The Canadian Honan Shaolin Association is a not-for-profit association, a branch of the Honan Shaolin Association, Golden Dragon Team of New York, dedicated to preserving the historical Shaolin traditions. The Canadian Honan Shaolin Association is connected by lineage to the Henan Shaolin Hui – 河南少林會, which was founded in Shanghai during the early 1900s by Jian Jin Shan (蕑金山師傅). Shifu Jian was a master of a Henan Shaolin lineage propagated by lay and monk masters for centuries in the Loyang region.
In 1970, shortly after moving to New York, on her deathbed, Shifu Xia Fang Xiu – 夏芳秀師傅 (1916-1970), a senior member from the Shanghai association, requested that Shifu Woo Chia Meng (胡介民師傅 - 1913-2010), also a senior member of the original Shanghai association, continue the Shaolin lineage and pass on the Shaolin martial arts (少林 武術)/Shaolin tradition on her behalf to the next generation.
Shifu Woo began to pass on Shaolin Dragon dance's traditional skills and knowledge, Shaolin wushu, and its related tradition, medical knowledge, myths, and other related arts in New York in 1971. In 1976 he incorporated the association as a not-for-profit association under the name Honan Shaolin Association, Golden Dragon Team, Inc.™ 河南少林金龍會. For the first time in, on the Long Tai Tou 龍抬頭 festival, March 20th of that year, Shifu Woo and the 63rd generation members did a public Shaolin wushu demonstration and performed the Imperial Golden Dragon Dance in New York. Since then, the team continues to perform this ceremony yearly in New York's Chinatown streets.
In the fall of 1984, when Shifu Woo brought the Golden Dragon to Calgary, a dragon he had made himself, he introduced himself to the Calgary Chinese community. He put Rik Zak, one of his senior disciples, in charge of the Calgary, Alberta, Canada Branch Association. This first branch team was incorporated as a not-for-profit society under the Canadian Honan Shaolin Wushu Cultural and Historical Association. Since 1984 this dragon has performed publicly in Calgary's Chinatown yearly as part of important festivals and essential public ceremonies.
The logo used by the Canadian branch association (see here) is similar to the one used by the New York Association and was copyrighted with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
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