Probably around 2008, Tony Smith 5th Dan (of Hereford Goju-Ryu Karate-Do) returned from an extended visit to Japan and Okinawa. When I eventually met-up with him, he presented me with these two clay lions from Okinawa, which appear based upon a Chinese design.Although there is no pearl or ball - one lion has his mouth open and looks to the left - whilst the other has her mouth closed and looks to the right. Both lions keep all four paws firmly upon the ground:
During 2005, myself, and my eldest daughter Sue-Ling - travelled to Glastonbury for educational purposes - accompanied by Ch'an Dao student 'Liz'. As I was was writing and publishing numerous articles in magazines and journals at the time, and given that Liz was also training with John Davies in Yin Bagua (I had also attended a few lessons in Regents Park), it was thought we should carry-out a photo-shoot in the grounds of the spiritually charged Glastonbury Abbey (of King Arthur fame). Although some of these pictures were subsequently published, most are now being shown in public for the first time. I am not a Yin Bagua practitioner, but I do respect this style and hold its students and teachers in the highest regard. When Master Xu Yun (1840-1959) was forced to flee the Western aggression in Beijing (following the Boxer Uprising in 1900 (together with the Royal household) he was protected en route by the imperial bodyguard 'Yin Fu' (尹福) [1840-1909] - the inventor of this syle. The Chinese surname of 'Liz' is '尹' (Yin) pronounced 'Wan' in Canttonese.
Shifu Adrian Chan-Wyles (b. 1967) - Lineage (Generational) Inheritor of the Ch'an Dao Hakka Gongfu System.