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    First match

    July 16 was the first match day for the school's annual sports meeting.

    In the afternoon, the youngest players experience their first-ever formal game.

    Coach Zhao's team plays a five-a-side against a girls' team the same age coached by Ma Yu, 18 years old.


    Girls team coach Ma Yu directs her players. Photo: Li Hao/GT

    The match is strictly by the rules. The girls must remove their flower headbands and tooth amulets. The players have full kit including shin guards and captain's armband.

    At kickoff, the girls appear unready.

    Ma finds she must constantly shout instructions at her players, who appear a little overwhelmed by the occasion.

    Zhao's team are the more aggressive and experienced. They even appear to use some simple tactics. It's a mismatch.

    The girls quickly crumble to lose 10-0.

    "I don't mind we lost," Ma tells the Global Times. "But they have to maintain a more focused attitude during the game."


    A boy scores from coach Zhao Yaodi's team. Photo: Li Hao/GT

    The Henan provincial sport bureau says women's soccer development is a key project and it is also encouraged at the school.

    Zhao and Ma's players take care of themselves at boarding school.

    Zhao's 20 players have three aunties who look after them. Before the children arrive from canteen after lunch, the three are making beds, turning on the air conditioning and bringing them water in red plastic buckets.

    When the players get back, they wash, change clothes and nap in their small wooden beds.


    A dormitory assistant helps a boy wash his face. Photo: Li Hao/GT

    Step by step

    The school has 39 canteens but only three soccer pitches.

    Players compete for space with thousands of other schoolmates in the crowded campus.

    Coach Liu Songpu once visited the soccer school under Luneng Taishan Football Club in East China's Shandong Province. Luneng has 26 pitches for hundreds of players.

    "I am jealous," he says.

    A new campus with 10 soccer pitches is being built, says Zhao.

    There's no denying the coaches also need to improve.

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    Zhou Jiangyin (left) in match action. Photo: Li Hao/GT

    "It's OK for me to teach basic skills, but I lack knowledge of tactics," Zhao admits.

    The school has six Portuguese coaches sent by Henan sport bureau through the youth training promotion project. They have different duties - management, fitness, tactics and techniques.

    "I often communicate with the foreign coaches to learn from them," Zhao says.

    When the Global Times reporter visited the school, the Portuguese coaches had gone back to their country for visas.

    Talent treasure trove

    Tagou is also tasked by the General Administration of Sports to find athletes for the summer and winter Olympics.

    According to Henan government's website in June 2018, 143 athletes left Tagou to join national training teams in sports including freestyle skiing, snowboarding and surfing.

    An ice hockey team is also to be found in Tagou.

    They practice with roller skates on the floor.

    "These with martial arts background can make achievements in a very short time," Feng Weifeng, who is in charge of publicity for the school, tells the Global Times. "They have great balance and flexibility."

    "We aim at the Olympics," he says.



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    Hockey?

    And I thought soccer was weird...

    China's martial arts school builds ice hockey team
    Source: Xinhua| 2021-04-10 07:48:32|Editor: huaxia

    Players of Shaolin Tagou ice hockey team take a training session in Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School, Dengfeng City, central China's Henan Province, March 30, 2021. Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School, a few kilometers away from the Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu, is building its ice hockey team. The students learn the sport on roller skates at a standard-size rink covered with floor, instead of ice. Practicing martial arts strengthens their physiques and provides them with athletic qualities that ice hockey requires, said training director Zhang Shanghang, who is from Beijing Sport University. Beijing 2022 has encouraged schools across the country to popularize winter sports and cultivate talents. As one of the pilot schools in ice hockey, Shaolin Tagou started the training with over 1,000 students aged from 6 to 15 in 2019. These students expect to play real ice hockey in the future," said Zhang. (Xinhua/Li An)





    Aerial photo taken on March 30, 2021 shows players of Shaolin Tagou ice hockey team taking a training session in Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School, Dengfeng City, central China's Henan Province. Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School, a few kilometers away from the Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu, is building its ice hockey team. The students learn the sport on roller skates at a standard-size rink covered with floor, instead of ice. Practicing martial arts strengthens their physiques and provides them with athletic qualities that ice hockey requires, said training director Zhang Shanghang, who is from Beijing Sport University. Beijing 2022 has encouraged schools across the country to popularize winter sports and cultivate talents. As one of the pilot schools in ice hockey, Shaolin Tagou started the training with over 1,000 students aged from 6 to 15 in 2019. These students expect to play real ice hockey in the future," said Zhang. (Xinhua/Li An)

