Geography of sport: Henan, in Chinese martial arts relays-Xinhua

Li Yinggang, 25, is a trainer at the Shaolin Tagou martial arts school in Songshan, central China’s Henan province. He started practicing martial arts at the age of 9 and switched to freestyle sparring 3 years later.

Since the age of 16, Li has competed in professional freestyle competitions, winning national and international event titles multiple times, including two Chinese National Freestyle Fighting League gold belts. As Li Yinggang said, practicing traditional martial arts helps a lot to improve one’s free fighting skills.

Nowadays, Li aims to convey his understanding and experience of traditional martial arts to students during his classes, hoping that they can master the essence of martial arts and inherit and develop Chinese martial arts.

Li Yinggang practices martial arts at Shaolin Temple in Songshan, central China’s Henan Province, July 7, 2022. (Xinhua/Liu Jinhui)

Li Yinggang (in white) teaches students during a free sparring lesson at Shaolin Tagou martial arts school in Songshan, central China’s Henan Province, July 6, 2022. (Xinhua/ Wu Gang)

Li Yinggang (in black) teaches students during a martial arts class at Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School in Songshan, central China’s Henan Province, July 7, 2022. (Xinhua /Liu Jinhui)

Students practice during a martial arts class under coach Li Yinggang at the Shaolin Tagou martial arts school in Songshan, central China’s Henan province, 6 July 2022. (Xinhua/Wu Gang)

Li Yinggang (C) teaches students during a martial arts class at Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School in Songshan, central China’s Henan Province, July 6, 2022. (Xinhua/ Wu Gang)

Li Yinggang (L) teaches students during a martial arts class at Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School in Songshan, central China’s Henan Province, July 6, 2022. (Xinhua /Wu Gang)

Li Yinggang (R) teaches students during a martial arts class at Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School in Songshan, central China’s Henan Province, July 6, 2022. (Xinhua /Wu Gang)

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