Rwandan community welcomes Chinese martial arts – Xinhua English.news.cn
A Rwandan boy practices martial arts in the community of Nyamirambo sector in Kigali, Rwanda on September 29, 2017. Wushu martial arts to residents of a community in the capital Kigali. (Xinhua / Gabriel Dusabe)
KIGALI, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) – Rwanda’s Confucius Institute presented Chinese Wushu martial arts to residents of a community in the capital Kigali on Friday.
The Confucius Institute of the University of Rwanda-College of Education (CIUR-CE) and Rwandan Wushu clubs practiced martial arts in the community of Nyamirambo sector in the capital, with the aim of raising awareness about the practice of physical exercises and deepen understanding of China and its culture.
Since 2015, CIUR-CE has cooperated with Rwandan Wushu clubs and the Rwandan Kungfu / Wushu Federation to introduce Wushu to communities across the country. Currently, they have introduced Wushu to Rwandans in the capital, Southern Province, Northern Province and Western Province.
To popularize Wushu in local communities, CIUR-CE launched its own Wushu club in Nyamirambo, and the number of its Wushu players has grown from around 100 in 2015 to nearly 400 today.
Prince Ishimwe, a twelve-year-old Wushu player who played Wushu in China in 2016, said he was proud to be a Wushu player.
“I urge my comrades to join me and stop saying that they have nothing to do. Wushu contributes to our daily life,” a resident of Nyamirambo told Xinhua on the sidelines of Friday’s event. .
Another Wushu player, Theophile Abijuru, said Wushu keeps him in good physical shape, adding that this inspires him and the others to never give up. “We believe in patience and we know that anything is possible in life.”
Abdallah Temarigwe, 64, carried 60 liters of water using his mouth and hands. He said introducing Wushu to local communities had health benefits, especially for young people. He ended by saying that it also pleases the residents of the community.