Zhang Lingmei, a former wushu champion and current instructor, held a Wushu Open House this afternoon in San Francisco. A number of our friends were performing, including Jen, Felicia, Steven, and Ben. Rae and I were fortunate to snag some front-row seats; I thought they’d be all taken since it was so hard to find parking around 19th and 20th Avenues.
Sitting behind us were Tami and Mark. Tami mentioned to me, “Hey, I saw you guys in the Chronicle today!” Surprised, I replied, “Uh… what do you mean?” She explained how we were prominently displayed in a photo from the Edwardian Ball last week. Aha! That explains the photographer (Christina Koci Hernandez) with the Mark II — all the Chronicle staff use them. I remember turning my head slightly to the left when she took that photo; after all, I didn’t want to look like a deer in headlights when her flash fired!
Watching the performers fly and spin through the air, I wonder if I’ll ever get back into Tai-Chi. I was much more hardcore back in college when I was taking classes from Sifu John Chuck with friends like Cyrus, Jochen, Mark, and Alison. I remember being so pumped coming back from the Beijing Wushu Team demo at Cal in 1995 (Rae was there too, but obviously we didn’t know each other then). Though I still use my moves on the dance floor, I haven’t really practiced since I graduated. Cycling is my thing now, except in winter when I’m more like Jabba than Lance! At any rate, we’ll see what happens; first I need to get more flexible! Gotta treat stretching like brushing my teeth or annotating my images — make it a habit!
Now for some photos from the event!