In the Spring Festival Gala 2019 hosted by China Central Television (CCTV), a group of 20,000 students from the Henan Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School performed a large-scale martial arts program, titled “The Soul of Shaolin”. The performance featured traditional Chinese martial arts.
The program set a world record for the largest martial arts ever performed, verified the WRCA, a brand under the UK-based World Record Certification Limited. In their performance, the boys demonstrated their accuracy, strength and power in each of their moves, all while following the background music. Many were stunned by the dazzling performance of the students.
Since its debut on the CCTV Spring Festival Gala in 2003, Henan Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School has been tempering its performance skills and innovating its program format. It has participated in 16 performances and won five awards. They performed “High Aspirations” and Programs such as “Young China” and “Picturesque Country” have been loved by audiences across the countries. Especially after the broadcast of “The Soul of Shaolin” in 2019, it attracted widespread praise.
The grand TV event, hailed as the biggest TV carnival in China, was in its 36th edition in 2019. The viewing figures, taken from all platforms during the live broadcast, were up about 42 million over the same period. A total of 239 domestic TV channels broadcast the gala live on Lunar New Year’s Eve while audiences from 163 countries and regions simultaneously watched the TV show through 218 overseas platforms. The gala has been a fixture of the Spring Festival celebrations since it was first broadcast live by China Central Television (CCTV) in 1983.