Special Events 2017 – 2018

Key:
for adults;
for children (and their parents);
all ages.
Wednesday, January 10
8-9:15pm
Saturday, January 13
Children’s Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:15pm
Saturday, January 13
Blood Drive
9am-1pm
Friday, January 19
Parents Night Out “Sword Fight Night”
6:30-9pm
Saturday, January 20
Adult Promotional Testing, All Blocks
11am
Thursday, January 25
Children’s Makeup Promotion
5:30pm
Saturday, January 27
Quarterly Cleanup Day
9am-1pm
Saturday, February 3
Junior Black Sash Testing
11am
Wednesday, February 7
Adult Makeup Test, All Blocks
6:30pm
Saturday, February 10
11am-2pm
Saturday, February 17
6:30pm
Saturday, February 24
1-5pm
Saturday, March 10
9am
Friday, March 16
Parents Night Out “Star Wars Night”
6:30-9pm
Saturday, March 24
Adult Block A Testing
11am
Wednesday, April 4
Adult Block A Makeup Test
6:30pm
Saturday, April 7
Children’s Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:15pm
Wednesday, April 11
10-Week Shuai Chiao (grappling) Course
8pm
Friday, April 13
Parents Night Out “Friday Night Lights”
6:30-9pm
Saturday, April 14
Tai Chi Workshop in Columbia, SC
9:30am
Saturday, April 14
2nd Quarter Yoga Workshop
1-5pm
Thursday, April 19
Children’s Makeup Promotion
5:30pm
Saturday, April 21
Quarterly Cleanup and Spring Landscaping Day
9am-1pm
Friday, May 4
through May 6
Saturday, May 12
Adult Block A Testing
11am
Saturday, May 19
11am
Wednesday, May 23
Adult Block A Makeup Test
6:30pm
Sunday, May 27
9am-4pm
Saturday, June 2
2-6pm
Wednesday, July 11
8-9:15pm
Saturday, July 14
Children’s Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:15pm
Friday, July 20
Parents Night Out “Water Fight Night”
6:30-9pm
Saturday, July 21
Quarterly Cleanup Day
9am-1pm
Saturday, July 21
Adult Promotional Testing, All Blocks
11am
Thursday, July 26
Children’s Makeup Promotion
5:30pm
Friday, July 27
through Jul. 29
Wednesday, August 1
Adult Makeup Test, All Blocks
6:30pm
Friday, August 10
Parents “Whole Night Out”
6:30pm-8am
Friday, August 24
Yoga Teacher Training Weekend One
through Aug 26
Friday, August 31
Yoga Teacher Training Weekend Two
through Sept 2
Friday, September 14
Parents Night Out “Movie Star Night”
6:30-9pm
Saturday, September 15
Adult Block A Testing
11am
Saturday, September 15
3rd Quarter Yoga Workshop
1-5pm
Friday, September 21
Yoga Teacher Training Weekend Three
through Sept 23
Saturday, September 22
Quarterly Cleanup and Maintenance Day
9am-1pm
Wednesday, September 26
Adult Block A Makeup Test
6:30pm
Friday, October 5
Yoga Teacher Training Weekend Four
through Oct 7
Saturday, October 6
Children’s Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:15pm
Friday, October 12
Yoga Teacher Training Weekend Five
through Oct 14
Wednesday, October 17
10-Week Shuai Chiao (grappling) Course
8-9:15pm
Thursday, October 18
Children’s Makeup Promotion
5:30pm
Friday, October 19
through Oct. 21
Friday, October 26
Halloween Costume Party
6:30-9pm
Friday, October 26
Yoga Teacher Training Weekend Six
through Oct 28
Saturday, November 3
Adult Block A Testing
11am
Friday, November 9
Yoga Teacher Training Weekend Seven
through Nov 11
Saturday, November 10
9am
Wednesday, November 14
Adult Block A Makeup Test
6:30pm
Thursday, November 22
morning
Saturday, December 1
4th Quarter Yoga Workshop
1-5pm
Friday, December 7
Winter Holiday Pot-luck Supper
6:30-8:30pm
Friday, December 7
Yoga Teacher Training Weekend Eight
through Dec 9
Friday, December 14
Yoga Teacher Training Weekend Nine
through Dec 16

Meditation Course – Level One

Wednesday January 10,
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 10th. 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 family members of current students, free for all Peaceful Dragon 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.

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Chinese New Year Festival

Saturday February 10,
11am-2pm
All Ages

lionkoThe Peaceful Dragon is hosting its 21st annual Chinese New Year’s Festival on Saturday, February 10th, 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 Dog! 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 17,
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 are on sale now 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 14th – sorry, no exceptions for latecomers.

