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Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival – 2019

Sifu Fong and students will perform at 1:10 pm on Sept. 21

You’re cordially invited to attend the eighth Southeast Asian Arts & Culture Exhibition celebrating the mid-autumn harvest season!

When: Saturday, September 21, 2019 — 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Tenderloin Children’s Playground — 570 Ellis Street, San Francisco CA 94109 

The Exhibition helps promote and preserve the arts and culture of the Southeast Asian American communities in San Francisco, specifically highlighting the Indo-Chinese refugee communities which have a long history in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. We will have representatives from the Burmese, Champa, Cambodian, Filipino, Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese communities. Come celebrate the Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival with us and learn more about the different Southeast Asian cultures!

For more information, please contact:

  • Ms. Hang To at (415) 298-3705
  • Mr. Sirch Chanthyasack at (415) 680-4027
  • Email: contact@seaacc-sf.org

Event schedule:

  • 11:30 – Door Open – Cultural Arts Exhibitions / Music Arts Demonstrations
  • 12:00 – Outdoors Program Kickoff – Live Music Entertainment / Soccer Tournament
  • 12:30 – Food Sampling
  • 01:10 – Sifu Bryant Fong and Students martial arts demonstration
  • 01:30 – Pandan Waffles Demonstration
  • 02:45 – Lantern Parade
  • 03:00 – Papaya Salad Demonstration
  • 04:00 – Closing

Upcoming Events

September 29, 2019, 3:30pm — Dragon Boat Performance, Lake Merritt, Oakland, California — https://sfdragonboat.com/the-festival

October 19, 2019, 6:00-10:00pm — Buchanan YMCA Annual Fundraiser

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY IS THE BUCHANAN YMCA’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF OUR COMMUNITY PROGRAMS. THIS WILL BE OUR 16TH ANNUAL EVENT. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO JOIN US FOR A FUN EVENING OF DANCING, SILENT AUCTION, AND RAFFLES!

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT YOUTH AND TEENS IN THE COMMUNITY.

EVENT INFORMATION 

BUCHANAN YMCA 16TH ANNUAL SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Time: 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Buchanan YMCA at 1530 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115

*$6 off parking at Japantown Center Garage with validation

Entry Tickets: $45/person

Raffle Tickets: 5 for $20 (can be purchased through mail or at Buchanan YMCA before or on the day of the event)

November 7-17 — Trip to Beijing

2019 Tiger Claw Photos and News

The 2019 Tiger Claw Championships were held on May 18 and 19, 2019 at the San Jose Convention Center. Congratulations and thanks to all competitors, judges, and volunteers for the event, and to Mason Tong for winning two golds!

http://www.kungfumagazine.com/info/tournament/TCKFMC2019.html

Tiger Claw Judges and VIP Reception
Sifu Liang Keiming and Mason Tong
Coach Wu Bin, Sifu Bryant Fong, and Yang Taiji Grandmaster Fu Qing Quan (his grandfather was good friends with Baguazhang forebear Fu Zhen Song).
Grandmaster Fu Qing Quan, demonstrating Yang Taiji Saber
Sifu Bryant Fong and judges
2019 Tiger Claw judges
2019 Tiger Claw Grand Champion winners
Mason Tong wins two gold medals for Miao Dao and Sun Taiji !

Xinhua article on CMAT

Xinhua has an article on the competition: http://www.china.org.cn/world/2019-03/25/content_74610752.htm?

Chinese martial arts tournament in California attracts hundreds

The 27th annual Chinese Martial Arts Tournament (CMAT 27) was held at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) Sunday, attracting hundreds of Chinese Kung Fu fans from across the United States and Canada.

The two-day event, hosted by the UCB Martial Arts Program, brought together many diverse martial arts groups and individuals from North America who have a strong interest in traditional Chinese culture, such as Chinese Kung Fu.

Nearly 350 athletes, aged six to 60-plus, competed in the two categories of contemporary martial arts and traditional Kung Fu, including weapons and Tai Chi Kung Fu.

The CMAT, which was a competition originally limited to UCB students decades ago, has now grown into one of the largest and most popular Chinese martial arts events open to the public after 27 years.

This year, the CMAT 27 organizers added a Shaolin Division to the competition events. The new division includes the famous Shaolin Tongbi Fist, Shaolin Luohan Fist (or Arhat Fist), as well as Shaolin Short and Long Weapon.

Shi Yanran, executive director of Shaolin Temple USA and head judge of the Shaolin Division events, said the addition of Shaolin Division to the contest indicated that more Americans have come to realize the true value of Chinese Kung Fu culture and also the charm of Shaolin martial arts.

Bryant Fong, president of the National Chinese Wushu Association of America and CMAT chair, said the tournament aims to preserve the philosophy, techniques and tradition of Chinese martial arts.

Elena Sfecla, a video producer who works for an international video gaming company in San Francisco, has competed in several Shaolin events, such as Tongbi Fist, Shaolin Staff and Long Weapon.

“I was fascinated by Shaolin Kung Fu immediately after I came across it last year,” she said.

“Practicing Shaolin Kung Fu trained my discipline of the mind and the body, and it keeps me fit and in shape,” she said.

Bill Zemlidge, a father of two pre-teen boys who are competing in the Shaolin events, said he wants to have his children practice Shaolin Kung Fu. “It’s difficult to practice martial arts, but I think it’s nice to see that my kids are learning to do things better than before,” he said.

“They have to persevere, and I don’t think it comes naturally,” Zemlidge said.

Lara Brooke was pleased to see her seven-year-old girl win first place in the Shaolin Broad Sword competition.

“I brought my girl to Shaolin Temple USA to do Chinese martial arts because I want her to learn something that she can carry with her for life,” she said.

“Chinese Kung Fu can train her physical discipline and flexibility in good health, in addition to the mental discipline,” Brooke said.

2019 CMAT Master’s Demonstration

Great performances last night from a number of masters and groups including Cal VSA Lion Dancing, Sifu Kenneth Hui, Grandmaster Dr. Chiu Chi Ling, Shaolin Temple USA, Cal Wushu A-Team, Sifu William Dere, Sifu Bryant Fong, Capitol Institute of Physical Education (Beijing, China), and Fei Shifu Kung Fu Academy.

Below is a timelapse of the same demonstration, with a different camera.