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Quyang Park renamed, will add kung fu training centers

QUYANG Park in Hongkou District was renamed Chin Woo Park this morning and began a renovation that will include creation of Chinese kung fu training centers.

When the park reopens, its training centers will offer free lessons to both locals and expatriates, said Hua Dongping, executive deputy director of the Chin Woo Athletic Federation.

The centers at the park will offer free martial arts training every morning. Bilingual trainers from local universities and federation members will offer lessons to foreigners, said Xue Hairong, vice president of the federation.

The park will also include bronze sculptures of martial arts heroes like Huo Yuanjia and other Chinese kung fu masters, said Hua.
The federation also today unveiled the city’s first kung fu exercise, called the Chin Woo Exercise, for local students and seniors. The exercise involves basic martial arts skills of Chinese kung fu and can help keep practitioners healthy and help them become strong, Hua said.

The exercise for children will be spread to local elementary and secondary schools in the district and then expanded to all schools across the city.

Thousands of locals, mostly senior citizens, have been attending the classes offered by the federation. The district opened the Chin Woo Gymnasium early last month across the street from the park.

Huo Yuanjia (1868-1910) was hailed as a Chinese hero after defeating foreign fighters in highly publicized kung fu bouts staged by the Chin Woo Athletic Association in Shanghai in the early 1900s. His status as a national hero soared after the release of the 2006 film “Fearless” in which martial arts hero Jet Li played Huo.



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