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WushuKicks Exclusive Interview with Alfred Hsing World Wushu Championships Gold Medalist

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
alfred hsing gold medalist at world wushu championships

alfred hsing gold medalist at world wushu championships

These are the full responses to interview questions for Alfred Hsing (First US Wushu Taolu Gold Medalist at the 10th World Wushu Championships in Toronto, Canada) posed by Kung Fu Magazine in Q & A form exclusive at

Let’s start the Q&A –

How did you train for competition?

It was actually very tough to train for this competition. I think a
lot of other US wushu team members would agree that after the US Team
Trial competition you feel a little burnt out from training. I trained
as intense as I possibly could to ensure I could make the US team
because making the US wushu team has been a lifelong dream of mine.
After 3-4 months of rigorous training when you make the team, you
realize you have to keep it up for another 4-5 months. Imagine running
a 26.2 mile marathon but right when you approach the finish line, you
are told you have to run another 26.2 miles non stop. That’s how I

Training for this competition became more of a mental challenge than a
physical struggle. I was already at the peak of my physical skill
level in terms of being able to perform the difficulty moves like 540
outsides, butterfly twist to tornado kick, and so on. Also, at the
time I was training for worlds I had a full time job, my own side
business, and classes to teach so it was very tiring getting myself to

I usually train by myself and it gets very boring sometimes. Something
that helped me the most was training with people who are excited about
wushu as well. When others are excited it helps to keep you motivated.
Also training with people who are at an elite level is also motivating
and it pushes you to want to do better.

In training for the World Championships I knew that there would be no
room for mistakes so I practiced focusing on perfection. Perfect
speed, perfect difficulty moves, perfect stances, everything. I did
not hit everything all the time, but whenever I would mess up on a
jump or spin or kick I wouldn’t let myself go until I re-did it and
did a clean successful one. Every time I practiced a full form, I
would pretend it was the real thing – that this was the ONE that
counted. We train so many hours and years just for that 1 minute and
20 seconds on the carpet which is why it is so important to over train
your abilities to the point where you could do all the moves 10 times
perfectly in your sleep.

What was it like to win the medal? What do you think of your performance at
the medal-winning event? What feelings did you have before, during, and
after the event?

Winning the medal was everything I dreamed it would be. It was also a
little unreal that such a big dream became a reality so fast. It’s a
little bittersweet that I don’t get to wake up chasing that big dream
anymore, but it just means I have to set bigger goals.

I am absolutely proud of my performance in my medal winning event. In
fact I am happy with all of my events. The day of my events I did not
think about medals or places. I just wanted to give my best possible
performance and enjoy the moment and I did that so I have no regrets.

A lot of people said it would be impossible to win a gold medal at the
World Wushu Championships, but the few people who didn’t know much
about wushu that said “go for the gold” made me think that it was
possible. I adjusted my mindset a few weeks before the competition and
felt that it was achievable. When you don’t believe you can do it of
course you won’t be able to.

Before my actual event I was relatively calm. I put in my time
training and I was prepared. I came to do my best and wasn’t competing
with anyone else there except myself so there was nothing else to do
but wait for my turn. After I finished my form I felt really good. I
knew I nailed everything. My score came out on the monitor and it said
9.72 and tentatively I was in first place after only four other
competitors. There were still many competitors behind me. It was
actually more nerve racking after my performance because each score
after mine could have potentially bumped me down. After all the
competitors had gone, “Alfred Hsing” was still 1st on the monitor. I
was relieved and excited that I had accomplished it. After
accomplishing such a goal, I realize what the saying “It’s not the
destination, it’s the journey” means.

You were selected to the C team in 2007. Do you feel that anything changed
(your training, your attitude, etc.) between then and now to enable you to
progress to the point where you could win a gold medal at the worlds?

Not too much really changed with how I train. It was more about
preparedness. I tried out in 2003 and did not make the team and after
that I almost gave up. Also I became really busy with college and
work. I basically stopped training and competing until 2006 when I
noticed a lot of people I knew continued to advance in wushu. My
hunger to make the US team and compete at worlds never died. I trained
really hard from 2006-2007 which allowed me to catch back up to a top
level US standard, but still it wasn’t enough. I was at a crossroads-
get back to reality and focus on my career or risk my corporate job
and focus on wushu for another 2 years. I chose wushu. Instead of
giving up, my hunger to make the team only grew. Failing to make the
“A” team in 2007 infuriated me to the point that I vowed I would be so
much better that there would be no doubt I would make the A team at
the next team trials. I went to a lot more competitions, got more
experience, and made sure to fix all my mistakes from 2007. By the
time 2009 rolled around I was a lot more confident because I prepared
off the competition carpet. I think since I wasn’t willing to settle
and I made a point in my practices to not make a single mistake that
the training carried over to my results at worlds games as well.

What memories do you have of the championships? The city? The rest of the
team (other athletes, officials)? The organizers? The venue?

I am going to have great memories of my trip to Toronto, Canada for
the 10th World Wushu Championships, not just because of the victory in
my competition but because of all the interlaced positive memories I
have had in the city. It just so happened that along with bringing
home a good score, I also had great teammates that all got along, a
good roommate on the trip, a venue in Toronto that was close enough
for my parents and friends to come watch, and so on. I was very
honored that I had the fortune of having my parents there witnessing
such an important moment in my life. I also met great people from
around the world and ran into international friends that I had trained
with from abroad. I have not been to past World Championships so I can
not compare, but the organizing committee aimed to be as professional
and organized as possible. I want to thank everyone who was involved
in the event, my US wushu teammates for being awesome, my parents for
all their help and support, and all coaches far and near who have
given me advice and help whether it was for a day or for many years.

