Although the true history of Shaolin Kungfu is soaked in both tradition and myth and is unlikely to be fully determined, Shaolin Kungfu is the greatest martial art in the world! It has the most extensive techniques, skills, and philosophy. It enriches people’s life and leads people to the highest state of spiritual.
It is both an internal and external art. The internal focuses on breathing and the flow of Chi (energy) throughout your body. The external focuses on the punching and kicking aspects. In this way, it is both a “soft” and “hard” martial art. It places a large importance on the balance of Ying (阴) and Yang (阳) that is traditionally seen in Chinese philosophy. For example, instead of meeting force with force, a Kungfu practitioner will move or deflect the attack while simultaneously aiming their attack to an opponent’s weak points. In this way, Kungfu uses the attacker’s force against them, allowing for a smaller defender to defeat a larger attacker.
Well, Shaolin Kungfu is not principally meant for fighting. Instead, a Shaolin practitioner is trained to be courteous, considerate, brave, and righteous. True Shaolin followers can deal with problems and situations with calmness and clarity and attend to their duties with zest and loyalty. The Shaolin philosophy is compassion and wisdom.
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The art of Taiji, which was once a secret among the Chinese community, is now practiced all over the world. Also known as Taijiquan, it is a gentle martial art that facilitates the flow of qi, or “life energy,” throughout the body.
Originating from Taoist Philosophy, Taiji is meant to sooth the mind and invigorate the sprit with its physical movements and breathing techniques. The ancient martial art includes both internal and external expressions. By combining mental concentration and graceful postures, practitioners balance the Yin and Yang life force energy.
Qigong (pronounced CHEE-GONG) is a collective term for a set of exercises that manipulate the form of qi, or vital life energy. Practiced by millions of people per day, Qigong literally means “energy practice.” Qigong is a self-healing art that manipulates the flow of qi through a combination of meditation, visualization, breathing, and movement.
According to Chinese philosophy, qi flows continuously throughout the body. When the flow is irregular or disrupted due to physical injury or mental tension, this causes an imbalance in the system. Qigong students therefore strive to maintain a harmonious flow of qi for the purposes of promoting health.
The ancient art can be divided into soft Qigong (health purpose) and hard Qigong (martial arts and strength training). Practiced in the past by monks, intellectuals, scholars, and ordinary people, Qigong serves martial, medical, and menditative purpose.
For medical purpose, medical Qigong involves a mixture of qi exercises and meditation. The exercises bring about a state of tranquility, thus driving away anxiety and distress. By gaining control of the body and developing positive thinking, practitioners stimulate circulation of blood and qi.
太极与气功 (Tai Chi & Qi Gong)
The lion dance is a popular recreation for the Chinese and is usually exhibited during the New Year season. Surprisingly, there are no actual lions native to China, thus the lion dance is a ritualistic tradition based on a Chinese mythological animal. According to legend, the lion dance was developed to combat supernatural forces and has become a symbol of good luck.
The lion head is constructed of paper mache, elaborately decorated wood, and a colorful length of cloth. The color of the lion indicates its age, with multi-colors representing a mature lion and black symbolizing a youthful lion.
Lion dancers must have great endurance and agility to withstand long period of time. The lead dancer must bring life to the lion by manipulating the mouth, eyes, and ears. Meanwhile, the person controlling the lion’s tail often operates from an uncomfortable, low crouched position. The purpose of lion dancing is to imitate the animal’s behavior as close as possible.
Kungfu stances and maneuvering play an integral role in the intricate foot patterns of the lion dances, and the performers must have a solid foundation. Lion dancers sometimes balance themselves upon each other’s shoulders, which can be two to three persons high.
Lion dances can be performed during any festival or special occasion.
The lion dance has close relations to kungfu. The lion dance performers train hard to master the skill as one of the discipline of the martial art . They are available for performance for special events.
Typically during the Chinese New Year, lion dancer troupes will visit the houses and shops of the Chinese community to perform the traditional custom of “cai ching” (採青), literally means “plucking the greens”, a quest by the ‘lion’ to pluck the auspicious green normally ‘vegetables’ like lettuce which in Chinese called ‘cái’(菜)that sound like ‘cái’(财)(fortune) and auspicious fruit like oranges tied to a red emvelope containing money; either hang highly or just put on a table in front of the premises. The “lion” will dance and approach the “green” and “red evelope” like a curious cat, to “eat the green” and “spit” it out leave it in a nice arrangement, like a auspicious character but keep the “red envelope”. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the business and the troupe is rewarded with the red envelope.
Lion dance is usually performed at many other important grand occasions, including Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals, business opening events, birthday celebrations, honour guest welcoming and wedding ceremonies by the communities.
Our performers are available for your special events. We have top-rated Lion Dance and/or Kungfu performance.
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