Kenyan youth compete in Chinese martial arts tournament

Chinese martial arts like wushu and kungfu have been around for millennia. But, in recent years, these art forms have been gaining ground as a pastime around the world.

Africa is no exception and many youth across the continent have taken up martial arts as a form of exercise and self-expression.

Kenya is one place where the sport has taken off. Martial arts enthusiasts in the country gathered to compete and showcase their skills in a tournament sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in Nairobi. 

Organized by the Kenya Martial Arts Association, the event saw more than sixty young people come together to face off in the country’s Kiambu County on June 13, 2021.


Ranging in age from 4 years old to 20, the contenders donned silky robes to execute kungfu sequences that stretch back in history for generations.

CGTN Africa was on the scene to capture images of the contest, which featured dazzling displays of strength, discipline, aerial acrobatics and impressive displays of mastery over this age-old Chinese artform. 



Martial arts represent an important element of Chinese traditional culture, Cultural Counselor Zhou Meifen of the Chinese Embassy in Kenya explained to CGTN. 

She added that the sport was also gaining in popularity among Kenyan youth.

Embassy officials say they hope to hold more such activities in the future to promote the friendship between the two countries. 

(Photos and video: Liao Liang / CGTN Africa