Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers, France Hosts the Third Chinese Martial Arts Festival

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers [Time]    2012-05-18 16:54:22 
 

May 13rd, 2012 - The Third Chinese Martial Arts Festival, jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers and Poitou Martial Arts Association, was held at the city gymnasium with great success, featuring the participation of martial arts fans with excellent martial arts performances highly hailed by the audience.

Under the elaborate preparation by the Confucius Institute and the Association, red Chinese Knots and lanterns were hung at the site; on the wall were photos of students of the martial arts class in practicing martial arts and staging performances, presenting a typical scene of Chinese flavor; the exclusive exhibition booth of the Confucius Institute played wonderful pictures of previous events, attracting the attention of many spectators. The martial arts exhibition in the morning was opened by dragon dance Golden Dragon Plays with a Pearl as expected, highly applauded by enthusiastic audience; programs followed were also excellent including tai chi boxing and art of fencing. Each group showcased their basic skills when coming on the stage: junior group performed five-step boxing under the guidance of martial arts teacher, showing strong momentum although they’re short; the youth group performed 24-form tai chi boxing, incisively and vividly demonstrating the rhythm of tai chi from slow to fast movements; the cudgel play of the adult group enlivened the audience; tai chi boxing performed by the elderly group also received rounds of applauses. In the afternoon, French fans of martial arts experienced martial arts in person at the training site. They began to practice martial arts following the solo performance of martial arts teachers and on-site demonstrative projects of tai chi boxing and martial arts, staging a brisk and lively scene of performance between local residents, and teachers and students of martial arts.


Scene of Martial Arts Festival


Scene of Martial Arts Festival


Scene of Martial Arts Festival


Scene of Martial Arts Festival


Scene of Martial Arts Festival

It’s reported that the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers has begun to open martial arts course since 2008 as it works to erect a bridge for Frenchmen who are passionate in China’s martial arts, enabling them to know China’s martial arts and understand Chinese culture. Nearly 300 students of the martial arts class, from children aged 6 to seniors in their seventies, present a beautiful landscape.