With all the craziness of running a martial arts school, coordinating activities for the state’s kung fu federation branch, travelling here and there to teach overseas seminars and workshops… I completely forgot…
As of May 2012, the Qian Li Dao Academy is 9 years old!!!
From all of us here at the Academy, we want to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all of our students, friends, families, visitors and supporters for allowing us to grow from nothing in May 2003 to an institution that has sprouted roots all over the world. We would not be here today, if not for you, who have believed in our philosophy and our brand of kung fu instruction. We stand here today as a testament to your belief and support that quality martial arts training still has much relevance in today’s society and hectic lifestyle.
We hope to continue to provide an environment which allows one to grow in all aspects of development – physically, mentally and spiritually, so that we can help foster well-rounded, responsible and capable members of society.
Thank you ALL for your support, friendship and encouragement!
The Kapiti Coast, just north of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, is also home to our NZ affiliate club run by Stu Dunn. The scenery there is beautiful, and the personalities of our kung fu brothers and sisters there is just as nice, and it’s always great to visit with them to share our Wing Chun vision. This trip saw me working with many old friends, but also quite a few new faces who have joined their ranks since my visit in November last year.
This was the largest turnout so far in Wellington’s history, and I had to divide the participants into two distinct groups, so we could cover appropriate material in the clearest possible way. But as I bounced from one group to the other, everyone was kept engaged with concepts and drills to challenge both their minds and their bodies.
The end result was that a great time was had by all, with the momentum from the last two visits continuing to build and to yield good results. So much so, that there is talk of trying to organise a week-long Qian Li Dao Academy Summer Camp in New Zealand, in January 2013. If you are interested to find out more about the Camp, or wish to express your interest in attending, email me here or contact Stu in New Zealand as soon as possible, so we can see if we can make that a reality. Preliminary talks have us relaxing in the hot pools of Rotorua in the evenings, after some hard, fun-filled training days in the Land of the Long White Cloud… are you coming???? Click here for the workshop pix!