The Arts Centre has become a martial arts centre thanks to a new exhibition in the Pao Galleries. As part of the Hong Kong International Kung Fu Festival, a display called 'Spirit of a Nation' went up on Thursday, presenting the history and development of Chinese martial arts over the past century. Conceived by the International Guoshu Association's chief executive, Hing Chao (left in picture), and Siren Films' Duncan Jepson (right), it's a look at kung fu's history through various media, including video, comic books, film paraphernalia and archival photos. 'When you have an idea or concept, oftentimes what it turns out is very different than what you had in mind,' Chao said at the opening. 'In the beginning, we had a tremendous amount of resources at our disposal ... We realised a lot of local traditions had a chance to be elevated and unified into a system. Initially, it was a really simple display. After I met Duncan, the whole horizon changed. He brought to play a lot of visual tools in film narrative and made it more visually accessible.' Ultimately, Chao believes the history is important not just because it's cool but because it's socially significant. 'The key message is to tell the story of Chinese martial arts over 100 years. The title, Spirit of a Nation, is how we feel and perceive the project.' The display continues until August 6.