At 10:00 a.m. of September 8, 2012 (local time in Berlin, Germany), the grand ceremony of Shaolin Kungfu Test Conference was held in Urania Convention Center Germany. Regarded as the important content of “European Shaolin Culture Festival”, Shaolin Kungfu Test Conference attracted more than four hundred competitors of about forty representative teams including Shaolin Temple Germany, Shaolin Cultural Center UK, Shaolin Cultural Center Italy, Shaolin Cultural Center Austria from more than twenty countries to attend the activity.
National flags of competing countries
At the opening ceremony, thousands of Shaolin culture amateurs from European countries enjoyed a happy gathering to witness the extraordinary moment. Ven. Abbot Yongxin said, “This Shaolin Kungfu Test Conference is organized and sponsored by Shaolin Temple and Shaolin Europe Association and is planned and prepared thoroughly. Through this good platform, we want to make friends through martial arts, promote the communication, enhance mutual understanding, make common progress and common improvement.” Soon afterwards, Ven. Abbot Yongxin declared Kungfu Test Conference officially started.
Ven. Abbot Yongxin delivered an address
There were three competition terrains for Kungfu Test Conference, which were senior group, junior group, male and female competitors respectively showed Shaolin Boxing and Shaolin weapons. Among all the competitors, the youngest one is three years old only and the eldest one is sixty seven years old. Besides, the disabled could also attend the competition, so it was really a strong team. After one-day urgent and orderly competition, twenty Organization Prizes were rewarded trophies by Ven. Abbot Shi Yongxin. More than two hundred and forty competitors won gold medals and more than one hundred and thirty competitors won silver medals. Ven. Abbot Shi Yongxin awarded gold medals for gold medalists, Chen Jianyang director of Chinese Cultural Center Berlin and Guo Guozhi, deputy director general of Henan Administration for Religious Affairs awarded silver medals for silver medalists together.
Competitors showed their Kungfu
Judges on the scene
The audience on the scene
Ven. Abbot Yongxin awarded for the competitors
Group photo of the competitors
At 8:00 pm in the same day, Shaolin Kungfu monks showed Shaolin culture amateurs orthodox and wonderful Shaolin Kungfu. Until now, Shaolin Kungfu Test Conference came to a successful close.