(Xinhua) -- A traditional Chinese cultural show, in particular in
martial arts, staged by students from Hunan University of Chinese Medicine over
the weekend in Namibia’s capital Windhoek has sparked interest amongst locals
towards a fitness and wellness journey.
The performance group entertained the
audience with elements of Chinese traditional culture, Chinese folk dance, folk
music, physical and breathing exercises, martial arts, tai chi and folk songs,
held in celebration of five years anniversary of the Confucius Institute at the
University of Namibia.
The institute was inaugurated in
August 2013 in Windhoek.
During an interlude at the show,
Professor Long Zhuan from the Hunan University of Chinese Medicine asked the
crowd to dance along with him, which ignited interest amongst some members of
“Having experienced first-hand the
different physical exercise techniques during professor Long’s demonstrative
session, I felt relaxed and left me wanting for more,” said Rauna Ndemutya, who
attended the show.
As this week commenced, said Ndemutya
in a follow-up interview on Monday, the traditional Chinese breathing and
physical exercises are gradually becoming part of her routine since the show.
“Today, as I did after the show and on
Sunday, I tried the physical exercises taught during the interlude. The
exercises have a soothing effect, especially after a stressful day. It also
accorded me the chance to immerse in Chinese culture,” she said Monday.
Rox Nampila said that although it was
his first time attending a Chinese cultural performance in Namibia, he did so at
the right time.
“Apart from not knowing what to
expect, I got exposed to more than just entertainment. It made me realise how
much I needed to work on my health and wellness,” he said.
Furthermore, the 28 years old Nampila
said that he was also exposed to Chinese culture, networked with the Chinese
people- an opportunity that rarely comes by, as he jokingly greets in Mandarin,
saying “Ni Hao” which he claims he learned at the show.
“I have wanted to embark on a wellness
journey. I was conflicted between yoga and jogging. However, now I have just
been exposed to another form of physical exercises, which is less intensive yet
revitalizing as was demonstrated by Professor Long. I don’t need much space for
it either,” he added.
Not only is that, but for Nampila, the
solo performance by artist Li Yuan, a member of the Chinese martial arts
performance group from the Hunan University of Chinese Medicine also left him
“The show has certainly made me
curious about the Chinese culture. I am now considering enrolling for Chinese
classes. That way I will learn more about Chinese culture, and even master my
exercises routines,” he added.
Meanwhile, while the locals master the
essential elements of Chinese culture physical exercises to boost their health,
they have turned to YouTube videos for guidance on Chinese physical exercises.
“Who knows, I could master this one
day and teach my friends or be on stage,” Ndemutya said.
In the interim, Professor Long said
that the traditional Chinese physical exercises and healthcare practices aid in
healing, physical fitness and improved mental health.