The Year of The Ox
Happy New Year!
This year, the Chinese New Year celebrations began Friday, February 12th, welcoming in the Year of the Ox. In China, celebrations of the New Year last for fifteen days and it is one of the biggest holidays of the year.
For the past decade, we at Villari's Martial Arts of Mansfield have been donating time, visiting hundreds of local classrooms to share the Legend of the Chinese New Year and the lessons about having strong character we can learn from it.
This year, we have adapted along with the rest of the world to be able to share this cultural and character-building presentation virtually.
This presentation includes:
the legend of the race between the 12 zodiac animals
simple exercises for maintaining focus in the classroom
stress management techniques appropriate for all ages
positive character traits for each of the zodiac animals
ideas for students on how to demonstrate strong character in the Year of the Ox
As Shaolin martial artists, we share some Chinese traditions and culture. Shaolin Five Animal Kung Fu and the Chinese Zodiac have some animals in common. In the martial arts, these animals teach us movements and mindsets that help us with everyday life.
How to Use this Presentation:
Play the video below, which includes an introduction, the story of the race, and classroom focus exercises
Use the discussion guide during or after the video for more character lessons from the animals
Play the Year of the Ox video for more details on this year's animal sign
Print the additional resources for take-home materials and classroom follow-up
If desired, contact us at and we can drop off or mail complimentary Year of the Ox PowerCards for your class.
The Legend of
The Chinese New Year
Video: About the Year of the Ox
What We Learned Today
This handout is designed to be sent home with students so they can share what they have learned with their parents. It includes character traits of all the animals as well as how to do the exercises so they can use them at home.
The Teacher's Guide reviews the Red Envelop gifts (which are great as in class activities). It also has some basic Chinese words students can learn.
Red Envelope Gifts
This activity flips the Chinese New Year tradition of adults giving gifts to children and encourages students to give positive action gifts to adults in their lives.
Year of the Ox PowerCards
PowerCards are martial arts trading cards we use in our dojo to promote practicing strong character. They are the size of baseball cards and give students of all ages tangible reminders of the lessons they learn about respect, self-control, and self-discipline.
If you would like Year of the Ox PowerCards for your classroom, please message us at and we will drop off or mail a set to your school.
Enjoy the Year of the Ox!
To our local Teachers and Homeschooling Parents:
Thank you for choosing to play such an important role in the personal growth and development of our community’s youth. Like you, we at Villari's of Mansfield are committed to doing everything we can to help children make the challenging transition from student to responsible adult. As both community members and professional martial artists, we believe it is imperative that we do our part to positively impact as many lives as possible.