Kung Fu Blog
This year marked Kung Fu Golden Dragon's first Christmas party at our new location on Santa Monica Boulevard! On December 19, 2015, we celebrated another year of family, fun, and growth in the martial arts as we held our third annual Kung Fu Christmas party!
While Tai Chi is a martial art which cultivates the ability to end human life, it is not paradoxical in its principle; it is actually dedicated to the preservation of life. It is, of course, safe to say that this art fosters the possibility of being effective in combat – which is very useful and necessary – but this is only a side effect of the art itself. The philosophy of Tai Chi teaches us to cultivate life, strengthening it from day to day, from year to year. Following its doctrines and principles, one is certain to gain good health, vitality, and long life. In a sense, it is a veritable fountain of youth, as it allows us counter the destructive course of time and aging upon the body. This is why when you see elders practicing Tai Chi, they are usually more spry and limber than elders that don't. It literally helps us to never grow old! It gives the practitioner indomitable spiritual power, making us strong even when our bodies appear weak. Rest assured, this is not mad delirium. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I do not subscribe to the esoteric belief that people, the gods, love, or pacifism will save the world. This thinking is flawed; while they would like to believe they are at times, people are not gods. There are no Supermen among us waiting to save us from the perils of our nature. While Love functions, it is not the whole of life, and in some situations, violence is in fact necessary. Sometimes, it is even good, as it is the only way to bring those who use violence rampantly to understand the truth of why it must not be used all of the time. Want to bet? Examine, if you will, the condition of a 'pacifist' – lazy, uncertain of oneself when in danger, waiting to be victimized. Would you say you do not possess these traits? If you can honestly say no, good on you. But if not, merit the truth, for lying to oneself is the zenith of immorality and sin. The absolute truth is that without knowledge of violence and how it is used, you are simply waiting to become a victim of it, and there is where it shall teach you its function.
Art Camacho's Stunt Fighting WorkshopOn November 15, 2015, Kung Fu Of Golden Dragon was privileged to welcome Fight choreography and cinema heavyweight Art Camacho As he hosted a stunt fighting workshop for the martial artists in our community. With almost 3 decades of experience under his belt, Camacho left no stone unturned and no punch unthrown while meting out his indispensable knowledge of the way fighting works on film.
On November 9th, Headmaster Valery Prosvirov surprised his pupils with a very special treat. After a long day of training, we had the privilege of attending the American Film Market Festival in Venice. We got to see many influential people in the industry, both familiar and new. Everyone from producers, comedic and dramatic actors, models, even stuntmen were in attendance. We even ran into renowned action/martial arts film actor Aki Aleong, who has appeared in numerous films alongside such cinema giants as Jim Carrey, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the late great David Carradine. He seemed as excited to meet the master as we were to meet him!