Rwanda holds martial arts festival_Xinhua


This file photo shows a trainer (L) giving instructions to a competitor during an annual Chinese kung fu competition in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, Dec. 15, 2019. (Xinhua/Lyu Tianran)

“Today we organized this show to promote unity and togetherness among all martial artists in Rwanda. Martial arts are the symbol of unity among our members,” said Marc Uwiragiye, President of the Federation Rwandan Kungfu-Wushu, for organizing such a special event. Festival.

KIGALI, March 21 (Xinhua) — The Rwanda Kungfu-Wushu Federation held various Chinese kung fu shows on Saturday to promote unity among federation members.

Rwandan performers including adults and children entertained a packed house of spectators at the Kigali Arena with various kung fu performances such as Tai Chi and Wing Chun.

Apart from kung fu, there are also other martial types practiced by different federations such as taekwondo, karate, judo and boxing.

This file photo shows a referee (C) checking a competitor’s equipment during an annual Chinese kung fu competition in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, Dec. 15, 2019. (Xinhua/Lyu Tianran)

“Today we organized this show to promote unity and solidarity among all martial artists in Rwanda. Martial arts are the symbol of unity among our members,” said Marc Uwiragiye, president of the federation. , to Xinhua during an interview at the event. “The show is very meaningful to us as Rwandans and we need to demonstrate to the world that we are together to promote sustainable development through martial arts.”

According to Uwiragiye, martial artists from various schools across Rwanda have been training for the last two weeks before the event.

Founded in 2007, the federation aimed to promote cultural exchanges and friendships between China and Rwanda. It has 31 clubs that cross Rwanda, including 14 from the capital Kigali, with 4,000 members including 2,500 artists.

“We are working on the development of martial arts as we have gone two years without practicing or organizing various martial arts activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Uwiragiye said.

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