FUNDAMENTALS OF JOW GA KUNG FU STYLE DRAGON & LION DANCE

The Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team (TDDT), a USDLDF Member Team, is proud to present a seminar on Dragon Dance, Lion Dance, and Jow Ga Kung Fu, on March 12th & 13th, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

These courses will be taught by Sifu Derek Johnson, one of the foremost representatives of the Jow Ga Style in the US and abroad. 

Course 1 – Fundamentals of Dragon Dance

Description: This course is designed for practitioners of all skill levels to come together and learn more about dragon dance, and its relation to the Jow Ga Style of Kung Fu.

Topics Covered:

  • History of Dragon Dance
  • Basics of Dragon Handling
  • Advanced Dragon Dance Movements
  • Basic coordination of percussion during Dragon Dance

Date: Saturday, March 12th, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Wilco Workspaces 1615 Scottsdale Rd Bldg 2 ste 200B Cedar Park, TX

NOTES:

  • This seminar will be hands on, and participants should expect to be active most of the time instead of sitting through lectures.
  • A dragon will be available for participants to use in the event participants are unable to bring their own.
  • Due to the limited availability of positions on dragons and space on campus in person attendance is limited to a maximum of 40 participants.
  • Course topics covered will be dependent on overall group ability and interest. 

Course 2 – Fundamentals of

Jow Ga Lion Dance

Description: This course is designed for practitioners of all skill levels to come together and learn more about the intricacies of Jow Ga Style Lion Dance.

Topics Covered:

  • Lion Handling
  • Stepping
  • Head Movements
  • Tail coordination
  • Traditional Chengs 

Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Seven Star Martial Arts

Address: 1001 Sam Bass Rd. Suite 600, Round Rock, TX

  • This course will be hands on and participants should expect to be active most of the time instead of sitting through lectures.
  • To maximize the instruction and practice time for individuals attending this seminar, in person attendance is limited to a maximum of 40 participants.
  • Course topics covered will be dependent on overall group ability and interest. 

Course 3 – Jow Ga Kung Fu and its Real World Applications

Description: This course will cover a portion of the set Lohan Kuen. Introduced in this block of instruction will be fundamentals of the Jow Ga Kung Fu Style, along with how to apply the movements within the set.

Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location: Seven Star Martial Arts

1001 Sam Bass Rd Suite 600, Round Rock, TX 78681

Notes:

  • This course will be hands on and participants should expect to be active most of the time instead of sitting through lectures.
  • To maximize the instruction and practice time for individuals attending this seminar, in person attendance is limited to a maximum of 40 participants.
  • This course is not designed to teach beginners in Chinese Martial Arts. Prior experience is necessary to attend this event.

Registration

To register, please click on the following link: https://www.tddt.org/seminar

Important information for all courses:

All sales are final, and refunds will not be issued except in situations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. If an individual is unable to attend and wishes to transfer their registration to another individual, they will incur a $25 administrative fee.

Course Costs:

Day 1 Dragon Dance Seminar:

Pre-Registration Deadline: Monday, February 28th, 2022

USDLDF Members: $100

Non USDLDF Members: $150

Note: Prices will increase by $50 after Monday, February 28, 2022.

Day 2 Lion Dance Seminar:

Pre-Registration Deadline: Monday, February 28th, 2022

USDLDF Members: $50

Non USDLDF Members: $75

Note: Prices will increase by $25 after February 28th, 2022.

Day 2 Kung Fu Seminar:

Pre-Registration Deadline: Monday, February 28th, 2022

USDLDF Members: $50

Non USDLDF Members: $75

Note: Prices will increase by $25 after February 28th, 2022.

Day 1 and Day 2 Registration Discount!

For individuals that attend the whole seminar a discount will be offered until February 28th, 2022. This is for both days, to attend all three seminars!

USDLDF Members: $150 

Non-USDLDF Members: $200

The Instructor

About Sifu Derek Johnson:

Sifu Derek Johnson started training Jow Ga Kung Fu under the American founder of Jow Ga, Sifu Dean Chin, in the mid 1970’s and was a teenager when Sifu Dean Chin died unexpectedly in 1985. Afterwards he joined the United States Marine Corps, became a prison guard, and eventually a police officer. In the late 1990s the famous Jow Ga Master, Cheung Chan Man (at one time known as the Lion King of Hong Kong) adopted him as a godson. Sifu Johnson was given the name Cheung Tai Lik (meaning Great Power).  Sifu Johnson thereafter continued his training with Sifu Kong Yu Choi, and would spend 2-4 weeks a year undergoing advanced training to further his knowledge of kung fu and lion dance. In addition to his studies of kung fu and lion dance, Sifu Johnson received additional studies in dragon dance under the famous Malaysian Dragon Dance Team, Yahya Awal. Sifu Johnson’s skills were recognized and he was given the honor of playing the dragon head in a performance for the Sultan of Malaysia in Johor Bahru. From 1999 until 2014 Sifu Johnson ran the Jow Ga Kung Fu Athletic Association in Maryland, before retiring from the position. To this day, he works hard to propagate the arts of Jow Ga Kung Fu, Lion Dance, and Dragon Dance, to not only his local community, but the world at large. 

ADDENDA AND DISCLAIMERS

COVID-19 Disclaimers

All attendees will be required to abide by local guidelines regarding wearing of face masks. In the event an individual does not wish to comply with local guidelines, they will be required to leave with no refund issued. 

TDDT and USDLDF  are aware of the constantly shifting nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event the seminar is cancelled due to COVID-19, TDDT will offer the attendee the choice to either apply their registration fees to the rescheduled date of these courses or receive a refund.

In the case of the courses being held, but certain areas of the country remaining quarantined and/or have travel restrictions, TDDT will offer access to those affected as an online attendee (with a refund of the difference between an online ticket and an in person ticket) or a full refund.

Please contact info@tddt.org for any questions.

Refunds and Transfers

All sales are final, and refunds will not be issued except in situations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If an individual is unable to attend and wishes to transfer their registration to another individual, they will incur a $25 administrative fee.

Limited Liability

It is your responsibility to consult a physician before participating in this or any fitness program. You affirm that you have no known medical conditions that would restrict you from participating in the classes offered.

You understand and are aware that your participation in the classes involve risk. These risks may lead to tangible or intangible harm, and you agree that they may result not only from your own actions but also from the actions of others. With the knowledge and understanding of these risks, you choose, of your own will and volition, to continue participating in the class.

You agree to hold the Texas Dragon/Lion Dance Team, United States Dragon & Lion Dance Federation, Derek Johnson, and venues where the seminars are hosted, and their representatives (hereafter known as “the Providers”) harmless from any damage, whether tangible or intangible, that may happen to you while participating in the classes offered.

You agree not to start any lawsuit or other court action against the Providers, nor will you join in any such proceeding, including any claim for money damages. You acknowledge and agree that you are entering a covenant not to sue the Providers in any capacity, including to hold the Providers liable for any injury, loss, or damage sustained by you or your property, even if it is due to the Providers’ negligence or omission. You also waive the right of any of your insurers to make any such claim.