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July 2024's Newsletter

Hello students & parents,


Please welcome our newest students to the school:


  • Isabella - Beginner Gongfu Class

  • Logan - Kids Gongfu Class

  • Hazel - Kids Gongfu Class


Happy Birthdays for the month:

  • Seph Mortensen


Kid & Adult Gongfu students - It's HOT! We get it. For the next few months, no upper uniform top, so please wear a t-shirt or tank-top with gongfu pants until you order an official undershirt (exception for advanced students doing sanda, details below.) For this month, the following classes will be focusing on:


  • Morning Taiji: TBD

    • We have not forgotten about you all! We're waiting on 2 more students to make the class viable. Once we have those numbers, past morning students will be alerted to restart

  • Evening Taiji: Taiji 13

  • Beginner Gongfu: Review month

  • Kid's Gongfu: Basics month

  • Advanced Gongfu: Sanda Sparring & Cardio Conditioning (Sanda gear or shorts/tank-top only until sanda uniform comes in)


MANDATORY UNIFORM ITEM - UNDERSHIRT


Starting in August, it is mandatory for all adult & kid gongfu students to wear an official undershirt; the Christmas-gift shirt is a casual shirt, not for training. The new undershirts are meant for & designed for sports. No more random t-shirts/tank-tops (as much as I love anime, rock bands, Beetlejuice and Zelda). I made it as affordable as possible.


All students need to use all of July to order your undershirt and wear it as soon as you can, exception for sanda students wearing sanda gear, just for July. Now that it's summer time, this will ensure we're still matching as a group on days when it's too hot to wear the full uniform, as well as for future performances or tournaments for when we're not wearing the top just yet to avoid wrinkling. For kids, just a t-shirt is available. Adults, you have a choice between the unisex sleeveless tank-top (for breathability & movement) and/or a unisex moisture-wicking t-shirt (for more modest, daily wear.) Entirely your choice on picking which one you want to wear or mix it up:



 

Martial Art Cinema

We can all safely admit - we love martial art movies! Back in the time when Americans didn't know the difference between karate/ninjas/'kungfu', to mystical, one-hit-kill chi-throwing martial art masters, to modern day fighting.


It's summertime, so relax to these martial art movie clips, ranging from classic gongfu, to kickboxing, to jeet kune do, to wuxia-style flying movies, to mixed martial arts. Here is a sampling of our favorites (there are so many out there, but this is a good start for beginners). Consider it "martial art research," and pick a few (or all) to watch on your free time & check out some full movies. Spoiler alerts on a lot of these clips, not ranked. Enjoy!:


 

HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS


  • Reminder - absolutely no political discussions at the guan. Please see our past newsletter for more information.

  • Parents & family members in the observation area in the studio: be respectful if you're watching class. All phones must be silent and calls need to be handled in the lobby or outside. If you weren't aware, the school also has Wifi for those that want to work while waiting, password on the wall in the lobby

  • Kids Class - Parents, please save your questions for email unless it's an emergency; Shifu has only a few minutes before preparing for the Adult Class immediately afterwards. Reminder-absolutely no sideline coaching.

 

THIS MONTH'S SCHEDULE


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