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What are the Best Wushu Shoes?

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

WushuKicks.com’s Top 5 Wushu Shoes of 2010 Review

Feiyue Wushu Shoes

Feiyue Wushu Shoes

Feiyue wushu shoes - the most common and well known shoes for general training for wushu athletes. The feiyue shoes provide the best overall value for a martial arts shoe because it has the highest combined effect of comfort, cushioning, affordability, and durability. A lot of people wear this shoe for kung fu, shaolin, wushu, and parkour / free running training.
Professional Wushu Shoes

Professional Budosaga Wushu Shoes

Professional Budosaga Wushu Shoes - The number 1 wushu shoe for professional athletes used in wushu competitions by world wushu champions. This shoe has a thin sole that lets you feel the carpet or floor beneath you so that you can maintain better balance and a good sense of the floor during back sweeps. The thin sole also protects you from rolling your ankle and lets you feel more comfortable on any jumps or acrobatic moves. This is also one of the lights shoes out there… combined with the leather material which provides loud slaps and a snug contour to your feet with continued use, this is one of the best shoes available.
Tiger Claw Wushu Shoes

Tiger Claw Wushu Shoes

Tiger Claw Martial Arts Shoes good for training and competitions. The leather design works well and also has an added feature that keeps the laces tight so that if you are jumping around and kicking the laces will not easily come undone and will not hurt your hands as much for front slap kicks.
Feiyue Hi Top Shoes

Feiyue Hi Top Shoes

Wushu Feiyue High Top Shoes - The original feiyue wushu shoe now in hi top form! The feiyue hi top shoes also come in a black color as well. You can check them out: Black Feiyue Hi Top Shoes

Adidas Martial Arts Shoes

White Black Adidas Martial Arts Shoes

Adidas SM-II Martial Arts Shoe - This shoe is actually a well-rounded all around martial arts shoe. It is good for in-door and out-door martial arts training so that you don’t hurt your bare feet while doing kicks. A lot of martial artists wear this shoe ranging from styles like wushu to taekwondo. The design is a classic and it is a brand name that you can trust makes high quality sports shoes. You can also check these out in black and red.
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Adidas Martial Arts Shoes

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Wushu to be Included in the 2010 Sport Accord COMBAT GAMES!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

13 Martial Arts will be featured in the 2010 Sport Accord Combat Games.

Here is some information from the Combat Games website.
http://www.sportcentric.com/vsite/vnavsite/page/directory/0,10853,5148-197860-215083-nav-list,00.html

In March 2009, SportAccord signed an agreement with the city of Beijing, P. R. China, to organise the first SportAccord Combat Games. Scheduled from 28 August to 4 September 2010, the competition will showcase 13 Martial Arts and Combat sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic. The event will also include a Cultural Program that will reflect the social and cultural values of these sports and Combat Games as a whole.

Each sport will have 80 top athletes competing in the 2010 SportAccord Combat Games. These athletes will go through the qualification system set up by their respective International Federation. It is expected that the world best martial arts and combat sports athletes will qualify for the Combat Games. Both male and female athletes will take part. For those sports requiring weigh-in, different weight categories will be included.

During the eight days of competition, the 2010 SportAccord Combat Games will also include a cultural programme. Indeed, martial arts and combat sports have rich cultural heritages and convey social and educational values. The Combat Games will then serve as a great opportunity to enable deeper understanding of the sports by the public.

13 Sports will be showcased in the Combat Games. All 13 sports are officially recognised by SportAccord. They enjoy a long history, established competition rules, approved safety measures, wide practice and large fan base.

Aikido - International Aikido Federation (IAF)

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as ‘the Way of unifying life energy’ or as ‘the Way of harmonious spirit.’ Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical energy, as the aikidōka ‘leads’ the attacker’s momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks. Aikido can be categorized under the general umbrella of grappling arts.

Boxing - International Boxing Association (AIBA)

Boxing is a combat sport played by two opponents of a similar build and ability who fight against each other using their fists which are covered by gloves. Boxing is supervised by a referee and is broken down into rounds. Victory is achieved if the opponent is knocked down and unable to get up before the referee counts to ten seconds, this is known as a Knockout. If the fight is not stopped before an agreed number of rounds, a winner is determined either by the referee’s decision or by judges’ scorecards. There are numerous variations and styles of boxing practiced around the world each having rules which are slightly different.


Judo - International Judo Federation (IJF)


Judo meaning ‘gentle way” is a modern combat sport that originated in Japan. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to throw one’s opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one’s opponent or force an opponent to submit by joint locking the elbow or by applying a choke.


