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Friday, 3 May, 2002, 06:05 GMT 07:05 UK
Tai Chi pupil power
Soldiers in China take part in Tai Chi classes
Tai Chi, classed as a martial art, is popular in China
A Belfast primary school is experimenting with Far Eastern martial arts instead of class assemblies.

However, the school says it will not make the children more aggressive.

Most school assemblies have worthy messages based on religion or topical issues.

However, at Cranmore integrated primary they are trying out Tai Chi - a slowed down version of martial arts.
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A Power Ranger and a Tai Chi master lead the way for primary three pupils in an alternative assembly.

Hands and feet need to be co-ordinated in a set of movements which are often practised in the open each day by Chinese people.

They say it can even help youngsters gain both energy and serenity.

Last year, primary school children in Scotland were given lessons in Tai Chi from the Power Rangers super heroes in an attempt to improve concentration.

Primary two children at Corstorphine Primary in Edinburgh took part in the pilot project.

Toy manufacturers Bandai approached the school earlier this month and offered to give the children an introduction to the Chinese martial art.

The school warned Bandai they would not be party to a sales pitch for Power Rangers merchandise.

However, the company denied this was the objective of the initiative.

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