Experiencing harmony of mind and body through archery
Updated: 2017-07-18

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Overseas students partaking in the Chinese archery practice at the Shanghai University of Sport pose for a group photo on July 10. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

The art of archery, a traditional Chinese practice highlighting physical and mental harmony, has won the hearts of overseas students partaking in the 2017 Shanghai Summer School program at the Shanghai University of Sport on July 10.

Professor Zhu Dong, deputy dean of the School of International Education, introduced the students to the prolonged exercise. In two groups, the foreign youngsters took turns to gain some first-hand experience, with some of them trying on typical Chinese bows and arrows, while the others trained with plastic bands.

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An overseas student practices archery with a plastic band. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

From fitting an arrow to drawing the bow, the seemingly easy practice greatly impressed the students with its high demand of breath and inner peace – the more one concentrated on breathing, to make the movements precisely slow and steady, the more the external stimuli would fade into the background.

After practicing several times, the students found better control over their breath, which on one hand helped them grow immune to larger stimuli, while on the other hand improved their shooting and made their release quicker.

Episode of the 2017 Shanghai Summer School is taking place at the Shanghai University of Sport from July 5 to Aug 1; the program will provide overseas students with multiple experiences on martial arts and table tennis.

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Overseas students pose in traditional Chinese costumes. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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