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CALLING ALL CENTRAL FLORIDA MARTIAL ARTISTS: You are cordially challenged to attend this summer’s 16th Annual International Chinese Martial Arts Tournament!

On the weekend of July 11-13th, the largest Chinese Martial Arts Championship in North America is coming to the Orlando area. The event will be held at the gracious Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. Taking place in our own ‘back yard’, this event is the crown jewel of the entire global International Chinese Martial Arts Tournament Circuit & is...

Galloping in Style at the St. Patrick’s Night Parade

Rough Riders’ St. Patrick’s night parade
SACA (Suncoast Association of ChineseAmericans) dragon boat team celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 15, 2014 by participating in the Rough Riders’ St. Patrick’s night parade in downtown Ybor City (Tampa), Florida. This St. Patrick’s night parade was the largest in the southeast region. It’s like New Orleans style Mardi Gras in Florida! Over 20,000 people crowed downtown Ybor City...

The Power of the Dragon: Bridging a Gap

Dueling Dragons
Founded in 2011, The Dueling Dragons of Orlando Dragon Boat Team (aka “Cops and Kids”) is an unlikely partnership between at-risk teens and officers from the Orlando Police Department who have joined together to become a one-of-akind, competitive, year-round racing team. The Kids come from the City of Orlando’s Operation Positive Direction, Parramore Kidz Zone, and the Orlando Parks...

2nd Annual Walgreens Space Coast Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo

This is the 2nd annual dragon boat festival in Space Coast and it has grown bigger and bigger with more than twenty teams competing in three different divisions. Part of this annual event includes a great festival on-land for colleagues, friends and family to take part in. With free admission for spectators, they will be able to enjoy a variety...

Puff – one of the strongest teams in South Florida

Puff Dragon Boat Team
Puff is a competitive dragon boat team based in Miami since 2003.  This team has seen a steady rise over recent years, and through ongoing hard work and perseverance, is now the reigning champion in both women’s and mixed divisions at the prestigious Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival, among other events.  Puff had 9 members on the latest incarnation...

Asian American Night at the Amway Center 2014

AACC Magic Night
Photos: C.K. Lau (To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) On March 5, 2014, the Orlando Magic hosted Asian American Night at the Amway Center  when the Magic played the Houston Rockets.  The Asian Community was well represented by Jeremy Lin of the Rockets. Jimmy Missouri, Account Executive with the Orlando Magic played a big part in coordinating this event along...

Two Triumphs in February ~Stars from the Land of Rising Sun~ Kei Nishikori 錦織圭 Kurumi Nara 奈良くるみ

Kei Nishikori 錦織圭
On February 16, 2014, Kei Nishikori  錦織圭  of Japan defeated Ivo Karlovic of Croatia to decide the 2014 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (Memphis, TN) with scores of 6-4 and 7-6. He is the reigning champion for the second year running. Nishikori commented “this tournament was mine to win. And although the opponents were lower ranked, they were all very...

Mukushin-ryu Kacchu Kumitachi Seminar

Mukushin-ryu Kacchu Kumitachi Seminar
On Nov. 2 the Rising Sun Dojo held their annual Mukushin-ryu Bujutsu Seminar at the Shindai Dojo in Orlando. This year the seminar was kacchu kumitachi – sword combat while in full armor. Teaching the seminar was Ohashi Kenshin, sensei – 15th generation souke (headmaster) of Mukushin-ryu Bujutsu, and the head of Wasaka Ichiryo Gashuka no Kai-a group dedicated to the restoration and preservation of authentic samurai armor (yoroi). Ohashi sensei, along...

Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival breaks the record

CHARGE Dragon Boat team
Photos: Vu Nguyen, Michael Weis, John Chung, Peter Lau, Marty Fries and C.K. Lau (To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) Walgreens International Dragon Boat Festival started with less than 40 dragon boat teams six years ago. It reached record high of 86 dragon boat teams this year. The festival continues with Friday Night Race which attracted close to 40 teams. This two-day Walgreens Orlando...

Wah Lum Kung Fu Temple 33rd Anniversary Kung Fu Exhibition

Wah Lum Kung Fu
Photos: C.K. Lau (To view the photo album, visit www.facebook.com/asiatrend) The Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Temple of Orlando celebrated its 33rd anniversary with the community on November 2nd at the Colonial High School Auditorium. Many masters under Wah Lum Kung Fu system all over the United States came together to demonstrate the finest of Kung Fu that night. Students at different levels were all...
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