The Kung Fu Scholar Association at Peking University Shenzhen hosted a Taijiquan (tai chi) event for everyone to join. They brought in Master Chuanyang Niu, a 5th generation of master Yang-style Tai Chi, to lead the evening’s event. He has practiced for more than forty years and has been invited all over the world in order to share traditional Chinese culture and history through tai chi. Master Lu gave participants a unique opportunity to not only understand what tai chi means, but also gave an explanation of its history and movements through demonstrations. Many people of different age ranges came to the event to get a firsthand glimpse into tai chi.
Daniel Pinto, a first-year management student of PHBS said, “I came to the event because I wanted to understand more about the history and fundamentals of the art. I now understand that tai chi, in several ways, is about balance.” The students were able to try out something called “sticky-hands” with the master during a demonstration. During a demonstration, the students were able to try out a common partner exercise called “sticky hands,” which practitioners use to feel the subtle but powerful movements required by tai chi. “I learned that it requires more practice then I thought. It’s very interesting because it’s working with the person’s mind also,” said Ottilia, a second-year PHBS student.
Tai chi is one style of Chinese kung fu that is famous throughout the world. It teaches people about their body and the importance of qi. Chaohao Lu, the organizer of the event and club president, adds “I think in modern society, Chinese kung fu can bring us wisdom from history and helps us have a good future. I hope more students can participate in our Kungfu Scholar Association to experience the charm of Chinese kung fu and make friends.”