Special Events 2018 – 2019

Key:
for adults;
for children (and their parents);
all ages.
Thursday, November 22
morning
Friday, December 7
Winter Holiday Pot-luck Supper
6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, January 9
8-9:15pm
Friday, January 11
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Saturday, January 12
Mobile Blood Drive
9am-1pm
Saturday, January 19
Quarterly Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:30pm
Saturday, January 26
Quarterly Cleanup Day
9am-1pm
Saturday, February 2
11am-2pm
Saturday, February 9
6:30pm
Friday, March 1
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Saturday, March 9
9am
Saturday, March 23
Workshop with Grandmaster Jeff Smith
TBD
Wednesday, April 10
8-9:15pm
Saturday, April 13
Quarterly Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:30pm
Friday, April 19
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Saturday, April 20
Quarterly Cleanup and Spring Landscaping Day
9am-1pm
Saturday, May 4
Tai Chi Workshop in Columbia, SC
9:30am
Saturday, May 11
2-6pm
Saturday, May 18
11am
Saturday, June 8
11am-5pm
Friday, June 14
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Wednesday, July 10
8-9:15pm
Saturday, July 13
Quarterly Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:30pm
Friday, July 19
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Saturday, July 20
Quarterly Cleanup Day
9am-1pm
Friday, July 26
through Jul. 28
Friday, August 9
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Friday, August 16
through Aug 18
Friday, September 13
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Saturday, September 21
Quarterly Cleanup and Maintenance Day
9am-1pm
Saturday, October 12
Quarterly Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:30pm
Wednesday, October 16
through Oct 29
Friday, October 18
Halloween Costume Party
6:30-9pm
Wednesday, November 6
8-9:15pm
Saturday, November 9
9am
Thursday, November 28
morning
Friday, December 6
Winter Holiday Pot-luck Supper
6:30-8:30pm

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday November 22,
morning
All Ages

Join us for a fun celebration and show off your community pride.  The Peaceful Dragon will be marching in the Charlotte Thanksgiving Parade.  We will be taking the Lions and the Dragon.  Please let the front counter know if you would like to join us!

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Meditation Course – Level One

Wednesday January 9,
8-9:15pm
Adults

This 10-week Level One meditation course will be led by Master Sbarge every Wednesday night from 8-9:15pm beginning on January 9th. Discover the traditional Chan (Zen) and Taoist approaches to developing greater focus and awareness, reducing stress and worry, and boosting health and overall happiness. This course will blend both discussion and theory with actual practice. The fee is $149 for the public, $69 for students or family members not in our Mastery program, free for students in our Mastery program. Please register for the course ahead of time at our front counter or by calling us at (704)504-8866. Bring your meditation cushion or bench of choice, or we have some available for purchase or limited numbers that you can borrow.

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Chinese New Year Festival

Saturday February 2,
11am-2pm
All Ages

lionkoThe Peaceful Dragon is hosting its 22nd annual Chinese New Year’s Festival on Saturday, February 2nd, from 11am to 2pm. Admission is just $5 per family, or FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Loaves and Fishes charity.

Fun for the entire family, come celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig! The festival will begin with the colorful ceremonial Lion Dance and Dragon Dance, said to bring good luck to everyone for the coming year. Then throughout the festival you can enjoy exciting demonstrations of Chinese martial arts and health arts including Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Yoga, and performing arts such as traditional Chinese dance and music.

Local experts will be on hand to exhibit various Asian arts and cultural practices such as feng shui, calligraphy, acupuncture and Chinese medicine. There will be a fun game room for kids, a bounce house, plus face painting, arts & crafts and more.

Free introductory mini-classes in tai chi, yoga and kung fu will be offered for both children and adults, and there will be special festival-day discounts to enroll in The Peaceful Dragon’s ongoing classes. Catered Chinese noodles will be available to purchase for lunch.

Additional festival highlights include ongoing raffle drawings and door prizes, and FREE shuttle parking. The festivities are all held indoors so the festival takes place rain or shine.

