Students compete in kung fu contest
The first national high school and primary school kung fu championship got underway at Meixihu Middle School, Changsha, Hunan province, on July 10.
More than 10,000 kung fu artists from 145 high schools and primary schools across the country gathered in Changsha to attend the three-day competition which will last until July 12.
More than 10,000 kung fu athletes from across the country attend the first national high school and primary school kung fu championship held in Changsha on July 10. [Photo by Liu Jialu and Xu Yunli/news.changsha.cn]
Held in eight categories for different ages and different types of martial arts, the competition also serves as a platform for students to exchange views on kung fu and learn from one another.
Students spar with each other during the first national high school and primary school kung fu championship held in Changsha on July 10. [Photo by Liu Jialu and Xu Yunli/news.changsha.cn]
Deng Su, chief coach of kung fu team of Changsha Meixihu Middle School, said kung fu needs long-term training and is beneficial to children's physical quality. "Children learning kung fu are hardworking and more independent because they often travel to different cities for competition."
Zhang Yanjun, vice chairman of Chinese Middle School Students Sports Association, spoke highly of the event at the opening ceremony.
"Martial arts enrich the national initiative to promote sports among students and will cultivate students' team spirit and perseverance," Zhang said.
A young student performs the movements of Chinese martial arts using a staff during the competition in Changsha on July 10. [Photo by Liu Jialu and Xu Yunli/news.changsha.cn]