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Thea Chan: Shining Bright Star on the prestigious 2024 international Children’s Lunar New Year Gala hosted by CCTV Student Channel

Thea is a dynamic 6-year-old girl. She is the lead performer in the “Chinese Kids Kung Fu” show at the prestigious 2024 international Children’s Lunar New Year Gala hosted by CCTV student channel.
 
As the lead performer in the “Chinese Kids Kung Fu” show, Thea not only wowed the audience with her agility and grace, but also showcased a spirit of dedication and passion that far exceeds her young age.
“Congratulations, Thea, on your electrifying Kung Fu performance!
Your agility and grace were truly awe-inspiring!”
Thea started her Chinese Kung Fu journey when she was 4 years old. At age of 5, she earned a place in the U.S Kung Fu National Team through the yearly team trial hosted by US Wushu Kung Fu Federation (USAWKF), and has been in the national team since then. She has also achieved notable success, garnering several awards in major national and international Kung Fu competitions.
  • First Place in overall all traditional weapons for age group 6 and under (Golden State International Wushu Championship, 9/2023)
  • Gold Medal in Traditional Hand Form and Short Weapon (Golden State International Wushu Championship, 9/2023)
  • Gold Medal in Traditional Short Weapon (Tiger Claw Kung Fu Elite Championship, 5/2023)
  • Silver Medal in Traditional Hand Form (Tiger Claw Kung Fu Elite Championship, 5/2023)
  • Bronze Medal in Traditional Long Weapon (Tiger Claw Kung Fu Elite Championship, 5/2023)
  • Silver medal in Traditional Hand Form and Long Weapon (Golden State International Wushu Championship, 9/2022)
Thea has also been a part of the Dynamic Kung Fu Academy Team since she was five. Over the past year, she has showcased her Kung Fu skills with the team as well as solo on various stages, including performing in front of the abbot of Shaolin Temple. She gained valuable experience as a young performer in front of diverse audiences. She really enjoys performing.

Beyond Thea’s Martial Arts

Thea is passionate about the arts, particularly drawing and painting. She’s been dreaming to be a jewelry designer since she was 3 years old. Her artwork has not only won multiple awards but has also been displayed in an exhibition at the historic Forbidden City in China. Moreover, her artistic contributions have been twice selected for inclusion in her school’s yearbook, highlighting her creativity and talent in visual arts.
  • 2020 Bird’s Nest Cup National Youth Ice and Snow Culture Festival Art Creation Activity, Second Prize in the Children’s Group
  • 2021 Bird’s Nest Cup National Youth Ice and Snow Culture Festival Art Creation Activity, First Prize in the Children’s Group
  • Beautiful China 2023 Youth Calligraphy and Painting Spring Exhibition, the work “Charming Chongqing” is exhibited at the Palace Museum.

So, settle in, ignite your curiosity, and let’s unravel the enigma that is “Thea Chan”. What secrets lie within the heart of a Lead Performer of “Chinese Kids Kung Fu” ? Buckle up, dear reader, and prepare to be captivated.

Q: Thea, you were amazing on stage! How did it feel to perform in front of such a big crowd?
Thea: My tummy butterflies were doing flips, but when I saw everyone smiling and clapping, I felt happy like a firecracker exploding!
 
Q: Tell us about your love for kung fu?
Thea: The connection of Kung Fu and I go way back–My mom has been practicing Kung Fu for many years. She trained right up until she was eight months pregnant. She resumed her training when I was just a month old. Since then, she often brought me to her class. I like to think I started learning Kung Fu in my mom’s belly and “grew up” at Kung Fu school.
When I was three, during the COVID lockdown, I joined my mom for online classes just for fun, even though I couldn’t do much at that time. My genuine interest in Kung Fu began blossoming from those early days I believe.
 
Q: Who taught you all those cool moves?
Thea: When I turned four years old, I started my formal training at the Dynamic Kung Fu Academy. That’s where I met Master Dong Liu. His patient and detailed instruction over the past two years has been invaluable. I learned many forms and some really cool moves. I even managed to do an aerial at the age of five years and eight months!
 
Q: Tell me your stage experiences for Kung Fu?
Thea: (Nodding with a fierce twinkle in her eyes) I have been a part of the Dynamic Kung Fu Academy Team since I was five. Over the past year, I had showcased my Kung Fu skills with the team as well as solo on various stages, including performing in front of the abbot of Shaolin Temple. Stepping onto the stage, the unfamiliar spotlight blinding, knees trembling, heart hammering a relentless rhythm against my ribs. Yet, as the gong resonated, a familiar calm washed over me. Years of training, muscles memorized routines, my body an extension of will. The roar of the crowd became a battle cry, fueling my movements, each striking a whisper of a thousand practiced hours. In that moment, fear dissolved, replaced by the exultant dance of power and grace. I gained valuable experience as a young performer in front of diverse audiences. I enjoy performing. My team is like my family, and we practice together to make each other stronger.
 
Q: Wow, Thea! You have so much energy and determination. What advice would you give to other kids who want to follow their dreams?
Thea: (Puffing out her chest) First, find something you love so much it makes your heart sing like a bird. Then, practice hard like a bee making honey, and never give up even when you feel like a wobbly noodle! But most importantly, remember to smile and have fun, because that’s the secret ingredient for making your dreams come true!
 
Q: How do you explore of the Guzheng and modern international music influence each other? Do you have a dream of blending these styles in the future?
Thea: In the realm of music, I had shown a keen interest in the Guzheng (Chinese Zither), a traditional Chinese string instrument for two reasons:
  • First is that I always very interested in the traditional Chinese culture. I like most of the traditional Chinese stuff that I know of. That’s one of the reasons why I chose Guzheng over harp as my instrument.
  • Second reason why I chose to learn Guzheng, because I thinks Guzheng matches better with kung fu. I would like to have “street performance” of both Guzheng and kung fu. I mostly just like to practice the wuxia / kung fu type of songs.
 
Q: “I’d love to hear about another side of you! Tell me about something you do for pure enjoyment besides Kung Fu.”
Thea: My adventurous spirit is evident in my travel experiences. At the age of six, I had already explored eight different countries, broadening my cultural horizons and experiences. In addition, fluent in three languages – Chinese, English, and French – I also want to show my versatility and adaptability in cross-cultural communications.
Dear Thea,
A thunderous applause for you! Your Kung Fu performance was absolutely breathtaking! Your skill and passion shone brighter than any firework, and we’re all so incredibly proud of you. Keep dazzling the world with your talent, Thea!
You inspire us all, and we’d be thrilled if you could join us at our upcoming events.
We can’t wait to see you there!
Best wishes,

Thea Chan is a shining star with a bright future ahead of her. Her talent, passion, and dedication are sure to take her far in the world of Kung Fu. We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next!

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We are committed to helping these stars shine bright and achieve their dreams.
 
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