Changsha competes in 'Taijiquan' to celebrate National Fitness Day

Editor:Sharon Lee
Source:嶄忽晩烏
Updated:2017-08-15 15:31:37

  To mark National Fitness Day, more than 100 tai chi enthusiasts of all ages took part in the qualification trails for the 9th Changsha Sports Meeting, to be held in mid-September.

  Tai chi (also known as taijiquan), is a Chinese martial art practiced for both defense training and health benefits since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

  Outstanding competitors at the event will be selected to compete in taijiquanand taijijian(or tai chi sword), a Chinese martial art involving swords, at the September sports meet.

Changsha competes in 'Taijiquan' to celebrate National Fitness Day

  More than 100 martial arts enthusiasts take part in ataijiquancompetition held in Changsha county on Aug 8. [Photo/csxnews.com]

  The competition was sponsored by Changsha county culture, sports, radio and television bureau, cultural and sports center and association of taijiquan.

  Participants won bursts of applause with their flowing and elegant moves from the large crowd in attendance.

  An official at the Changsha county culture, sports, radio and television bureau said that "The competition celebrates National Fitness Day and helps people establish a healthy lifestyle with exercises."

  In recent years, the county government has organized various programs to promote a healthy lifestyle and meet the increasing demand for sports among the public.

Changsha competes in 'Taijiquan' to celebrate National Fitness Day

  Senior competitors practicetaijiquan, or tai chi, to celebrate National Fitness Day on August 8, in Changsha county, Hunan province. [Photo/csx.gov.cn]

  Changsha county offers free training sessions to local residents every year intaijiquan, basketball, badminton, Chinese chess, and ballroom dancing.

  Primary and middle school students also receive free basketball, football, table tennis and dance lessons during the summer vacation.