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To ring in the Chinese New Year, one local martial arts studio is offering free public workshops and demonstrations at Lantern Bay Park on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sponsored by The Dragon Institute, located at 34241 Pacific Coast Highway, community members are invited to an interactive demonstration with hands-on training of self-defense methods. Instructors will teach one-inch punches, simple self-defense moves, Kung Fu qigong and standing meditation techniques.

Additionally, demonstrations of Wing Chun, The Dragon Institute’s premier study, will be featured. Wing Chun is different from other martial arts that focus on competitions, organizers say. The style is known for its no nonsense effectiveness and is used by the Chinese Army, U.S. Navy Seals, FBI and CIA.

With locations in Dana Point and Irvine, The Dragon Institute specializes in Wing Chun. Due to intellectual theories and point-blank combat techniques, Wing Chun is typically taught to adults, but the institute offers training programs for children aged 5 and up.

The event will also feature a Chinese lion dance exhibition, kids’ crafts and face painting.

For more information, call 949.542.8470 or visit www.ocwingchun.com.

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