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Chinese martial artists chopped and spinning-kicked their way to success at the first international martial arts competition of the New Year, held in the Russian capital Moscow on Feb 20.
Deng Zaiyu (M) from Xuwen, Zhanjiang in Guangdong province claims first in Southern Fist at an international martial arts competition held in Moscow, Russia on Feb 20. [Photo/zjphoto.yinsha.com]
More than 200 competitors from 21 countries took part in the contest, fighting-it-out to be crown champion of various disciplines including cudgel, sword, and shadowboxing.
Competitors from China took home four gold medals, including one for Deng Zaiyu from Zhanjiang who was crowned "King of Southern Fist".
Deng Zaiyu, the Southern Fist champion, also took home fourth title in Male Cudgel. [Photo/zjphoto.yinsha.com]
Southern Fist, also known as Nanquan or Southern Boxing, is a form of Chinese boxing widely practiced in South China.
With the help of his coach He Qiang, Deng also ranked fourth in Male Cudgel.
Born in Xuwen county, Zhanjiang, Deng came to prominence at the National Juvenile All Style Martial Arts Tournament in 2016, winning awards for Southern Swords and Southern Fist.
Deng Zaiyu and his coach He Qiang pose for a photo. [Photo/zjphoto.yinsha.com]
Huang Qiying from Guangdong province won the Male Shadowboxing, and Wu Zhen'ao from Hebei province, took home the title for Male Long Fist and Cudgel.