Category Archives: Martial Arts

Redwood City Lunar New Year Celebration – Redwood City, 2/4/12

Redwood City Lunar New Year Festival

“Join us for this Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Dragon! Lion Dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, Martial Arts, Kids Arts & Zodiac Themed Crafts, Food, Inflatable Playland & More! FREE!

The San Mateo County Historical Museum program will include:

* Free Admission to the History Museum (All day) Children’s Crafts in the Rotunda will include activities such as a miniature dragon kites and lucky red envelopes,
* Listen to the Erhu – traditional Chinese version of the violin, performed by Ms. Mei Xuan, an Erhu virtuoso
* Short talk given by Mr. Nan Su, New Tang Dynasty TV (Channel 32) news commentator.
* Chinese Classical Arts presentation”

OACC Lunar New Year Festival – 2/4/12, Oakland

OACC Lunar New Year Festival

“Join Oakland Asian Cultural Center as we celebrate the Year of the Dragon with cultural performances, arts & crafts for the kids and workshops for the whole family! This event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Make a Japanese Paper Doll, create a Year of the Dragon Mask, build a Korean kite and more! Your youth will get a fun, hands-on experience on how various Asian cultures celebrate and ring in the Lunar New Year!

A showcasing of Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s amazing students and teaching artists! Featuring cultural music, dance and martial arts of China, Japan, Philippines, India, Korea, Okinawa, and Mongolia!”

The 3rd Annual Irvine Korean Festival – Irvine, 1/14/12

3rd Annual Irvine Korean Festival

“The Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival is an event designed to commemorate Korean immigration to the United States, which began in 1903. The festival also represents an opportunity to celebrate and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions with the broader Irvine community and Orange County. The Festival is a culture-filled extravaganza replete with fine Korean cuisine, games, art, music, and entertainment.”

Some highlights of the festival (link to the complete festival schedule here):

Korean Fan Dance
Korean Drum Dances
Tae Kwon Do
Kimchi making demonstration and other Korean cuisine
Korean Brush Painting
Han Bok (Traditional Korean Clothing)
Korean Paper Crafts

Oshogatsu New Year Celebration in Little Tokyo – 1/1/12, LA

Happy new year, everybody! Thank you for supporting us and really helping us grow in 2011! Here’s our first post for 2012!

Oshogatsu New Year Celebration

Holiday Mixer with Eskabo Daan “Filipino Martial Arts in the Mainstream” – SF, 12/7/11

Holiday Mixer with Eskabo Daan

“ESKABO Daan is a Filipino Martial Art which has been integrated with aspects of many other martial arts. At first E.S.K.A.B.O started off as an acronym ( Escrima, Serrada, Kali , Arnis, Boxing & Jeet Kune Do).

The mission of Eskabo Daan is to envision and create a global arena where humble minded martial artists who are passionate about promoting and perpetuating the Filipino martial arts, can gather and have an exchange of knowledge and ideas in the absence of financial or political obligations.

We at Eskabo have a desire to share our knowledge and understanding of the unique history and culture of our integrated Filipino martial arts system to as many people as possible.

Special Demo by ESKABO Daan Team

Wed., Dec. 7, 2011
6 PM to 8:30 PM
The Summit
780 Valencia @ 19th San Francisco

More info:

We hope you can join us for another exciting evening of exchanging new ideas, creating new connections and also sharing some of the holiday spirit with us.”

  • WHERE: The Summit
    780 Valencia @ 19th San Francisco
  • WHEN: Wednesday, 12/7/11, 6-8:30pm
  • HOW MUCH: $10 for non-YFPA members; free for YFPA members

Spotlight on classes: City of Claremont offers Filipino martial arts!

Did you know that? We certainly had no idea!

“Inland Empire Filipino Martial Arts (IEFMA) is your source for Sayoc Kali, Atienza Kali and Lacoste-Inosanto Filipino Martial Arts in Southern California’s Inland Empire.  IEFMA provides instruction in edged, impact and flexible weaponry as well as their unarmed compliments.  Commonly known as Kali, Eskrima or Arnis the Filipino Martial Arts encompass combative strategies and tactics born from centuries of combat, by Filipinos and Filipino Americans.  IEFMA is a Sayoc LA training group, and strives to continue developing and producing the capable individuals that Sayoc LA has fostered throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. ”

More information:

LA – Drop-in voice and hip hop classes now being offered

Teada is now offering DROP IN classes for VOICE BOX and HIP HOP AND COMBAT! RSVP or inquire at

Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival – LA, 7/9/11 – 7/10/11

Hompa Hongwanji Obon Festival

“A festival with ethnic foods, games, BINGO, cultural exhibits, martial arts demonstrations, folk dancing (public invited to participate).
Stage Entertainment: MC Rodney Kageyama…. Nishi Center Kids, Ha-Aloha Polynesian Dancers, LA Matsuri Daiko, Jerry Kamei Jazz Band, San Fernando Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Choir, Music by Sunset Silhouette, Matsutoyo Kai, Taiko Project, Nippon Minyo Hoshuju Kai, Miyuki Matsunaga (geta dancer)”

Annual Obon Festival – San Fernando Valley, 6/25/11-6/26/11

Obon Festival

“Delicious foods such as Udon, Teriyaki , Sushi, Chinese Chicken Salad, and Fresh Roasted Corn on the Cob, Gyoza, Chili Rice, baked goods are some of the foods which will be available for purchase.
Demonstrations of Judo, Karate, Kendo and Tea Ceremony will be held. Festival-type games, exhibits of calligraphy/Sumi-E, and schoolwork completed by Japanese School Students will be featured on both days. As a special treat, LA Matsuri Taiko will be giving a special performance/demonstration during the Ondo break on Saturday.
After the demonstrations, please join in the Bon Odori dances. Bon dances are dances of joy so age or looks or experience should not inhibit anyone from entering the circle of dancers!”

A Day with the Kung Fu Masters: Panel discussion and martial arts demonstration – 5/22/11

Grandmaster Jiang Hao-Quan

“Examine the tradition and evolution of martial arts in contemporary society. One-of-a-kind opportunity to observe kung fu masters discuss and demonstrate kung fu, and discover the mind-body connections of martial arts, the philosophies involved and their application in everyday life. Featuring Thai Chi, Shaolin, Wudang Song Xi, Ba Gua, Xing Yi and Miao Dao kung fu!

Special guests:
95 year old Grandmaster Jiang Hao-Quan has over 70 years of martial arts teaching experience and is specialized in Chinese and Western boxing and the classical weapons. Mr. Jiang is known as Chinese boxing king and defeated over ten boxing masters from China, England, United States of America, Russia and Portugal in the 1940’s. He was appointed the Head Coach of China’s Zhongnanhai Central Guards in the 1980’s and was called the coach of the contemporary “Forbidden Corps.”

Master Wang Zhi-Hai, visiting professor from China, is specialized in pi-gua fist, green dragon fist, staff and miao-dao (Chinese Long Saber). He has won numerous national and provincial championships and is the honorary president of the World Martial Arts Research Association and an official top-tier national martial arts judge in China. Master Wang has also published several books on martial arts.”