Discover China! Martial art workshop held by Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington [Time]    2017-11-06 13:30:01 

At local time 8th September, Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington held Discover China!Martial art workshop at Featherston School in Wairarapa. Instructor Fanxiao Meng was especially invited on the scene.

First of all, Meng explained the origin and the function of martial art and the differences between martial art and Tai Chi. Later, he showed some martial art weapons to students, including nine-section whip, nun chuck, broadsword and sword, which won students’ great admiration. When teaching the five-step routine, Meng combined the teaching methods of integration and division together to help students master the routine. Students were all interested in learning martial art. Although this was their first to learn it, they had mastered the basics of five-step routine after half an hour practice. After the workshop, most students still had passion for martial art and practiced with their partners. A boy were in high spirits and said,” I want to go to China learn Kung Fu when I grown up and then battle with the instructor.”

Fanxiao Meng showing the martial art weapons

Students experiencing five-step routine

Five-step routine performing

Discover China! is the brand activity of Confucius Institute of Victoria University of Wellington which aims to popularize Chinese culture. This was the first time to hold martial art workshop at Featherston School and it received positive response. After experiencing martial art students had a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and had more passion to learn Mandarin and more Chinese culture.

Script/photo by Yuhui Gao