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Thank You Students

February 9, 2017

Your red envelope Chinese New Year generosity was outstanding this year - Thank you all for your amazing school support! Please enjoy and take personal pride in some of the school upgrades that were possible because you were so supportive and generous!

We are very proud and grateful for such a strong team of students!

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Congratulations Tai Chi Students

February 1, 2017

Great Job Tai Chi Students!

Another excellent sash ranking by all the Tai Chi students.

An extra congratulations goes to Yoli for getting her Black Sash!



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Important Date!

January 16, 2017

For all adult level students, both Kung Fu & Tai Chi.

Annual Chinese New Year Training Event with class and demonstration for Tai Chi starting at 10:30 AM followed by Southern and Northern Lion Dance and Kung Fu Demonstration at 11:30 AM.

- Sigung and Sifu Sara will host lunch (right after lion dance & demonstration) at the school for all Kung Fu & Tai Chi students.

- Specialized Kung Fu Class and Training will begin around 2 PM to approx 4 PM.


Saturday January 28, 2017

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Class Cancellation

January 6, 2017

Due to blizzard conditions, all classes will be cancelled on Saturday January 7, 2017.

Stay warm and safe!

-Sigung & Sifu Sara


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Happy New Year

December 30, 2016

May you always receive the blessing of elders, kung fu companionship, and a path of life which is full of happiness and success. Happy New Year!

‚Äč- Sigung and Sifu Sara

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Holiday Class Schedule

December 21, 2016

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Congratulations to all Kung Fu Graduates

December 4, 2016

Congratulations on an awesome job in receiving your new Kung Fu sashes!
An extra congrats goes out to Ayden and John for getting their Black Sashes!

To check out some pictures - CLICK HERE

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Kung Fu Sash Ranking

November 28, 2016

REMINDER - This week is Adult Kung Fu Sash Ranking.

Advanced Kung Fu Sash Ranking will be held on Tuesday November 29th at 7:00 PM.

Beginner - Intermediates Kung Fu Sash Ranking will be held on Wednesday November 30th at 6:30 PM.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2016

The school is closed only on Thursday, November 24th.

The holiday season is a time of reflection. At our school, we are thankful for our students. For us, martial arts training is more than just an activity, it is a way of life. To have the opportunity to share the benefits of martial arts training with all of you every week motivates and encourages us to work hard everyday. Students, like a tree, need continued nourishment for growth. Our martial arts family becomes a second family unit that will help provide that nourishment through positive reinforcement and hard work in class. Our family wishes your family a safe and joyous holiday season!

And remember... "Teas" The Season! Tea is a unique and caring gift. And not only is it healthy but it is a great, easy, inexpensive gesture of support for your school. 


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Put Mind Over Muscle

November 17, 2016

No matter what you do, or how well you presently do it, enhanced concentration skills will always improve your performance. Once you learn to fully concentrate on what you are doing, you will begin getting the job done with far greater proficiency. Hence, better concentration skills will lead to a better quality of life. This applies to all areas of your life and everything you do on a daily basis. As martial artist, we are fortunate because we begin strengthening our concentration skills at the very onset of our training. Plus, your teachers will insure the development of your mental focus by stressing the importance of it on a continual basis. For this reason, concentration is a skill that gets stronger and stronger.

- Sifu Sara

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Congratulations to all Tai Chi Graduates

October 31, 2016

Congratulations on an awesome job in receiving your new Tai Chi sashes!
And extra congrats to Dave Foster for being the first Virginia student to make it into our Tai Chi Black Sash Program!

To check out some pictures and videos - CLICK HERE

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Reminder - Tai Chi Sash Ranking

October 24, 2016

This week is Tai Chi Sash Ranking.

Tai Chi Advanced Sash Ranking will be on Wednesday October 26, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

All Beginners and Intermediates will have their Tai Chi Sash Ranking Saturday October 29, 2016 at 10:45 AM. All students should plan to arrive by 10:30 AM. Advanced students are welcome to attend.


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Our Huaquan Lineage

October 5, 2016

In 1877, Cai Guiging was born. From a very young age he was trained in Huaquan by his grandfather. Cai Guiging's younger sister married into the Chen family and had a son. Cai Guigin taught him the complete art of Huaquan. When young Chen grew up, he had two sons. The younger one was Chen Hei Fuk.

In 1980, Chen Hei Fuk went to New York's Chinatown. He taught in a very secluded and private manner to only a very few students...

One of those students was Sigung Joe Maury.

To our knowledge, Sigung is the only student, from those very few students, who kept up the Chen family lineage of the rare and prestigious art of Huaquan.

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Congratulations to our Youth Kung Fu Graduates

September 27, 2016

Great job done on Saturday!

Our kids did an AWESOME job on Saturday for their sash ranking graduation.

Don't forget to check out some updated pictures at


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Congratulations to our beginner-intermediate Kung Fu Graduates

August 27, 2016

Great job beginner - intermediates!

We finished off the summer with an excellent graduation class by our beginner - intermediates.

Keep up the good work!


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Congratulations to our advanced Kung Fu Graduates

August 20, 2016

Great job advanced kung fu students!

All the advanced students performed very well for their sash ranking.

Way to go! Keep up the great training!

