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February Event Roundup: Happy Chinese New Year!

February 9, 2010

Year of the tiger! Image provided by

February 14 marks Chinese new year, the year of the Tiger. As the tiger traditionally symbolizes bravery in Chinese culture (and with good reason – when’s the last time you’ve seen a timid tiger?), it is believed that those born in Year of the Tiger exhibit a fiercely independent and courageous personality.

Were you born during a Year of the Tiger?
You were if you were born in one of these years:
1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, and 1998.

Not surprisingly, there are many Chinese New Year celebrations happening throughout the Bay Area, including the always exciting celebrations throughout Chinatown in San Francisco. This year’s festivities (sponsored by Southwest Airlines) will include a flower market fair, basketball jamboree, community festival, parade, petting zoo, martial arts demonstrations, Miss Chinatown pageant, Chinatown run, and more!

For a full schedule of events, go to


More upcoming martial arts events in the Bay Area:

TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming
2/6-2/26, Friday-Saturday, 8 pm
Marin Civic Center: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium
10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, CA 94903

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“Athletic bodies and contemporary costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography in this show that has critics waxing lyrical about TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina. The stars of TAO live and train at a compound in the mountains of Japan, reaching the highest level of virtuosity only after years of intensive study. These performers each bring nontraditional flair to the group by drawing on their diverse backgrounds: one as a hard rock musician, another a gymnast, and yet another as a composer. They offer a young and vibrantly modern take on a traditional Japanese art form.”


Albany Chinese New Year Celebration
2/9, Tuesday 3:30 – 5 pm
Albany Community Center Main Hall, Albany, CA

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“The Chinese New Year Celebration is one of our most popular children’s events! This FREE event includes singing, dancing, martial arts demonstrations, dragon dance and gift bags for children. Learn all about the history of the Chinese Zodiac and Lunar New Year traditions.”


Tiny Tigers
2/9 – 3/25, Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30 – 3:15 pm
Tamalpais Valley Community Center, Mill Valley, CA

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“Our Tiny Tigers program is designed to help children ages 4 to 6 improve their motor skills and enhance their ability to pay attention and follow instructions. All students will experience a safe, fun, and exciting learning environment. Instructor Greg LeMoi has taught Martial Arts for over 28 years. He teaches children, adults, and those with physical and/or developmental disabilities.”


Family Taekwondo
2/9 – 3/25, Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:15 – 4 pm
Tamalpais Valley Community Center, Mill Valley, CA

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“The family that kicks together – sticks together! Class is for all ages and abilities. Parents and children train side-by-side. Some of the benefits you can expect from your training are: Physical Fitness, Self-Defense, Coordination, and Flexibility. Instructor Greg LeMoi has been involved with Martial Arts for over 28 years. A member of ATA for over 10 years. He has taught children and adults of all ages, including those with physical and/or developmental disabilities.”


5th Annual BASKA KICK -OFF Championships
2/13, Saturday
Pinole Valley High Gymnasium
2900 Pinole Valley Road
Pinole CA

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Delta SmackDown
2/20, Saturday
Hyatt Regency
101 American Ave. Brentwood, CA 94513

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Girl Army Self-Defense 1-Day Workshop for Haiti Relief Fund
2/21, Sunday 1-4 pm
Suigetsukan Dojo
103 International Blvd., Oakland

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“Girl Army is offering a one-day basic self-defense workshop for women and trans folks on Sunday, February 21st. All proceeds from this workshop will go to Partners in Health for Haiti relief efforts. Please come out and show your support! Girl Army is a self-defense collective dedicated to peer-taught and affordable physical and psychological self-defense for women and trans folks of all cultures. We are committed to providing a safe and supportive space. We are a community-based collective, run entirely on volunteer work and some student contributions. $0-100 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds).”


Tales of the Nian
2/23, Tuesday, 11 am
Marin Civic Center: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium
10 Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, CA 94903

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“Lions have never lived in China, so why do “Lions” dance at Chinese New Year Celebrations? Blending masterful Lion Dance with storytelling and martial arts, Marin Chinese Cultural Association reveals the legend behind the Lion Dance and other New Year’s traditions. Watch lions frolic with their “babies” and “climb the mountain” and learn why celebrating a new year in China is known as “Surviving the Nian.” General Admission: Adult $8.50 General Admission: Child $8.50”


Chinese Culture Center Spring Festival
2/28, Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor San Francisco, CA 94108

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“Great fun for the entire family! Exhibitions, crafts, demonstrations, New Year food tastings, performances of lion dances, martial arts, folk and classical dances and much more. Come and bring your friends and family! There will also be interesting booths and prizes for participants to win. This is the largest indoor celebration in San Francisco. Don’t miss it!”

Don’t see your event listed? Tell us about it! We’d love to feature all of your upcoming Bay Area martial arts events on our blog. Email us at kengh[at]northatlanticbooks[dot]com.

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