The Lion Dance is an exciting, loud and colourful demonstration of traditional Chinese culture. It is enacted to scare away evil spirits and to bring good luck, health and prosperity wherever it is performed.
The Lion Dance is the quintessential ingredient of any large oriental themed celebration. The Lion Dance Team is available for various special occasions, such as:
Chinese New Year
To accompany the authentic Chinese Lion Dance they can also provide you & your special day with a variety of other traditional Chinese cultural forms.
The Martial Arts Kung Fu school perform the Lion Dance across the UK and are trained by the legendary Master Chi...
1986 – Master Chi was awarded the Lion Prize for his various contributions to and achievements in martial arts such as: donating old Seven Star Praying Mantis manuscripts and weapons such as an old two-section stick from the Chi family. At the National Martial Arts Gathering in 1986 he demonstrated Seven Star Praying Mantis which also resulted in him winning the Lion Prize.
1987 – The National Sports Council gave him an award for his outstanding work during the National Martial Arts Excavation of the 1980’s.
1988 – The committee of the National Martial Arts Research Institute awarded him a ‘Contribution to Martial Arts’ award at the Chinese International Wushu Festival.
1991 – Master Chi assumed the post of Executive Director of Yantai City International Praying Mantis Boxing Union. From the 1980’s to the 1990’s he also held the post of Executive Director for Dalian City Martial Arts Association.
1994 – He featured in the publication ‘Dictionary of Famous Chinese Martial Artists’.
1999 – He was appointed Vice-president of Yantai City Seven Star Praying Mantis Research Association.
2001 – Master Chi was awarded the winning prize at the Conference of National Praying Mantis Boxing Masters.
Today, Grandmaster Chi is considered one of China’s living treasures for his knowledge of traditional Chinese arts and culture. His understanding of Chinese martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, Taoism and Buddhism; just to name a few is simply beyond words. He is considered the foremost authority and most knowledgeable teacher of Seven Stars Praying Mantis alive today and is the official worldwide guardian of this unique martial art.
The lion dance is an older traditional dance filled with symbolism relating to old traditional Chinese culture. It is not a modern competition Malaysian dance. A typical performance is outlined below:
A typical routine for a wedding is ‘Hundred years of happy union’ which also makes use of another character namely; the happy Buddha. The job of the Happy Buddha or Buddhist matron is to lead the lion to investigate the red tray and solve the puzzle. The tray includes items such as tangerines (representing gold), Dragon eye fruit (pun for distinguished), jujubes (a pun for an early arrival of a son) and lotus seeds (symbolising a succession of sons), lilies (homonym for harmonious union) and bottle of Chinese vodka (metaphor for long life), wine cups, lettuce and hong bao (red packet). After the lion has solved the puzzle and re-arranged the tray the Buddha will pick up the two cups of *Chinese vodka then with the lion face the newlyweds presenting them with the drinks which then then exchange and drink. The bride and groom will also be presented with the tray at the end which wishes the couple ‘Hundred years of happy union’.
Please note that the troupe can accommodate most requests.
* non aloholic alternative can be used if desired.