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Campus Life | Golden-Eight going global

The rapid global spread of the coronavirus disease, also known as Covid-19, has shown how important it is to exercise and enhance sports consciousness. The Golden-Eight Energy Balancing Exercises(八段锦), one of the most common forms of Chinese qigong, plays a good role in the comprehensive recovery of the body. To show the benefits of doing Golden-Eight exercises, Argentine undergraduate student Haoze Li, from the School of Journalism and Communication at Nanjing Normal University, directed a short video which features an international student who learned the Golden-Eight Energy Balancing Exercises during the coronavirus pandemic.

The three-minute video features Russian graduate student Archy, who is studying in the School of Public Administration. He has been back at Nanjing Normal University for 41 days and thanks to the effective measures of epidemic prevention and control, for a long period of time, no new cases have been confirmed in Jiangsu province. In the short video, Archy encounters several students doing Golden-Eight exercises on the playground when he goes out for a morning run. Amazed by the gentle and slow movements, he wants to have a try.

As the name suggests, the Golden-Eight exercises are a series of eight easy moves which require a variety of positions, that are slow but dynamic. Under the guidance of teacher Fang She and some students from the School of Sports Science and Physical Education, Archy masters the skills quickly. The eight moves are as follows: propping up the sky, drawing the bow, raising one hand, looking over the shoulders, clenching fists and looking forward with eyes wide open, pulling the toes, swaying head and buttocks, and jolting.

The video expresses NNU students and teachers’ commitment that we are in this together to fight Covid-19. In addition, by showing the Golden-Eight Exercises as an excellent means of health maintenance, one can be impressed by the methods traditional Chinese medicine and charmed by ancient Chinese civilization.