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Thrilling exhibition of Asian martial arts 

Asian martial arts were promoted during a thrilling exhibition in Santa Cruz.

The Terrero Perico Perdomo hosted an informative day that fused sports and culture from India, Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea and the Philippines.

Councillor for sports, Verónica Meseguer expressed her gratitude to the representatives and hoped the event would be first of many in the capital.

The programme included the performance of the kalaripayattu dance, a Hindu martial art that has given rise to the majority of those performed throughout Southeast Asia. Subsequently, the junior and adult students of the Vistabella Shitokai Club held an exhibition of Japanese martial arts.

The Asociación Socio Cultural Dragon China Tenerife per-formed different demonstra-tions of tai chi quan, sword of taichí and kung-fu. Thailand was represented by the Sho Ton School Club, which showed different foundations of Muay-thai. Later, the Thai representation closed its participation with a commemorative dance for the 2,562 years of the Songkran Festival.

The Bamboo Sports Club of Icod starred in an exhibition of Vovinam VietVoDao, which was followed by the secretary of the World Federation of this sport discipline, Tean Nguyen Dao, who announced that the European Championship of this specialty will be held in 2020.

The martial arts originating in South Korea were represented by the Shin Club, which displaced some 40 members for the occasion in order to perform exhibitions of hapkido and taekwondo.

The day closed with the representation of the Philippines, who staged a choreography of the Binuyugan dance by the collective Asofil.