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

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Tensegrity and Tristana for Transformation Quarterly Yoga Workshop

Saturday February 24,
1-5pm
Adults

Yoga is a spiritual practice cleverly disguised as a physical workout. Do it for your body and you will get fit. But do it for your mind, and your body automatically follows expanding your experience beyond your current physical capacity. This workshop is about discovering the link between your physical and subtle body, between your mental issues and your physical tissues.
We will explore binding the senses, the body and the mind,  so that you can create a safe harbor for practice, reverse the consumption of your mind (pratyhara) and begin to control the trajectory of your practice.
Lecture will be followed by a two hour practice. Perfect for beginners and important for those who would like to attend Yoga Master Mark Darby’s March 16-18 Workshop at The Peaceful Dragon.

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CACMA Tournament

Saturday March 10,
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 school’s 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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Shaolin Workshop with Master Guolin Shi

Friday May 4,
through May 6
Adults

Nicknamed the “Iron Arhat”, Venerable Guolin Shi was the former head monk and teacher at China’s famed Shaolin Temple who is world-renowned for his expertise in all facets of Shaolin training. He is a long-time friend of The Peaceful Dragon, and while he rarely travels from his own Overseas Shaolin Temple in New York, he has led near-annual workshops here at The Peaceful Dragon.

Shaolin includes the practices of Chan (Zen) meditation, qigong (energy work), internal and external forms of kung fu, and much more. This comprehensive workshop is ideal for students who have at least some experience in tai chi, kung fu or qigong, though beginners with no experience are still welcome and can surely benefit from it.

The curriculum in this workshop will include a combination of traditional Shaolin qigong and meditation, empty-hand forms, and self-defense techniques and applications.  You will learn an Internal/External form called Shaolin Chang Hu Xin Yi Men Quan Form.

Workshop hours: Friday 6-9pm; Saturday 9-5pm; and Sunday 10-4pm.

Early-bird savings before April 9: Public $299, Peaceful Dragon introductory-level students and their families $229, Peaceful Dragon mastery-level students $199. After April 9 add $25. Please register at our front service counter or call to register at (704)504-8866.

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Charlotte Asian Festival

Saturday May 19,
11am
All Ages

The Peaceful Dragon is honored to be invited to perform the opening Dragon Dance and a martial arts demonstration for this year’s annual Asian Festival on May 19th 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

Sunday May 27,
9am-4pm
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 – $75; Peaceful Dragon and affiliated-school students and family members just $40. 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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Student Appreciation Barbecue

Saturday June 2,
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 30 so we will have a head count for how much food to prepare.

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Meditation Course – Level Two

Wednesday July 11,
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 July 11th.

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, free for all Peaceful Dragon 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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International Kuoshu Tournament

Friday July 27,
through Jul. 29
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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Mountain Tai Chi Retreat

Friday October 19,
through Oct. 21
Adults

Relax and rejuvenate while enjoying intensive instruction and practice in the Chinese health and martial art of tai chi, complemented with sessions of qigong, Zen meditation, pakua, and yoga.

Led by Master Eric Sbarge, director and head instructor of The Peaceful Dragon in Charlotte, NC, the retreat will be held at the beautiful YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC, just 10 minutes from Asheville.

Suited for beginners or advanced practitioners, from teens to senior citizens, the retreat includes all instruction, comfortable lodging, and all meals except for Saturday evening when you’ll have free time to explore downtown Asheville or simply relax on your own in the wooded mountains with hundreds of acres and many beautiful vistas and trails.

At this retreat you’ll receive in-depth instruction and practice in Taoist breathing methods, Taoist standing and sitting meditations, Chang Style tai chi solo form, Yang Style broadsword form for qigong and applications, tui-shou (push hands) drills, and much more. NOTE: Please bring a broadsword, or we will have a few available for purchase if needed. We recommend a wooden broadsword for applications, and a metal one for form practice though you can use either for both.

We have a limited number of rooms available, register early!

Early-Bird Special Pricing by September 1:
Double occupancy: $595 public; $455 for Peaceful Dragon and affiliated schools’ students AND their family members! (We will gladly assign you a roommate if you wish).
Single occupancy: $745 public; $575 for Peaceful Dragon and affiliated schools’ students or family members.
After September 1st, add $75

A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot.  Full payment must be received no later than September 20th.

To register call us at 704-504-8866 or register at our front service counter.

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Fall Classic Kung Fu Tournament

Saturday November 10,
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 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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