Overseas students perform tai chi with elegance and fluency
Updated: 2017-10-10

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Overseas students from Shanghai University of Sport pose for a group photo at the first Shanghai International Tai Chi Competition. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

Overseas students from Shanghai University of Sport stood out at the first Shanghai International Tai Chi Competition on Sept 28-29.

As a gala for enthusiasts of the traditional Chinese physical exercise, the event attracted 28 teams comprising 358 competitors from the US, UK, Netherlands, Russia, Japan, Vietnam, Benin, Germany, Spain, and Portugal.

Every movement reflected the foreigners' mastery over tai chi, as they performed the traditional art featuring diversified boxing, fan and sword skills to the amazement of spectators.

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The first Shanghai International Tai Chi Competition attracts 28 teams comprising 358 foreign competitors to show their skills in various tai chi plays on Sept 28-29. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

Margarida Santos from Portugal and Anastasia Babenkova from Russia, both students at Shanghai University of Sport, took the first place in the 24-style and Sun-style shadow boxing respectively. Anastasia also impressed the spectators with her skills in other tai chi plays.

The students were excited to take the crown, which they regarded as a great motivation to further pursue the art at great length. They also expressed their gratitude to the organizers of event, as it gave them a channel to appreciate tai chi in a different way and help them to learn more about Chinese culture.

Shanghai University of Sport has been encouraging overseas students to actively engage in various city-level activities to broaden their horizons. An example is the dragon boat race, an annual event initiated by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission to celebrate the traditional Dragon Boat Festival.

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Competitors stage a tai chi fan dance at the first Shanghai International Tai Chi Competition. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

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