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Chinese New Year Banquet

Saturday February 9,
6:30pm
All Ages

newyearcorkpopOpen to Peaceful Dragon students and their families, this is the most important event of the year at our school. In accord with wu-de and the customs of a traditional Chinese martial arts and health arts school, this banquet affords our entire martial arts and yoga family the chance to welcome the new year together to show support and bring good luck to each other.

This always-exciting annual banquet includes Student, Disciple and Teacher-level promotions; special awards ceremonies; raffle prizes and more. Family and friends are welcome! The banquet dinner will be catered and held this year right here at The Peaceful Dragon, and will include appetizers, multiple entrees, dessert, and soft drinks. For spirits it’s BYOB.

Tickets will be on sale soon at our front counter on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited and tickets may sell out so don’t wait. Last day for purchase is Wednesday, February 6th – sorry, no exceptions for latecomers.

Adults tickets $49, children 12 and under half price.

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CACMA Tournament

Saturday March 9,
9am
All Ages

Sifu encourages all students to compete or attend the CACMA Queen’s Cup Tournament. There are divisions for all age and skill levels, so even beginners should try. Many of your instructors will be judging the competitions. This is an excellent opportunity to see other schools’ martial arts styles. For more details about the competition including divisions, rules, and pre-registration, please see the official CACMA website at http://mhkungfu.com/CACMA/ .

NOTE: BECAUSE ALL OF OUR INSTRUCTORS AND MOST OF OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PARTICIPATING, THE PEACEFUL DRAGON WILL BE CLOSED FOR CLASSES ON THE DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT.

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Meditation Course – Level Two

Wednesday April 10,
8-9:15pm
Adults

This 10-week Level Two Meditation course will be led by Master Eric Sbarge, head instructor at The Peaceful Dragon, every Wednesday night from 8-9:15pm beginning on April 10th.

Following up on the Introductory Level One course, in this course you will probe more deeply into the traditional Chan (Zen) and Taoist approaches to developing greater focus and awareness, reducing stress and worry, and boosting health and overall happiness. This course will blend both discussion and theory with actual practice.

The fee is $149 for the public, $69 for family members of current students or students not in our Mastery Program, free for all Peaceful Dragon Mastery Program students. Please register for the course ahead of time at our front counter or by calling us at (704)504-8866. Bring your meditation cushion or bench of choice, or we have some available for purchase or limited numbers that you can borrow.

NOTE: The prerequisite for this course is that you have completed our Level One Meditation course, or permission from the instructor if you already have an equivalent consistent seated-meditation practice. To request the permission of the instructor, please email info@thepeacefuldragon.com describing your practice and how many months/years you have been practicing regularly.

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Student Appreciation Barbecue

Saturday May 11,
2-6pm
All Ages

To thank you for your dedication and hard work as students or family members supporting our students, The Peaceful Dragon welcomes you to our annual barbecue. We’re providing all the food and drink for this family-fun bash!

The barbecue will be held right here at The Peaceful Dragon.  Come out with the whole family and enjoy sports, games, water gun fights – or just a relaxing afternoon in the shade of our patio.

This event is totally FREE for the whole family, and will be held rain or shine. Please register at our front counter by Wednesday, May 8th so we will have a head count for how much food to prepare.

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Charlotte Asian Festival

Saturday May 18,
11am
All Ages

The Peaceful Dragon is honored to be invited to perform the opening Dragon Dance and a tai chi and kung fu demonstration for this year’s annual Asian Festival on May 18th starting at 11:00am.  Bring the whole family to enjoy Dragon Boat races, vendors, and more.  For more information about the festival, please see their website.

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Meditation Retreat

Saturday June 8,
11am-5pm
Adults

Master Eric Sbarge, head instructor at The Peaceful Dragon, will lead this extended session of Chan (Zen) meditation, interspersed with relaxing and invigorating yoga and qigong as well as discussions on meditation principles, methods, and Zen philosophy. The retreat is open to and suitable for everyone regardless of experience levels.

Early-bird fee through May 20: Public – $79; Peaceful Dragon non-Mastery Program Students and affiliated-school students and family members just $59; Mastery Program Students just $39 After May 20 add $15. Please register at our front service counter or call (704) 504-8866. Bring a yoga mat and your meditation cushion or bench of choice. We have them for sale or a few available to borrow if you don’t have your own.

