Blind Tai Chi student Zheng Yuankang practices his art at a training center in Beijing. Photo: IC
Tai Chi master Wan Zhouying, right, directs his blind assistant Zheng Yuankang. Photo: IC
Blind students practice Tai Chi every morning at Master Wan’s training center in Beijing. Photo: IC
Zheng Yuankang, a former disciple of Master Wan now working as his assistant, directs a student at a training center in Beijing. Photo: IC
Wan Zhouying, a famous Tai Chi master, started to teach blind people shadowboxing in 2009. As a 12th-generation practitioner of Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan, Wan began learning Tai Chi in his childhood.
Inspired by a friend, Wan established a training center to teach visually impaired people to practice Tai Chi in the hope of easing their solitude.
Wan then quit his job as a university lecturer and established a training center in Beijing dedicated to Tai Chi training for the blind.
This August, 35 teachers from schools for the blind as well as rural primary schools around China came to Beijing and joined Wan for a 12-day Tai Chi training session. Wan hopes to popularize the sport among the blind to help them out of internal loneliness and connect them to the world.
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