Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer hosts visiting Chinese monks, Kung Fu artists through November
The 1,500-year-old tradition of Shaolin Kung Fu, a unique expression of China's Zen Buddhist culture, will debut in Charlotte through the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University. Four longtime and well-respected Kung Fu masters are visiting the university from the Hunan and Shanxi Chinese providences to offer martial arts courses and performances now through Nov. 20.
The Yandong Shaolin Kung Fu Troupe will offer two non-credit, 10-week sessions on Saturdays in the student center on Pfeiffer's Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Rd. Beginners' Chinese Kung Fu 1 will be held from 1 p.m. â€“1:45 p.m. and will introduce students, ages 15 and up, to basic Kung Fu techniques, five-step boxing and Shaolin-Linked boxing styles. The course is $120. Chinese Kung Fu Beginners' 2 will be held from 3 p.m. â€“ 3:45 p.m. This more advanced course will focus on techniques and jumping styles. Cost for this 10-week session is $240.
Shaolin Kung Fu is the largest family system among Chinese martial arts, consisting of more than 700 patterns. It is one of the ways that Shaolin monks practice the art of Zen. It combines Zen Buddhism and Shaolin martial arts exercises. The Shaolin martial arts are known as a precious legacy of Chinese and world culture and are the most culturally representative of the martial arts genre.
Since ages 5 and 6, these visiting Kung Fu masters have trained and competed in China and throughout the world. The well-respected members of the Yandong Shaolin Kung Fu Troupe are Master Yandong (Yongqing Sun), the group's CEO, and Masters Yunnan Liu, Zhongxu Mu, and Yuehui Yuan. They have all participated in several world-level events on behalf of the People's Republic of China, the United Kingdom, Greece, Singapore, Brazil and many other countries and regions.
The Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University is a non-profit organization located on the university's Charlotte campus. The institute seeks to bring awareness of Chinese language, culture, and business practices to the local communities it serves. For more information on the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer, please visit www.pfeifferci.org or call Emily Neal at (704) 879-1659.
Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.
Pictured above: Three of four members from the Yandong Shaolin Kung Fu Troupe.