The Confucius Institute at the University of Cyprus and the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy of Cyprus invite you to the online event ‘Martial Arts of Cyprus and China: A Historical Review from the Ancient Times to the 21st Century’ on May 18th, 2022, from 17:00 to 18:30 with speakers Mr. Demetris Pavlides, Mr. Christian Schuster, and Mr. Renfei Dang. The event will be followed by an online discussion. Greetings will be addressed by Mr. Antonis Toumazis, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Beijing, Ms. Elena Augoustidou-Kyriakou, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Cyprus, and Mr. Helias Papadopoulos, President of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy of Cyprus.
The event will be broadcast via the internet on the channel of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy of Cyprus on YouTube, at the link www.youtube.com/channel/UChyvD2oVrFRTpQiHaTOgk3Q, on the page of the Confucius Institute at the University of Cyprus on Facebook www.facebook.com/UCYConfuciusInstitute and on the page of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy of Cyprus on Facebook www.facebook.com/hicdcyprus .
The online discussion will take place through the Zoom platform https://us05web.zoom.us/j/84943962606?pwd=UFowZHB0czNqVklLWUJ4M2xHbklhdz09
Meeting ID: 849 4396 2606 Passcode: Wwg8cq
The event ‘Martial Arts of Cyprus and China: A Historical Review from the Ancient Times to the 21st Century’ is a historical review of martial arts of both countries, presenting mainly the main aspects of the history of Cyprus which are connected with the practice of Cypriots with martial arts. It is pioneering research that describes the ‘forgotten’ Cypriot martial arts, how they were created, their relationship with Greek martial arts and ancient gymnasiums, and their evolution to the present day. Apart from the fact that it brings to the surface an important cultural feature of Cyprus, originating in China, which has been forgotten for years, this research comes to add an essential part to the bibliography of the history of Cyprus and Greece, which until now was unfilled. In addition, it presents the elements that compose the creation of the indigenous Cyprus martial arts and analysis and explanation of these arts, originating from Asia, and their basic characteristics. A brief presentation of the Chinese Martial Arts follows, in an effort to understand the methods of self-defense and enforcement on the opponent, with the athlete’s body or weapons, such as sword, bow, spear, etc. Emphasis is given to the martial arts of Wushu, Shaolin, Sanda, Gongfu and Wudao, in an effort to understand their methods, but also to interpret them.
Video Production: Raphael Hadjimichael, Singer – Songwriter – Music Producer
Scientific Supervision: Katerina Hadjistylli, Archaeologist – Art Historian