New pictures at


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Congratulations to all Tai Chi Graduates

July 23, 2016

Great job Tai Chi Students!

We would like to congratulate all our Tai Chi students on their new Tai Chi sashes. 

Keep up the great job and remember to check out our pictures at


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Green Tea & Tai Chi

July 17, 2016

Article by Elizabeth Renter from Natural Society

The benefits of green tea are many, and some recent research says the benefits can be augmented when the tea is paired with another Eastern practice — TAI CHI.

Dr. Chwan-Li (Leslie) Shen is a researcher and associate professor at the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech. She has dedicated the vast majority of her research to green tea and other eastern health practices.

Her latest study looked at post-menopausal women and the use of green tea and tai chi to enhance bone strength.

Like green tea, the benefits of tai chi are well established. They include increased muscle strength, better flexibility, aerobic conditioning, and improved balance. But when used in conjunction with green tea, those benefits could be even greater.

Her study was double-blind, placebo-controlled, intervention trial—the best of the best when it comes to scientific standards. She separated 171 women who had weak bones but not full-fledged osteoporosis into four groups:

  • One that received a placebo starch pill and did no tai chi
  • One that received 500 mg of green tea polyphenols and did no tai chi
  • One that received a placebo pill and did tai chi three times a week

A final group that received both the green tea and the tai chi

Throughout the six month study, the group was subject to blood and urine testing and muscle strength assessment.

Researchers found that those women who took green tea and did tai chi experienced the most benefits—increased markers of bone health at both 3 and 6 months. In addition, this group saw a significant decrease in inflammation, suggesting the combination of green tea and tai chi could have disease-preventing benefits not anticipated before. Of course one could assume that simply participating in 2 healthy activities (drinking green tea and tai chi), would rank above participating in just one.

While the study participants used a supplement containing the beneficial components of green tea, you can easily reap benefits from the tea itself.

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The Way of Tea

July 12, 2016

We ran across a great story by Mikael Zaurov of that we would like to share.

There was once a famous Chinese master named Zhao Zhou. He was so famous that he had visitors all the time who would come seeking the meaning of enlightenment. One day two young seekers knocked on his door begging for words of wisdom. Zhao Zhou welcomed them into his small hut and told them to sit down at a table where an old monk was already sitting. "Please tell me the meaning of Buddha," the first student asked. Zhao Zhou replied, "Drink some tea!" The second student then asked, "What is truth?" and Zhao Zhou excitedly replied, "Drink some tea!" The old monk sitting there was quite perplexed about this interaction and wondered to himself, "Why does he tell them to both drink tea instead of answering their questions?" Zhao Zhou, being a great Zen master, read the monk's mind and said to him, "You drink tea too!"

This story symbolizes the relationship that the Chinese and Japanese traditions have with tea. As you're probably already aware, China and Japan are both tea embracing cultures. Tea has specific symbolic qualities that relate to the view of Asian philosophical traditions. The first is simplicity. In a culture dominated by strong tastes, tea provides an opportunity to tune into more subtle flavors. Both Buddhism and Taoism stress that a life of simplicity brings great peace. Yearning for extravagance never brings satisfaction. The taste of tea is thus very special because it's not extravagant or excessive. It is beautiful in its simplicity. Many people who are addicted to strong tastes will find tea to be too boring or bitter at first. After acquiring a taste for tea, they will never again desire to drink overly sweet and artificially flavored drinks. This is symbolic of the Buddhist view on life. We desire exciting escapades and fancy cars to make life more thrilling because life seems quite boring without additions, but if we relax into a more simple life we will find great peace and happiness. Tea not only serves as a symbol for a peaceful life but the act of drinking tea can provide the means to come in contact with it.

Since we specialize in preserving and spreading the ancient art of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, drinking tea compliments these cultural traditions. It is extremely important that students stay hydrated during training and one of the best methods to accomplish this while taking class in either Kung Fu or Tai Chi is through drinking tea. That being said, we would like to encourage all of our students to drink more tea!    


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Tea Makes You Healthy

June 20, 2016

Recent studies confirm what tea drinkers in Asia have known for centuries: tea is good for you. In fact, tea is so full of antioxidants—the ones that reduce the oxidation reactions in the body associated with aging and other disease processes—that we should be gulping it down.

The benefits of tea can be realized by consuming three cups a day, which is the historical average for most Asian tea drinkers and the base line for many recent studies. Check out the benefits of drinking tea:

  • promotes healthy cholesterol levels

  • increases metabolism

  • improves mental performance

  • inhibits plaque buildup on teeth (green tea, that is)

  • helps the body deal with stress (green tea again)

When making tea, pour the water over the tea and steep according to these guidelines:

  • White and Green Tea: Use boiling water that has cooled for a couple of minutes (to about 185°F) and steep for 2 to 4 minutes.

  • Oolong Tea: Use boiling water that has cooled for 1 minute (to about 195°F) and steep 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Black Tea: Use boiling water that has cooled just enough to lose its boil and steep 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Herbal Tea: Use boiling water and steep 3 to 5 minutes.

Loose-leaf tea will keep for several months or longer if kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place. Avoid glass or plastic containers if possible and do not refrigerate or freeze tea. Tea that’s old or mishandled will lose its briskness and aroma and color.

Click here to see our teas.

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