Web Wednesday

3967fbcb00000578-0-image-a-33_1476550207261

What an impressive feat! – Kyle

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3846934/Amazing-aerial-footage-shows-incredible-patterns-formed-30-000-Kung-Fu-students.html

Now THAT’S teamwork! Amazing aerial footage shows the incredible patterns formed by 30,000 Kung Fu students

  • Incredible footage shows Kung Fu students displaying their skills in formation on October 16 in China
  • Athletes from 73 countries are taking part in a four-day martial arts festival in birthplace of Shaolin Wushu 
  • Shaolin Wushu, or King Fu, is one of the oldest martial arts and dates back to 495 AD in Henan province
  • There are 1,500 martial artists taking part in the festival in incredible costume and make-up 

Amazing aerial footage shows incredible patterns formed by 30,000 Kung Fu students at Shaolin temple in China’s Henan province.

The 11th International Shaolin Wushu Festival will be held from October 16 to October 20 at the birthplace of Shaolin Wushu in China.

The footage shows thousands of Kung Fu students demonstrating their skills in formation while creating incredible patterns, reports the People’s Daily Online.

What a sight! Kung Fu students perform during the opening ceremony of the Shaolin Martial Arts festival

A clever way of sending messages: The group get into formations making messages for their audience

Students of martial art schools take part in rehearsals for the upcoming 11th International Shaolin Wushu Festival in Zhengzhou

Students of martial art schools take part in rehearsals for the upcoming 11th International Shaolin Wushu Festival in Zhengzhou

There are 1,500 students taking part from 73 countries in the four day festival in Zhengzhou, the birthplace of Shaolin Wushu

There are 1,500 students taking part from 73 countries in the four day festival in Zhengzhou, the birthplace of Shaolin Wushu

The festival will include group calisthenics and martial arts to promote cultural communication of martial arts.

In the footage posted on the People’s Daily Online’s Youtube account, the martial arts students can be seen demonstrating their skills.

The group move quick, weaving in and out to create shapes and patterns.

At one point, they use long sections of material to create the Chinese flag.

The students display their incredible core strength as they pull water from a well while hanging upside down from bars

The students display their incredible core strength as they pull water from a well while hanging upside down from bars

Now that's a crowd! Thousands of martial arts students took part in the exercise in China's Henan province

The competitors scoop water from the buckets with one hand held behind their backs, hanging upside down on the bars

The competitors scoop water from the buckets with one hand held behind their backs, hanging upside down on the bars

Students spent Friday rehearsing, and making key preparations for the competition and festival, which formally starts on SundayStudents spent Friday rehearsing, and making key preparations for the competition and festival, which formally starts on Sunday
The hundreds of competitors don brightly coloured uniform for their international festival, in gold, red and blue

The hundreds of competitors don brightly coloured uniform for their international festival, in gold, red and blue

The four-day festival has been held 10 times before since 1991, and according to the organisers, is a good way for martial artists to explore the country’s culture, make friends and exchange skills.

As well as the competitions, there are demonstrations of different forms of martial arts, throughout the long weekend and a grand evening party.

These incredible images show the scale of the event and the level of discipline and training undertaken by the participants ahead of the festival.

Shaolin Wushu, also called Shaolin Kung Fu, is about 1,500 years old, and originated in the Buddhist Shaolin temple in Henan province.

Records of the art go back to 495AD.

The four-day festival will include group calisthenics, martial arts sitcom to promote cultural communication of martial arts

Records of Shaolin Wushu, also called Shaolin Kung Fu, go back to 495AD, and the art is about 1,500 years old

Records of Shaolin Wushu, also called Shaolin Kung Fu, go back to 495AD, and the art is about 1,500 years old

The incredible image shows the scale of the huge event and organisers hope it will bring people from different disciplines together

The incredible image shows the scale of the huge event and organisers hope it will bring people from different disciplines together

Hundreds of students practice together, wearing the same red tops and dark trousers with white trainers in the large open space

Hundreds of students practice together, wearing the same red tops and dark trousers with white trainers in the large open space

It originated in the Buddhist Shaolin temple in Henan province, the same province where the festival is now held

It originated in the Buddhist Shaolin temple in Henan province, the same province where the festival is now held

Wushu is both an exhibition and a contact martial art with various forms that have been standardised over the years

Wushu is both an exhibition and a contact martial art with various forms that have been standardised over the years

The competitors hold up a huge Chinese flag, during the rehearsal days of the festival, as others crowd around 

The competitors hold up a huge Chinese flag, during the rehearsal days of the festival, as others crowd around

In a LinkedIn invitation to the event, the organisers wrote: ‘Athletes from more than 60 countries and regions all over the world have participated in this grand festival.

‘Zhengzhou China International Shaolin Wushu Festival is a comprehensive festival comprizing Wushu, business and trade, tourism and culture exchange.

‘In this festival, we will arrange a lot of activities including Wushu competition, Taolu Competitions, Wushu performances, Chinese Martial Arts Duan Wei Exam, Chinese martial arts training and exchange,grand evening party, Greeting ceremony in Dengfeng, sightseeing of Shaolin Temple, Zen Music ShaoLin Grand Ceremony, and other culture exchange activities.

‘We are confident that Zhengzhou China International Shaolin Wushu Festival is a good platform for you to make friends, exchange martial arts skills and deeply understand Chinese culture.’

Chinese monks in traditional orange robes watch on outside a red temple as the competitors get ready for the event

One student takes the lead in front of the festival's official logo, as his colleagues look on before their turns

One student takes the lead in front of the festival’s official logo, as his colleagues look on before their turns

A group of men in orange costume hold up one man in white, in something akin to a Saturday Night Fever pose during the rehearsals

A group of men in orange costume hold up one man in white, in something akin to a Saturday Night Fever pose during the rehearsals

The competitors will be able to enjoy some sightseeing during their stay in the province as well. Above, competitors work in unison in the displays as the festival prepares to start

The competitors will be able to enjoy some sightseeing during their stay in the province as well. Above, competitors work in unison in the displays as the festival prepares to start

A boy is suspended upside down from a pole held by two others as three watch on from behind during the festival

A boy is suspended upside down from a pole held by two others as three watch on from behind during the festival