More Lion Dance information
Strength of mind and body are developed, power and agility are improved and adapting to your environment is essential. For the group it requires team work and builds a strong bond in the group. During the Chinese New Year, lion dancers from martial art school will visit the store front of businesses to "choi chang" (?? lit. picking the greens). The business would tie a red envelope filled with money to a head of lettuce and hang it high above the front door. The lion will approach the lettuce like a curious cat, consume the lettuce and spit out the leaves but not the money. The lion dance is supposed to bring good luck and fortune to the business and the dancers receive the money as reward. The tradition becomes a mutual transaction. Other types of "greens" may also be used to challenge the troupe, for instance using pineapples, pomelos, bananas, oranges, sugar cane shoots, earthen pots to create pseudo barriers and challenges. The lion dance normally follows a story such as lion exists Cave, Lion Crosses Bridge or Lion Eats the snake. Each dance routine tests the skill of the performers while entertaining the audience and also have cultural significances.
Lion Dancing training is an excellent way to develop fitness and is a excellent supplement to regular kung fu training.