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Chinese Kung Fu, folk music and dance performance Oct. 30

The Wulin Hanyun Kung Fu Troupe will visit The University of Toledo Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Masters from the Shaolin Martial Academy will perform Shaolin Kung Fu and folk music at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theatre.

The Wulin Hanyun Kung Fu Troupe

“The Shaolin Martial Academy performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games,” said Xinren Yu of the Confucius Institute. “Far away from central China, teachers and students will give a special performance of Chinese Kung Fu, traditional dance and folk music.”

This performance will present a story about a Kung Fu kid learning martial arts. The main themes of the performance are seeking in nature, studying in Shaolin, and passing on Chinese martial arts skills, according to Yu.

“Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the oldest, largest and most famous styles of martial arts; it originated and developed in the Shaolin temple in Songshan,” he said. “There are well-known sayings that ‘All martial arts under heaven originated from Shaolin’ and ‘Shaolin Kung Fu is the best under heaven.’”

Performers are from Songshan Shaolin Wushu College, Zhengzhou University, Henan University and Henan Normal University.

“The UT Confucius Institute is delighted to bring this phenomenal performance to our community in celebrating its 10th anniversary,” Yu said.

Tickets are on sale in Snyder Memorial Building Room 1000. Student, faculty and staff tickets are $10; general tickets are $15. Cash and checks only will be accepted. Discounts are available for groups of 10 and more.

The event is sponsored by China’s Hanban in Beijing and Confucius Institute Headquarters. It is organized by the Education Department of Henan Province and is co-hosted by the UT Confucius Institute.

The Confucius Institute at The University of Toledo serves northwest Ohio by providing education in Chinese language and culture, and it supports the development of China-related scholarly research and academic programs. It also offers opportunities for cultural exchanges between China and the United States.

For more information contact Yu at 419.530.4483 or xinren.yu@utoledo.edu.

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