The Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe is hosting a FREE trial class for Asian women in the Greater Boston area.
Where have I seen your troupe before?
Many places! Here’s a short list: Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration, Quincy Lunar New Year Celebration, BU’s Origins Culture Show, and on TV and in movies: The Departed!
What is Gund Kwok?
Gund Kwok, which means heroine in Chinese, symbolizes women’s power and strength. We are a team of dynamic Asian American women of all ages, professional backgrounds, and personalities! Check out the unique GK experience on NPR!
What is Dragon Dance?
The dragon dance is a highlight of Chinese New Year and other major celebrations held worldwide in Chinatowns around the world. Check out our moves!
What is a trial class?
A trial class is open to all Asian American women of all ages and is an opportunity to try Dragon Dance. You will be given an introduction of Dragon Dance, followed by a warm up, and then off to get under the dragon!
We switched it up a bit during our warm-ups — incorporated some nice circuit training which got our hearts pumping. We did some laps around the space, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and burpees…over and over again 😛
After doing some final stretch-outs, we broke off into two teams. Team A practiced for an upcoming wedding performance and Team B worked on refining some core moves like the “horse stance”…
“an important posture in Asian martial arts and takes its name from the position assumed when riding a horse. It is called mǎbù (馬步) in Chinese, kiba-dachi (騎馬立ち?) in Japanese, kuda-kuda in Indonesian, kekuda in Malay, asvavadivu in Malayalam, and juchum seogi or annun seogi (lit. sitting stance) in Korean. This stance can not only be integrated into fighting but also during exercises and forms. It is most commonly used for practicing punches or to strengthen the legs and back.” Read More
It was a great night…albeit a tad bit humid.
I think it’s safe to say that summer is finally here 🙂
This week’s work-out was brought to you by sprints, burpees, ab crushers, face-offs, and…den clean-up!
My quads are still sore from last night’s warm-up and face-off drills. We did all this while also Clorox-ing the heck out of our music room which houses all the drums, cymbals, benches, and other gear. The clean-up was only part two of the effort as our dragon dance teammates worked on the other half of the space the other week.
It was definitely a team effort.
After a pretty intense warm-up of cardio, sprints and a whole lot of abs, we started moving all the stuff from the music room out. And while we were waiting for the Clorox to dry out, we got some lion heads and went on to do some drills for a minute, facing-off from two lions which then somehow increased to three and then four.
Toward the end, we threw in some jump and lift training.
Before we knew it, time was up. We bowed out together to end practice and then, of course, some of us went for some much-needed chow.
We have some new teams preparing for upcoming performances and we need all the time we can get in order to practice, practice, and practice some more. But before we get down to business, we always go through a 1.5 hour warm-up — cardio, stretching, and ab exercises.
On this night, the featured exercise of the evening was the plank, aka ‘elbow plank.’
According to FitSugar: This is a killer move for your core, legs, and upper body. When holding Elbow Plank, be sure your shoulders are stacked over your elbows and your body is in one straight line:
Start on the floor, resting on your forearms and knees
Step your feet out one at a time, coming into a plank position.
Contract your abs to prevent your booty from sticking up or sinking. Your spine should be parallel to the floor, with your abs pulling toward the ceiling.
Hold 30 seconds, and work your way up to one minute as you get stronger.
To learn more about this and other forms of the plank, visit FitSugar.
We were calling each other on form left and right. And so we did more than what we usually do. We should’ve had a plank-a-thon 🙂