June 9, 1-5 PM Dance Exchange 20th Anniversary Celebration
2oth ICMAC Chinese Martial Arts Championships – Orlando Florida, June 29-July 1
US Kuoshu World Tournament- Hunt Valley MD July 28-July 31
Capital Classics/China Open Tournament –Gaylord Hotel National Harbor Aug 3 & 4th
US Wu Shu Academy Challenge Tournament- October 6, 2018 Saturday at Marriott Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg MD
US Open Martial Arts Championships –OCT. 14 –Queens College NYC
FIESTA ASIA STREET FESTIVALS
Due to rain the Asian Heritage Festival was rescheduled to Saturday July 21. It will take place on Pennsylvania Ave. NW in WDC between 3 and 6th Streets from 10am -6pm.
The Downtown Silver Spring Fiesta Asia Street Festival event took place on Sunday May 6 from 10am -6pm. Our demo took place at 3:30 pm and was well attended by large crowds who came to this excellent annual event. The event consists of music, dance and martial arts performances, food and various other vendors. It takes place each year on Ellsworth Ave, between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Streets. Part of our demo can be seen on the Wu Shen Tao page on Facebook.
WASHINGTON, DC TAI CHI FESTIVAL
The Tai Chi Festival took place in front of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC this year on Saturday May 5th, 2018. This event has grown over the last several years and hosts Tai Chi demonstrations and fellowship from various Tai Chi Clubs, Schools, programs, and Asian cultural groups from around the Tri-State area. A large crowd of onlookers watched the various form, push hands, and weapons demos which spread out over a 4 hour time period. Our demo was well received by the crowd and various martial arts teachers who attended. We look forward to being a part of next year’s event as well.
TAIWAN MASTERS VISIT
The David Chen Foundation hosted a Picnic and Tai Chi Cultural Exchange at the Lakewood Elementary School on Saturday May 19th from 10-6PM. The event included form demonstration from area schools, and discussions of Tai Chi theory and demos of push hands practice. Best of all, we were joined by a team of 36 teaches, coaches and top students visiting from Taiwan. The team was made up of leaders from different schools from all over Taiwan and included several champions of Push-hands. Although the rain caused the location to be moved from the outside Tai Chi Court at Cabin John Park, a large standing room only group came to witness several hours of demos, have a community lunch and finish up with about 3 hours of free push hands by all interested individuals. It was a lot of fun and the Taiwanese team proved to be very friendly and gracious participants and a good time was had by all.
DANCE EXCHANGE 20TH ANNIVERSAY CELEBRATION
The Dance Exchange is celebrating its’ 20th year in Takoma Park MD and is having a weekend of parties and workshops. It kicks off Saturday June 9th at 7117 Maple Avenue from 1-5 PM. We have been asked to demonstrate and teach a mini- Tai Chi class between 1:30 and 2:30 PM. It looks like its’ going to be a fun and informative event with food, demos and fun for the entire family. Hope to see you there!!
JUNE SWORDPLAY CLASS
We will meet for sword basics and application class this month on Wednesday JUNE 13, 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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FREE COMMUNITY PUSH HANDS -
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns.
QUOTES OF THE MONTH
Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.