“My NDP Experience” by Tay Jing Xuan

“To summarise the entire NDP experience, I would say I went in with my ego in mind and came out with love, appreciation and understanding.

During lessons a week before the June holidays started, I received an email with a link to sign up for NDP, as a collaboration with the Singapore Cancer Society to perform alongside cancer survivors. Now, who wouldn’t want to perform in NDP? Who wouldn’t want to stand on the big stage and show everyone how important an event they’re participating in? Wouldn’t that be great to glamourise one’s profile with? Just like that, I mashed in my particulars to sign myself up for what would be the best twelve-week long journey I would ever have had in my life.

I’ll keep this simple and frank – it was tiring. It wore me down to the bone and squeezed out every ounce of energy I had every Saturday. Standing under the sun for hours on end, repeating choreography with flags that made our arms ache from swinging them around all day, getting slapped in the face by careless flagbearers, training over and over just to make sure my flag didn’t fold up while swinging in different directions, sunburns on every inch of my skin – all broke me down into an exhausted mess that collapsed into bed upon reaching home.

My parents and I had a tiff one day, their primary concerns being me potentially getting too drained to study properly and hating it for being so tiring. I promised them I wouldn’t do any of that. Why would I, if the payout was getting to look important participating in such a big event?

I kept my promise, but more importantly, I changed my mindset about that reward.

Before signing up for NDP, I used to spend my Saturdays studying in the morning and afternoon, then joining my family for dinner and dessert outside. It was a warm and happy occasion every week, but all work and no play made me a dull girl. My grandmother couldn’t possibly go on volunteering activities or cycle at the beach, so activities were confined to eating and talking, and that was fine. But when I volunteered for NDP and tired myself out every week, it felt like every bit of boredom that constant routine gave me was wrung out of each corner of my body. There was something to look forward to, a highlight that ended each week with a bang.

And then we moved our rehearsals to the Marina Bay Floating Platform.

It was the real deal there. Soldiers, marching contingents, performers from other acts flooded the stands, waiting for their turn to rehearse. It was hot, bright, terribly humid, and during our component rehearsal, a performer from our act was on the verge of a heat stroke. At night, there were lights all over the stage and speakers in every corner of the platform. Before each show, people would feed us with food and drink, handing out bottles of water at every point. But that was when I understood just how hard every participant – be it backstage helpers, light and sound technicians, cheerers or performers – had been working.

In the afternoon, the moment that performer felt faint, a stretcher was rushed over and she was brought under shade in a mere couple of minutes. During runs of our performance, technicians timed lights, sound and props to play at exactly the right time. Throughout the day, helpers would make sure every single performer was well-fed and happy. It wasn’t just the performers who worked hard. Behind the scenes, behind those beautiful songs and energetic dancing and choreography, were people supporting us throughout our entire journey, spending the time they could have saved for rest to encourage and take care of us. I grew to understand the sheer amount of work put into every NDP, and I learnt to appreciate every participant’s hard work, no matter what their role might be in the grand scheme of things.

With that were my friends, the ones who had been with me from the start, and the ones I made during the journey.

There was a total of eight people who signed up through my school. I had known a few people who joined this event too, and it was fun practising and training with them every week. They were the only ones I stayed with during the first month of rehearsals, though, and it was monotonous to talk to the same people every week. So, I shifted my attention to the other four and other performers around me.

At first, it was awkward between us, not having known each other at all and being on entirely different wavelengths. We were tentative with our words and we fed each other with small talk. That soon changed, though, as the rehearsals progressed and we began to talk more. I grew to love them as much as I loved the practise sessions, each week filled with happy banter and hysterical laughter over anecdotes. I performed not with the solitude of a single performer amidst hundreds of other participants, but rather with the shared understanding that we were all in this together, and that we had each other’s backs no matter what happened.

At that point, it wasn’t about me anymore. Sure, I had my five seconds of fame on national television on that special day, I had texts flooding my phone from every social media app I had on my phone to tell me they saw me, that I did a good job, and that I looked wonderful, but my ego wasn’t important anymore. It was all for the fun, for the love shared between me and everyone else, for the people who had been there for us from the very start.

After the performance, we were given performer-exclusive keychains with the NDP logo on it. The moment I got home, I took it out to hang on my bag. There are people who may ask why I would hang it there even though NDP’s already over and outdated. It’s true that it’ll expire next year when the logo’s different and the slogan’s no longer “We Are Singapore”, but it doesn’t matter, for it symbolises the very birthday celebration that gifted me so much more than just a stroke on my ego.”

Successful Conclusion of the National School Games Wushu Championships 2018!

After 3 long weeks of intensive competition, both the National School Games Wushu Championships 2018 (for primary school athletes) and the SSSC National School Games Wushu Championship 2018 (for secondary school and junior college athletes) have come to a successful conclusion!

