The Chien Hong Liondance Troop is based in Atlanta, Georgia and has been serving that area since the Chien Hong School of Kung Fu’s opening in 1995. Our troop is the oldest continuously performing Lion Dance team in the area.
We have lions of various colors to suit your taste, plus percussion and happy buddha to accompany the demonstration.The Chien Hong Liondance Troop is available to perform traditional Chinese lion and dragon dance at private parties, festivals, parades, housewarming, restaurants, weddings, special occasions, and celebrations.
Please confirm your reservation in advance for dates surrounding Chinese New Year, as this is our busiest time.
The Chien Hong School martial arts performing group is comprised of a group of expert martial artists that emphasize onstage performances. Its members include national and regional competitors and award winners in various martial arts contests in America and Taiwan R.O.C. We are also the oldest performing group in the metro Atlanta area with over 14 years of performances for the Chinese community and open public. This exciting and enthusiastic team endeavors to transform the traditional Chinese martial arts into a highly energetic “stage performing art” for your event.
The Chien Hong School of Kung Fu wishes to spread the healthy and artistic image of martial arts and Chinese culture to our society with its expertise in the teaching and performing of martial arts, as well as coordinating related activities, such as, lion and dragon dance.
We hope that you will find a new understanding and appreciation of our art through the dynamic and splendid performance that we design especially for you. The value of martial arts should not be limited only to improving your health and protecting your safety. It is not only a comprehensive system of exercise, it’s also a unique performing art representing Chinese traditions. This is why Chien Hong School martial arts performing group was formed.
Please let Chien Hong School’s Chinese martial arts performing group take you into the spectacular world of Chinese martial arts and culture.
Chien Hong is the place to go in Atlanta for real traditional Kung Fu. A very well rounded school working traditional forms, fighting techniques as well as Lion and Dragon dance. If you want real Kung Fu in Atlanta, you should definitely do the free trial class at Chien Hong, and be sure to check out their Chinese New Year demonstration, the best Kung Fu show in town!!
Adult Kung Fu Student
I have been going to this school for about 2 months now, and I love it! Currently, I am studying Shao-lin Hong Quan. When I moved to Atlanta about 3 months ago, I looked at all the martial arts schools in the area, and this one caught my attention not only because they had the style I was looking for, but this school also seemed like they knew what they were doing. When I visited other martial arts websites, I could not get a clear understanding of what was being taught and why. If you are looking to go through the motions and not be challenged physically or mentally, or if you want to learn some sort of wicked technique on day 1, then this school is not right for you. In time, you will learn such awesome techniques, but you have to lay a strong foundation first, and that is key at Chien Hong. If you feel like you might not fit in, don’t worry, you will. I am a recent college graduate and am working in the Atlanta area. Other students in my class are high schoolers who are levels above me, parents well in their 30’s or 40’s, those who seem athletic and those who obviously aren’t. All that Sifu Mitchell asks of us is respect and commitment. What we say at the beginning and the end of every class speaks for the school:
Learn Respect, Learn Kindness, Learn Humility, Learn Kung Fu
So stop by if you are interested, and if not, then stop by anyway (we can be entertaining to watch…)
Chinese New Years Performance
I haven’t actually taken classes here. But I did go their school back at the beginning of the year. They held a big festival with demonstrations (both of students from the school, as well as other schools!) during Chinese New Year, and since I’m a big kung fu fan, I decided to check it out.
The interior of the school is super cool. It has all the trappings of a nice Hong Kong style kwoon. The teacher, Gary, seemed super nice. He was definitely good at what he does, and so are his students. The fact that this was HIS school and HIS party – and yet he had invited OTHER schools to demo there too – kinda bowled me over (in a good way)!
The demonstrations were all good! They teach a version of Hung Gar (tiger/crane) here from Taiwan.
It’s kinda weird though…Even though both I and my boyfriend at the time loved the place & demos – neither of us ended up training there; he ended up studying Tai Chi at one of the schools demoing there, and I met my future kung fu teacher there as well!
Children’s Kung Fu Student
This place is a gem. My son was having a lot of behavioral issues at school, and since attending Chien Hong, there has been a big change in his level of focus, his tolerance for frustration, and the choices he makes each day. Shr fu Gary suffers no fools and is very good natured, but he means business and takes the art of Kung Fu very seriously. Kids are not coddled here but they are treated with fairness and expected to be responsible for their actions. There are also classes for grown ups, which I can’t speak for because I’m only at my kid’s classes, but for anyone considering pursuing kung fu or Chi Gong, I highly recommend this school. It’s got a lot of heart, and the price is extremely fair.
Children’s Kung Fu Students
My two sons and I started with Chien Hong in November 2013. My boys enjoy the class – Shifu Gary has a good sense of humor and makes the class fun, but is also firm and demands discipline and respect. The result is a great rapport between students and teacher. In my sons I have already noticed better behavior at home, and a greater willingness to undertake difficult tasks.
