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Films at the Gate 2012: starts Thursday!

What began on a vacant lot continues on the Greenway: Films at the Gate returns, starting tomorrow, Thursday 8/23. Join us as we create a free, outdoor theater, showing Kung-Fu and classic Chinese-language films under the stars, next to the Chinatown Gate.

Film schedule and details here. Movies roll at 8PM, and there are walking tours and performances beforehand.

On Saturday night, for example, check out a performance by Wah Lum Kung Fu Athletic Association, under the direction of Master Bob Rosen. Here’s some background on Wah Lum Kung Fu form Jean Lukitsh, our curator:

Wah Lum Kung Fu of the U.S.A. was started by Grandmaster Chan Pui in Boston’s Chinatown over 35 years ago. Sifu Bob Rosen has been instructing in the martial arts since 1972 and is the Chief Instructor of the Wah Lum Kung Fu Athletic Association, established in 1984. He is the first non-Asian instructor to operate a school in Boston’s Chinatown, and he has been a 7th generation student of Grandmaster Chan since 1976. In 1989 he was a member of the first non-Asian group to study Kung Fu in the Shaolin Temple. In 1994 he won a Gold Medal in the Open Weapons division at the Beijing International Tournament in China. In 2001 he was the senior coach for the Wah Lum team at the Shaolin Wushu competition in Zhenghou, China, which won numerous awards. He has coached many students who have been successful in fighting, forms, and weapons at local, national and international events.

In addition to establishing himself as a traditional instructor of the Wah Lum System, Sifu Rosen has studied Tai Chi Chuan, Iron Palm (breaking), and Lion Dance from Grandmaster Chan and other U.S. and China based Masters. He has been invited to participate as a judge and to demonstrate at various Martial Arts events around the country.