The first Global Confucius Institute "Chinese Wushu Center" was established at the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona

December 12, 2016

On December 11th, the two-day 11th Confucius Institute Conference at the Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Center successfully concluded. During the meeting, the Confucius Institute at the University of
Arizona (CIUA) and the Songshan Shaolin Wushu College(SSWC) signed the cooperation agreement about the establishment of the Chinese Wushu Center. The Chinese Wushu Center settled in the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona. This initiative is consistent with the 11 th Confucius Institute Conference which proposed the use of Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and other Chinese culture, the guiding ideology for foreign exchange. The
Chinese Wushu Center will be a new way to actively and effectively explore the international communication of Chinese martial arts through the Confucius Institute as an international cultural exchange platform. The establishment of the Center not only has the significance of promoting the internationalization of Wushu, but also is conducive to the connotation construction of Confucius Institute, and provides a broad platform for the creation of the Confucius
Institute.

Since 2011, CIUA and the SSWC have established close cooperative relations. Henan is the birthplace of Shaolin Wushu and Taijiquan, with a unique history, culture, and martial arts culture. Songshan Shaolin Wushu College is located in the hinterland of the Central Plains. It is one of the first of many international promotion bases for the Chinese language. The college has made great contributions to martial arts training, training international martial arts teachers, and Chinese international promotion. Since 2012, it has sent four martial arts teachers to teach at CIUA in Tucson; the teaching effect is remarkable.

Considered one of the most advanced Confucius Institutes in the world in 2015, CIUA has attracted tens of thousands of Chinese cultural enthusiasts, including a wide range of Chinese martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine, and Chinese folk music as key promotional items. Now, the Confucius Institute is offering martial arts courses throughout the community, universities, and primary and secondary schools. The number of people who are learning martial arts continues to rise! On April 9, 2016, CIUA invited the Chinese Wushu Association Office Director Hongfang Feng, martial arts stage director Luping Zhang, Foreign Affairs Officer Ye Tian, and Beijing Sports University martial arts professor Qiaoling Li and other martial arts experts to the “CIUA Chinese Health Day”. The Chinese Wushu Dan system pilot test was held on the same day. A total of 27 Confucius Institute students took the test, and 19 students were awarded with First, Second, Third Chinese Wushu Duanwei ranking certificates, and three students received a pre-paragraph badge. During the “Chinese Health Day” activities, CIUA also invited the United States local Martial arts groups, the US martial arts teachers, and Confucius Institute Directors as well as martial arts experts to participate in a symposium entitled “Promoting Chinese Martial Arts via Confucius Institute & Confucius Classroom — Current Status, Future Development and Need”. They discussed “how to better promote the use of the Confucius Institute of Chinese martial arts” by brainstorming, talking about it, and asking for advice and suggestions. In addition, CIUA has also joined hands with local schools for the first time to incorporate Chinese Wushu into secondary school credit courses, which opens up new avenues for the promotion of Chinese martial arts at the Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms.

CIUA has the world's largest number of martial arts teachers among Confucius Institutes in the world, will also be the world's first Confucius Institute with Chinese Wushu DuanWei Ranking test center, CIUA’s performance of martial arts promotion internationally had established a solid foundation “Chinese martial arts Center”. The CIUA’s Chinese Wushu Center will continue to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese Wushu Association. The Chinese Wushu Duanwei judge’s training and Wushu Duanwei ranking examination will be held in April, 2017, to make it the formal establishment of official overseas Chinese Wushu Duanwei ranking test center. At the same time, CIUA will also implement the establishment of “the global Confucius Institute Wushu teacher exchange platform,” “to provide the North American Confucius Institutes’ martial arts teachers with Chinese martial arts Duanwei system training, evaluation, ” and the ability to “study Chinese martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine combined health promotion” etc., a series of projects, hope to play a leading role model for overseas Wushu promotion and health promotion.