Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lion Dance and Mei Hua Zhuang (梅花桩)

To do the lion dance, you definite need to went through the basic foot job steps of Kung Fu training, usually is the ‘ma bu’ (马步), because this is the most important basic requirement in doing lion dance yet follow by how good you coordinate with your partner. In advance Kung Fu foot job steps training, we need to do our basic step posing on top of the wooden poles (木桩)with about the palm size thickness which start from the height about 1 foot height, and these poles were called Mei Hua Zhuang (梅花桩).
In higher level, these Mei Hua Zhuang (梅花桩) poles could be in about 5 foots to about 12 foots!

Since lion dance is Chinese martial art with performance criteria, doing lion dance on the wooden poles (nowadays all of us was using metal based poles) is a very interesting art.

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