    Players of Shaolin Tagou ice hockey team practice martial arts in Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School, Dengfeng City, central China's Henan Province, March 31, 2021. Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School, a few kilometers away from the Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu, is building its ice hockey team. The students learn the sport on roller skates at a standard-size rink covered with floor, instead of ice. Practicing martial arts strengthens their physiques and provides them with athletic qualities that ice hockey requires, said training director Zhang Shanghang, who is from Beijing Sport University. Beijing 2022 has encouraged schools across the country to popularize winter sports and cultivate talents. As one of the pilot schools in ice hockey, Shaolin Tagou started the training with over 1,000 students aged from 6 to 15 in 2019. These students expect to play real ice hockey in the future," said Zhang. (Xinhua/Hao Yuan)
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    And I thought soccer was weird...
    Somebody's got to make a movie Shaolin Hockey that's like Shaolin Soccer. I liked that movie. I've been telling my nephew that's a professional hockey player that he's got to learn Spring and Autumn Guan Dao Form...

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    Am I going to have to split this off into a Shaolin Hockey thread?

    Gettin' their kicks with sticks
    By SHI FUTIAN | China Daily Global | Updated: 2021-05-03 00:00
    Fearless kungfu kids proving well equipped to cope with hockey's rough and tumble

    As a novice of the sport, China's ice hockey talent pool is still relatively thin. However, with the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics around the corner and the country's ice and snow sports industry on the rise, more and more youngsters are picking up sticks to enjoy one of the world's toughest team sports.

    Among the unlikeliest of newcomers to the sport are students at Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School in Dengfeng, Henan province. In 2019, around 1,000 students signed up for the school's newly formed hockey club. Ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old, the club encompasses seven squads in total.

    But with no ice to practice on, players perfect their skills on roller skates, making for a diverse daily routine of academic studies, kungfu lessons and roller hockey.

    "All the students have been through tough kungfu training since they were little kids. They have great physical strength, coordination and flexibility compared with everyday school kids," Zhang Shanghang, the school's ice hockey youth training director told Xinhua.

    "They are perfect for the sport. Some of them can learn how to skate with all the equipment in just three days. And now we are planning to let them move on to the next step of training-on ice."

    Pulling on a Team China jersey to represent their nation at the Winter Olympics is the ultimate dream for all the youngsters.

    "My favorite player now is Zuo Tianyou of the Beijing College of Sports team. He has great dribbling skills," said Huang Yuxuan, who watches ice hockey in his dormitory after training.

    According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, China now has 537 male and 822 female ice hockey players, along with 8,147 juniors. The numbers are still low compared with the sport's traditional powerhouses. Canada and the United States, for example, boast hockey populations of over 600,000 and 550,000 respectively.

    Attracting more people onto the ice and developing the sport from grassroots level are seen as key to the sport's future in China.

    "We should fully take advantage of the Beijing Winter Olympics and facilitate the growth of Chinese ice hockey," Hu Jiang, the coach of the Qiqihaer city ice hockey team in Heilongjiang province, told Chinanews.com in March.

    "Compared with the ice hockey powerhouses of the world, China's ice hockey development is still at a very early stage, and there is huge room for improvement," Hu added.

    "Building a professional league and developing the sport in schools and universities are vital for the sport's development in China.

    "We should attract more people to participate in the sport and the winter sports sector in general. We should let it grow from grassroots level to lay a solid foundation. We should also promote ice hockey culture among sports lovers."

    shifutian@chinadaily.com.cn


    The hardy students at Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School in Dengfeng, Henan province have been honing their hockey skills since 2019. Combined with their kungfu training and academic studies, the kids practice roller hockey on a daily basis, with plans afoot to introduce them to action on the ice. XINHUA


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    Is there an ice rink in Dengfeng now? Because I can't even grok that.
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