Ju-Jitsu - International Ju Jitsu Federation (JJIF)


Ju-Jitsu is a generic term for an almost indefinable system of fighting, primarily unarmed, but in some instance using weapons. Ju-Jitsu Techniques are including of punching, kicking, striking, throwing, holding, locking, choking and tying as well as the use of certain weapons. Ju-Jitsu does not rely on brute strength but upon skill and finesse. It is the use of minimum effort to achieve maximum effect. Applying this principle enables anyone, regardless of physique or stature, to control and release their energy to its greatest potential.

Karate - World Karate Federation (WKF)

Karate or karate-do is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands from indigenous fighting methods and Chinese kenp. It is primarily a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands and ridge-hands. Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles.

Kendo - International Kendo Federation (FIK)

Kendo, meaning ‘Way of the Sword’, is a modern Japanese martial art of sword-fighting based on traditional Japanese swordsmanship, or Kenjutsu. Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sport-like physical elements. Kendōka use a shout, or kiai, to express their fighting spirit when striking. Additionally, kendōka execute fumikomi-ashi, an action similar to a stamp of the front foot, when making a strike.


Kickboxing - World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO)

Kickboxing refers to the sport of using martial-arts-style kicks and boxing-style punches to defeat an opponent in a similar way to that of standard boxing. Kickboxing is both practiced as a full-contact sport, practiced in a boxing ring and as a more light version sport, practiced on tatami. The disciplines in the ring sport are: Fullcontact, Low-Kick and K1-Rules and disciplines in tatami sport are Semicontact, Lightcontact, Kick-Light and Musical Forms. Protection in the contact sports: mouth-guard, hand-wraps, boxing gloves, groin-guard, shin-pads, kick-boots, and helmet. The uniforms are various depends on the discipline, from silk pants or wearing shorts or uniform including belts. All disciplines are very entertaining and popular and attract youth and women all over the world.

Muaythai - International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA)

Muaythai or Thai Boxing is a form of hard martial art. Today Muaythai uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in western boxing. Muaythai is referred to as ‘The Art of the Eight Limbs’, as the hands; shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively. Also the opponent can strike at eight points of contact. Muay Thai is a variation of Muay Boran which translates to ‘Ancient Boxing’, Its form is efficient as it maximizes the amount of damage that each blow can inflict.

Sambo - International Federation of Amateur Sambo (FIAS)

Sambo is a relatively modern martial art, combat sport and self-defense system developed in the Soviet Union. The word Sambo is an acronym meaning ‘self-defense without weapons’ in Russian. Sambo has its roots in Japanese judo and traditional folk styles of wrestling such as Armenian Koch, Georgian Chidaoba, Moldovan Trîntǎ, Tatar Köräş, Uzbek Kurash, Mongolian Khapsagay and Azerbaijani Gulesh.

Sumo - International Sumo Federation (IFS)

Sumo wrestling is a contact sport that originated in Japan, this the only country where it is practice professionally, it is veiwed as a modern martial art. The wrestlers attempt to force another wrestler out of a circular ring (dohyo) or to touch the ground with any part of the body other than the sole of the feet. The wrestlers engage in tradional rituals which include, such as the use of salt for purification and the wrestler mostly live in communal settings known in Japanesse as the Heya where all aspect of there daily live from meals to dressing are dictated by strict tradition.

Taekwondo - World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art. Taekwondo is loosely translated as ‘the way of the foot and fist’ but some translate it as, ‘the art of kicking and punching,’ Taekwondo’s popularity is a result of evolution of martial arts. It combines combat techniques, self-defence, sport, exercise, meditation and philosophy. Modern Taekwondo tends to emphasize control and self-defence. The art in general emphasizes kicks thrown from a mobile stance, employing the leg’s greater reach and power (compared to the arm). Taekwondo training generally includes a system of blocks, kicks, punches, and open-handed strikes and may also include various take-downs or sweeps, throws, and joint locks.

Wrestling - International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA)


Wrestling is the act of physical interaction using strength between two people. Each person attempts to gain an advantage over, or control of, the other. Physical techniques used in wrestling are clinching, holding and locking. Wrestlers try and Avoid techniques likely to cause injury. Many styles of wrestling are known all over the world and have long histories.  Wrestling has been made into various forms used for both sport and entertainment purposes.

Wushu - International Wushu Federation (IWUF)

Wushu, also known as modern wushu or contemporary wushu, can be classed as an exhibition and a full-contact sport. Modern wushu is composed of two disciplines: taolu and sanda. Taolu is a combination of gymnastics and martial arts. Competitors are judged and given points on their movements which include stances, kicks, punches, balances, jumps, sweeps and throws. Competitive forms have time limits that can range from 1 minute, 20 seconds for the some external styles to over five minutes for internal styles.  Modern wushu competitors are increasingly training in aerial techniques such as 540 and 720 degree jumps and kicks to add more difficulty and style to their forms.  Sanda is a modern fighting method and sport much like kickboxing or Muay Thai, but includes many more grappling techniques.