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10-Week Medical Qigong Course

Wednesday July 10,
8-9:15pm
Adults

Do you want to

  • Reduce stress and tension?
  • Overcome chronic illnesses?
  • Maintain optimum vitality?
  • Prevent disease?
  • Ensure your own well-being?

Integrating medical qigong and tai chi qigong, at this course you will learn both theory and traditional medical qigong exercises to better care for your own mind and body.

Medical qigong utilizes simple movements, meditations and breathing methods that can be learned by people of all ages and health conditions.

Public $149, Peaceful Dragon Students in the Introductory Program and family members of current students $69, and Peaceful Dragon students in the Mastery Program FREE.

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International Kuoshu Tournament

Friday July 26,
through Jul. 28
All Ages

Join Master Sbarge and many of our instructors and fellow classmates at this weekend-long international tournament that highlights tai chi, pakua, hsing I, kung fu, shuai chiao and more, with weapons, forms, full-contact lei tai fighting, push hands, and much more.  Divisions are for all ages from 5 on up, and beginner to advanced.

Whether as a competitor or spectator, you will come away from this weekend with a much greater appreciation for the variety of Chinese martial arts, and a better understanding of your own practice and how you can improve your skills and derive more benefits and satisfaction from your training.

For tournament information see the USKSF site.

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Ashtanga Weekend with Day Christensen

Friday August 16,
through Aug 18
Adults

Register NOW for a weekend of ashtanga depth with amazing, fun and super cool Day Christensen. This weekend workshop will explore not only primary series and Mysore practice, but also HOW to be a CALM LEADER in a mMysore space, HOW to ADJUST a student’s body with an eye for their limits and needs and DRILLS to gain stability and strength in the body in a way that helps YOU advance to the next level of your practice.

To save your space now, register by coming in to the front desk or calling The Peaceful Dragon at 704-504-8866.

For more information about this weekend, please check out the full page here.

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China and Japan Tour

Wednesday October 16,
through Oct 29
All Ages

The Peaceful Dragon is sponsoring another Asia tour for our students, family members and friends in October of 2019! This will be our fourth tour, and each previous one has been fantastic. This two-week tour promises to be a life-changing trip that will include a bit of practice in meditation and tai chi/kung fu with locals, plus sightseeing, cultural excursions and shows, and much more. Our tentative itinerary includes Japan for the first time – Tokyo and Kyoto (with its ancient Zen temples) – and the beautiful Chinese cities of Suzhou (called China’s Venice with the picturesque canals) and Hangzhou (the lake city), the spiritual Yellow Mountains, and the cosmopolitan heart of China, Shanghai. The estimated cost for this all-inclusive custom tour with 4 and 5 star accommodations, all travel, excellent meals, admissions to cultural events, and the service of highly-professional English-speaking guides is between $3500 – $4000. We hope you can go – it’s a great investment for a great time and a lifetime of memories!

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Meditation Course – Level One

Wednesday November 6,
8-9:15pm
Adults

This 10-week Level One meditation course will be led by Master Sbarge every Wednesday night from 8-9:15pm beginning on November 6th. Discover the traditional Chan (Zen) and Taoist approaches to developing greater focus and awareness, reducing stress and worry, and boosting health and overall happiness. This course will blend both discussion and theory with actual practice. The fee is $149 for the public, $69 for students or family members not in our Mastery program, free for students in our Mastery program. Please register for the course ahead of time at our front counter or by calling us at (704)504-8866. Bring your meditation cushion or bench of choice, or we have some available for purchase or limited numbers that you can borrow.

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Fall Classic Kung Fu Tournament

Saturday November 9,
9am
All Ages

The Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy of Moorseville is hosting a Fall Classics Tournament. Sifu Sbarge would like to encourage our students to join in by competing or cheering on our competitors! For more information about the tournament, the divisions, or registration, please see their website here.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday November 28,
morning
All Ages

Join us for a fun celebration and show off your community pride.  The Peaceful Dragon will be marching in the Charlotte Thanksgiving Parade.  We will be taking the Lions and the Dragon.  Please let the front counter know if you would like to join us!

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