• Short Summary

    EVERY MORNING GROUPS OF MEN AND WOMEN GATHER IN HONG KONG'S PARKS AND GARDENS TO PRACTICE WHAT THEY CALL 'TAI CHI CHUAN'.

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    ENTHUSIASTS IN PARK: WOMAN PRACTISING; ENTHUSIASTS WITH SWORDS.




    Initials SW/V/AE/LAD


    SPORT: SHADOW BOXING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: EVERY MORNING GROUPS OF MEN AND WOMEN GATHER IN HONG KONG'S PARKS AND GARDENS TO PRACTICE WHAT THEY CALL 'TAI CHI CHUAN'. IN THE WESTERN WORLD, IT MIGHT BE CALLED SHADOW BOXING.

    TAI CHI CHUAN IS ONE OF THE MANY FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE BOXING. IT IS RELATED TO THE SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL FIGHTING TECHNIQUES WHICH INCLUDES JUDO AND KARATE. IN CHINA'S DYNASTIC DAYS TAI CHI WAS RESERVED FOR THE EMPERORS AND THEIR DESCENDANTS, BUT TODAY ANYBODY WHO CARES TO JOIN A CLUB CAN PRACTISE IT.

    MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO PRACTISE DAILY IN HONG KONG'S PARKS DO SO FOR HEALTH REASONS. THIS IS THEIR WAY OF KEEPING FIT, ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS AT FIRST SIGHT AS THOUGH THEY RE DOING EVERYTHING IN SLOW MOTION. IT IS BELIEVED BY ENTHUSIASTS THAT THIS EXERCISE KEEPS THE BLOOD CIRCULATING ROUND THE BODY. MANY OF THOSE WHO PRACTISE IT ARE SUFFERING FROM HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND RHEUMATISM, BUT IT IS ALSO A METHOD USED BY THOSE WHO WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT.

    WHEN APPLIED AS A FIGHTING TECHNIQUE, TAI CHI CHUAN HELPS THE FIGHTER TO STRIKE WITH GREAT SWIFTNESS - HE CAN HIT HIS OPPONENT WITH A KARATE-TYPE BLOW OR SWEEP HIM OFF HIS FEET IN JUDO-FASHION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7XZYOQ3PW5I67DC6AIJJ42N60
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XZYOQ3PW5I67DC6AIJJ42N60
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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