Just before COVID-19, Golden Dragon Defense had the honor of being named the #1 Martial Arts studio in Pasadena by the readers of the Pasadena Voice. And there are plenty of reasons for the honor! When we closed the studio in mid-March, Ms. Maria started online classes using Facebook Live and Zoom immediately the next week. She did her very best to keep her students engaged, even though she couldn’t be together with her dragon warriors in person. Her commitment to her students stayed strong and evident throughout the shutdown. She even went so far as to hold classes outdoors in her backyard, just to make sure that her students kept progressing in their learning. Ms. Maria led the region in the switch to online teaching; other schools followed her lead a few weeks later. She truly showed her dedication to the art, leadership in the field, and worthy of her ranking!