Wushu, famously known as modern wushu , is both an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional and ancient Chinese martial arts. Wushu as a sport enhances the physical health of young children, boosts their mental health, self confidence and self esteem. These children would also develop precious life skills such as leadership and team building through Wushu training. Wushu is characterized by its vibrant and fluid motions along with its rolling techniques and aerial kicks. Wushu does not only teach one how to kick, jump and spin, but gives you lessons you can live your whole life by discipline, self-control and most importantly, Wushu teaches you about you, how to be a real human being. Wushu can train you in speed, strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, and self-defense.
Wushu is an important component of the cultural heritage of China, with a rich content that has remained unblemished over the centuries. Previously, wushu figured significantly in the simple matter of survival through China's many political upheavals and wars. During the last thirty years, wushu in Mainland China was modernized so that there could be a universal standard for training and competing.
In contemporary times, wushu has become a truly international sport through the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), which holds the World Wushu Championships every two years; the first World Championships were held in 1991 in Beijing and won by Clark Zhang. In 1979, the State Commission for Physical Culture and Sports created a special task force to teaching and practice of Wushu.
The majority of routines used in the sport are new, modernized recompilations of traditional routines. Consequently, wushu has become an athletic and aesthetic performance and competitive sport, while "kung fu" or traditional wushu remains the traditional fighting practice. Although still in budding stages in many countries, wushu is an established international sport.
Modern WUSHU proffesionals trainins in aerial techniques such as 720 and 540 degree jumps and kicks to add more difficulty and style to their forms. During the last 30 years, wushu in China was modernized so that there could be an all out universal standard for training and competing. As the student learns respect, they will also learn the art of Discipline. Through training, students will learn Discipline in three levels:
- Discipline of one's actions (physical),
- Discipline of one's words and thoughts (mental)
- Discipline of one's emotions and spirit (spirit).
Weapons training are available to complement the empty hand training of wushu. Weapons training helps the body, mind and soul develop a level of coordination not possible with a strictly non-weapon curriculum. The curriculum includes comprehensive empty-hand and weapons forms, application and competition preparation at the national and international level for wushu athletes, and Chen, Yang, Wu and push hands training for tai chi students.
Wushu is an exceptional Martial Art, modern in style, and summing up the best of Chinese Martial Arts.
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