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This is one of thoes that started as something else intended and ended up setting off a past experence. A balance of good and bad but haunting and one I would not like to go through again..

May-June 1989 Bejing,China Tiananmen Square

A trip planned a year prior.. The first Martial Art team from the US to study and teach in China.
An Honor and a dream come true…..Until

Martial law was declared on May 20. The protesters demanded that the leadership resign, but the government answered on the nights of June 3 and 4 with troops and tanks, killing thousands to quell a "counter-revolutionary rebellion

I was right in the middle of the Square with a group of Martial Artists American and Chinese when tear gas hit the streets.

People running everywhere in panic..Surviving was at the top of the priority list for millions!

We managed to get the last train out before the students closed the train station,late that night after hours of gunfire and ground bombs going off. I t was not by choice that they let us on the train, I was not taking no for a answer, climbed over the fence and got on the train my group followed with alot of !!!!!

I will not finish this now but leave a lasting impression on the viewer.

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  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 4 years ago

    Must have been a horrible experience Vicky, i so remember that event…the student in front of the tank….(
    Sending LOVE and prayers for better human rights in China and all around the world! XXX!

  • All the people dying in front of me was the hardest part,waiting for the next bullet was the second.

    – coppertrees

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 4 years ago

    I am really sorry you had to go through this, i wish there was a way to erase it from your memory…{{{{{{BIG HUGS}}}}}}

  • I learned a great lesson and much Control thoes weeks I was stuck there…I am haunted at times during the night .. But it has made me stronger and helps me understand many people I would not.

    – coppertrees

  • liesbeth
    liesbethabout 4 years ago

    That must have been a horrible experience for sure.. i too remember the event, who doesn’t? I thought of it while i was there. we were there on labor or workersday and it was very crowdy and lots of security making you feel very aware of every step you made, we took the subway home that evening and it being hollidays for the people in china the subway was overloaded .. my sister in law and i were very pleased to get off not so much caring to do it again and that was without the experience you had. I think it would have scared the live out of me to think that could have happened to us just as easily brings me chills.. When i saw the thumbnail of this my first thought was subway Bejiing.. yes this does leave a lasting impression but i can only guess as to what this experience must have done to you. So glad you are safe .. agree with Daisy on her prayers.

  • A llong story I was there for some time trying to get out..The US closed the emb. and left!!!
    We had to take the train back to bejiing,the last two miles of track was lined with machine guns and soldiers with nasty attitudes…
    there was so many time I thought I was going to die I felt like a cat with only one left.

    I love the people there they were so good to me, I loved going and being around them and trying to talk. Most had never seen a american female before much less a female martial instructor.!

    – coppertrees

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 4 years ago

    OH what a terrifying experience this must have been, but you were part of history in the making. How brave and determined you were.
    You have left a lasting impression on us all with this powerful, haunting and poignant image. Wonderful – art at its best.

  • Thank you Anna,I did get to study Martial Arts, we worked out eight hours a day six days a week.helped pass the time..My dream was to study with the Masters and that I got to do . As I said at the beginning a good and bad experience.

    – coppertrees

  • Then my Art has done its job ! Art with all types of pains behind them are sometimes not underatood and viewed differently.I told the story so that the art was understood. Thanks so very much

    – coppertrees

  • aspectsoftmk
    aspectsoftmkabout 4 years ago

    i am happy you came thru the expierence…and that now you teach about a powerful and lasting part of history and herstory that you were a part of vickie..the memories are horrible, yet the teachings are so important and i believe you were chosen and said yes to being one of the storytellers of how and why..the image is so powerful of every instance where someone feels they cant get out..overwhelming since of fear..yet as i look and see the fears subside i can take those hands..and pull then through..exceptional work and such teachings for peace…thank you vickie…your heART touches the world…

  • Pain causes depression or depression causes pain either way when anyone goes through a trama of any type of pain,loss,injury,emotional injury,sickness,the way to release these feelings, need to find a place to go.
    Through art ,verse,any creative avenue helps feed the soul with light and release the darkness that they are in. Understanding the art is the viewers task but I really think thestory of art needs to be told as well.
    Healing is done in many ways the Arts have a place in that Healing.

    – coppertrees

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Oh Vicki what a story. You have endured so much but your Art makes you strong. You ARE strong, and resilient, and you deal with life in a wonderful way because we get to enjoy the fruits of that labor, your art.

  • Hi Ciana, thanks you my Friend, life kicks us at times and if we get up kick it back we eventually feel better.

    – coppertrees

  • aspectsoftmk
    aspectsoftmkabout 4 years ago

    you are so right vickie and i honor you and the work you are doing…you are inspiring my friend..

  • Thanks so much Terri hugs

    – coppertrees

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 4 years ago

    I’m understanding better now. Thanks for sharing.

  • Hi JR, many thanks to you..

    – coppertrees

  • annamora
    annamoraabout 4 years ago


  • Breath Anna lol

    – coppertrees

  • mmargot
    mmargotabout 4 years ago

    I started getting an anxiety attack just seeing the thumbnail.
    Take good care…being in a life and death situation is not something the mind dismisses easily.
    phew…now can exhale before I turn blue.
    May all good come to you and you did good telling this with such a vivid image.

  • Thank you so very much mmargot and nice to meet you,yes please do breath,lol…Nothing is every gone but explored and tamed .
    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. May you have a great week ahead.

    – coppertrees

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