Martial arts meditation on show

A group of Chinese Kung Fu experts have spoken of the benefits of meditation during a visit to Darlington.

The Shaolin Warriors use the mental techniques, along with rigorous physical training, to perfect their fighting and acrobatic skills.

Tour manager Han Wen Qiao said many had begun training at the age of five.

He said: "There is a long tradition in China of practising Kung Fu and there is a deep love for this martial art, so people dedicate their lives to it."

He added that the link between meditation and martial arts in China began with warrior monks, around a millennium and a half ago:

"Meditation was developed to enrich your life and make your heart stronger and also it is very helpful when you practise Kung Fu.

"If you practise a lot, it will help you make more progress."

The Shaolin Warriors spoke to BBC Tees ahead of their performance at Darlington Civic Theatre on 28 April.

Speaking through an interpreter, Shaolin Warrior Chen Penfei said: "Meditation helps a lot. It can balance your insides.

"It's very important that you can find the peace in your heart, very important."

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