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Nexus
11-07-2001, 07:48 AM
The ta'i chi spring festival will be happening in 2002 at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I will be providing date/times soon, for any whom are interested in traveling up to the great land of Alaska to learn from some of the greatest taijiquan players as well as share and learn from the many practitioners here in Alaska.

To name just a "few" of those who will be here: Master Liang, Shou-Yu, who is an expert in taijiquan and has written a book titled "Tai Chi Chuan". You can find his bio at http://www.ymaa.com/AuthorBioPages/mliangbio.html
Master Liang as I was told today just confirmed so we will be very excited to welcome him here and learn as much as we can from this amazing martial artist.

Almanzo "Lao Ma" Lamoureux, M.A. will also be here, from the Magic Tortoise taijiquan School. Website: http://www.magictortoise.com/

Also Warren Pretlow, who is local to Alaska.

There will be others as well, and I will add to this thread as I get names & more information. I will try to share as much as possible about what classes will be offered during the festival, and some of the great stuff that we gain from it. Hopefully we will get a fair amount of photos also so we can post those on the web for all to see.

Of course everyone is invited, and if you would like more information feel free to email me, I believe my email is in my profile and if it is not beng@bored.com will reach me.

The dates/times/seminars/classes will be posted in this thread, look forward to hearing from you and feel free to post questions/comments.

- Nexus

shang wu
12-11-2004, 04:21 PM
Shang wu farms will hold a spring CMA festival March 10-13, guest instructors will be Master Li Enjiu Chen style Taiji, push hands and Praying mantis, Master Chen Zhonghua Chen style Taiji, push hands , Art D’Agostino Chen Taiji, Praying mantis, and spear

Three Harmonies
12-12-2004, 06:25 AM
Where is this held at? Any Praying Mantis going to be taught?
Jake

TaiChiBob
12-12-2004, 11:25 AM
Greetings..

Just a note of support.. Art is a gifted and sincere practitioner of the Arts.. his talent alone is worth the price of admission, but with other presenters this is a real treat.. (Thanks, Art)

Be well..

shang wu
12-13-2004, 04:57 AM
The festival will have a variety of classes going on that will include Chen Taiji (Hong style practical method), push hands, Taiji plum flower praying mantis, and two handed sword. There will also be lecture and discussion.
Shang wu farm is located on 11 acres of picturesque land with ponds majestic oaks and grazing horses, located just east of Tampa in plant city. Our goal is to provide a place of natural beauty to immerse your self in the practice of Taiji, kung fu & Zen meditation.
Shang wu farm offers group & private training ,workshops, live in intensive training, and retreat facilities, all dedicated to the love of the arts.

ironfenix
03-01-2005, 08:13 PM
Is anyone else going to the spring festival at Shang Wu farms with Master Art D'Agostino? Master Arthur will be doing a 3 day intensive seminar. It will be fantastic and I recommend it to anyone regardless of skill. Has anyone else trained with Art Laoshi before?

Metal Mantis
03-02-2005, 08:43 AM
I have not had the pleasure of training with Art D Lao Shr.... I have, however, heard a great deal of him.... Where is Shang Wu? When is it? What is the cost?

ironfenix
03-02-2005, 10:24 AM
Shang Wu farms is about 13 acres of beautiful land with tall trees, grazing horses, lakes, the works. Its out of Plant City florida. Go to shangwufarms.com for more info. Last time I went it was drizzling and we meditated in front of this lake of his. Very relaxing. Where are you out of metal? Oh yeah the seminar is not this friday but the next. Friday,saturday, sunday.

Metal Mantis
03-02-2005, 12:33 PM
I am in Nashville, a student of Yu Shans..... Man, I wish I could attend.... A bit too far and a bit too short of notice... Enjoy it for me and best of wishes... Train well, Peace.............

yu shan
03-02-2005, 02:18 PM
Good to see you posting. How is your hand healing?

If you cannot make it down for his festival, I`m sure he will have more soon. Shifu Art is very open for people coming in anyway, just make sure he is in town. Take care...

Jack Squat
03-03-2005, 08:51 PM
I have had the pleasure of training with Sifu Art. He is top notch.

Does anyone have any details regarding the Spring Festival, as far as breakdown of what is going to occur on each day?

ironfenix
03-04-2005, 10:19 AM
I don't know the exact breakdown of when he will be teaching what. I know he will be doing a two handed gim form and some taiji plum flower mantis and hong style practical method chen Taiji and some push hands. The two handed gim form is a shaolin temple bad guy form. Really cool. I am particularly interested in the push hands.

Jack Squat
03-07-2005, 04:21 PM
I'm trying to contact Art in order to get details. The number I have for him in no longer active. Could someone please PM me with his phone number? (The website does not have a "contact us" option).

Thanks!

ironfenix
03-07-2005, 08:13 PM
Jack
Email Sifu Art at shangwufarms@hotmail.com for the details. Me and my kung fu brother are flying out from texas. I had heard about him for years and when the opportunity came up to train with him man you just have to go with it.

Jack Squat
03-08-2005, 10:28 AM
ironfenix,

Thanks for the info!

So you are able to make the trip? Fantastic! You are in for an amazing experience. Sifu Art is a fantastic martial artist and a wonderful person, plus he's quite a character. You will enjoy..........

Hopefully I'll see you there!

Jack

TaiChiBob
03-09-2005, 07:14 AM
Greetings..

