Our club, Northern Shaolin Traditional Martial Arts, meets three times a week
in Vancouver, B.C.

We train in traditional northern Shaolin martial arts (kung fu) and southern style lion dance.

Tuesdays & Thursdays
8:00 – 10:00 PM


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Lion Dancing

Canada Day 2005 Celebration
Canada Day 2005 Celebration
Lion dance is an ancient Chinese custom. The lions are auspicious and mythical creatures believed to bring good luck and ward-off evil spirits. Today, special events (where there is a large gathering of people) are usually launched with a lion dance performance.

We provide training for 'southern' lion dance. A traditional 'southern' lion dance focuses on the ancient custom of a majestic, powerful and cautious creature searching for 'food' (lettuce/lucky money) and eating the 'food'. The lion is usually confronted with some obstacle it needs to overcome before the lion can get to the 'food'. These obstacles can be a real or imaginary physical barrier, or a live or simulated creature, such as a snake, guarding the 'food'.

A lion dance can be very entertaining when the dance performance exhibits creativity and skillful maneuvers to neutralize the difficult challenges imposed by the obstacle placed in the routine. An accomplished lion dancer can also enhance the performance by portraying the temperaments of the lion with a display of emotions such as joy, anger, grief and contentment.

Lion dance involves a separate world of knowledge apart from martial arts. Lion dance is a team activity and requires synchronization between all team members - head, tail, drum, gong and cymbal(s). In addition to the traditional dance routines, students are taught the relevant Chinese culture including the customary obstacles and lion dance etiquette. We encourage our students to learn all aspects of the lion dance from dancing in the head and tail positions to playing each of the three (3) musical instruments. A team member can achieve better synchronization with the rest of the team when the individual has experience performing knowledge of the roles of the other team members.