Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa visit at Golden Dragon school (February 2, 2013)
On February 2, 2013, Golden Dragon Martial Arts School was honored to host Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa as a visitor and esteemed guest. What started out as a short visit to a quaint yet elegant traditional Chinese tea shop in Brentwood quickly evolved into an hours-long melding of masterful minds. The topics of conversation were just what one would expect to hear from such enlightened men, from the history and applications of martial arts in life as well as cinema, to its philosophies and principles, even down to its uses in the healing arts.
Having started out as a healer before venturing to Hollywood, Tagawa bolsters the benefits of martial arts in leading a full, healthy life. His studies of Qigong have given him insight on the significance of breath in training and physical development. “You release more toxins from the body with a deep exhale than with anything else,” professes Tagawa. “I really believe that breath, in and of itself... can be the ultimate self-healing tool.” Master Valery and Mr. Tagawa got along famously, undoubtedly due in part to their shared philosophies and dedication to their art. Since Golden Dragon's grand opening on June 30, 2012, Master Valery has taught traditional Chinese kung fu with the intent of helping his students to not only become better fghters, but giving them the tools to become healthier, stronger, more focused and self-aware human beings. He teaches this way because he understands that this is the essence of true kung fu, and that the best won battles are the ones you never have to fight.
Being visited at our Los Angeles school by such an acclaimed and revered artist is a notch in our belt that we wear proudly. With upcoming projects slated to shoot in Moscow, the students at the Russian school are looking forward to a visit from Mr. Tagawa in the future as well. Until that lucky day, we will do what I encourage all our friends and constituents reading this to do as well; KEEP MOVING FORWARD!