FYI, Gund Kwok will be performing at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain tomorrow, July 18 at 7PM. The event is free and additional performances include drumming, Japanese dance and much more. It ends at 9PM.
The Forest Hills Educational Trust is pleased to announce that the 15th annual Lantern Festival will be held on Thursday, July 18th (raindate: July 25). A much-loved community event for Jamaica Plain, as well as Greater Boston, the Lantern Festival draws its inspiration from the Japanese Bon Festival — a celebration each year when a door opens to the world of their ancestors allowing loved ones to send messages to the other side. It is a time when neighbors come together to share stories, celebrate, and honor the memories of loved ones. Enjoy multicultural performances and the warmth of the greater Boston community at this special annual event!
Recently, Gund Kwok performed at the English At Large for their Annual Celebration 2013 on Thursday, April 18 at the United Congregational Church in Medford, MA.
English At Large provides free, practical, and accessible English language instruction to refugee and immigrant adults in 21 Boston area communities. Our vision is for all adults to possess the basic English skills they need to attain economic self-sufficiency, support their families, and become fully engaged in their community. Our learner-centric focus ensures that learners receive practical, real-world English instruction, whenever and wherever they can meet.
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.
Crowds of residents and tourists gathered in Chinatown yesterday to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Lion Dance Festival. The event kicked off at the main stage in Phillips Square at Harrison Avenue and Essex Street, and continued around the neighborhood with different clubs leading the parade. The Lunar New Year, which officially began on Feb. 14, is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. This year is the year of the tiger.