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Taichi Quan, an ancient Chinese martial art, has always been popular among Japan's senior citizens when it comes to morning exercises. Women in Japan are also hitting the gyms to test their fighting skills with music.
With slow but with firm steps, residents of down town Tokyo, practice their regular morning exercise, Taichi Quan.
A sight slowly becoming a familiar scene in the Japanese metropolis
Mutsuko Tsuruoka has joined this regular morning Tai Chi Quan, three days a week for over seven years.
Mutsuko Tsuruoka, leader of North Tokyo Taichi Quan Group, said, "TaiChi relaxes your body muscles slowly, compared to other exercises, which will stretch.I found it better suited for me"
Chinese Kung Fu have influenced the Japanese cultures in many forms
Kung Fu movie stars like Jackie Cheng and Li Lian Jie have sparked strong Kung Fu interest in Japan since the 80s.
With their success it still remains strong amongst many Japanese martial arts fans till this day.
Many forms of Chinese martial arts have taken root here in Japan. Some even evolved in a new and modern fashion.Try your kicks on this Rhythmic Kung Fu, merging music, dance and Kung Fu
Rhythmic Kung Fu was formed during the 80s when Aerobic boom hit Japan at the same time as various forms of Kung Fu.Interest soon grew amongst women
Toshiya Kishi, president of Rhythmic Kungfu, said, "Many women are interested in Kung Fu, but they have second thoughts when it comes to fighting or scared of being hurt. With this form people can enjoy martial Kung Fu without the pain"
The Kung Fu form that has the majority of participant’s population in Japan is said to be the Taichi Quan. It is said over a million people practice it.
Yang Susumu,chairman of Japan Healh Taichi Quan Association, said, "Chinese Kung Fu have long influence Japanese martial arts, when you look at it from that perspective, Tai Chi Quan is fairly new. But vast number of people favor it as it does have to use strength"
With closer ties and increasing influx of Chinese nationals to Japan, many of the martial art enthusiasts’ said it hope to bring more exchanges between Japanese martial arts and Kung Fu.
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