For my own part, I am only able to go once a week and find that there is a LOT of variety in the class. The material covered as part of the curriculum is immense and includes conditioning and stretching, basic kick/punch/block drills, ‘animal’ drills, forms, fighting technique combinations, weapons, breakfalls, joint locks, lion and dragon dance (these are optional though we occasionally do lion dance footwork as a drill), Chinese language, and history of the school and its ancestry. Beginners start at 8th level and work up to 1st from there over time. I am currently in 7th level, and the form I am learning has 103 movements in it. These movements aren’t simple punches and kicks for the most part, and it is challenging to just remember all of them. I think anyone would find that kung fu (and in particular this school) is a great way to expose your body to a wide range of movements and work muscles you didn’t know you had.
Adult Kung Fu Student
I actively trained here for a number of years under Sifu Gary Mitchell. He is a dedicated, traditional instructor who tries to convey both the physical and cultural components of the art.
Adult Kung Fu Student
I’ve been training at Chien Hong for a year now and have plans to be there for quite a while. I’m one of those who gets hopelessly bored at the gym, and elementary gym class flashbacks pretty much prevent me from ever going out for any team sport, ever, so martial arts is one of the few ways I can happily get a workout in. (Funny how the idea of a punch to the gut is way less frightening than the thought of hanging out in a baseball dugout, but apparently someone read way too much into Lord of the Flies as a child.)
The school is run by Shifu Gary Mitchell, who has been training in kung fu for 20+ years. He offers traditional Hung Gar kung fu (for adults and for kids) as well as Tai Chi Chuan and self-defense, and there will also be a new Wing Chun class this fall. No matter the style, though, Shifu tailors the material depending on who is attending and what their level is. So, no two classes are the same: you may see elements of boot camp, shadow boxing, light sparring, etc., or you might focus on particular techniques (hand strikes, blocks, kicks, and so on).
There is also a specific curriculum you have to know for your level, so you’re always learning new things and finding ways to improve upon what you already know. Shifu is undoubtedly devoted to the art, so he has has high expectations for his students and is continually motivating us to give it our all.
There’s an awesome community at Chien Hong. The training brothers and sisters are super supportive and friendly, and they’re always happy to answer questions and help you practice. Also, the school participates and performs in lots of activities around Atlanta–Chinese New Year and parades, notably–so that’s pretty darn nifty to show off to your friends and family.
Children’s Kung Fu Student
My eight year old child has been at Chien Hong since the summer of 2010. We have been very pleased with Chien Hong and the influence it has had on him. As he progresses in level he is challenged not only physically, but intellectually because the different forms are learned in sequence with “poetry” (each move has a line of poetry to accompany it, i.e., in Capturing the Tiger form, “tiger moves with relentless force”.) This style of learning has been excellent for the children in the kung fu class. It not only expands their vocabulary and understanding of the art, but also allows them a mnemonic device as they are expected to recall certain movements and positions when they progress in their forms.
Shifu Gary Mitchell, Chien Hong’s founder, is fantastic with his students. He encourages them to do their best and always has high expectations for their behavior, respect (for the school, for their peers, and holding true to that in daily life), and in their preparedness for each lesson. I too expect all of these things from my child, and I have found his teachings helpful and consistent with my parenting. Shifu also makes class fun by letting the kids suggest their favorite warm-up exercises, or even by letting a student invent a “goofy” warm-up of their own. There are plenty of giggles and wiggles, but when it’s time for serious focus, the kids are ALL ready for business!
Another great thing about Chien Hong is that it’s very big in the Atlanta community. They take part in parades, festivals, and many other events around town. My son has enjoyed seeing his older kung fu brothers and sisters preform dragon dances at Chinese New Year in Chinatown and in restaurants, or lion dances at the grand openings of local businesses. The adults that train at Chien Hong are very committed. We have loved becoming a part of the Chien Hong family. I can tell that my son finds comfort and familiarity with this group and he carries an important sense of belonging.
Our family was very picky about the style of martial arts that our child was going to be studying. We wanted something authentic that not only celebrated the beauty of the physical form of kung fu, but also honored its history, culture, and tradition. Chien Hong did not disappoint us! We found everything we were looking for and more with this school and I highly recommend it to people of all ages that ask about kungfu or are interested in studying kung fu.
Children’s Birthday Party
Thank you so much for your service. All my guests were very impressed. Your lion dance was definately the highlight of my son’s party! I was very happy to have your team show our guests Chinese heritage and tradition. We truly appreciated it!
I will send you a couple of professional pictures once I get them from my photographer. I will be recommending your team to all our friends and families.
Chinese Cultural Festival Wesleyan College
For anyone or any group interested in learning more about Chinese culture, I heartily recommend checking out the Chien Hong School of Kung Fu, lead by Shifu, or Master, Gary Mitchell. The Chien Hong School of Kung Fu was the headline act for Wesleyan College’s September 2014 festival celebrating Chinese culture. Festival visitors were treated to two enthralling performances: a traditional Chinese lion dance and a demonstration of Kung Fu martial arts. Both performances were enthralling, visually spectacular, and very informative. Moreover, as one of the festival’s organizers, I also appreciated Mr. Mitchell’s professionalism. He was willing to work with us in finding a time to fit Wesleyan College into the School’s very busy performance schedule, and his diligent attention to detail throughout the planning process ensured the event’s success.