The hard work of our athletes paid off as they attained a total of 142 trophies and medals from both competitions! The athletes from Victoria School went a step further to bring home the Overall B Division Boys Championship and Overall C Division Boys First Runner-Up titles! Not forgetting the athletes from Meridian Junior College who clinched the Overall A Division Girls First Runner-Up and Overall A Division Boys Second Runner-Up titles too! Congratulations to our athletes!

The achievements of our athletes will not be possible without the active and continuous support of our coaches, parents, teachers, alumni and friends! From make-up to hair styling, from photography to cheering, every individual took on multiple roles to ensure our athletes are in tip-top condition to shine with confidence whenever they are on the arena! Thank you so much for your kind assistance and support!

To celebrate the success of our athletes and to express our gratitude to all who made these achievements possible, Martial House will be hosting a Post-Competition Party on 1 May 2018, 12:00pm at MHQ! Do bring your friends and some yummy food along for the potluck! Hope to see you there!

To view more photos taken during the competition, kindly visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/MartialHouse.

Martial House Athletes’ Results at the National School Games Wushu Championships 2018:

Martial House Athletes’ Results at the SSSC National School Games Wushu Championship 2018:

7 Reasons Why Your Child Should Learn Wushu

By: Kingston & Timothy

1. Strengthen Body

Wushu provides a full-body workout which helps to improve your child’s overall fitness. The gradual process of stretching enhances your child’s flexibility while the physical exercises allow your child to gain more strength and better stamina.

2. Improve Coordination

Wushu involves a wide range of body movements which require the head, hands and legs to coordinate at the same time. Training for such complex movements improves your child’s coordination ability, which can be applied to other sports and activities.

3. Learn Self-Defence

Derived from the traditional Chinese martial arts, Wushu is a system of defence and attack. Regardless of the style or form, there is a purpose behind the movements which your child can apply and use for self-defence.

4. Develop Character

Wushu is not all about actions but it also advocates martial morality. Values such as respect, patience, perseverance, humility and integrity are emphasised during trainings to develop your child’s character which are applicable to everyday life.

5. Enhance Confidence

As a beginner, Wushu may seem difficult. With constant practice, it builds your child’s physical ability and mental strength to overcome challenges. This enhances your child’s confidence in knowing that anything can be achieved with determination and perseverance.

6. Appreciate the Chinese Culture

Wushu is more than just a sport. It is regarded as a representative of the Chinese culture. Your child will not only appreciate the different Wushu styles as a form of art, but also understand how the traditional heritage has influenced the lives of people across generations.

7. Build Relationships

Being a widely practiced sport, your child will not only get to interact with students from around the country but also foster relationships with fellow Wushu practitioners and enthusiasts across the world from all walks of life!

Want to let your child learn Wushu?

Click here to sign up for our one-time trial class at S$12.00 ONLY! (U.P. S$36.00)

Martial House on Episode 4 of Channel 8’s “Little Achievers”!

Martial House was privileged to be part of Channel 8’s variety show, “Little Achievers”! Watch the episode from Toggle where TV host Ben Yeo and Coach Reanne shared how Wushu can help improve a child’s concentration and confidence.

We were glad to have De Zheng with us and hope he found the session beneficial and enjoyable! Martial House would like to thank the production team for having us and it was indeed a great pleasure working together!

Happy 28th Anniversary to Pho Leng Lion Dance Instruction Centre!

On 7 January 2018, our long-time partner, Pho Leng Lion Dance Instruction Centre celebrated its 28th anniversary and Martial House was honoured to be invited to attend and perform at the dinner event!

A team of 20 performers, including the champions of the 1st Wushu Stars Battle 2017 “Kungfu Revolution”, delivered a spectacular performance which received the warm applause of the guests present! A big thank you to the performers for the excellent performance and for doing Martial House proud!

  1. Martin Tay
  2. Ng Teck Hong
  3. Jeffrey Tan
  4. Teo Chia Chuan
  5. Xena Kan
  6. Nicklaus Ong
  7. Leo Yi Long
  8. Joel Ng
  9. Ng Shinn
  10. Chua Xin Qi
  11. Chua Wen Bin
  12. Esther Low
  13. Anya Sim
  14. Ethan Ng
  15. Chia Kai Ming
  16. Tan E-Dan
  17. Melissa Mak
  18. Shannon Eu
  19. Vanessa Cheong
  20. Ho Lin Ying

P.S. If you would like to engage Martial House for performances, kindly send your queries via email to [email protected] so that our coordinator can get back to you.

Once again, congratulations to Mr. Edwin Tan and Pho Leng Lion Dance Instruction Centre! Looking forward to many more years of partnership to promote the Chinese culture and tradition together!

Martial House Blog is Back!

