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Newsletter - 31st December 2009

News From Fire Dragon Australia

DECEMBER 2009 NEWS

Students and Instructors trained hard through Autumn and Winter, preparing for a very busy Spring – and 5 students accompanied Master Hardy to the USA, to see his teacher, Pai Shinzan – Grand Master St Charles. Sifu Bellchambers, two of his students – Scott Savage, and Mitchell Gould, with Calvin Chelin and Simon Jordan from the Ainslie classes, travelled with Master Hardy to Florida, where Bai Xue Long – Grandmaster Shawn Dick – very kindly put them up. They attended Pai Shinzan’s camp, where they not only learned more about Pai Lum Kung Fu, at the hands of Pai Shinzan, but were taught for two hours by Grandmaster Guiffre in the art of Tai Chi. This meticulous and very well explained tutorial opened their eyes to some of the soft side of the Art.

Pai Shinzan (2nd from left) and Grandmaster Guiffre (4th from left) at the 2009 Course in Florida.
Pai Shinzan (2nd from left) and Grandmaster Guiffre (4th from left) at the 2009 Course in Florida.
The Australian Dragons with Grandmaster St Charles - Pai, Shinzan, at the Course.

Master Hardy was very glad of the opportunity to learn from his teacher, and to have his students begin to understand what he Dragon is about!

The Australian Dragons with Grandmaster St Charles - Pai, Shinzan, at the Course.

Master Hardy was very glad of the opportunity to learn from his teacher, and to have his students begin to understand what he Dragon is about!
Master Riddick's Lion Dance performs
Master Riddick's Lion Dance performs

The Australian Dragons were well looked after by their American relatives. They had private lessons from Bai, Xue Long, and Pai Shao Li (Grandmaster Matthews), and trained with a host of other Pai Lum teachers and students.

The Australian Dragons with Pai Shao Li (front, 2nd fom right) and Bai, Xue Long (back, furthest right)
The Australian Dragons with Pai Shao Li (front, 2nd fom right) and Bai, Xue Long (back, furthest right)

At the end of their visit, they were also all promoted – and had certainly learned enough to warrant that! The most junior of the Australian’s Simon, certainly deserved his Yellow Sash! Mitchell earned his Blue, while Calvin and Scott are both now Green Sash students. Queanbeyan Fire Dragon now has its own Master as an Instructor, as Shrfu Bellchambers was promoted to 4th Higher Level. Pai Shinzan took the unusual step of promoting master Hardy to 7th Higher Level – a rank he looks forward to earning!

The Australian Dragons say Goodbye to Shinzan
The Australian Dragons say Goodbye to Shinzan
Promotions for the Australian Dragons
Promotions for the Australian Dragons

While Master Hardy was away, Fire Dragon put on a very successful demonstration as part of the Majura Festival on October 24. Wasu Ingrid Bean was assisted by Wasu Michael O’Connor and ran the demonstration, which pleased not only the audience, but also the Festival organisers.

Deborah convinces in Inner Tiger
Deborah convinces in Inner Tiger
Breaking down the First Short Forms of the Tiger
Breaking down the First Short Forms of the Tiger
Wasu Bean with her successful public break - well done!
Wasu Bean with her successful public break - well done!

Less than two weeks after returning from the US, Master Hardy and several of his students put on another demonstration – this one in Civic on November 17, as part of the Groovin’ in the City Programme. They entertained the audience with many spectacular elements of Pai Lum, and included some of the techniques they learned in the States.

Master Hardy defends against a good sharp knife
Master Hardy defends against a good sharp knife
The demonstration team
The demonstration team

Fire Dragon welcomed home the Instructors and students who had visited their American cousins on Sunday 22 November . Master Hardy thanked all those who had helped run the Queanbeyan and Ainslie clubs in his absence, and in particular ShrFu Hardy, Sifu Wells, Wasu Bean and Wasu O’Connell, with Elinor Jean and Tara James, who helped set up classes, and run the finances.

Fire Dragon was fortunate that ShrFu Jamie Scuffell, of the Shen Zhou Pai Athletic Association, with four of his Family members, travelled to Canberra in late November to teach a course in White Crane Kung Fu. Not only did Shr Fu Scuffell teach Fire Dragon students forms and Shaking Crane techniques, they took time and considerable effort to pass on to Shr Fu Neal Hardy an increased understanding of how to generate internal energy.

Shr Fu Scuffell greatly honoured Shr Fu Hardy by awarding him membership of the Shen Zhou Pai Athletic Association.

Shr Fu Scuffell and his White Crane Family Members (front) with course participants
Shr Fu Scuffell and his White Crane Family Members (front) with course participants

Before ending the year, Master Hardy announced the 2008 Niket Rewal Award for devotion to the Way of the White Dragon, to Calvin Chelin. Master Hardy apologised that he had been unable to have the Award prepared before, and noted that Calvin had continued to work hard in understanding the Way.

Calvin Chelin - the winner of the 2008 Niket Rewal Award
Calvin Chelin - the winner of the 2008 Niket Rewal Award

A very busy and productive year was celebrated at the annual Christmas Dinner, on December 18. Master Hardy was pleased at the good attendance, with students often bringing their friends and relatives – part of the extended Pai Lum Family. He presented the 2009 Niket Rewal award to Elinor Jean. Master Hardy also recognized the contributions and training effort from Tara James, Scott Savage, and Mitchell Gould. A good end to a productive year!

2009 Award winners - Scott Savage; Elinor Jean (Niket Rewal Award), Mitchell Gould, and Tara James
2009 Award winners - Scott Savage; Elinor Jean (Niket Rewal Award), Mitchell Gould, and Tara James

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