Kung Fu Blog
Tuesday was a full day for everyone at the kwoon. This would be the day that all of the drills, reps, and meticulous choreography would pay off. Master Valery's cinematic brainchild, Lessons of Fate, is a working series that tells the story of a young man on a voyage toward self-discovery and enlightenment, and of the obstacles he encounters along the way. While the main character's journey is rocky, he wasn't the only one suffering from bumps and bruises. In the few short hours we spent filming, we gained enough bangs and bumps to remind us why martial arts cinema is one of the hardest professions in the world.
Preliminary fight choreography for Lessons Of Fate starring Dmitry Prosvirov and Bohannon Orr. The upcoming second chapter, directed and choreographed by Valery Prosvirov, promises just as much enlightenment as action!
Today Basil Masters, the White Dragon, stopped by the school for a visit - and on all days, our 2nd year Birthday Party! Master Valery was honored to show his awesome acquaintance the lay of the land, as well as some lightning-fast moves on the Wooden Man and the renowned - and dreaded - Two Finger Push Ups!! The two were happy to celebrate this momentous event together after their first meeting almost a year ago at the Martial Arts Hall of Fame...
Basil and Master Valery are excited to be working together, and are looking forward to pushing through numerous creative projects soon. Aside from upcoming sizzle shorts, their next project, Lessons of Fate, will be filled with action and wisdom, and will also usher in more opportunities for Golden Dragon's new Action Theater class! Stop by, and don't miss out!
Action choreography for an upcoming sizzle reel. My foot landed in the wrong spot, and the Master Valery made me pay for it! All in good fun, of course :)
Since its birth in the late 70's/early 80's, hip-hop has been carving its way into American culture, and continues to make itself a mainstay both in our history and our society to this day. Artists ranging from A Tribe Called Quest to Wu-Tang Clan to (of course) Tupac and Eminem have used their infectious beats, compelling stories, and lyrical prowess to shape the way we see and interact with our world as well as those around us. With such a powerful tool at use, one begs to ask; how can such an influential medium be used to give something back, to help the listener find the path to being the best person they can be? Veteran rap artist Tony Chamba not only fields that question, but puts his answer into practice with his new single, Where The Dragon Flies.
Golden Dragon's 2-Year Birthday Party!
A Celebration of Life, Family, and the Future
10/11/12. This was the date that Los Angeles saw the Grand Opening of Brentwood's newest premiere martial arts school, Kung Fu of Golden Dragon. The Prosvirov family opened the school with one single-minded intention; to empower and enlighten the community through the teachings of traditional Chinese kung fu. And after two years of doing just that, coupled with numerous awards and mounds of accolades throughout the martial arts world, Master Valery has done far more than introduce people to a new art and way of life; he has helped to forge an extended family that supports one another in our quest toward self-perfection, awareness, and peace. That support and familial spirit was evident this past Saturday, Oct. 11th, when we all got together for our kwoon's 2nd year Birthday Party.
The seminar has been one of the hardest things I've ever done, although each day ended with an amazing satisfaction. The techniques and the principles have been a wake up call for me to keep training with greater focus on detail, gaining more and more control.
So, Dmitry and Master both told me today that I will be beginning my morning training much earlier than usual at the kwoon for a week while we hold a international seminar for the students from Russia "Moscow" and Colombia "Bogota". I'll finally get to meet the master's other students! How exciting! Not only do I get to fulfill a lifelong dream of living and training at a dojo all Beatrix-Kiddo-Pai-Mei style, but getting the opportunity to train and be in fellowship with other students of our art is almost like being introduced to new family. Simply from what I've seen on Facebook and videos from the other school, they all seem like awesome people. I have no doubt that this next week will change my life for the better.
Ava's questions and answers session.
- Have you practiced any martial arts before?
Before I started training at Golden Dragon I studied taekwondo and tang soo do.
- What did you know about Martial arts before and why did you decide to start practicing?
I had been doing martial arts for 6 years and knew that it was good for my concentration, focus and physical conditioning. I decided I wanted to learn more about Kung Fu.
- How long do you practice Kung Fu at GD?
I've been studying at golden dragon for a year and train whenever I'm in LA.
Finally received that gift :)
And here a couple of warm words for Diamond from the Don "The Dragon" Wilson: "Thanks for your support Almaz! You are probably the only person in Moscow with my personal Dragon Traditionz shirt. Thanks for your support and keep on KICKING."