World Champion Lion-Dancer
在1997年，锺国富加入关圣宫龙狮團（KSK)，当年只有十二岁的他，是第一次参加龙狮團。在中学毕业之后舞狮也就是他的主要收入来源，但是当时的舞狮的收入也不是很稳定。所以必需在兼份其他工作来维持基本的开销。毕业的2年后，他加入了寿险业才明白时间自由才能够兼顾舞狮。在那时候舞狮才算是他的主业。曾经参加的大大小小赛事已经数不清。在2002年尾拿下了第一次的全国冠军之后也在印尼 巴东 拿到第一次的世界冠军，之后在2006年正式从他师兄的手接棒到退役幕后，总共拿了十九次的世界冠军及二十多次的全国冠军。
In 1997, Zhong Guofu joined Kun Seng Keng Dragon and Lion Dance troupe (KSK), then only twelve years old, it was his first time to participate in dragon and lion dance troupe. After graduating from high school lion dance was his main source of income, but the income of lion dance then was not very stable. He had to rely on other work concurrently in order to maintain his basic overhead. Two years after he graduated, he joined the life insurance industry and came to realize that the freedom of time will enable him to continue his passion in lion dance. Since then, lion dance became his full-time work. He took part in numerous large and small competitions. In late 2002 he won the first national championship, and also won his first world championship in Bandung, Indonesia . In 2006 he succeeded from the hands of his seniors and worked behind the scenes, in total he took nineteen world champion and over twenty national champion.We are honored to invite Zhong Guofu and join us to share his success journey.
1. Why do you like lion dance? What does lion dance mean to you?
Guofu: I was just curious about lion dance in the beginning. Until when I started jumping the pole, I loved the excitement from pole jumping. After in-depth learning into high pole lion dance, I understand that the real charm about lion dance is the connotation. To give soul into an art without life (Lion’s Head) is a very difficult task! Anyone can perform lion dance, but [life] is something that many lion-dancers are constantly exploring [human-lion unity]! The so-called human-lion unity means whether the lion-dancers are able to reconcile with the audience expressed in resonance, drumming matched with the performance of all forms. In conclusion, a Lion Dance is a great movement of art and stimulate invention.
2. From beginner to competition standard, how many years did you train?
Guofu: I was twelve years old when I took on the Lion’s Head (short-term) and changed to the tail of a lion at the age of thirteen. I had a total of five partners, and Dian Yong was my last partner and he is the only with courage and perseverance that is above the normal average. Because I have accumulated a lot of experience with the previous four partners, so partnering with Dian Yong only took a year to train before going for competition. Of course, here I should also very grateful to my troupe leader, Chen Zhongxing, for his inner guidance and cultivation.
3. What was your feeling when you first started to jump on the poles? Did you start from the ground or straight to the poles? How do you overcome the obstacles in your heart?
Guofu: All the beginners will be afraid when they start jumping on pole and I was no exception, but only fear is capable of learning self-defense and vigilance. Even falling is a skill to learn, how to reduce injuries during a fall. Our troupe takes personal safety into great importance, it is essential to get a good foundation on the ground before taking on the short pole to master the basic difficulty. Finally going to the high pole. Overcome heart obstacles has no other secrets, the only thing is [guts].
4. Is there any good tips to help you practice jumping ability?
Guofu: When I was 14 years old, every morning I will do one hour and a half of frog jump at least 200 times to train my jumping ability.
5. Do you have any plans to carry forward the art of lion dance?
Guofu: As the main team playing for Kun Seng Keng, our troupe leader also taught us how we should teach the next generation and to promote the future teams. We also visited the orphanage to teach those kids. Also took part as a coach in countries like Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and Singapore after retiring from competition, of course, not as a full-time work. My future plan is to become a lecturer of the lion dance community and provide more systematic classification learning of the main points of a Lion Dance, the lion dance charm, and what mindset lion-dancers should have …
6. If one day you are not a lion dancer, what would you want to do?
Guofu: I do not want to leave the lion dance community, because I have tried giving up, but I could not do it. Even my wife do not want to see that I do not have a soul.
7. What would you say to the next generation of young people?
Guofu: I dedicate this to all lion dance lovers:
Life is just a blank waiting for their own to color
The Lion Dance future depends on everyone’s contribution
Do not daze to realize their dreams as taking action is the reality
Drunk lion and dream dance everyone love, life like this is more exciting (It’s just my own composition. Please forgive me for any mistakes.)