Students pass martial arts ranking test

two people wear white robes and stand with their arms outstretched and resting against each other in a martial arts movement

The Confucius Institute at Miami University held its sixth duanwei test on Nov. 20 and 21 in Phillips Hall. The duanwei test is a qualification test for taiji and is how students move up a level in the martial art.

Thirty students taking Miami’s taiji course took the duanwei test, measuring all they had learned this semester.

Students began by stretching before they were called up in pairs to perform a routine for a panel of judges. With soft music, the fluent performances were impressive to everyone present.

Judges included Wenxiang Bai, Sen Gao, and Zenghui Xing. Bai previously coached the Chinese National Wushu Team and the head coach of Malaysia National Wushu Team. Gao has placed first the Worldwide Traditional Wushu Championship, and Xing is a Chinese college martial arts champion and the instructor of Miami’s taiji course.

After all of the students performed, judges announced that everyone passed the test. The judges said the teaching was wonderful and that the students mastered the material and passed the test without any issues.

“I think my students have performed excellently and all passed the exam,” Xing said. “I am proud of them.”

Then Bai and Gao performed their own martial arts routines, demonstrating a mastery of the martial arts for the students to watch.

Registration is now open for next year’s beginning taiji courses through the Kinesiology Department.

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