Not only have i trained with Art, i consider him a friend as well.. he is knowledgable, capable and good at transmitting the knowledge.. and, if that's not enough, he's personable and has a good sense of humor.. The Farm is excellent for training, and i hope to make it over.. i was disappointed to hear Master Li couldn't make it, but i understand the politics.. my attendance will be mitigated by a sinus rot that is currently attacking me, and the unfortunate relocation of my classes.. but, if good intentions pay-off, i'll see you-all at Art's

Be well..

ironfenix
03-14-2005, 06:15 PM
I just came back from a 3 day intensive with master Art D'Agostino. It was awesome! This man is an open book when it comes to internal martial arts. To start off with Shang Wu Farms is about 13 acres of some of the nicest country you will find with lakes and horses. The location alone allows for the student to immerse themselves in a state of relaxation and calmness (it was worth just for the vacation). Add to the location the years of training and knowledge of master arthur, who practices the style of Chen Taiji practical method of Hong Jun Sheng. It was very informative. I practiced techniques from the form and then what I really liked was he explained and drilled how to apply the techniques in push hands. Wicked Stuff. Wicked Workout. I highly recommend Art Laoshi to anyone wanting to take an awesome seminar, not matter what your style or skill level.

israel

shrub
03-15-2005, 06:26 AM
Is this a commercial?

ironfenix
03-15-2005, 10:12 AM
Nah, man, this isn't a commercial. I had an awesome time and wanted to let everyone know about it. By the way the form that we worked on was I Lu. Is there any tai chi or push hands competitions in texas?

GeneChing
02-05-2015, 11:27 AM
...they are all dated as they are seminar announcements, but I thought I'd do the merge anyway, just because I really wanted to post this:



Chinese tech company offers night with Japanese porn star as year-end bonus (http://online.thatsmags.com/post/chinese-tech-company-offers-night-with-japanese-porn-star-as-year-end-bonus)

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04 Feb 2015
Ryan Kilpatrick

Spring Festival/Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and with only two weeks to go before the biggest date on the Chinese calendar, employees nationwide are turning their thoughts to the enduring promise of a new year bonus that'll make all their hard work worthwhile.

Thanks to a viral story that's been making the rounds online recently, however, everyone who doesn't work at Baidu, Alibaba, 360, Xiaomi or Tencent is seething with jealousy.

"Web Companies Annual Meeting Gift List 2015 (Confidential)" claims to enumerate all the possible awards that await the best and the brightest from these tech firms if they've performed exceptionally over the past year.

In amongst all the sports cars and all-expenses-paid holidays on offer, however, one item on the list caught netizens' eyes more than any other: a night with famous the Japanese porn star known simply as JULIA.

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Beijing-based Qihoo 360 is supposedly offering its best employees a night with the busty 27-year-old AV actress as the the very highest of its "Special Grade Awards," nestled between a five-day trip to Bali and a Porsche 911.

The star of such unforgettable classics as J-Cup Super Boobs, Jumbo Breast Teacher and Tit Slave, JULIA has a massive following in China, where she's lauded as "the Lin Chi-ling of porn," referencing the 40-year-old Taiwanese actress cum model who continues to be voted the "Most Beautiful Goddess" in the Chinese world.

Although the story is almost certainly untrue, however, the fact neither 360 nor any of the other companies exposed in the story have deemed to issue denials means that it'll die hard. Editors over at Xinhua, meanwhile, are presumably wishing they tried a lot harder at math and sciences back in their school days.


[Image via Oriental Daily]

GeneChing
02-05-2015, 11:58 AM
...but not nearly as fun


Chinese Embassy in Astana Hosts Spring Festival Gala (http://www.astanatimes.com/2015/02/chinese-embassy-astana-hosts-spring-festival-gala/)
By Yelden Sarybay in Society on 4 February

ASTANA – The Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan held a theatrical gala concert titled, “The Happy Spring Festival” on Jan. 30 at the Palace of Peace and Harmony.

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Ambassador Zhang Hanhui and Minister Arystanbek Mukhamediuly

“Our countries, which have existed together here on the Silk Road since ancient times, have been inseparable and friendly neighbours for quite some time. Today, we must continue to strengthen our relationship and leave only friendship and kindness for the next generation,” Minister of Culture and Sports Arystanbek Mukhamediuly said during the opening of the concert while wishing everyone a happy holiday.

Ambassador of China to Kazakhstan Zhang Hanhui noted that, “the Happy Spring Festival has brought the people of the two countries closer together and that will pave the way for further cooperation.”

The event included a wu-shu performance and instrumental solos on traditional Chinese instruments like the erhu and suona. Artists from Zhengzhou Theatre of Song and Dance and the Tago Shaolin Martial Arts School staged the performances.

Pupils from the Tago Shaolin Martial Arts School have won international Shaolin Kung Fu tournaments. They were also invited to perform at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens, at the opening ceremony of the World Special Olympics 2013, the Asian Games and the opening and closing of the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Zhengzhou Theatre of Dance and Song is a professional artistic team operated by the Chinese government and has repeatedly been awarded the Lotus Dance Prize. The dance group performed a spectacular swan dance, a fan dance and colourful folk dances.

Present at the event were officials from Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry, Director of the National Museum Darkhan Mynbai and foreign dignitaries based in Kazakhstan. More than 1,300 people attended the event celebrating the traditional Chinese New Year. Tickets started at 500 tenge (US$2.70).

The Chinese Embassy presented the citizens of Kazakhstan with books on the Chinese traditional Spring Festival and geological knowledge about China.

Chunjie, or the spring festival, is the most solemn traditional festival in China. It symbolises tranquility, harmony, happiness, prosperity and all that is beautiful. People traditionally make New Year’s wishes.

The art troupe will stage four more performances in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

More on TagoU here. (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?23563-Tagou)