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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!
On July 18th, Dmitry Prosvirov took his student Finnegan to Dragonfest in Burbank, one of the largest annual martial arts conventions in the world. To say it was a star-studded event would be shy of the mark; some of the biggest names in the martial arts world were in attendance, all aiming to have fun and rub elbows while discussing new and future projects.
Grand Master Prosvirov Valery Interview on Radio Shanson USA - Part 2 - Russian language
As they say, one good turn deserves another... On June 20th, Dmitry Prosvirov and Bohannon Orr got a chance to return the favor that Shuny Bee paid us by visiting KF of GD. They were among a select few other martial artists invited to attend a fight choreography workshop for Bee's newest film in production, "Fight of Fury", which will star Shuny Bee, Kathy Long and Eric Lee. It is expected to be released near springtime of next year.
Golden Dragon Kung Fu is preparing to strike the celluloid! On June 15th, the kwoon received a visit from martial arts instructor and film actor Shuny Bee out of the blue! Bee was in awe as he perused our dojo and training tools, including our twin Wooden Men. Afterwards, Master Valery and he discussed potential future film projects, including the upcoming third installment of the Lessons of Fate Series.
May 31st marked a momentous occasion in the martial arts world; this day marked the video documentary release and honorary life tribute of martial arts legend Eric Lee. Grandmaster Valery was in attendance along with many other renowned figures in martial arts, including legendary cinema action choreographer Ewart Chin and acclaimed instructor and Owner/Chief Editor of Sidekick Publications Allen Woodman.
In the end of May 2015, Golden Dragon summed up the results of its academic year and proudly awarded its best students. Their hard work and great efforts in learning Martial Arts put them onto the next level and gave them the status of Dragon Warriors. We are so happy that our young warriors continue practicing and making next steps on the great path of Kung Fu. Keep on, guys, - so many adventures wait for you ahead!
With our 26 new Dragon Warrior students matriculated and ready to kick into the next level of training, Golden Dragon plans on offering even fun and intense training in the coming school year, including Stunt work, acrobatics, and forms, as well as Martial Art Performance for the Camera! We will also be putting emphasis on the scholastic aspect of kung fu, such as philosophy and history of martial arts. Our hope is not simply to create better fighters; we want our students to also become better people. Congratulations again, young Dragons!!