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Foreign students experience Chinese martial art Taijijian

2018/1/5 11:51:19   source:Sdchina.com

As we all know, Tai Chi, or Taijiquan is a Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and health benefits. Taijijian, or Taiji sword, one of important parts of Tai Chi, is a straight two-edge sword used in the training of Tai Chi. The straight sword, sometime with a tassel and sometimes not, is used for upper body conditioning and martial training in traditional Taijiquan schools. It has laid a solid foundation among the masses and is a perfect entry point for foreigners to learn about Chinese traditional culture. Recently, four foreign students came to Jinan Zhengli Chen Family-style Tai Chi Club to learn the traditional Taiji sword.

Chen Family-style Taichi, originated from Ming Dynasty, emphasizes the martial efficacy to a greater extend and is of strong applicability in actual combat. Zhang Zhengli, the owner of the club, is the 20th inheritor of Chen Family-style Tai Chi with rich experience.

When the foreign students went to the club, Zhang Zhengli first introduced the history and forms of Chen Family-style Tai Chi to them. Bat-Ochir and Mandakh from Mongolia, who have strong faculty of understanding of Chinese language, were so engrossed in those abstract concepts about Yin and Yang, and Tai Chi culture.

Zhang showed several traditional weapons used in the Chijiquan and gave each student a sword. Then he taught the foreigners how to use the sword correctly and safely in Tai Chi. Zhang performed the forms of Chen-style Taijijian to them and then taught them by demonstrating each small movement to help them to better understand the skills.

Nikoleava, who from Russia, has studied Chinese for only one year. Though she cannot understand those abstract concepts about Tai Chi well, she was very interested in and gifted with Taijiquan. Even at the break time, she made full use of every minute to practice what Zhang has taught.

Zhang even taught the foreigners several difficult forms as he saw they learned it so earnestly. After the activity, Zhang made a summary of the activity and expressed his wish for the Wushu spirit for the four foreigners.

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