Newsletter - 1st January 2015
News From Fire Dragon Australia
NEWS FROM 2014
As usual, the National Multicultural Festival on 8 -9 February opened Fire Dragon Australia's public appearances, and was a good opportunity for students and instructors to start serious practice for the year. The demonstration on Saturday 8th started with a fire break by Sifu Stephen Wells, and 11 students and other Instructors worked with Grand Master Hardy to bring Pai Lum to an appreciative audience. A good selection of forms and defences were shown, finishing with more breaking by Grand Master Hardy.
The Sunday demonstration was a more elaborate affair - Fire Dragon was warmly welcomed by the Chinese community, and awarded the prized spot of last performer. Grand Master Hardy commenced with Chi Gung exercises with his students, and the audience, and then everyone got busy! 15 students and Instructors were on stage with their Teacher; Sifu Elinor Jean drumming and also in the thick of action. Beginners joined Seniors; Sifu Wells led the breakdown of Dragon Dance for the first time. 2 man forms, self defences, and a weapons skit (with live weapons) entertained the audience, and Grand Master Hardy cut a melon off Wasu O'Connor's stomach with a very sharp katana, finishing with a serious concrete break, and hundreds of kilos of concrete broken on his chest while on a bed of nails. A good work out for all!
Fire Dragon students and teachers enjoyed lunches and dinners together, just to enjoy Family company - in March, June, and on 11 October. Just good to eat and talk together.
On 30 November, Fire Dragon helped out at the Wanniassa School Fair with a demonstration. Warm day, and scant grass, but everyone did well. A good lesson, however, in fixing directions to ensure forms start and finish facing the same way!
Fire Dragon's annual Christmas Dinner was held on 20 December, at the Dickson Dumpling House. There was a good turn-out, excellent food, and very good cheer! Grand Master Hardy announced the winner of the 2014 Niket Rewal Award for excellence in following the way of the White Dragon, which was given to Jack, the youngest person to have earned it. He shows great promise, as a young person, as a Martial Arts student.