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Proudly handing down Five Animal Boxing to the masses

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Proudly handing down Five Animal Boxing to the masses

Chen Jing, who is the 58th generation who practices Wuqinxi, teaches citizens the exercises in the open in Bozhou city, Anhui province, July 27, 2015. [Photo by Liu Qinli/Asianewsphoto]

Wuqinxi, or Five Animal Mimic Boxing, is a kind of internal energy training which imitates the movements of the tiger, deer, bear, ape and bird, and was developed by the famous ancient physician Hua Tuo of the Han Dynasty. It is now on the list of national intangible cultural heritage.

30 years ago, the 12-year-old Chen Jing was already a martial arts lover. In 1985, Chen Jing was chosen to compete in a national martial arts contest. But she had to perform a local kung fu style at the competition. Then she began to practice Hua Tuo Wuqinxi which is a traditional martial art form in her hometown, Bozhou.

Since 1985, Chen Jing has been teaching Wuqinxi in public areas in Bozhou of Anhui province. She had also been invited abroad to teach Wuqinxi, in places like Germany, the Netherlands, France, UK and US. Whenever people come to Chen Jing to learn Wuqinxi, she never refuses and never charges them any money.

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