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The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA) is excited to present the third Annual Chinese Culture Festival September 20-28, 2014 in Tucson, AZ. This year is the tenth anniversary of the establishment of Confucius Institutes around the world. We will join other Confucius Institutes to hold a Confucius Institute Day as the opening of the 2014 CIUA Chinese Culture Festival. Special lectures on Chinese concepts of time and on Confucius as an historical figure will be presented by faculty from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. The theme of this year’s Festival is “Health Promotion and Wellness.” In addition to our annual language competition, culture exhibition, concert, and Chinese martial arts demonstration, we will present a special Chinese food therapy dinner lecture, a professional workshop on traditional Chinese medicine, and a lecture on acupuncture and health by faculty from leading universities of Chinese medicine in China. Tucsonans are guaranteed a rich cultural experience; Last year, over 3000 Arizonans participated in the CIUA Chinese Culture Festival.
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On Friday, Roadrunner Elementary School, in the Marana Unified School District, celebrated its 30th year anniversary with an assembly in the morning and a community carnival in the evening.
It is one of the ugly facts of the sporting world that cheating athletes have the legacy of various leagues across the country. In the 1990’s, Major League Baseball’s steroid scandal sparked controversy over one of the otherwise most exciting homerun eras in baseball history. In the present day, the NFL has been straining in attempts to clean up after the backlash of concussion and head trauma research discoveries. It would seem only natural that the world’s fastest growing sport, Mixed Martial Arts, would have to deal with similar problems. However, thanks to a recent Nevada State Athletic Commission ruling, the sport of MMA is well on its way to a becoming a clean sport.
The martial arts club at Roadrunner Elementary School put on a performance during the school’s 30th anniversary celebration last week.
Roadrunner Elementary School’s martial arts club performs.
The University of Arizona will host the Chinese New Year Festival on Saturday, featuring Chinese music ensembles, martial arts masters and Chinese folk dance groups.
Presented by the Confucius Institute at the UA and the Tucson Sino Choir, the Jan. 25 event – the largest of its kind in the state – will be held at 2 p.m. at the UA's Centennial Hall.
More than 2,000 people are expected to attend and more than 200 performers from 15 local, statewide and international groups will present Chinese music, dances, songs, martial arts, tai chi, folk arts, acrobatics, Peking Opera selections and more.
"It has become a tradition for the CIUA to host the Chinese New Year show here in Tucson," Zhao Chen, co-director of the CIUA, said of the UA's Chinese New Year Festival, also known as the Spring Festival.
"The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona is committed to serving the Tucson community’s interest in learning about Chinese language and culture," Chen said.
Directed by CIUA senior program coordinator Larry Lang, the fifth annual festival will combine Chinese melody with jazzy accents with performances by the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and the UA Jazz Band, led by UA pianist and conductor Jeff Haskell.
"Sharing our cultures will create better understandings between communities and improve the community, providing individuals with a global view," Lang said. "A global view will make our next generation and the generations to come ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century."
Chen said he hopes the festival will be a bridge between Chinese and American culture. One such highlight of the festival is a grand chorus of singing groups from Tucson and Phoenix, which will create a fusion of the East and the West.
The 2014 Chinese New Year is Jan. 31, heralding the Year of the Horse.
"Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in Chinese culture and has over 4,000 years in history," said Lang, also the Tucson Sino Choir's music director.
"It is the time for families and friends to be gathering with songs, dance and of course, the delicious food, to celebrate the New Year's arrival with new hope," he said. "If you have never been in China, this is a unique opportunity for you to have a Chinese experience right here in Tucson."
Celebrating the Chinese New Year’s festival in Arizona is back again in Centennial Hall.
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December is a special month. Not only is it special due to all the holidays, goodies, and fun, but for our organization it is time for our semi-annual black belt test. Every six months we travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join all of our sister schools in this three day event. Master Bruce Davis, and Master Phil Gilbert, our organizational leaders, put their all into making each test unique and memorable every time. Each portion of the black belt test is designed to challenge the candidates to their limits, mentally, physically, and spiritually. This go around we have four of our junior students testing, and they have all worked so hard to get to where they are. Three junior first degrees, and a junior second degree.
Karate is more than just kicking and punching, it can be a way of life. Our family has been training together for 11 years, and we have all grown so much. We like to think that karate is the reason we all are so close today. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we have been thinking about things we are thankful for. Our family is thankful for the common ground that karate has given us. We are thankful for the part we play in all our students' lives in teaching them something that has touched us so much. Martial artists come from all walks of life. We have police officers, nurses, firemen, engineers, military, teachers, and the list could go on! We love that karate can be a hobby, lifestyle, or activity that can bring everyone together.
They call it a sport for barbarians, human cockfighting, and a return to the gladiatorial games of Rome, making it all the more shocking that a growing portion of Mixed Martial Arts’ most brave and exciting stars are women. This is the first year in which the biggest promotion in the sport, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has allowed women to compete in their mammoth global league. In the wake of the new business move, the UFC was faced with the predicament of finding ways to market female fighters. Without building a fan base and earning respect, it would seem that women’s MMA would be doomed to a similar fate as that of the struggling WNBA. Luckily for the fighters, marketing itself is one of the UFC’s strongest qualities.
One thing we like to stress in our school is that anyone can do karate. Over our years of teaching we have seen remarkable things happen from the people you would least expect. We’ve taught children and adults of all abilities. Not only have we worked with students with learning disabilities, we have also been able to work through several language barriers. We’ve worked with children who speak Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, German, and even sign language! We don’t care what the challenge or the concern; we enjoy working with people and helping them to understand that they are capable of greatness, no matter what.
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It was in January of 2011 that the lights at Tucson’s North Side Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu were first switched on for business. At the time, the gym was a fledgling dream of owner and brown belt Jiu-Jitsu instructor Sean Huff. Huff is as homegrown as it gets, graduating from Salpointe Catholic High School and attending the UofA where he walked on as a football player. Six years prior to his venture into owning a martial arts gym, tragedy struck Huff’s family when his sister, Sam Huff, gave her life in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This sent the Tucson native on a new life course. He became a man on a mission, determined to pave paths to truth, happiness, and a more fruitful life.
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When a character in a film speaks the line, “I didn’t see that coming,” but they are the only one in the theater that didn’t, then you know the movie is in trouble. That’s the problem with Red 2, the sequel to the film about retired CIA agents who not-so-reluctantly end up back in action; it’s as bland as a senior citizen’s bowl of oatmeal and as predictable as the subsequent bowel movement.
Two middleweight Mixed Martial Arts kingpins came to blows on Saturday, July 6 at UFC 162. The defending champion, Anderson “The Spider” Silva, entered the Octagon with all the prowess of a god. Nobody had beaten him in seven years. He was unanimously the greatest fighter ever to live. The Brazilian was untouchable, unmatched, and usually had his opponents solved like a puzzle and defeated long before they even realized it. UFC 162’s main event began the same way nearly all of Silva’s entertaining battles have. The Spider toyed with his prey like a cat with a mouse, taunting the young New Jersey born challenger, Chris Weidman. Anderson moved in a way that is unparalleled in the sport, fashioning himself in the likeness of a perfect fusion between Muhammad Ali and Michael Jackson. He danced, he laughed, he poked his chin in the air and dared Weidman to take a swing. The challenger obliged, meeting his mark and landing a blow that caused the Champion to chuckle as if Weidman had just done something cute.
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