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Valery Prosvirov is nothing less than a personal training magician. He has the most profound knowledge of human body and he is capable to condition yours to unimaginable levels (2016)
Those who know me are aware of my not so friendly relationship with social media. So for me, to be inspired to make a post on FB, something exceptional has to happen. And it has! This week! At Kung Fu of Golden Dragon! I attended an event so fulfilling, intense, challenging, extraordinary and health inspiring that I couldn't help but share it with everyone. For 6 days I participated in the 3rd Annual International Kung Fu Seminar held at Kung Fu of Golden Dragon taught by the Grand Master of Los Angeles Valery Prosvirov. Every day for 6 hours we trained in stamina, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Gong Fa, Chin Na and Kung Fu. Before the seminar starts, you don't know how your body will react. You think that even with all the training you've done prior, 6 hours of training a day is beyond your abilities, it sounds scary and almost unrealistic. But then you train: day by day your body reaches into deep reserve you weren't aware of and you begin to notice an incredible transformation physically, mentally and emotionally.
Star Wars Force Camp Video Premiere (2016)

Episode 4: The Living Force

During the summer of 2016, Kung Fu of Golden Dragon held a 3-week Star-Wars-themed course for the Tiger and Dragon students where they learned basic camera acting, fight choreography, and kung fu techniques. They worked hard, they played even harder, and they gave their best effort for the silver screen. The result – we completed the first installment of our fanfiction send-up, The Dark
Chronicles: A Star Wars Tale. Each of our young actors brought their character to life and helped to light up the story!

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Star Wars Summer Camp. Week 2 (2016)
Kung Fu of Golden Dragon's second week of Star Wars Summer Camp was just as awesome as the first, if not more in some ways! While the first week was focused on filming a part of our sendup series, Star Wars: The Dark Chronicles, this week was all about using the skills we learned so far for FUN!
DragonFest (2016)
Since our American school's opening in July 2012, it has been a tradition of ours to attend as many functions in the Los Angeles martial arts community as we can in order to meet with others as passionate about the art as we are. One of our favorite events is the Annual DragonFest organized by the Martial Arts Museum. Each event has been more exciting than the next, and this year was no different. When Mike Matsuda promises a fun, star-studded celebration, he definitely delivers!
Song of The Golden Dragon Video Shoot (2016)
It is said that all of our small accomplishments prepare us for our contribution to even bigger accomplishments. Some might see this as luck, others would declare that this is how fate works. For Grandmaster Valery Prosvirov and his proginees at Kung Fu of Golden Dragon, it's simply a matter of all the pieces falling into place.

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This past Sunday we were honored to shoot action sequences for a new video release of Estas Tonne's hit acoustic song, The Song of the Golden Dragon.

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Star Wars Summer Camp – Day 5 (2016)
Today was the big Wrap Day. After such a high-paced week, we decided to start shooting earlier so the kids could relax for the second half of the day.

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After we got the Martini shot, everyone still felt the power of the Force. So what better way to use that energy than games, right? The teachers were also pleased with the students' curious nature; kids were asking questions about how the filming and editing process would work, how the fight scenes were supposed to come together – all while hinting toward the next camp!

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Star Wars Summer Camp – Day 4 (2016)
Thursday proved to be the most challenging day for everyone, and the students impressed their teachers with their positive attitude and hard work.

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Along with fill-in scenes, we filmed the featured fight scenes for this episode, as well as the next episode, Spark in the Shadows. Luckily we found time before filming for fun and games, including new acting games for the entire group. If any this week could give the kids an idea of life on a big-time movie set, this would be it.


Star Wars Summer Camp – Day 3 (2016)
Today was extra fun because we received some extra help from two awesome individuals, Michele Prymicz and Natasha Kalinsky.

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Prymicz served as 1st Camera and AD, while Kalinsky stepped into her role as the Sith villain Shuma, and even helped with cinematography and fight scenes.


Both of these ladies' help was indispensible, and they helped to bring out a new energy in the students that made their performances that much better. As a side project, three of our actors even put together their own fight scene, complete with backstory and choregraphy done all own their own.
Star Wars Summer Camp – Day 2 (2016)
Kicking off the second day was even more fun than expected!

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After training and a quick costume parade, the cast took group photos and warmed up with acting games and kung fu before the first day of shooting. The beginning was hectic, due to EVERYBODY (including the director) getting cases of the giggles, but once the laughs were out, the work came together well.
Star Wars Summer Camp – Day 1 (2016)
Today marks the first day of our Star Wars Force Summer Camp at Kung Fu of Golden Dragon! We have lots of fun and hard work planned this week, so today was all about PREPARATION! Our young padawans began their day with kung fu and lightsaber training, followed by an intensive fight choregraphy seminar led by Dmitry and Bohannon. After lunch, the kids broke off into groups for acting games and script reading. Everyone was excited about building their character for the upcoming shoot. They even got to design their own costumes! With our cast ready, and the crew helping to put things in full swing, everyone went home anxious for the next big day (after group games, of course).