Course Information

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. The course will cover the following topics:

  • History of Dragon Dance

  • Basics of Dragon Handling

  • Advanced Dragon Dance Movements

  • Basic coordination of percussion during dragon dance

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.

Dates: March 12, 2022

Time: 9:00 - 6:00 PM

Location: Wilco Workspaces, 1615 Scottsdale Rd, Bldg 2 Ste 200B, Cedar Park, TX 78641

Note: Course topics covered will be dependent on overall group ability and interest.


Sifu Derek Johnson plays dragon head for the Sultan in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

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


The course will cover the following topics:

  • Lion Handling

  • Stepping

  • Head Movements

  • Tail coordination

  • Traditional Chengs

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.

Date: March 13, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Seven Star Martial Arts, 1001 Sam Bass Rd, Suite 600, Round Rock, TX 78681

Note: Course topics covered will be dependent on overall group ability and interest.

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

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

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 pracice time for individuals attending this seminar, in person attendance is limited to a maximum of 40 participants.

Date: March 13, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location: Seven Star Martial Arts, 1001 Sam Bass Rd, Suite 600, Round Rock, TX 78681


Note: This course is not designed to teach beginners in Chinese Martial Arts. Prior experience is necessary to attend this event.

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

Registration up to February 28, 2022

USDLDF Members: $100

Non USDLDF Members: $150

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

Day 2 Lion Dance Seminar

Registration up to February 28, 2022

USDLDF Members: $50

Non USDLDF Members: $75

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


Day 2 Kung Fu Seminar

Registration Up To February 28, 2022

USDLDF Members: $50

Non USDLDF Members: $75

Notes Prices will increase by $25 after February 28, 2022.


Day 1 and Day 2 Registration Discount

For attendees that attend the whole seminar a discount will be offered until February 28, 2022.

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 and 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 god son. Sifu Johnson was given the name Cheung Tai Lik (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 till 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.

Sifu Derek Johnson

Registration

To register for the seminar, please click the "Register Now" button.

ADDENDA AND DISCLAIMERS

Hotel Recommendations

Due to the course coinciding with South by Southwest (SxSW), it is recommended that if you are looking for a more economical option for hotels to book in the Pflugerville/Round Rock area, and not downtown.

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 canceled 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 that the seminar is hosted at, 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.