Mar­tial arts for kids

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY EXPAT - — MIKE PETERS

Capoeira, a mar­tial art that com­bines fight­ing moves with danc­ing and mu­sic, is an art form with a his­tory that dates to the era of African slav­ery in Brazil. Capoeira Mandinga Bei­jing of­fers young­sters ages 4-10 a chance to try it out with a kids’ ses­sion on Satur­days. A sin­gle class is 100 yuan, or sign up for a 14-week ses­sion for 1,120 yuan. (There’s an ex­tra dis­count for sib­lings who sign up at the same time.) 4-5 pm, Satur­days. East Gate Plaza, 29 Dongzhong Jie (Street), Block B, Base­ment 1. 186-1170-5854. capoeirabei­ If you’re new to China — or just want to ex­plore a topic in more depth — the China Cul­ture Center of­fers a re­volv­ing sched­ule of classes ev­ery month. You can study cal­lig­ra­phy, join a sea­sonal tea tast­ing, prac­tice med­i­ta­tion or Chi­nese bird-and-flower paint­ing, and much more. The center has also or­ga­nized trips around China and nearby re­gions, in­clud­ing north­ern Thai­land, Laos and Myan­mar in the weeks ahead. Book early for the Spring Fes­ti­val pe­riod. For more de­tails and a com­plete sched­ule of classes, day trips and ex­tended travel, visit chi­na­cul­ture­cen­ The In­ter­na­tional New­com­ers Net­work’s Cof­fee Morn­ings are purely so­cial events in lo­cal cafes that al­low you to get to know peo­ple who live close by, plus pick up a few tips and tricks from those who have been around the neigh­bor­hood awhile. There are monthly cof­fees at sev­eral lo­ca­tions around the cap­i­tal, in­clud­ing The Book­worm in San­l­i­tun. For a sched­ule with lo­ca­tions and maps, see innbei­

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