Wushu

Hey guys, have you guys ever heard of Wushu? Wushu is a martial arts style that boasts its foundation in 1949. It is globally known through the International Wushu Federation which holds competitions every two years.

The Chinese government established an organization in 1958 to help regulate martial arts training. Wushu began getting introduced at the high school and college level, and a system was created to help teach it. Wushu was made to incorporate the common elements of all the martial arts disciplines we know in China today. In 1998 the State Sport Commission was closed and Wushu became a more market driven sport. Now the International Wushu foundation is what handles the promotion for both traditional and modern styles of Wushu.

Wushu today is more of a competition sport that is composed of two forms: Taolu and Sanda. Taolu deals more with the different forms and stances of Wushu. It includes Martial arts patterns and acrobatic techniques and movements. This form can be performed individually, with two people, or even a group of people. Individual performances can be one of two types, Compulsory and Individual. Compulsory is when they have to perform a routine that has been provided for them, and individual lets them create their own performance under the rules for that event. Duel events, also known as duilian, is practiced before hand and is sparring either with weapons or barehanded. Group events, or jiti, is performed together with a group of people.

Sanda is a lot like kickboxing and Muay Thai. It is a sparring match but it includes more moves than kickboxing and Muay Thai. The competitors earn points by landing strikes and can win by knockouts. It is normally held with Taolu events in competition, but the participants can also perform in fighting tournaments such as K-1 and Shoot Boxing, but if they do they are limited in what moves they can make.

Do any of you know about Wushu or have practiced it? If you do let us know in the comments below!!

>Kennie

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