PATHS Atlanta Kung Fu Demo Team taking a break during 2018 Chinese New Year demonstrationsThe Demo Team (internally dubbed DT) is a fun and challenging program for Northern Shaolin Kung Fu students who have passed the Beginner Level test in Our Curriculum, as well as Tai Chi students who have made significant progress in their learnings as well.

Demo Team members have the opportunity of advancing their Kung Fu knowledge and skills through this special and regular event. Think of this: regular students, who come to their regular classes, get a certain amount of training. Hopefully they’re training outside of class as well. But the Demo Team members also get additional training times.

Not only that, but they also have the opportunity to learn advanced and / or additional material. For example, during the year of 2017, our Demo Team got to learn some Chang Quan or Longfist movements.

Keeping this in mind, however, should now shed light on why we have some minimum requirements for membership on the team. We don’t want DT members to have their usual studies, practice and progress to be messed up by the Demo Team. Members have to keep everything in their respective mental boxes, so to speak.

What is the Demo Team?

“Demo” is short for Demonstrations and Team…Well, I think you’re familiar with that one.

Having secured a good Kung fu foundation in their Beginner Level training, Deam Team members meet a couple of times per week, outside of normal classes to learn, practice and prepare for upcoming Demonstrations, for example Chinese New Year celebrations.

When does the Demo Team meet?

Currently, the Demo Team meets on Tuesday nights, from 8 P.M. to 9:30~10 P.M., just after the Tai Chi class meets, and Sunday afternoons, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:00~3:30 P.M., just after the Northern Shaolin Kung Fu class. The start times are set, but sometimes the practice sessions go a bit longer or shorter.

Be sure to visit Our Schedule, to see it a bit more visually.

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A Brief History of the Demo Team

Throughout his martial arts career, Sifu Kiessling has given many Kung Fu demonstrations – by himself, with his Sifu, with his fellow students, with his students…

He’s given them at a variety of locations: local public and private high schools and colleges, for various news media, tournaments, local community fundraising events, martial art school openings, martial artist friendly exchanges and meetups and more.

And as you may have guessed, for a variety of celebratory gatherings.

Since joining, and later taking over, PATHS Atlanta Kung Fu, Sifu Kiessling has continued the Demonstrations tradition.

Having fellow Kung Fu teacher friends, we were invited to join in CNY (Chinese New Year) celebrations at schools, by showcasing bits of our Kung Fu, via Demonstrations.

More often than not, these demonstrations consisted of Sifu giving a short explanatory speech, showing a Northern Shaolin Kung Fu form or two, and with the aid of a student, showing a few martial applications from those forms. This format is easy, needs no practice nor set up, however it’s not all that special.

And then we started getting more and more invitations for a variety of events. It quickly became obvious that our current format would have to change, become more organized and that we’d need to have some strategies and choreography.

So Sifu got together with some of the senior students and they came up the Demo Team concept, as a way of meeting some of our Goals.

Demo Team Goals

To have a reliable and consistent group of students as members of the Demo Team. To have several choreagraphed “sets” to use for a variety of reasons, in differing locations, with different set-ups (audio? indoors? outdoors? small or large area?). To get a to a point where we can start saying “YES,” instead of no, to the vast array of invitations and requests we get for Kung Fu demonstrations.

In short…

We simply want to Up our Game. 🙂

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