Opening of First Baduanjin and Taichi Class for 3rd Age of Ballarat

[Source]    Confucius Classroom of Mount Clear College, Australia [Time]    2019-05-06 17:09:54 

On April 27th, local time, the First Baduanjin and Taichi Class for the 3rd age of Ballarat, jointly hosted by the Confucius Classroom of Mount Clear College and the University of the 3rd Age of Ballarat, was opened officially by the Wendouree Lake.

The opening ceremony was hosted by Jenny Bromley, Vice-Principal of Mount Clear College and Director of the Confucius Classroom, John Olsen, Manager of the University of the 3rd Age of Ballarat, and Jijun Yang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Classroom.

Jenny Bromley expressed her warm welcome to the 15 students and thanked them for their coming o. She also introduced the development of the Confucius Classroom and expected that everybody will enjoy their study of Baduanjin and Taichi.

Jenny Bromley giving a welcome speech

John expressed his thanks to the Confucius Classroom for teaching of Baduanjin and Taichi and hoped that everybody would be persistent in learning and practice.

John Olsen giving a speech of thanks

Then Jijun Yang gave a brief introduction about the development and benefits of Baduanjin and Taichi and encouraged everyone to keep on learning and practicing. Then he showed them how to do warm-up exercises and talked about the acupuncture points of the traditional Chinese medicine and benefits of every step of the exercise. After that, he demonstrated Baduanjin and introduced the key points and benefits of every movement. All the students were actively involved in learning and imitating.

All students practising Baduanjin following Jijun Yang

After the learning and practice, everybody shared their experience of learning. They also asked Jijun Yang about the traditional Chinese culture and enjoyed a heated discussion about Yin-yang, Confucianism and Taoism, having deepened their understanding of the Chinese culture.