Our Lions

Kwan Yin

Born February 20, 2016 • Year of the Monkey

Despite being a male, our Year of the Monkey lion is named Kwan Yin after the Goddess of compassion, mercy, and healing. Kwan Yin's name and inaugural dance are references to Sifu Melanie Beckett's difficult struggle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Kwan Yin was custom made for us in Malaysia and is our first blue lion and our first long-haired lion. Appropriately, his nickname is Marley. Some Edmonton Oiler fans have recognized their team colours in Kwan Yin and sometimes refer to him as McDavid. Kwan Yin was generously donated by Silver Rock Homes.

Po

Born February 21, 2015 • Year of the Sheep

We are very excited about our new lion this year, as are our lion craftsmen in Malaysia who built him. He was built to our specifications to have the custom colouring of that of a Panda. Appropriately we have named him Po, after the character in the movie Kung Fu Panda.

Yanwu

Born February 1, 2014 • Year of the Horse

Our second dragon, Yanwu, helped us bring in the Year of the Horse. His name roughly translates as "smog" and he is named after Smaug, the dragon in Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'. Yanwu is a very dynamic dragon who radiates amazing colours under black light.

Hua Yuanjia Jr

Born February 1, 2014 • Year of the Horse

Our new lion this year is named Hua Yuanjia, after the legendary Chinese fighter (1868-1910). We designed every detail of this lion in Stony Plain and had him constructed to our specifications in Singapore.

The cost of Hua Yuanjia was generously donated to us by Yitzik Csillag's company - Computronix.

Kwan Kung III

Born February 16, 2013 • Year of the Snake

Our new lion this year is the most important lion in a kung fu school - the red/black lion Kwan Kung. General Kwan Kung was one of the three generals from the historical novel - 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms' and has been deified as the Chinese God of War and the patron saint of Kung Fu schools and Chinese police officers.

Gau Lung

Born January 28, 2012 • Year of the Dragon

Our dragon is named Gau Lung which translates as 'Nine Dragons' and is what the city of Kowloon is named after.

The Chinese Dragon Dance is not a common performance as it is a major production that requires at least twelve people participating. For this reason, most Kung Fu schools rarely perform the Dragon Dance.

Yao Shih

Born January 28, 2012 • Year of the Dragon

Our Year of the Dragon lion is named Yao Shih after the Master of Healing.

Yao Shih was custom made for us and we chose the colour pink in support of Sifu Tiffany Playter and her battle with breast cancer.

The cost of Yao Shih was generously donated to us by the Estey family business - Caibred Consulting Ltd.

Zhang Fei III

Born February 5, 2011 • Year of the Rabbit

Our new lion for the Year of the Rabbit is the black and green lion Zhang Fei, named after one of the three legendary generals from the historical novel - 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'.

Zhang Fei represents bravery and as such, the lion dancers must convey his aggression and ferocity more adamantly than with any other lion. Zhang Fei's ferocity affects the longevity of these lions and as such, this is our third Zhang Fei.

Zhang Fei III is our only Fut Hok lion combining attributes from both Fut San and Hok San lions.

Kwan Kung Jr

Born February 20, 2010 • Year of the Tiger

Our new lion this year is the red and black lion. Kwan Kung is the most important lion in any Kung Fu school.

Kwan Kung is named after the legendary Chinese General who gave up his life rather than betray his loyalty to General Liu Bei. The Chinese since defied Kwan Kung who became known as the God of War and the patron saint of Kung Fu schools and Chinese police officers.

Huang Di

Born February 7, 2009 • Year of the Ox

This year's new lion is named Huang Di, after the legendary Yellow Emperor who is referred to as the originator of the Chinese culture and also credited with inventing the principles of traditional Chinese medicine.

Huang Di's arrival at our doorstep was an unexpected serendipitous event. Through miscommunication and chance, we ended up ordering two lions last year and thus ended up with Huang Di.

Huang Di hails from China and is unique in that he is a Fut San lion with a curved horn. This is very rare.

It should be noted that Mr. William Choy donated Huang Di to the Benevolent Foundation. He is a special lion indeed.

Liu Bei Jr

Born February 16, 2008 • Year of the Rat

This year marks Silent River Kung Fu's 20th Anniversary. It is very fitting that we chose Liu Bei as our new lion to mark the occasion. Liu Bei was the founding emperor of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms era of China. Along with Kwan Kung and Zhang Fei, Liu Bei was one of the famous Three Generals of the historical novel - 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'.

In Kung Fu schools, Liu Bei is represented by the multi-coloured lion and he represents wisdom.

Hua Yuanjia

Born February 24, 2007 • Year of the Pig

Since we had a Barney (Kong Long) it became a logical step to nickname our other lion 'Fred'. Fred's Chinese name is Huo Yuanjia in honour of the legendary Chinese hero.

Kong Long

Born February 24, 2007 • Year of the Pig

This year marks the first year that we will be initiating a children's lion into our group. Since his arrival this lion has been addressed by his nickname 'Barney' in obvious reference to a certain purple dinosaur.

In homage to his nickname we chose the Chinese name 'Kong Long' which translates as 'Terrible Dragon' and is the Chinese word for dinosaur.

Fu Hsing

Born February 4, 2006 • Year of the Dog

Fu Hsing, the orange lion, is named after the Chinese God of Happiness. Fu Hsing is said to bring happiness and wealth, especially if you ask him on the 20th day of the 7th moon.

Zhang Fei Jr

Born February 4, 2006 • Year of the Dog

Zhang Fei, the black lion, is named after the famed Chinese General from the historical novel - 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'. Zhang Fei is the youngest of the three generals and he represents courage.

Kwan Kung Sr.

Born February 12, 2005 • Year of the Rooster

Died September 14, 2008 • Year of the Rat

This year we acquired our first Malaysian lion. The smaller head with aluminum framing keeps the lion very light. Kwan Kung Sr. was our first Kwan Kung lion and was the highest quality lion we have ever used.

Kwan Kung Sr. was used in a funeral dance for Travis Panasiuk and as tradition dictates, Kwan Kung Sr. was burned after the dance. He now serves Travis for eternity.

Liu Bei Sr.

Born January 24, 2004 • Year of the Monkey

Tradition is a big part of our lion dance and as such, our first two lions were Zhang Fei Sr. and Liu Bei Sr. representing the two famous generals from the historical novel - 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'.

These two traditional Chinese lions have much larger heads with bristly hair and longer cloths than the Malaysian lions we use today. Their added weight made stacking and other stunts more difficult but their bulk ensure our dancers developed proper techniques.

Zhang Fei Sr.

Zhang Fei Sr.

Born February 5, 2003 • Year of the Sheep

Tradition is a big part of our lion dance and as such, our first two lions were Zhang Fei Sr. and Liu Bei Sr. representing the two famous generals from the historical novel - 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'.

These two traditional Chinese lions have much larger heads with bristly hair and longer cloths than the Malaysian lions we use today. Their added weight made stacking and other stunts more difficult but their bulk ensure our dancers developed proper techniques.