Ancient China Sports, Games History, Martial Arts, Arrows, Animal Play

 

Ancient Chinese Sports:

China is one of the oldest civilizations of the world. It is said that Sports in China as old as the civilization itself and different forms of Sporting Activities existed in China. Physical activity in China is as old as 10,000 years old and includes limbering, lifting metal tripods and shooting arrows (i.e. also known as shejjan). The Zhou Dynasty was well known for encouraging physical activity and sports.

The growth of Sports in China took place along with the military, political and economic growth in China. Swordsmanship and touhu (throwing arrows into wine pitchers) of the spring and autumn and the Warring States periods (770-221 BC), cuju (football) and baixi (acrobatics) of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), jiju (polo) of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and bingxi (games on ice) were extremely famous, along with hunting.

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Animal Play as a physical activity became very prominent during the Hans Dynasty and daoyin, which means physical exercise along with breathing, was practiced. Auto massage was an effective exercise. Archery, Arrow-shooting was also one of the favorite sports of the people in China.

ancient chinese sports

Wrestling and martial arts also known as Wushu was introduced in China and till date is prominent. Coloured pottery, bronzeware, bronze mirrors, chinaware, murals, brick paintings, Yungang grottoes, Dunhuang murals, and paintings of the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties were ancient sports relics.

Ancient China Sports were very diversified and had a unique value in terms of health, military uses, activity, different uses etc and also had its own value for being a part and parcel of The Ancient Chinese Civilization.

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