Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University hosts the first Sino-Australian Tai Chi Well-being Festival

[Source]    Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University [Time]    2016-08-10 13:41:36 
 

From June 18th to 20th, local time, attracting over 2,000 people from all walks of life, the first Sino-Australian Tai Chi Well-being Festival, jointly hosted by the Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University and Australian Hong Ren Tang Well-being Health Association, was held in the Gold Coast of Australia.

This festival included such sections as Sino-Australian Tai Chi Well-being Exchange Conference, Tai Chi Health Lecture, Tai Chi Training Courses, exchanges between Chinese and Australian Tai Chi masters and Chinese Tai Chi demonstrations at school.

The opening ceremony of the festival and the Sino-Australian Tai Chi Well-being Exchange Conference were held at Coolibah Downs Private Estate on June 18th. A total of over 300 people attended this event, including Mr. Sid Cramp, MP for Gaven Electorate in the Gold Coast; Mr. Zhao Yongchen, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate in Brisbane; Mr. Leong Liew, local director of the Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University; Mr. Liu Chaojie, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute as well as delegates from all sectors of the local society.

The renowned Tai Chi master Xu Jianxia, President of the Tai Chi Chuan Association of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the sixth-generation successor to Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan and Master Zhang Fengbao, Deputy Secretary-General of Chinese Traditional Martial Arts and Cultural Exchange Association, performed onstage, demonstrating 56-form traditional Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan and Yang-style Tai Chi Sabre as well as Tai Chi Sword and Bagua Linked Palms, respectively. The National Chief Instructor Rod Ferguson from the Australian Academy of Tai Chi and Qigong and his Australian indigenous team presented performances of Tai Chi Fan and collective Tai Chi Chuan, winning rounds of applause.


Master Xu Jianxia demonstrating 56-form traditional Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan


Master Zhang Fengbao performing Tai Chi Sword

The “Cheongsam Show” by the Golden Coast Cheongsam Association showcased the grace and beauty of Chinese women, bringing a visual feast to the audience. The conference also specially invited the renowned Chinese calligrapher, martial artist and historian Mr. Ren Deshan to write four Chinese characters “Fu Run Hua Tang” with a Chinese ink brush at the event, which showed the charm of Chinese calligraphy.


Tai Chi performance by the Tai Chi Chuan team from the China Chamber of Commerce in Queensland


The Australian Academy of Tai Chi and Qigong performing collective Tai Chi Chuan

In the afternoon, the Tai Chi Well-being Academic Lecture was held at the church in the Coolibah Downs Estate. Mr. Ren Deshan and TCM physician Zhao Xiaoqin, President of Hong Ren Tang Well-being Health Association delivered speeches respectively, attracting over 120 audiences. Mr. Ren Deshan introduced the origin and philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan with the topic entitled “Tai Chi Chuan is the Key to Health Care.” Taking “Our Lives and Health” as the central theme, President Zhao Xiaoqin talked about the essentials of health care and insisted on following the laws of heaven and earth to eradicate sub-health status.


A group photo of Consul General Zhao Yongchen and performing guests

On June 19th, numerous Tai Chi Chuan enthusiasts attended the free Tai Chi Chuan training class. Under the guidance of Master Xu Jianxia and Master Zhang Fengbao, the trainees’ level of Tai Chi Chuan was significantly improved. Besides, Mr. Ren Deshan also delivered a speech on China’s The Book of Changes.

On June 20th, Master Xu Jianxia and Master Zhang Fengbao visited the base for activities organized by the Australian Academy of Tai Chi and Qigong in Burleigh Heads and the Pimpama State School, where they presented Tai Chi performances.


Tai Chi masters performing at school


Tai Chi masters performing in the community

In addition, by auctioning off Mr. Ren Deshan’s calligraphy works and the plane tickets sponsored by China Southern Airlines as well as collecting donations, this event raised 2,087 Australian dollars for charity, which will be donated by the Tourism Confucius Institute to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation for the good cause of Australian wildlife conservation.