Welcome back to Martial House’s blog! After a year of hiatus, we are proud to announce the launch of our newly revamped website! New features have been added into our website including:

1. News & Information Section at Home Page

Besides our Facebook page, you may now get the latest announcements about our academy, classes, holiday programmes and events at this section of our website!

2. Newsletter Subscription

Don’t want to miss any updates by Martial House? Subscribe to our newsletter now! Exclusive promotions and invitations will be sent to our subscribers too!

3. Members Tab

Under the “Members” tab, Martial House Card members may now:
a. Log in to their Member Connect account.
b. Get the updated list of benefits by our partners. 
c. Submit their Package Hold Request.
d. Download the Martial House Student Handbook. 

4. Online Credit Card Payment for Course Package Applications/Renewals 

For greater convenience of our students and parents, the option to apply or renew course packages online is now available! Simply click the course you would like to register and make payment online!

Martial House is constantly seeking improvements and we thank you for your kind understanding and continuous support. Do follow us on Facebook & Instagram and keep a look out for latest blog posts here!

Martial House Year-End Holiday Programmes 2016

img_9412 The year-end holiday is just around the corner! Looking for some fun and enriching activities? We have prepared a wide range of activities just for you! 1. PSLE Exclusive One-To-One Training Promotion img_1249 An exclusive promotion for primary 6 students who have just completed their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) to enjoy 30% discount for our private lessons! Simply quote “PSLE” to enjoy this exclusive discount! Contact us for more information! Valid till 30 November 2016. Terms & conditions apply. 2. Wushu Crash Course  img_9106 A 3-day course for participants, aged 4 to 12, to learn about and have hands-on experience with Wushu! Besides the basic stances and forms, participants will also learn about martial morality and utilise weapons of the Chinese martial arts. Venue MHQ, 115 Eunos Avenue 3 #05-02 Singapore 409839 Date 7 – 9 December 2016 Time Session A (for aged 4 to 6): 10:00am – 12:00pm Session B (for aged 7 to 12): 2:00pm – 4:00pm Price Star Card Member: $72.00 Non-Star Card Member: $80.00 3. Wushu Intensive Training (for Competitive Athletes) img_0652 The Wushu Intensive Training is specially catered to Wushu athletes who are preparing for competitions at both national and international levels to improve their technical knowledge and skills. Venue MHQ, 115 Eunos Avenue 3 #05-02 Singapore 409839 Changquan (A) Coaches: Wang Kai Ting & Hu Xiaodan Dates: 12, 14, 16, 20 & 22 December 2016 AM Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm PM Session: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Changquan (B) Coaches: Reanne Leo (Rui Yan) & Eric Wan (GuangYao) Dates: 13, 15, 19, 21 & 23 December 2016 AM Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm PM Session: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Nanquan Coaches: Kevan Cheah & Jessen Tan Dates: 12, 14, 16, 20 & 22 December 2016 AM Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm PM Session: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Taijiquan Coaches: Leo Kee Ann (Shifu) & Leo Rui Ling Dates: 13, 15, 19, 21 & 23 December 2016 AM Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm PM Session: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Price Star Card Member: $360.00 (AM & PM sessions) / $198.00 (AM or PM session) / $40.50 (per class) Non-Star Card Member: $400.00 (AM & PM sessions) / $220.00 (AM or PM session) / $45.00 (per class) 4. Wushu Intensive Foundation Training  Beatty Xiamen (2) A 3-day training programme to help students improve their basics and foundation, including flexibility, coordination and strength. This will aid in their learning progress and development in Wushu. Venue MHQ, 115 Eunos Avenue 3 #05-02 Singapore 409839 Date 27 – 29 December 2016 Time AM Session: 10:00am – 12:00pm PM Session: 2:00pm – 4:00pm Price Star Card Member: $144.00 (AM & PM sessions) / $79.20 (AM or PM session) / $27.00 (per class) Non-Star Card Member: $160.00 (AM & PM sessions) / $88.00 (AM or PM session) / $30.00 (per class) If you have any queries about our holiday programmes, feel free to contact Timothy via email at [email protected].

Martial House Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration 2016

img_9698 It was indeed a fun and enjoyable night at MHQ on 12 September 2016 as the Martial House family celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival together! img_9717 This year, we celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with our very own in-house carnival where festival goers were required to play games at the various booths to accumulate points to exchange for prizes! img_9753 Martial House would like to specially thank Coach Yannie & Coach Wei Kai for designing the games at the booths which brought so much joy to everyone! img_9939 Besides the carnival, we were privileged to have with us the Face Changing and Diabolo performers who delivered a series of spectacular performances which further hyped up the atmosphere! img_9782 Also, Martial House would like to thank Auntie Catherine, mother of Tay Yu Xuan, for the beautiful balloon sculptures! img_3638 With the successful conclusion of this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, do look forward to our upcoming events for more fun and excitement! img_9573

