The full success of the first Martial Arts Competition held by the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University [Time]    2014-10-31 15:51:41 

From September 10 to 11, the first “Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University Cup” Martial Arts Competition was successfully held in the Kyrgyz National Sports University.

A group photo

The competition was sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University and co-sponsored by Kyrgyz Traditional Martial Arts Association. The event was also attended by Mr. Bai Jingxun, Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyz, Ms. Chen Yao, a journalist from Xinhua News Agency, Kyrgyz Television Station, the chairman of the Kyrgyz Traditional Martial Arts Association and the president of Kyrgyz National Sports University. The competition invited Professor Xia Baihua to be the arbitrator, who is the deputy-director of the traditional martial arts committee of Chinese Wushu Association as well as an international umpire for martial arts competitions.

Women’s broadsword competition

Competition of a three-person team

The competition is divided into two categories: free-hand boxing and armed boxing and two groups including the junior group and the adult one. The youngest contestant was only 12 years old and the oldest 71. During the competition, the contestants performed seven traditional martial arts items such as Changquan (literally: "Long Fist"), Nanquan and Taiji Broadsword, which won rounds of applause.

When the competition ended, the first, second and third prizes as well as excellence awards were selected for each item. Apart from individual awards, the competition also gave Kyrgyz Traditional Martial Arts Association the best team prize.

The competition adhered to the concept of promoting traditional Chinese martial arts culture, gathered martial arts lovers all over Kyrgyz to exchange their experiences. The local people came to feel the charm of Chinese martial arts personally and experience diverse Chinese culture.

This event not only demonstrated the school-running characteristics of the local Confucius Institute and expanded the influence of the Confucius Institute, but also laid a good foundation for carrying out other cultural activities in the future.

Text by Nie Xi

Photographed by Jin Yajun


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