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    Lion Dance

    Just wondering how common it is for CMA organisations to have Lion Dance teams? I gave it a try a couple of time, pure torture on the arms, wrists and legs, not something I am that interested in doing long term but having tried it certainly makes me appreciate the atheleticism and skill on the performers.


    My organisations team, not sure where or when this was filmed though

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http:...yt]bD8L7FU2YAY

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    I've done tons of lion dances. Because of my build, I'm always an ass end so I can stack the head person up on my horse or bow stance. More recently I've become a drummer and gong player.

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    I believe it is more common in southern systems, and schools that can afford a lion.

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    We actually do enough lion dances to finance and maintain several lions. They're pretty expensive. My school has five of them that we hang up on the walls.

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    Is it right then that different CMA styles have signature drum patterns? not sure if there is a wing chun one as of such, though when I did take part in a couple of the lion dance practise sessions they demonstrated what they said where praying mantis drum patterns.

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    all i know is that the drums in that video are a LOT faster than any lion drumming i have ever heard. they seem to be the basic pattern that we use, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CodosDePiedra
    We actually do enough lion dances to finance and maintain several lions. They're pretty expensive. My school has five of them that we hang up on the walls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ty5
    Is it right then that different CMA styles have signature drum patterns? not sure if there is a wing chun one as of such, though when I did take part in a couple of the lion dance practise sessions they demonstrated what they said where praying mantis drum patterns.
    I saw a white crane school do a lion dancewhere they had this cool drumming style where they swung the sticks to drum in a figure eight manner like sinawali.

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    i practice choy lay fut (southern style, but i hope you all know that) and we do regular lion dances. im pretty tiny, so i make a good head, as im easy to throw around, but seriously its one of the most intense cardio/ arm workouts I've ever tried. and ya the drumming in the video was different than pretty much anything ive ever heard... I'll put one of my videos on youtube eventually

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    My two cents- all forms in general should be done full speed with power and fluidity (obviously not counting stuff that is purposely done slow). Doing a lion dance should be just like doing a regular form with a heavy weapon.

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