A Spectacular Wushu Stars Contest 2016!

img_9399 On 11 September 2016, Martial House & Chinatown Point jointly organised the first-ever Wushu Stars Contest! The contest aims to provide young participants with a platform to perform on stage and showcase their talents and creativity in Wushu. It was an honour to have award-winning Getai celebrity Lee Pei Fen with us as the emcee for the contest. img_8206 Also, we were privileged to have 3 distinguished guests as judges for the contest. They were: Former National Youth Team Athlete & 2-time Star Awards Young Talent Award Winner: Damien Teo  Former Team Singapore Wushu athlete & Renowned Artistic Choreographer: Gordon Choy Former Team Singapore Wushu athlete & National Wushu Judge: Leo Rui Yan img_8221 There were 2 categories for the contest. Group A for those aged 8 years and below as well as Group B for those aged 12 and below. img_8960 Participants wore their own distinct outfit, ranging from cartoon characters to superheroes, to showcase their self-choreographed routines, making each performance item unique and fun! Congratulations to the following participants for emerging as winners for the contest: Group A, aged 8 years and below Champion: Trophy + Samsung Galaxy Tab A A10 – Kenchi Neo img_9329 1st Runner-Up: Trophy + $200 UNIQLO Gift Card A11 – Sylvan Ong img_9324 2nd Runner-Up: Trophy + $100 UNIQLO Gift Card A7 – Xavier Wong img_9320 Merit Award: Medal + $20 UNIQLO Gift Card each A3 – Shayne Ong img_9294 A4 – Fritz Goh img_9302 A14 – Lucas Teo img_9314 A15 – Khrishwin img_9343 A19 – Jeremiah Khor img_9307 Group B, aged 12 years and below Champion: Trophy + Samsung Galaxy Tab A B11 – Joel Ng img_9374 1st Runner-Up: Trophy + $200 UNIQLO Gift Card B7 – Zachary Wong img_9368 2nd Runner-Up: Trophy + $100 UNIQLO Gift Card B5 – Jalvier Ong img_9361 Merit Award: Medal + $20 UNIQLO Gift Card each B1 – Royson Yu img_9348 B2 – Aatavius Kaden Ng img_9352 B4 – Tang Jian Ming img_9346 B6 – Felix Ng img_9339 B10 – Karl Leong img_9357 To most participants, it was their first time performing a solo act on stage. It was commendable that they managed to overcome their fear to step out of their comfort zone to perform in front of a large crowd! Well done kids! img_9331 Our Martial House Wushu Stars were also present to deliver a spectacular performance which won the applause of the audiences. They were: 1. Seow Wei Kai 2. Wang Choon Hai 3. Justin Low 4. Melissa Mak 5. Ng Shinn 6. Ng Yu Ninn 7. Leo Yi Long 8. Ng Ghing Hung 9. Joel Ng 10. Devni Chamodya Kaluarachchi img_8860 The first edition of the Wushu Stars Contest has successful come to an end. Martial House would like to thank our partner, Chinatown Point for co-organising this event and our sponsors for the amazing goodie bags and prizes. Not forgetting the participants and parents for their active involvement as well as our Martial House staff for their hard work and effort to make this contest a great success! img_9416

Martial House Wushu Seminar 2016

IMG_6816 The Martial House Wushu Seminar is back by popular demand! To provide students and parents with a better understanding of the Wushu landscape in Singapore, the Martial House team will be conducting the seminar for the second time! This time round, there will be 2 seminar sessions, each catering to different groups of athletes. Kindly refer to the details below. Martial House Wushu Seminar Venue: MHQ Date: 12 September 2016, Monday Session A (For New Students & Beginners) Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm 1. Opening Address by Martial House Managing Director, Mr. Leo Wen Yeow 2. The Wushu Landscape in Singapore by Martial House Operations & Training Director, Mr. Wan GuangYao Eric 3. Martial House, Your Trusted Partner by Martial House Sales & Marketing Director, Mr. Timothy Chan Kim Wee 9cd413140110650ce2f1831d64c55651 Session B (For Competitive Athletes) Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm 1. Opening Address by Martial House Managing Director, Mr. Leo Wen Yeow 2. What Should I Know About the New Wushu Judging System? by Martial House Operations & Training Director, Mr. Wan GuangYao Eric 3. The Importance of an Athlete’s Image by Martial House Managing Director, Mr. Leo Wen Yeow 4. Achieving the Best with Martial House by Martial House Sales & Marketing Director, Mr. Timothy Chan Kim Wee Even though admission to the seminar is free, there are limited seats for each session! Hurry register now to avoid disappointment! Click here to register for Session A of the Martial House Wushu Seminar. Click here to register for Session B of the Martial House Wushu Seminar. For further queries, kindly send them via email to [email protected].