The North Bend Eagle

Jing Mo TongThe Jing Mo Tong Athletic Association will be in North Bend Old Settlers Sunday to entertain the crowd.

Lions, dragons here Sunday

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/22/16

The Jing Mo Tong Athletic Association will be at the North Bend City Park Sunday, June 26, at 4 p.m. to provide entertainment like North Bend has never seen.

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Jing Mo Tong originated in Shanghai, China, in 1909. It embraces many styles of martial arts, setting it to music and including lion dancing. The group coming to North Bend from Lincoln ise a non-profit Chinese Kung Fu and lion dance school.

Director Ray Petersen grew up in Lincoln and was actively involved in the Asian community. He had a passion for martial arts, but it was through his Chinese teacher, Celine Robertson of Lincoln High School, that he fell in love with the language and culture.

He and his wife Danielle started JMTAA with the goal of preserving kung fu and lion dance traditions and sharing it with those who may not be familiar with either. There are typically ten students or volunteers who present shows.

The North Bend show will be a 30 to 45-minute educational performance of lion dance and martial art techniques.

“We may test our competition routine if the weather cooperates,” Danielle Petersen said. “We will be competing in the Colorado Lion Dance Competition over 4th of July weekend and go up against teams from across the country.”

Petersen said that in general in each performance the lion has a challenge to over come. He displays seven emotions throughout, from fear to happiness as he works to overcome obstacles and be rewarded for doing so.

Jing Mo Tong is brought to North Bend by Platte Valley Bank, Pathfinder Place, North Bend Insurance, North Bend Central, North Bend Golf Course, North Bend Grain, Standing C Excavating and Havelka Educational Services.

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