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Mixing through martial art in Lower Ravenhill

Published: Tue, 10 May 2016
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Martial Arts Teacher, Youn Long Zhu, puts the class through their paces at Lagan Village Youth Centre with the help of our Good Relations Officer, Emma Galway.
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Young people in the Lower Ravenhill are learning the art of self-control and discipline through Chinese martial arts.
Every Tuesday evening the Lagan Village Youth Centre hosts the martial arts class for 9-13 years olds from the surrounding area thanks to our funding.
Up to 14 children join the two hour class each week to learn about martial art and the discipline needed to progress.  
Through the class, which is run by Youn Long Zhu, they learn about traditional Chinese culture and the language as well as the martial art. The young people come from a variety of cultural backgrounds so they have the opportunity to mix and learn more about each other’s traditions through a shared interest in martial arts.
George Newell, of Lagan Village Youth and Community Group, said:
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“The class has opened up many avenues for the young people involved as they learn about each other’s backgrounds and more specifically the Chinese culture when they come together. In addition they are learning the invaluable tools of discipline and self-control as they develop their knowledge of the martial art. I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their support of our work.”
Gary Ballantyne our South & East Belfast Area Manager, commented:
“We are pleased to support this martial art class in Lower Ravenhill as it is a different but effective way of promoting integration, inter-cultural awareness and mutual understanding.”