LEARNING ALL ABOUT LION DANCE AND DRUMMING IN JUST ONE COURSE

Personally conducted by Sifu Wong Kiew Kit
in Sungai Petani, Malaysia

Lion Dance

An invaluable old photography showing Uncle Righteousness and Sifu Wong in a Lion Dance performance for the public

Aims

  1. To preserve and pass on the art of Lion Dance and Drumming as part of kungfu legacy.
  2. To enable kungfu practitioners of any style, including instructors and masters, to incorporate Lion Dance in their schools if so desired.

Objectives

  1. To understand the history and significance of Lion Dance in kungfu culture.
  2. To be able to perform the Lion Head and the Lion Tail.
  3. To be able to play the drum, the cymbals and the gong in Lion Dance music.
  4. To understand and perform traditional Lion Dance formations.

Course Content

  1. Historical background and significance of Lion Dance in kungfu culture.
  2. Basic traditional Lion Dance techniques and performance.
  3. Basic techniques in playing the drum, the cymbals and the gong in Lion Dance music.
  4. Arrangement and interpretation of Lion Dance formations and their meaning.
  5. Rhythm, tone and expression in Lion Dance.
  6. Lion Dance as a mean to develop kungfu skills.
Lion Dance Drumming

Sifu Ronan of Shaolin Wahnam England performing the Drum in a Lion Dance practice session during a Special Shaolin Kungfu Course in 2002

Expected Result

  1. Have a better understanding of Lion Dance in kungfu culture.
  2. Be able to better appreciate Lion Dance and to tell a good performance from a bad one.
  3. Have a better appreciation and control of emotions.
  4. Enhance kungfu skills like breath control, fluidity of movements, agility and solidness, mental clarity and relaxation.
  5. Enhance qualities like carefulness, cheerfulness and courage.

Time Table

As revealed in the time-table, this course is really intensive. Please be sure to be fit physically and mentally before attending the course.

Fee

1500 euros per participant. No other fees are charged.

Fees are payable at the completion of the course only if the students are satisfied that all the set objectives have been fulfilled. They do not have to pay any fees if they say they are not satisfied.

Lion Dance performance

Sifu Wong Chun Nga and Sifu Luis Morgado practicing Lion Dance during the Special Shaolin Kungfu Course in 2002

Note

Applicants must have some prior kungfu experience. They must be able to perform unarmed kungfu patterns and footwork reasonably well.

Both current Shaolin Wahnam members (including instructors) and non-Shaolin Wahnam members may apply for this course. After the course, the latter may choose to be associate Shaolin Wahnam members while continuing to practice or teach their own styles, or not be associated with Shaolin Wahnam at all, but they have to be abided by the Ten Shaolin Laws . Those at instructor's level and above are free to teach what they have learnt in this course in their own systems if they wish and if they are competent to do so.

From our perspective, Lion Dance is not just for demonstration. Its practice can enhance qualities like ability to relax while performing vigorous actions, fluidity of movement, stamina, mental clarity, carefulness, cheerfulness and courage, which are not only beneficial for kungfu training but also for our daily living. Participants will learn and practice these qualities at the course.

As it normally takes many months to learn Lion Dance and Drumming, those not familiar with our Shaolin Wahnam methodology may wonder how one could effectively do so in a seven-day course. Of course this can be done — otherwise the course will not be offered. The teaching will be methodical and systematic, but paticipants have to work very hard.

Nevertheless, no one can be proficient in Lion Dance or Drumming by merely attaining an intensive course. The purpose of the course is to provide you with fundamental knowledge, skills and techniques; subsequent diligent practice is necessary. The main lessons of the course will be videoed, and a complimentary copy will be give to you to help you in your own practice.

Application

Apply to The Secretary , stating:

  1. the name of this course, i.e. Intensive Shaolin Kungfu Course
  2. your full name
  3. your sex and age
  4. your occupation
  5. your e-mail address
  6. your postal address
  7. your phone and fax numbers, if any
  8. your health problems (briefly), if any
  9. your kungfu style(s) and experience
  10. your attainent level, e.g. instructor, master, grandmaster

If you are accepted, details will be e-mailed to you.

You do not have to pay any application or booking fees. The course fee of 1500 euros (which is the only fee you have to pay) is payable during the course only if you are satisfied.

One essential condition is required for participating in this course, and that is to uphold and practice the Ten Shaolin Laws . Please read and understand the Ten Shaolin Laws carefully. Application for the course is taken to be an indication that you have accepted this condition

Food and Accommodation

The course will be held in Sungai Petani, Malaysia. The nearest airport is Penang, from where you can take a taxi (about an hour's drive) to Sungai Petani.

You have to pay for your own food and accommodation. You can have your meals or stay wherever you like. But it is recommended that you ask our Secretary to book accommodation for you for better co-ordination.

Some good hotels in Sungai Petani are Swiss Inn (phone number 60-4-4223333, fax number 60-4-4224473), Cinta Sayang (60-4-4414666, 60-4-4415263), Noveltel (60-4-4317777, 60-4-4318777), and SP Inn (60-4-4213411, 60-4-4212423). A comfortable, air-conditioned room with complimentary breakfast costs about US$30 per day. A sumptuous meal costs less than US$10 per person. Both Western and Eastern food are available.

Lion Dance performance

A public performance of Lion Dance by early students of Sifu Wong many years ago

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