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27/04/2019 10:00 - 12:00

The annual World Tai Chi Day in Malta – organised by the China Cultural Centre – will be held at Freedom Square in Valletta on the 27th April 2019 between 10.00hrs and 12.00hrs. 

Tai Chi practitioners from across Malta are invited to join in the Tai Chi demonstrations on this occasion!

Tai Chi, literally translated as “Supreme Ultimate Boxing”, is an internal Chinese martial arts discipline which has been practiced for centuries, both as defense training and for optimizing personal wellbeing. In China, Tai Chi is simply used to distinguish the skills, theories and applications of neijia (internal arts), from those of the Shaolin sequences, waijia (hard or external) martial arts styles.

Though originally conceived as a form of martial arts, it is also widely practiced for a variety of other reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of Push-hands exercises (tui shou); solo demonstration competitions, as well as attaining longevity. Since its first extensive promotion in the early 20th century, interest in Tai Chi has surged globally, attracting people with little or no interest in combat training, due to its multiple health enhancing and preserving benefits. Medical studies on Tai Chi support claims on its effectiveness as an alternative and holistic exercise, as well as a form of martial arts therapy. Moreover, reports indicate that focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity.

Today, Tai Chi has spread worldwide, and its marvels did not fail to become increasingly popular locally, not only with individuals who pursue it as an ideal complement to combat martial arts but and many more who value Tai Chi as an effective way to relieve stress, condition the mind and strengthen the body.

Since its establishment in 2003, the China Cultural Centre in Malta (CCC) has been dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture and the arts, by means of cultural, educational and social activities which encourage mutually beneficial cross-cultural communication and cultural exchanges. Tai Chi serves as a shared and unifying language in the discourse of health and well-being, as well as friendship and harmonious relations between China and Malta.

To support public awareness and engagement with Tai Chi China Cultural Centre in Malta has co-organized World Tai Chi Day in Malta for the past thirteen years, collaborating with the Chinese Embassy and Valletta Local Council, while inviting participation and receiving extensive support form long-standing friends and partners such as the Parliamentary Secretariat for Sport, Youth and Voluntary Organizations, Ministry for Education and Employment; Sport Malta, the Maltese Olympic Committee, Malta Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, the Malta Martial Arts Association, Malta Wushu Association, Mediterranean Regional Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Confucius Institute of the University of Malta and  Chinese Community Association in Malta, among other local Tai Chi clubs and martial arts schools.

For more information, call the China Cultural Centre on 21225055 or send an email to maltaccc@gmail.com.                                                                                              


China Cultural Centre in Malta