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Mandarin Classes take on Traditional Chinese Kung Fu

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Master He is seen teaching several students from NMHS's Mandarin classes as well as Mandarin Club members.

Master He is seen teaching several students from NMHS's Mandarin classes as well as Mandarin Club members.

Lillian Hui

Lillian Hui

Master He is seen teaching several students from NMHS's Mandarin classes as well as Mandarin Club members.

Lillian Hui, Editor-in-Chief

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Thursday, October 27  was the joint field trip with all Mandarin classes from New Milford High School and David E. Owens Middle School. High school Mandarin Chinese teacher, Mrs. Sophia Weng, invited Yin Style Bagua master Mr. He Jin Bao, who gave students the opportunity to study martial arts for the day.

Mandarin students and Mandarin Club members were invited to the high school auditorium for a performance by Master He and his operations manager, Mr. Matt Bild. Prior to inviting students up on stage, an introductory presentation was given by Mandarin students Lillian Hui (’17), Dylan Scrivanich (’19), Elizabeth Kemp (’20), and Louis Miguel Calonia (’20).

The presentation gave students an idea of the types of moves that are used during combative Yin Style Bagua training, in addition to a brief introduction to Master He. After the presentation, Master He and Bild demonstrated the eight “animal system” moves.

Once both masters gave the audience a little “performance”, Mandarin students and club members were asked to go on stage for a lesson on some striking moves by Master He himself. Students were able to learn simple defensive moves but were also told if they wanted to master these moves, they would have to practice day and night. The lessons were not only limited to students. Faculty members joined in as well; teachers such as Mr. Michael Coyne, Ms. April Millian, and even Principal Mr. Louis Manuppelli.

Following the live demonstrations, several Mandarin students, chosen by Mrs. Weng, were asked to pose a question for Master He in Mandarin Chinese. Master He answered them with ease, telling the students he decided to begin training in martial arts not for a particular reason, but because he enjoyed it. He also joked, claiming that he has fought over five hundred battles and has never lost a single battle.

Concluding the in-school field trip was Master He’s saber performance and photos with students holding the saber. As students took the photos, they realized just how heavy the saber was and truly understood how powerful one must be in order to wield a sword that heavy.

After the conclusion of the field trip, many students were heard stating how they found the performance to be very interesting and would enjoy learning more about Chinese culture. Could this lead to further cultural trips that will be open to all NMHS students?

If you would like to see the full album of photos, please visit this link.

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