Students of Confucius Institute visit China for 2015 Chinese Martial Arts Forum

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at University of Central Lancashire [Time]    2015-07-17 13:49:53 
 

On July 8, teachers and students of the Chinese Language Summer Camp, hosted by the Confucius Institute at University of Central Lancashire in the UK, visited the Beijing International Studies University (BISU) to participate in 2015 Chinese Martial Arts Forum and Duan Wei System Evaluation, a series of Wushu (martial arts) experiencing activities including theory test, technics assessment and Wushu exchanges. Six teams in total took part in this event.

The six Wushu teams showcased many facets of the charm of Chinese Wushu through their distinctive group and individual performances of Quanshu (boxing), Daoshu (broadsword play), Qiangshu (spear play) and Gunshu (cudgel play), bringing a visual enjoyment to the Chinese and foreign audience and winning many rounds of cheers. Yu Feixia, British Director of the Confucius Institute at University of Central Lancashire, staged a performance of Taiji fan by herself, manifesting a perfect combination of strength and beauty. She also joined the British student Grace Delphine Varty in performing the graceful yet powerful Taijiquan (Taiji boxing). These lively and spectacular demonstrations fully exhibited the feasibility of carrying forward the Chinese Taiji culture and the Confucius Institute’s achievements in promoting its flagship culture programs such as Wushu. Every move and gesture by the performers showcased the extensiveness and profundity of Chinese culture. These splendid performances aroused rounds of cheers from the audience, who all took out their mobile phones to take pictures or record videos of every unforgettable moment.

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Yu Feixia, British Director of the Confucius Institute at University of Central Lancashire, performing Taiji fan

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The Taijiquan (Taiji boxing) performance by the team of the Confucius Institute

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The spectacular Wushu combating by the performers

On the same day, BISU also held its first theory test of the Wushu Duan Wei System and technics assessment, with a total of 21 test takers who were students from the Confucius Institute at University of Central Lancashire, overseas students at BISU and students from the Primary School Affiliated to BISU. The Chinese Wushu Duan Wei System is a system to extensively evaluate the levels of Wushu practitioners based on the number of years of practicing Wushu or participating in Wushu events, level of Wushu technics and theories, achievement in research, Wushu ethics and virtues, and contributions to the development of Wushu. First launched in 1998, this system grades Wushu practitioners into 9 levels of three categories, namely, elementary, intermediate and advanced Duan Wei.

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Students taking the theory examination of the Duan Wei system

It is learned that the Confucius Institute at University of Central Lancashire has always attached great significance to the promoting the Chinese Wushu in northwestern Britain.

 
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