We would like to thank Chris Jones (www.cjmma.co.uk) and Matrix Martial Arts for supporting us at their recent Martial Arts event in Leicester – The Leicestershire Martial Artists Gathering
We are very grateful as their donation will help us to continue funding our projects throughout Europe and Africa.
Many thanks guys!
The 2018 Fighting Spirit Film Festival takes place on 14-15 September 2018 at the Stratford East Picturehouse in London.
If you’re in this area this weekend, do pop in and take a look.
What is a ‘Dragon’s Heart’?
To find out, I visited a Sanjuro Martial Arts class in North London to meet Glenn, Anita and the young people they work with. After a tour of Bruce Grove Youth Club, I watched the disability group in action – and wow, it was active! There was no let-up in the energy and focus of the class. From the parents and carers, I heard how important the group was in developing confidence and physicality. The young students from an earlier class joined in, demonstrating Sanjuro’s emphasis on helping each other. They helped me too, when my spelling skills failed!
A week later, I was at the JC Dragon’s Heart Europe Community Centre (House Madelief) in Hoogvliet. Kitty and her friendly team made me very welcome – and even persuaded me to join in a tai chi class with Olympic coach Chris de Korte. Madelief Huis feels like a family home – an inviting, cheerful place that provides activities and company for isolated elders. The local community can pick up second-hand bargains at the Centre, which encourages a mix of all ages. I was very tempted by the paintings and the records – next time I will take a larger bag.
I’ve learnt you don’t need the skills of Jackie Chan to have a Dragon’s Heart. Just courage, compassion and the determination to take on a challenge – whether martial arts in a wheelchair or meeting a new neighbour. We can all inspire and support others, in great ways and small. That’s our Dragon Hearts beating.
This is a translation of an article that appeared in The Botlek in Rotterdam
Last month, Catherine Johnson in her role as Patron of Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe went to Hoogvliet, Rotterdam at the request of President, Kitty Engelmoer, to visit the Huis Madelief project set up by the Charity.
This is a project for elderly people who live independently and have little or no social contact. The Charity invite these people to spend time with each other in the recently-opened JC Dragon’s Heart’s Europe Community Centre in Hoogvliet, Rotterdam. To fund the get-togethers and activities, the Charity organises flea markets and small markets full of fun and cheap items. When Catherine was told about this, she instantly said that she would like to see it.
Catherine writes for the theatre and film in England. Her biggest hit is the musical Mamma Mia! She wrote the story and produced the musical together with Bjorn and Bennie from ABBA, says Kitty Engelmoer. Kitty is also trying to bring the famous movie star Jackie Chan to Hoogvliet.
In a recent interview for The Botlek, Catherine said, “I have lived in Bristol since I was 5 years old and knew that I wanted to be a writer when I was older. At a young age, I won prizes and I still take great pleasure in writing.
A special experience for me was a TV series called, ‘Love in the 21st Century’ which is now no longer shown on television but at the time played a major role in the sexual liberation of women … a lot different from a cheerful singalong film like Mamma Mia!’
She says that she still finds it ‘awesome’ that she has worked with 007 Pierce Brosnan!
Catherine meets Ambassador, Chris de Korte
We would like to thank Catherine for taking the time out from her busy schedule to visit Hoogvliet and meet with some of the elderly people and the volunteers.
Chris Jones, a full-time martial arts instructor with his own school in North Yorkshire (www.chrisjonesmartialarts.moonfruit.com), and a dedicated Dragon’s Heart supporter has come up with a great idea to promote our charity.
Having sought our permission, he has used our logo on the sleeve of his polo tops. What a great initiative!
Many thanks Chris for the extra bit of advertising.
Between the 7th and 12th July 2017, a tour was organised by Spanish Jackie Chan fan, Antonio Ramírez Santandreu (Jackie Chan Spain) to visit locations in and around Madrid and Barcelona that were used in the films Wheels on Meals and Armour of God II: Operation Condor, along with other places of cultural interest.
The tour was a great success and was attended by fans from the following countries – Chile, England, Estonia, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Spain and Uzbekistan.
During the tour, one of the many fun events that took place was a charity auction which was hosted by Silke. Items for the auction were donated by the fans and The JC Group. These included collectors magazines, JC socks, action figure dolls, posters and other rare items. Over 700 Euros was raised from the auction and more has also been donated.
We at Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe would like to thank Antonio for organising this tour, and all the fans who attended and contributed to making this a great event.
Finally, we would also like to thank the sponsors: Zafiro Hotels, Norma Comics, Glups and SelectaVisión.
The fans were delighted to find this building …
Two years ago, a dedicated Jackie Chan fan, Antonio Ramírez Santandreu, had a vision that Jackie Chan fans from around the world could visit some of the most iconic locations in Spain where the movies, Operation Condor (1991) and Wheels on Meals (1984), were filmed.
Well, this week Toni’s vision has become a reality as fans from 8 different countries will be doing just that!
After much organising during those two years, over 20 fans will visit these memorable locations in Madrid, Segovia and Barcelona. Buses have been booked to get the group around together with a venue for dinner in the evening should the fans wish to take part.
We are delighted to hear that Toni has also agreed to a Charity Auction with any profits going to Jackie’s Dragon’s Heart Europe charity; we would like to thank Toni for agreeing to this.
We are sure everyone will have a great time, and we can’t wait to see some of the photos. Stay tuned …
We would like to thank everyone who bought one of our unique Jackie Chan Dragon’s Heart Europe 2017 calendars. We are very grateful for your support as this will enable us to continue paying the salary for a teacher at the Rwandan Orphans Project.
As is our tradition, all photos have been taken by Jackie’s fans as they travel the world!
Thank you very much for your help!
We recently mentioned our 2016 Calendar Sale on Facebook stating that we would soon have some news about it. Well, the sale starts now!
We are delighted to say that the Wall Calendar has a new design for next year and all the photos are of worldwide places where Jackie has filmed. The Desk Calendar contains photos of Jackie Chan’s hometown – Hong Kong.
Once again, all photos are taken by fans, and although the text is in German, it is still worthwhile buying one as you will have some beautiful photos to look at throughout the year!
All proceeds of the sale will go to JC Dragon’s Heart Europe, and will help us to continue supporting a very worthwhile cause – The Rwandan Orphans Project in Kigali, Rwanda.
They urgently need our help because the Orphanage is facing eviction!
The prices for the calendars are now 17.50 Euro for the Wall Calendar, and 12.50 Euro for the Desk Calendar. Both prices include the worldwide shipping.
Payment is possible by (international) bank transfer and Paypal.
If you are interested in these calendars, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and/or for more details.
Our sincere thanks go to Chris Jones and his Martial Arts Centre for the recent donation following the “Tough Mudder” challenge and collection – £465!
Thank you very much for this wonderful donation – you guys have come through for us again and we really appreciate it!