China Town Trip

Hello All,

The Atado Club went to China Town on Saturday July 18th. We had a great time in perfect weather in a surprisingly empty city. The PanAm games must have drawn people away!

Atado in China Town - 23 July 15

Atado in China Town – 23 July 15

Shifu Ron guided the tour with unexpected timing precision! The group of cars arrived in the selected parking lot within a few minutes, we caught the subway to downtown and had time to roam the first set of stores. Then it was time for a delicious lunch of Dim Sum.

China Town Dim Sum Lunch

China Town Dim Sum Lunch

In good Shaolin Tradition Shifu Victor did not pass up any opportunity to learn and share wisdom. We had some engaging discussions!

Shifu Victor explains foundations of Shaolin philosophy

Shifu Victor explains foundations of Shaolin philosophy

Afterwards we wandered around some more and visited Dao Shi in the Shaolin Temple in Toronto. Dao Shi’s club has recently moved and has major construction, but we were impressed with his new facilities and future plans. We will certainly have to visit again.

The remaining stores and Bubble Tea were tackled next. Nobody can say Shaolin don’t know how to have fun…

Much later than I anticipated, a happy crew travelled back to the parking lot – not missing the opportunity to help a damsel in distress that was quickly and happily reunited with her family – and departed for home to arrive around 8:30 pm. As long as your car could make it (you know who you are 🙂 – hope CAA covered you!),  this was a great 12h trip.

I enjoyed this outing very much (it was the first I participated in), especially the fun company. I look forward to our next trip, where-ever it may take us!

 

Cherry Pie Finished…

On July 4th Atado showed up in full force at the Cherry Park Festival to demonstrate Shaolin Kung Fu to an unsuspecting audience.

Shifu Justin and Shi Nicolas give trial lessons at the Cherry Park Festival

Shifu Justin and Shi Nicolas give trial lessons at the Cherry Park Festival

We had our demo “on stage” at 11-12 and put on an impressive show. Basic eight and crisp hand forms impressed the audience.  Weapons gleamed in the sun. Staff hits cracked the air. Under-layed with music and backed by nice weather this was awesome to watch.

The show was a bit under-visited (due to the fact that the festival had just opened and we were the first act) but we had a lot of interest and fun around our table afterwards. Our Tai-Chi group, lead by Shifu Victor, staged ad-hoc demonstrations and lessons.

Shifu Victor leads a Tai-Chi Class at the Cherry Park Festival

Shifu Victor leads an ad-hoc Tai-Chi lesson at the Cherry Park Festival

Our Kung Fu members demonstrated their skills in singles and groups and our parents handed out cookies and flyers to interested bystanders. Many visitors tested their first weapons practice and Shi Nicolas demonstrated the various weapons forms all afternoon.

We received substantial interest even by the press and television. A photographer from the Waterloo Chronicle as well as a private enthusiast captured Shi Nicolas in action while a CTV camera was trained on several of our blackbelts for some action-ladden footage. I set out a spotter’s reward for a copy of any of us published anywhere by and for anyone!

Shifu Karen presents a hand form to the CTV camera man at the Cherry Park festival

Shifu Karen presents a hand form to the CTV camera man at the Cherry Park festival

With all this activity we can hopefully look forward to some new visitors to the club.

Thank You all for your participation and the great show!