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Felix Leong

Felix Leong or Cheok Son is a Grandmaster of the Chinese martial arts of the Wing Chun style and one of the few disciples certified by all three Wing Chun martial artists, Sum Nung, Pan Nam and Ip Chun. In 2015 Leong's academy was nearly incinerated after over 30 years of operation. Leong was born at Buddha Mountain in China to a martial arts family, he was influenced at an early age by his grandmother, regarded as a high level master in martial arts. In 1974 Leong established his martial arts academy in Adelaide, his club had a background in all 3 lineages of Wing Chun along with Muay Thai, Wu Shu, Tai Chi and Qigong. A fire started in the basement of Leong's Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy at 12:13 PM on 2 September 2015, it spread throughout the building. Leong had no insurance. Five months Melbourne Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy owner Maurice Novoa donated two special handmade wooden dummies to Leong's Academy. A child-sized dummy was one of 5 made in the world like the larger size. Many of Leong's students visited from overseas to help the academy recover.

Felix Leong's Rebirth From the Ashes ceremony in Adelaide hosted State Members of Parliament Jing Lee and David Pisoni as honoured guests. Lion dancing and a roast pork traditional feast were provided

Smilin' Through (play)

Smilin' Through is a 1919 play by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin, written under a pseudonym, Allan Langdon Martin. Cowl starred in the play in a double role and co-directed it with Priestly Morrison. Smilin' Through was produced by The Selwyns and opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway on December 30, 1919, it included in the cast Orme Caldara as Kenneth and Jeremiah Wayne, Henry Stephenson as John Carteret and Ethelbert D. Hales as Dr. Owen Harding. Scenic design was by Joseph Urban; the play ran for 175 performances. It played for a long run on the road, was one of Jane Cowl's greatest commercial successes; the story is a sentimental romantic tale of Kathleen Dungannon. Her romantic attachment to Kenneth Wayne is opposed by her adopted father John Carteret, who bears the painful memory of his thwarted love for her aunt, Moonyean Clare. Moonyean visits John as a ghost, the roles of Kathleen and Moonyean were both played by Jane Cowl; the popular story was first filmed in 1922 by First National Pictures, was remade twice by MGM, in 1932 and 1941.

In 1932, it was made into an unsuccessful Broadway operetta, Through the Years, with music by Vincent Youmans. The title song of the operetta, became a hit. Smilin' Through is the title of a 1919 ballad with lyrics and music by Arthur A. Penn; the creation of the song and play were independent but intertwined. According to Isidore Witmark in his history of the Witmark and Sons publishing house, Cowl's play was rewritten after the song was published, based upon the imagery of the lyrics. Both the title and the music of the song were incorporated into the play when it was completed and produced. Smilin' Through Smilin' Through Smilin' Through Smilin' Through Smilin' Through at the Internet Broadway Database Through the Years at the Internet Broadway Database Photos of Jane Cowl in Smilin' Through, from the Billy Rose Theatre Collection photograph file at NYPL Digital Gallery. 1919 recording by Reinald Werrenrath of the song Smilin' Through at YouTube