can all groan and roll your eyes together!

 

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If you're just not the social type, HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS (kung fu comedy) is posted in its entirety on Youtube. Youtube and the format the movie was shot in don't play well together, so the quality is not what you will see on the movie screen, but at least we finally got Youtube to display the film in 720p, so it could be worse. There are a few places where Youtube makes the special effects even more "special", but just try to consider it all part of the cheesy fun, k? 

 

 

If you watch the movie, posted in its entirety WITH NO ANNOYING ADS (none that profit us, anyway), won't you please do us the kindness of liking it on Youtube? It would help the movie rank higher in internet searches, and our hard-working martial arts students would love the exposure. If you enjoy the film, we'd love for you to share it with your friends on Facebook and the like. 

Our first annual silent auction was also a rousing success. It was rather off-the-cuff, a last-minute suggestion by Brian Baker, and will be better organized and have more items next year. Still, dozens of guests left with happy grins and new treasures! Thank you all for your bids. We hope to do another film one day with our students, and the funds will be used to improve our lighting so our chroma-key work will be of better quality. 

 


 

January Kung Fu Sash Presentations 1-26-2013

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Another large group of martial artists treated their audience to dazzling kung fu forms in their bids to attain new ranks. Our latest Albuquerque martial arts class promotions, along with the kung fu routines presented are:

QIU YAN: Ground Tumbling or Turning Over Boxing (Fanzi Quan) - Brown Sash

RANDY LANTZ: Broadsword One (Dao Yi) - Blue-Black Sash

TYLER: Crane Fan (Hu Shan) - Green-Black Sash

APRIL DAWN DUNCAN: Little Open Gate (Xiao Kai Men) - Green-White Sash

SOPHIE: Spring Leg Three (Tan Tui San) - Orange-Black Sash

KEVIN RODGERS: Spring Leg Two (Tan Tui Er) - Orange-White Sash

EDI JUARES: Spring Leg Two (Tan Tui Er) - Orange-White Sash

DANI JUARES: Spring Leg Two (Tan Tui Er) - Orange-White Sash

AURAM MANOOCHEHRI: Spring Leg Two (Tan Tui Er) - Orange-White Sash

JACKSON: Spring Leg Two (Tan Tui Er) - Orange-White Sash

CONNOR BENNETT: Little Fist (Xiao Quan) - Yellow Sash

ISABEL FRIEBERG: Little Dragon One (Xiao Long Yi) - White-Yellow Sash

REILLY BURGESS: Little Dragon One (Xiao Long Yi) - White-Yellow Sash

ANDRES LUCERO: Little Dragon One (Xiao Long Yi) - White-Yellow Sash

Congratulations to all our martial artists!