For more information on the 2010 combat games to be held in Beijing, China visit: http://sports.tom.com/combatbeijing2010/index.html

Real Fighting Only Way to Train for Fights

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

From the Bermuda Sun

There’s only one real way to train to be a fighter and that’s to fight.

Bermuda’s San Shou team have been preparing for the regional championships for the brutal full contact Chinese fighting art – with full-on, no holds barred fight sessions.

Garon Wilkinson, president of the Bermuda San Shou association, said the four fighters who head to Brazil on July 13 and their sparring partners had been slugging it out at regular Wednesday ‘fight club’ sessions to prepare their bodies and brains to react under the extreme pressure of fight conditions.

“You can do all the running, skipping and jumping in the initial stages but the only way to truly prepare cardiovascularly for a fight is to actually fight.

“Ordinary sparring doesn’t really prepare you for the sort of oxygen debt you experience when you get hit so we’ve introduced weekly fight sessions to our training regimen.

“Basically we just warm up and then go at it as hard as we can.

“We find our fighters are getting nervous before Wednesday fight sessions. We want them to be nervous because that’s what they will have to deal with in a fight.”

The full programme is actually extremely sophisticated, incorporating plyometrics, mitt work, boxing training, strength and conditioning, spinning and beach work as well as fight techniques and tactics.

The team Sentwali Woolridge, Wilkinson, Jermal Woolridge and Leroy Maxwell, all of whom competed in the World Championships in Beijing in November last year, have been in training since January, a minimum of five times a week.

Despite the heavy sessions on Wednesday there is no let-off on Thursdays, one of the toughest days of the week.

“You need to prepare your body for back-to-back fights. My fight in Beijing was at 11.30 at night.

“If I’d have won I’d have been fighitng again at 7.30 in the morning. You have to be able to take a bruising and a battering and still get up the next morning and do it all again, so we’re training hard on Thursdays too.

“In some sports you can not train and the worst that can happen is that you are going to get a bad result. If we don’t train, well….”

The team have adapted their programme over the past few years, incorporating features from the other countries they have met at past tournaments.

“Our programme has become pretty developed over the past few years. Every time we go to compete we learn something new.

“Going to the World Championships was just amazing. We got to see how our style of fighting in the west measures up to the European and Asian styles.

“We tend to use more of a boxing/kick boxing style. They really use their martial arts skills more.

“There’s a lot more straight knockouts with kicks.

“Our basis is in traditional martial arts so we have the skills to fight that way. It is just a matter of being able to blend everything together, which is really tough.”

Wilkinson believes that, though the competition will be tough at the PanAm Wushu Championships, it will not be as competitive as the worlds.

And he believes that Bermuda, who picked up two silvers and two bronzes at this event last year, has genuine medal prospects.

“All of us are experienced fighters now. We have had at least five fights. If everything goes well I don’t see why we shouldn’t come away with gold.”

Pan Am Wushu Championships
San Shou section

Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil

July 13 – 20

Bermuda team: Sentwali Woolridge (Under 70kg), Garon Wilkinson (under 75kg), Leroy Maxwell (under 85kg), Jermal Woolridge (Over 90kg), Oscar Lightbourne (judge), Damion Wilson (coach), Khalid Pitcher (coach) Talia Iris (manager).

Nike and Adidas Wushu Shoes

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Change comes slowly for the age-old Chinese martial art of wushu. But this year, it’s joining forces with the swoosh.

In an unlikely move for a U.S. footwear company, Nike is joining the small Chinese market of wushu shoemakers. The modern version of the sport, a close cousin of kung fu, emphasizes aesthetic and athletic performance over basic fighting. While it isn’t an official Olympic sport, an Olympic-sanctioned tournament will take place this summer.

That was enough for Nike to jump in. The shoes would have to survive a host of punishing moves: rapid accelerations and braking; 720-degree gymnastic-like spins; and the use of weapons including broadswords, staffs and double-edged swords.

In a Beijing park, a four-person Nike team sought out septuagenarian Master Wu Bin, who was teaching hundreds of students, for his help. He agreed, and work eventually shifted to Nike’s Beaverton, Ore., campus, where researchers slapped scores of reflective markers onto U.S. wushu athletes and their weapons while 16 high-speed video cameras recorded data. “Reflective markers were flying,” said Jeff Pisciotta, who studies athlete biomechanics in the Nike lab. Researchers from the University of Beijing and the University of Shanghai eventually pitched in.

