Armen Melkonyan, an Armenian student, tells us about his experience in China: “In terms of Wushu, a typical Chinese martial art, it’s vitally important that those who study it must receive training in China from Chinese masters at least once.”
Armen Melkonyan, Armenian
My name is Armen Melkonyan. I’m from Yerevan, Armenia. I have been studying Wushu since 2003. I’m more specialized in Taichi and Siniquan styles. Since 2006, I have been a permanent member in the national team of the Traditional Wushu Federation of Armenia. I have participated in many European and international competitions and have received several awards. In 2009, I received training at the Athletic Studies University of Chengdu, China. In 2010-2011 I was trained by Master Mao Mingchun of the Institute of Confucius in Armenia.
“Wushu is not only a physical art but an aesthetic one as well. If one grasps the key moral of Wushu, it will surely bring peace to the soul and will teach how to attain pleasure every step of the way.”
Every nation has its own customs and traditions which play a great role in their language learning, in getting to know their country/people, their national music, religion, and arts, as well as their sports. In terms of Wushu, a typical Chinese martial art, it’s vitally important that those who study it must receive training in China from Chinese masters at least once. As for me, I am very thankful to all my Chinese masters who trained me both in China and here in Armenia. Due to their efficient and intensive training, I attained those skills and techniques and understood those nuances in Wushu I never would have, had I not studied in China. Only thanks to them, mainly to Master Mao, I was able to earn prizes in my competitions. In the last international Wushu competition which took place in Armenia in 2011, I performed the famous Taichi 45th form and Taichi stick form as taught by Master Mao and got 1st and 2nd prizes. Thanks to them, Wushu has become not only a simple sport, but also a way of life, way of thinking, way of entire philosophical doctrine for me, which I must study every single day.
At first I was much more interested in Wushu only as a sport and as a means of gaining physical strength. I was especially motivated by such great and famous Wushu practitioners as Jet Li, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and many others. But as I got deeply into it and understood the depth of Wushu, I learned that it is not just a sport but rather a whole philosophy. It makes not only your body and your muscles strong, but also your mind. It brings harmony to both mind and body. With Wushu, both wisdom and emotions are sure to be in harmony.
Wushu is not only a physical art but an aesthetic one as well. If one grasps the key moral of Wushu, it will surely bring peace to the soul and will teach how to attain pleasure every step of the way.
Wushu has inevitably become the essential part of my life and, after many years of training, I see that it has great impact on both my personal and professional life.
Published in Confucius Institute Magazine
Magazine 15. Volume 4. July 2011.
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