Events at Monk Wise Academy
Monk Wise is not just another martial arts school. Indeed we have a way, a style, a culture all our own. We have an atmosphere for different individuals to participate and learn the most respected of styles while simultaneously experiencing the culture and traditions of an ancient art and discipline in a modern world. Here is a list of the main events we offer throughout the year. We invite you to join us!
Animal Clinics are designed to increase awareness and skill levels in the various animal forms/styles of Traditional Gongfu. They are also great for developing added skills and enjoying a personal challenge. Clinics are divided into four separate levels. Students will learn a very specific animal form along with the traditional names for the movements, history of the animal style, style specific training methods and attacking and defensive patterns associated with the style. The fifth level is an actual test on all of the information, which is a pass/fail event. The current animal styles offered at Monk Wise clinics are:
Monkey, Dragon, Leopard, Snake, Eagle, Tiger, Mantis, and Crane.
There are numerous weapons used in Chinese Martial Arts. To read more about the different types of weapons click here: We cover many different types of weapons in our clinics. Clinics are a great way to familiarize yourself with the many varying weapon styles. Weapons are a part of life and becoming familiar with them helps to remove their stereotypes. We need to see them as tools instead of instruments of destruction. Our clinics are designed to expose students to weapons of all types and provide background on their uses. We teach techniques that vary in difficulty so those who have previous experience will gain a deeper understanding of the weapon’s purpose, history and application.
Empty Hand Clinics
“The school that plays together, stays together.”
Each year during the Summer we take a trip to nature, where we can learn, play and spend time getting to know each other outside the studio. It is a unique opportunity to get to know your instructors as well. There are a variety of activities for everyone to participate in and if you have the energy you can try them all. It is also a nice opportunity to relax and enjoy the break from your busy lifestyle. If you can only attend one event all year, this should probably be the one. Students who attend talk about the Summer Retreat throughout the year and are always looking forward to the next one.
Chinese New Year Celebration
Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, falls on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month. It is traditionally celebrated with a lion dance, which our performance team will gladly dance. The Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals on the Chinese calendar. It usually includes a complete household cleaning and reuniting with family.
Moon festival is a harvest festival celebrated in September or October every year. The exact date is the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. We usually celebrate the holiday by learning a special form outside of Szechuan Gardens, sharing in an activity like calligraphy, and having a meal together. Mooncakes are the traditional dessert that are eaten at Moon Festival. They are meant to be shared, so they are a little big at about 4 inches in diameter and 1 1/2 inches tall. There are several traditional flavors fillings including lotus seed paste, sweet bean paste, jujube paste, and five kernel.
Here at Monk Wise, we are very proud of being connected to our roots. A few times a year we invite guest experts to come and teach our students techniques or forms that might not otherwise be included in the curriculum. These guests often include our Grand Master Lien-Shun Huang and Master Su Tong Yu, who specializes in nine section staff. We look forward to invite other guests to teach in the future.