The final shoe, to be sold for $80 at Nike.com, uses sturdy kangaroo leather instead of the typical canvas and a lightweight gum rubber for more-precise pivoting during moves. An unexpected problem: painful shoelaces, because wushu athletes traditionally hit their shoes with their palms as part of their performance. Nike created pockets to hide shoelace tips for easier slapping.

–Nicholas Casey

Nike Wushu Shoes
(see below for more colors and pictures)

Nike Shaolinquan (Mandarin for “Martial Arts”)
Wushu

Wushu is an exhibition and full contact sport with roots in traditional Chinese martial arts and a 3,000 year history. In Chinese, “Wu” means military while “Shu” means art.

Nike respects the past and represents the future with its new innovative spin on footwear for Wushu. Nike gained important insight from several world-class athletes and coaches. The result is the very light and supportive Shaolinquan, Mandarin for Martial Arts. It has been embraced by top athletes in the world, as well as by fashion icons, for its traditional yet innovative styling. It is premium crafted footwear, designed to blend functional excellence with simple, stylistic beauty. Weighing a mere 4.75 oz, the Shaolinquan shoe is constructed from a rich, premium kangaroo leather and includes a modified herringbone pattern, which optimizes traction between the athletes’ feet and Wushu mats. A soft, flexible, lightweight gum rubber outsole was created to allow for better pivoting on the forefoot. The shoes have a pocket on them to tuck laces into and extra short aglets for safety.

On one side of the shoe is the character “Wu,” which means military in Chinese. On the back of the shoe is lettering that, when translated, says “Hero inside. Release it.”

Key Features
• Weighs 4.75 oz
• Constructed from kangaroo leather and a modified Herringbone pattern
• Gum rubber outsole allows for better pivoting
• Back of the shoe is inscribed with Chinese letters that read: “Hero inside. Release it.”

Pant and Jacket

Like taekwondo, wushu has centuries of tradition and strict uniform requirements, important considerations when it came to updating the classic silhouette. When Nike designers started talking to the wushu team, the athletes were hesitant to change. However, when the designers brought the team samples of a new uniform that was more breathable but preserved the traditional look and feel of silk, the athletes were thrilled. Designers worked to find a material that had both the look and feel of silk, but that was a Dri-FIT fabric to help sweat evaporate. Stretch paneling in the pant makes it easier to move, and mesh venting in the jacket sides helps keep athletes cool. The jacket’s traditional mandarin collar and cuffs have a mesh facing to draw moisture away from the skin surface. The wushu uniform has all the characteristics and tradition of the original but with Nike’s unique performance technology enhancements.

Nike Black Wushu Shoes

Nike Black Wushu Shoes Bottom

Nike Black Wushu Shoes Close Up

See Nike’s Making of the Wushu Show Interview Video Clip Here – NIKE WUSHU SHOE

How to Butterfly Twist – WushuKicks Exclusive Tips

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

How to Butterfly Twist

by Martial Arts Expert Alfred Hsing

Today I want to give you some exclusive tips on getting and landing that butterfly twist. People have always liked the butterfly twist, sometimes referred to as btwist or 360 twist, so we are going to give you the knowledge to be able to attempt this move.

Butterfly Twist at a UCLA Demo

Obviously exercise caution when you attempt any difficult martial arts moves and use safety and judgment over all else!

So let me begin with a YouTube clip you may have seen if you searched “How to Butterfly Twist” or “Butterfly Twist Tutorial

(Direct Links if you want to save to favorites)

http://www.wushukicks.com/videos/12.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-PewR8cICU

I made this quick tutorial at UCLA Wooden Gym a while back and then posted it on youtube. I had no idea that such a quick tutorial would reach over 100,000 people. I think because I was rushing to go home (shot this on the way out after a long workout) I made it very short and to the point which people like.

Anyways, here is a SECOND how to butterfly twist that is also on youtube, but it was shot by the folks at Expert Village. ExpertVillage who liked my YouTube How To Twist clip so much that they actually wanted me to be an Expert on expertvillage.. so in the interest of getting a more complete tutorial I accepted to make the clips.

There’s actually a whole bunch of clips that overlap and are drawn out, but it is because they wanted it to be VERY comprehensive. In any case, today I will post the money clip that I think they shot so you wont have to sift through all these searches to find it.

This clip has the butterfly twist in all different angles and is a bit more comprehensive so I think it will help if you watch this in addition to the other clip.

Here is the direct link – http://www.wushukicks.com/videos/12.html

So now that you have seen both those clips. The additional tip I want to give you is something that I just figured out recently. Sometimes I do it unconsciously and sometimes I don’t but when you tighten your back muscles in the air during the twist it helps for a higher, cleaner, faster, and smoother looking twist. I have a few more tips on how to get extra height without using extra leg strength that I will write up when I have more time. Check back for those updates!

Hope this was helpful. Practice hard and be safe!