GK 2013 Lion and Dragon Classes!

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We’ve got the following classes starting up soon:

  • 10-Week Lion Dance Trial Class: starts Thursday, OCT 3 from 6:30PM-9PM
  • Free Dragon Dance Trial Classes: Mon, OCT 7 & Wed, OCT 16 from 6:30PM-9PM
  • 6-Week Children’s Lion Dance Class: starts Saturday, Oct 5 from 3:30PM-5PM

GK 2013 Classes

To sign-up, please fill out the form below and note which class you’re interested in!

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Boston August Moon Festival Lion & Dragon Dance Performances

If you didn’t get a chance to catch our lion and dragon dance performances, you can check them out here 🙂

Lion Dance kicked off the festival.

Dragon Dance opened up the main stage performances.

Thanks to our friend BrianAnime for the footage!

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Boston August Moon Festival 2013

Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival

The Boston August Moon Festival will be taking place this coming Sunday in Chinatown!

GK will be up on the stage first with both lion and dragon dance performances. The weather is looking to be just perfect so come on out! The event runs until 5PM.

🙂

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15TH Annual Lantern Festival

15th annual Lantern Festival set for July 18 at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain

 

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!

For more information, visit The Forest Hills Educational Trust website OR read about it on Boston.com.

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Thursday Night: Lion Dance Practice

Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe

The jump ropes we ordered had arrived! So with that, we started the practice off with some stretching leading into circuit training.

We did 3 reps of:

  • 2-minute jump rope
  • 20 push-ups
  • 20 squats
  • 20 sit-ups

And then, we finished off with some planks — regular, side, and back.

Properly warmed-up, we then split into two teams.

Team A continued with refining an upcoming wedding performance routine. And, Team B worked on the horse stance, drills, and some head tossing.

Another great practice session!

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English At Large Annual Celebration

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.

Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe
Lion dancers in front of the United Congregational Church in Medford, MA. (photo courtesy of Andy Lee)
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Refinements and back-to-basics

Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe
Refining a routine for an upcoming performance and making sure that before we do anything that we’ve got the horse stance down first

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 🙂

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Practice Drill Face-Offs and Clean-Up

lion dance drills
two, three, and four 1-minute face-offs

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.

Great night all-in-all 🙂

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Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival, 2010

Meeting Woo Ching White Crane on Tyler Street featured on page 2 of The Boston Metro!

Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe meeting Woo Ching White Crane on Tyler Street

Chinatown fest celebrates a tiger of a year

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.

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