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Lion Dance

What is Lion Dance?

Lion dancing involves two performers, a drummer, a cymbal player and a gong player. The two performers control the head and tail of the lion while the drum, cymbals and gong are played in accordance to the movements of the lion. On many occasions, there is also a big-headed Buddha (Dai do fut), carrying a fan who plays with the lion and directs it to the green lettuce and red envelope.

The lettuce eating part of the dance, also called “Choy Cheng, involves having the lion chew up some lettuce and spitting it back out into pieces. Spitting the lettuce out symbolizes the showering of good fortune, happiness and prosperity.

Attached to the lettuce, is a red envelope with money inside. The lion will take the red envelope as a gift. The red envelope is a sign of gratitude for blessing the occasion with good fortune, happiness and prosperity.

History of Lion Dancing

The Lion Dance is a Chinese tradition with over two thousand years of history. There are many stories of how the lion dance was created. One of these stories is about a beast that frequently attacked a small village in China. To keep the beast away from their village, the villagers constructed a costume that resembled the beast and played loud instruments to scare the beast away. Their trick worked and the beast never came to their village again. Since then, the lion dance has been performed to scare away evil spirits, to bring good fortune, happiness and prosperity.

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January 5th,2000 | Chinese Culture | No Comments


Goo Mo Do (Way of the Drumbeat)

What is Goo Mo Do?

Goo Mo Do, which translates to “The Way of the Drumbeat”, is a drumming style developed by our club founder, Jimmy Chan.

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The objective of Goo Mo Do is to promote cultural exchange through the practice of this unique drumming style.

Based on the Chinese Lion Dance drumming system, Goo Mo Do incorporates different drumming styles from other cultures such as African drumming, Brazilian drumming, Japanese drumming and Western drumming.

When performed, Goo Mo Do produces a unique drumming sound with unpredictable rhythm and amazing energy. Goo Mo Do is not only great to listen to, but to watch as well.

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Below is a video of Jimmy Chan performing Goo Mo Do:

Jimmy states,

Goo Mo Do () – “The Way Of The Drumbeat”.

The creation of my drumming style have earned great exposure which breaks barriers by combining drumming styles from different cultures. My unique style has gained a lot of popularity among a diverse audience.

Which named my drumming style called : Goo Mo Do (), which translates to “The Way Of The Drumbeat”. I developed this drumming style 10 years ago. I have been drumming since I was a kid, playing with different kinds of drums and learning from many masters.

It’s not that I don’t like the traditional drumming style. I have been observing the way the new generation has been evolving, so I think it’s a good idea to pass down the traditions in a way that will attract the younger generation.

Goo Mo Do (), combines Japanese drumming, Western drumming, Brazilian drumming, African drumming as well as Chinese drumming.
The philosophy behind Goo Mo Do () is to drum according to your heart.

I always tell my students that “art” is an expression of how you see and how you feel and to bring your imagination into reality. I think this concept is very important for all art forms, performers and artists. There should be no restrictions and no rules to how you can express yourself in a certain art form. Art is a personal that can be shared with the audience to appreciate the creation. That is what I have been doing for the last 10 years with my drumming style–to create and generate a new expression away from the traditional art forms to attract the younger generations as well as other cultures to come and drum together.

When I drum alongside other drummers of different styles, it represents the coming together of different cultures, and expresses the union of different art forms. It is the traditional art form transformed into a more modernized and liberated style that can allow one to express their “Heart, Soul and Mind” with the entire world as the heartbeat of the drum is a universal language. This is what I call Goo Mo Do (), “The Way Of The Drumbeat”.

January 2nd,2000 | Chinese Culture | No Comments