The sport of kung-fun promotes discipline and helps players to combat evil from prevailing over the good, Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda Rao hong Wei has said.
The Ambassador was speaking at Kigali Convention Centre on Sunday as he launched celebration activities of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, also known as the National Day.
The National Day of the People’s Republic of China is celebrated annually on October 1, since 1949 when the formal establishment of the Republic was declared.
The occasion was also attended by Peter Vrooman, U.S Ambassador to Rwanda.
One of the Chinese martial arts, the event was mainly dominated by Kung-fu performances and skill demonstrations though Chinese songs, accompanied by Rwandan traditional Intore dance.
In his remarks, Ambassador Rao stressed the importance of the sport. “Kung-fu has profound values and morality in Chinese philosophy. It is a good demonstration and reminder that we should not let evil deeds prevail over the good.”
Best known for its trickery and quickness, Kung-fu was introduced to Rwanda in 1986 at the University of Rwanda (formerly National University of Rwanda), and is managed by the Rwanda Kung-fu Wushu Federation (RKWF), who receive regular support from the Chinese Embassy.
Marc Uwiragiye, the RKWF President, says that Kung-fu is a lot more than martial art. “It makes us fit, but most importantly it teaches us hard work, discipline and self-control.
Kung-fu is a good tool to promote and spread peace.”