Besides the regular Kung Fu classes, Five Fists provides the following additional activities and services:
KUNG FU DEMONSTRATIONS Our demo team of outstanding students can show the different aspects of Kung Fu, such as demonstration forms, weapons, partner sets, self-defence applications and Sanda. Demonstrations are often accompanied by traditional Chinese drumming. We give demonstrations at a few selected annual events such as Chinese New Year and the St. Patrick's Day parade.
LION DANCE Lion Dance is an important part of Chinese culture, and integrally linked with Kung Fu. The Lion costume is worn by two Kung Fu students, who have to move together in order to make the Lion come to life. The Lion is accompanied by Chinese drumming, and has to keep to a certain etiquette in order to make a good Lion Dance. Typically a Lion Dance will finish with the Lion 'eating the green' in the form of a lettuce or a cabbage. Unlike here in the west, in China the Lion is considered an animal of protection and good luck. This can be seen from the Lion's costume and its movement. The Lion's character, if played well, affects the audience with its happy, strong, confident yet playful energy. A successful Lion Dance will bring good luck to the people, to relationships, or to a business. Typical occasions for a traditional Chinese Lion Dance are the opening of a business, Chinese New Year's celebrations, a wedding, and sometimes a funeral.
TAI CHI CHUAN and QI GONG Tai Chi Chuan, or Taijiquan, is a soft, internal style of martial arts. It is characterised by its slow flowing movements, yet it holds a fierce power if trained at a high level. Nowadays many people only know and practise Tai Chi for its health benefits, rather than as a martial art. Tai Chi training is often complemented by Qi Gong exercise, which uses relatively simple low-impact movements, enhanced breathing and a meditative mindset. Hong Ying Ireland has no regular classes in Tai Chi Chuan at present, but please check out our Qi Gong for Health program.
Click on any of the three entries above for more information. If you are interested of booking us for any of these services, feel free to contact usto discuss the possibilities. Please bear in mind that Lion Dance and demonstrations require a full team, so early planning is essential.