CLOSED COLUMBUS DAY – Monday October 8, 2018

US Wu Shu Academy Challenge Tournament-Sunday October 7, 2018 at the Marriott Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg MD

US Open Martial Arts Championships –OCT. 14 –Queens College NYC



This year’s celebration took place at our usual spot in Silver Spring at the Indian Springs Terrace Park facility located at 9717 Lawndale Drive, Silver Spring MD.  We  met from 2 -7:00 PM on Sunday September 16, 2018.

In attendance were about 35 friends, families, students and teachers from the area. Despite rocky moments (a power failure; an injury, issues with the incomers-Whew!!); the event continued onward -with food, lively conversation, and a 40 minute martial art demo. I’d like to thank all demonstrators again for their excellent performances.

It was a great weather day, especially, since it was very uncertain due to the proximity of Hurricane Florence. (It was the best day of about the 10 previous days of continual rainy and stormy weather).  

We want to thank Masters Raymond Wong, Dante Gilmer, Ed Pratt, George Harris and Alexander King, as well as other Wudang Long Men family members who joined the festivities. The event concluded with spirited Pushing Hands at the adjoining basketball court.

These events can never be significant nor memorable without the support and participation of you, the students, friends, peers, families, and lovers of life who contribute their unique perspectives so that the collective expands into the community we all hope to create.  Thank you all for making this another relaxed yet energetic and friendly gathering. See you and all new friends next year!



On September 24, this year’s celebration of the Autumn Moon Festival began. Traditionally, this holiday period of about a week, commemorates the end of growing season and a chance for people to get together to eat, drink and be merry. It also celebrates ones ancestors and the friends who have passed on. Customs include parties, banquets, family gatherings, Moon watching, eating Moon cakes, and making and flying paper lanterns.

   A dozen or so gathered to talk, tell stories, and to enjoy each other’s company outside of class time. Sifu George Harris helped make it memorable with his martial insights explained in his uniquely efficient way. The 3 hour lunch discussion was a lot of fun.



We would like to again thank all of the sponsors/ friends who contributed to the Go Fund Me site and helped defray costs for our Senior Team members Stephen Genus and Daniel Nightingale to attend the Florida ICMAC International Championships as well as the Kuoshu World Tournament. The funds were spent on Registration fees as well as hotel rooms and some meals. Your assistance helped them remain focused on training and the results obtained by them and their teammates justified your generosity,  (The team came back with a weekend haul of 3 World Titles and 5 National titles). When we stand together, we succeed together-



We will meet for sword basics and application class this month on Wednesday October 17th, 2018 from 7:30-9 PM. Bring a sword, eye protection and groin protection (optional). All students are encouraged to attend regardless of experience.


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Our weekly Community Tai Chi and Push Hands Open workout is alive and well (25 years and counting). We hold the Free Community Workout, 3 blocks away, at the Roda Movement Center which is located at 7014 Westmoreland Avenue (just off Carroll Avenue) in Takoma Park, MD.  It is located just behind the Gazebo located on Carroll Avenue and across from the House of Musical Traditions.  The workout takes place on Thursdays from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  Feel free to contact us at longmen987@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns.



Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born. Leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work.

-Vince Lombardi

A most important key to successful leadership is your ability to direct and challenge the very best that is in those whom you lead.


Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

-Roger Ward Babson