New Year and Award Banquet
For the past four years now, Wang's Martial Arts has been holding an annual Chinese New Year and Award Banquet to celebrate the lunar New Year and recognize the students who have excelled in tournaments and academics. For the past two years, Wang's Martial Arts has worked with the Humble Rotary Club using all the net proceeds from the banquet for the Humble I.S.D Education Foundation and Humble Rotary Club Lakeland Elementary School mentoring program.
This year marked another successful banquet with approximately 125 people in attendance. The evening's honored guest was Grand Master Victor Cheng (the first to introduce kung fu to Houston in 1967). After teaching, he went on to open Victor Sports (a successful martial arts supply store). The MC for the evening, who never ceases to entertain, was Mr. Steve Castelo. After everyone had their full of a delicious dinner, the entertainment program began with a Chinese Fashion Show. Wang's Martial Arts students and family walked down the runway in beautiful greens, golds, blues, and reds. Following the fashion show, Genaro DeAnda, a talented vocalist, sang "Como quien pierde una estrella" in the style of Alejandro Fernandez and "Georgia" in the style of Ray Charles. Victor Makris kept the audience riveted with two classical guitar pieces, and Adam Arce and David Barnes wowed everyone with a saber versus double-edged sword skit. The show was concluded with Shawna Rencher's flamenco number entitled "soleares."
After the entertainment program had concluded, awards were given out for both tournament and report card points for the age categories between five to eight, nine to fourteen, and fifteen and above (listed below). For tournament and report card points, students turn in sheets that list how they have placed in tournaments and copies of their report cards as proof of their good grades. The better the place in a tournament, the higher the points. The better a student's grades, the higher the points received. Students were more than excited to carry trophies off stage that were seven feet tall! It certainly goes without saying that big trophies go with big accomplishments!
By the time everyone left for the evening, they were wearing a smile. Whether it was the food and entertainment or the trophies, there certainly was something for everyone to enjoy. Happy New Year everyone!
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INNER SCHOOL TOURNAMENT : 3-5-2005
Saturday, March 5, 2005 was an exciting day for those who participated in the Inner School Tournament held at Sweetwater Christian School. Students from Wang's Martial Arts as well as those at Sweetwater were in attendance.
Children and adults divisions included forms, weapons, and sparring. A small Tai Chi division was also included in the competition.
|5-8 Year Old Beginning
1st place- Lauren Crisp
2nd place- Mercedes Walker
3rd place- Kenny Burns
1st place- Naomi Winders
2nd place- Robert Combs
3rd place- David Byers
1st place- Henning Jolivet
1st place- Chad Kowis
1st place- Bria Taylor
Beginning and Intermediate
1st place- Bennet Durken
2nd place- Sean Campbell
3rd place- Veronica Leon
Adult Advanced Forms:
1st place- Vincent Turner
2nd place- Robert Annand
3rd place-Jeremy Moore
Adult Black Belt Forms:
1st place- David Barnes
2nd place- Adam Arce
3rd place- Roger Leon
Adult Black Belt Weapons:
1st place- David Barnes
2nd place- Adam Arce
3rd place- Terry Robertson
15-17 Year Old Weapons:
1st place- Minh Da Le
Adult Advanced Weapons:
1st place- Douglas Jasper
2nd place- Ron Pleasant
3rd place- Robert Annand
Adult Tai Chi-
1st place- Terry Robertson
2nd place- Robert Annand
3rd place- Ron Pleasant
|5-8 Year Old Sparring:
1st place- Greyson Fortner
2nd place- Dillon Andrew
3rd place- Naomi Winders
9-14 Year Old Sparring:
1st place- Christopher Crisp
2nd place- Whitney Winders
Adult Beginning and Intermediate Sparring:
1st place- Erik York
2nd place- Veronica Leon
3rd place- Sean Campbell
Adult Advanced Sparring:
1st place- Bennet Durken
2nd place- Jason Tansey
3rd place- Kevin Liu
Adult Black Belt Sparring:
1st place- David Barnes
2nd place- Roger Leon
3rd place- Adam Arce
|Next Rank Test|
|Dates & Times:
Ages 9-14 03/31/05 (Thursday) 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Ages 5- 8 04/02/05 (Saturday) 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Ages 15-80 04/02/05 (Saturday) 3:00 - 6:00 pm
| Tea's color palette is constantly
expanding. While basic black-the type that predominates in tea bags- is
always in style, green tea is the hot trend, driven by its well-deserved
reputation as a harbinger of well-being. On tea's fashion horizon: white
and even red versions.
While America has traditionally been a coffee-drinking nation, our java infatuation is now yielding to tea's charms. Tea sales have increased fivefold over in the past decade and currently stand at $5.5 billion a year. Roughly 95% of those sales come from black tea, although news about green tea's health benefits has caused sales to soar.
Both black and green tea come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The difference lies in how they are handled; black teas are fermented before drying, while green teas are heated after picking to prevent fermentation. Oolong tea is partially fermented, falling between black and green, and white tea is processed more quickly than standard green, yielding a more delicate brew. (By the way, 'orange pekoe" isn't a type of tea, but a specific leaf size.)
Health by the Cupful
Seventh-century medical writer Pen ts'ao noted that tea "gladdens and cheers the heart." Caffeine is the stimulant that mainly accounts for tea's heart-gladdening capacity. Many people find tea's invigoration to be gentler than that of coffee, which has more caffeine. Tea also contains L-theanine, a substance that encourages the brain to produce the same types of relaxing alpha waves generated during meditation.
