The 5th Wushu African Championship kicked off at Antananarivo Thursday evening.

The ceremony was attended by the president of transition Andry Rajoelina, the president of African Wushu Federation Bashir Elardawi, the Chinese Ambassador to Madagascar Yang Min, Chinese community in Madagascar and Malagasy people.

During the opening ceremony, Malagasy people saw at naked eyes monks from Shaolin Temple playing a kung fu show as if it was seen in Chinese movie since then.

In his speech, Elardawi said his institution tried its bests to spread Chinese martial art in Africa.

The president of Madagascar’s Wushu Federation Ramaherison Jose told Xinhua that since its creation in 1999, the Malagasy Wushu Federation tried to improve the technical level of Malagasy kung fu men.

Jose said that Chinese kung fu men have high technical level because they do only kung fu in their life while here the kung fu men have something else to do in their life like to study or to work.

“The Malagasy Wushu Federation tried also to enter the Malagasy Wushu students in Chinese martial arts through organization of such Championship and sending them to participate to world championship and creation of Wushu academy in Madagascar,” Jose said.

The best Malagasy students during the competition will participate in the 12th World Wushu Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October, Jose disclosed.

Twelve countries, including China, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Egypt, France, Libya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia and Zambia participate to the event.