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The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota welcomed over 150 guests to a day of martial arts-themed fun at its annual Confucius Institute Day festivities on Saturday, September 17, 2016.
The morning activity was a martial arts demonstration by The Shaolin School and Boynton Health Services' David Phipott. Guests visited the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Memorial Auditorium Plaza to observe the performers and participate in demonstrations to learn moves of their own. Guests also enjoyed a variety of Chinese snacks and tea from event sponsor Chatime. The first 200 attendees recieved Confucius Institute Day T-shirts.
In the afternoon, guests attended a showing of “The Grandmaster” inside Northrop Auditorium’s Best Buy Theatre. The Oscar-nominated film, directed by Hong Kong native Kar-Wai Wong, depicts the life story of Bruce Lee’s martial arts teacher and delighted the audience with its nonstop action.