Tea's real health bonanza lies in its polyphenols, substances known collectively as catechins. These substances are antioxidants, able to defuse the destructive power of cell damaging molecules known as free radicals. The most studied green tea polyphenol is epigallocatechin gallate (EGGG). Black tea's equivalent compounds, the theaflavins, have been found to be equally potent antioxidants (J Nutr 2001; 131:2248-51). It's estimated that tea, black and green, has 10 times the antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables.
Standard tea isn't the only entry in the antioxidant derby. Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), also called "red tea' or "red bush," is a South African plant that contains potent antioxidants and a healthy dose of vitamin C as well. Caffeine-free rooibos is useful for calming frayed nerves.
Accumulated evidence suggests that tea drinkers can take their favorite beverage to heart.
In Japan, where most people imbibe green tea, one study found that increases in tea consumption were linked to reductions in arterial narrowing among men who didn't have diabetes (Ann Epidemiol 2000;10:4018). In addition, a Dutch study of more than 4,800 individuals found a link between tea consumption and reduced heart attack risk (AJCN 2002; 75:880-6). Researchers have also found that tea drinkers are more likely to survive after an attack occurs ( Circulation 2002; 105:2476-81).
To explain why tea protects the heart, scientists theorize that green tea's catechins prevent free radicals from oxidizing low-density lipoprotein (LDL)' oxidized LDL is the kind of cholesterol that can block arteries. But catechins may help the heart in other ways as well. For instance, EGCG appears to inhibit a gene linked to abnormal heart rhythms that can occur after heart attacks (Heart Rhythm Society, 2004).
What's more, it seems that black tea may share green tea's heart-healthy properties. In one study, coronary arteries in 10 healthy men who drank black tea showed a greater ability to provide increased blood flow when the heart indeed it ( Am J Cardiol 2004;93(11):1384-8).
Brewing Cancer Protection
Free radicals are thought to promote cancer by damaging the DNA that allows cells to reproduce; that leads to cell mutations that can trigger malignancies. Tea's antioxidants quench these free radicals.
But that is not tea's only cancer-fighting weapon. In addition to preventing cell damage, these powerful antioxidants have reduced tumor size and inhibited cancer cells. EGCG has shown some ability to disrupt survival signals in certain types of leukemia cells, and both white and green tea have reduced tumor formation in the lab (Blood 3/2/04, early online edition; Carcinogenesis 2003; 24920:263-7).
Tea has also been shown to lower the risk of cancer. Among people with liver problems, green tea extract reduced levels of substances linked to liver cancer (Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research meeting, 10/03). And in one Chinese study, protection against prostate cancer increased in men who drank the most tea for the longest amount of time. (Int J Cancer 2004:108(1):130-5).
Even after cancer develops, tea may be helpful. Among men with prostate cancer, quaffing green or black tea lowered levels polamines, chemicals associate with malignancy (Experimental Biology 2004) Health practitioners have used L-theanine, the relaxing agent in tea, to reduce anxiety and chemotherapy side effects (Alt Complemen Med Dec 2003, 284-8).
Thinning Down, Building Bone
While it isn't a cure-all, tea comes close: "[A]n impressive amount of evidence has accumulated to link green tea with good health," writes Lester Mitscher, PhD and Victoria Dolby in The Green Tea Book (Aver/ Pengin). "[G]reen tea seems to do it all."
If you want to thin down, drink tea. While scientists had long attributed tea's weight-loss effects to its caffeine content, recent research indicates that the catechin EGCG helps stimulate the production of calorie-burning body heat and interferes with fat absorption. In France, overweight individuals who took green tea extract saw their scale reading and their waist sizes shrinking after 12 weeks (Phytomed 2002; 9:3-8)
Tea also toughens bones. A survey of more than 1,200 women found that tea drinkers had denser, more fracture-resistant hipbones, especially if they added milk to their favorite beverage (AJCN 2000; 71(4): 1003-7).
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), caused by immune system attacks on joint tissue, may be blunted by tea antioxidants. Lab mice that imbibed green tea extract were less likely to develop an RA-like condition, and mice that already suffered from arthritis developed less severe forms of the disorder. What's more, the researchers who performed this study point out that people who live in countries where tastes run to green tea are less likely to suffer from RA ( PNAS 1999; 96 (8): 4524 -9).
Dozens of health and beauty products include green tea, and for good reason. Green tea compounds help rejuvenate skin cells, and oolong tea has helped some people with stubborn atopic dermatitis, a type of allergic reaction, find relief (Arch Dermatol 2001'137:42-3).
Don't forget the mouth wash: both white and green tea help kill cavity-causing germs, supporting the traditional taking of green tea for oral health after meals in Japan and China.
Extracts: Tea to Go
Nothing beats a tea break, but sometimes your busy schedule doesn't allow it. Or maybe you just don't like tea (gasp!) but want in on tea's health advantages.
No problem. Green tea is readily available in extract form, either as is or blended with other nutrients to create supplements for specific health needs (such as weight loss), as well as functional foods and beverages. Extracts only allow you to get your tea on the go, but they also allow you to get tea's beneficial compounds in a reliable, standardized form.
Refreshment, relaxation, pick-me-up, disease prevention: colorful tea is always in style.
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