Thanks again everyone for your support!

-Alfred Hsing

*you can see more clips of alfred at his personal website

10th wwc – World Wushu Championships Results List

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Men’s Changquan
1 T3701 LEE Jong-Chan KOR 9.75
2 T4103 JIA Rui 贾瑞MAC 9.74
3 T3404 Daisuke Ichikizaki JPN 9.73
4 T3405 Masashi Harada JPN 9.70
5 T4302 NG Say Yoke 黃世育MAS 9.69
6 T3406 Etsuro Shitaokoshi JPN 9.69
7 T5604 Vladimir Maximov RUS 9.68
8 T3702 JO Kye-Yong KOR 9.67
9 T6801 Alfred Hsing USA 9.65
10 T2806 Erwein Wijayanto INA 9.60
11 T2804 Charles Sutanto 陈建升INA 9.59
12 T4301 ANG Eng Chong 洪荣钟MAS 9.57
13 T6703 Sergii Romaniuk UKR 9.55
14 T4102 CHU Chi Wai 朱志偉MAC 9.53
15 T3001 Ehsan Peyghambari IRI 9.51
16 T2802 Aldy Lukman 罗志腾INA 9.49
17 T1201 YANG Yu Hong 杨屿泓CHN 9.49
18 T1101 Marvin Wong CAN 9.45
19 T2805 David Hendrawan INA 9.44
20 T2002 Antti Kupiainen FIN 9.41
21 T2603 LEUNG Ka Wai 梁家瑋HKG 9.41
22 T2601 CHENG Chung Hang 鄭仲恒HKG 9.41
23 T4101 VAN Ka Lok 溫家樂MAC 9.40
24 T2604 LEUNG Man Chun 梁文駿HKG 9.37
25 T1103 Nathan Yuen CAN 9.36

Men’s Nanquan
1 T4305 HO Mun Hua 胡满华MAS 9.74
2 T2606 HE Jing De 賀敬德HKG 9.72
3 T1104 Timothy Hung CAN 9.69
4 T6302 HSU Kai Kuei 許凱貴TPE 9.69
5 T3403 Koki Nakata JPN 9.68
6 T2801 Heriyanto 戴梓峰INA 9.68
7 T3002 Farshad Arabi IRI 9.67
8 T5902 Sami Mahmoud Ben SUI 9.44
9 T5603 Alexey Nazinkin RUS 9.40
10 T6704 Maksym Danchenko UKR 9.27
11 T3703 LEE Seung-Kuen KOR 9.25
12 T3704 KIM Tae-Ho KOR 9.23
13 T2001 Niila hasko FIN 9.23
14 T1002 Adriano Lourenco Da Silva BRA 9.23
15 T0302 Alex Lee AUS 9.22
16 T3202 Michele Giordano ITA 9.15
17 T6804 Max Ehrlich USA 9.15
18 T1001 Marcelo Massayuki Yamada BRA 9.14
19 T0201 Maximiliano Rodriguez ARG 9.09
20 T3201 Ulderico Ascione ITA 9.07
21 T6707 Denis Rudomotkin UKR 9.04
22 T6701 Andrii Koval UKR 9.02
23 T5602 Stanislav Galkin RUS 8.87
24 T6706 Mykola Palatov UKR 8.59
25 T5401 Dolan Constantin ROU 8.47

Men’s Jianshu
1 T6801 Alfred Hsing USA 9.72
2 T3406 Etsuro Shitaokoshi JPN 9.72
3 T2806 Erwein Wijayanto INA 9.71
4 T2204 Richard Devine GBR 9.69
5 T2603 LEUNG Ka Wai 梁家瑋HKG 9.55
6 T2804 Charles Sutanto 陈建升INA 9.54
7 T4102 CHU Chi Wai 朱志偉MAC 9.51
8 T6803 Colvin Wang USA 9.21
9 T6703 Sergii Romaniuk UKR 9.16
10 T6702 Oleksii Nosach UKR 9.00
11 T2201 Curtis Filmer GBR 8.96
12 T6601 Emrullah Gül TUR 8.91
13 T1102 Wilson Lui CAN 8.84
14 T2105 Pierre Rouviere FRA 8.71
15 T6001 Zackarias Westerberg SWE 8.70
16 T0902 Maksim Lashakou BLR 8.65
17 T2304 Christoph Huynh GER 8.27
18 T0306 Thomas Wong AUS 8.27
19 T4402 Edgar Ruiz MEX 7.81
20 T1006 Alex Rodrigues Dos Santos BRA 7.71
21 T4404 Juan Gomez MEX 6.95
22 T0304 Mark Shamin AUS 6.77
23 T1901 Nalei Chang EST 6.65
24 T1902 NatJan-Naatan Seeba EST 6.40
25 T7002 Jonathan Chourio VEN

Men’s Daoshu
1 T4103 JIA Rui 贾瑞MAC 9.75
2 T3405 Masashi Harada JPN 9.73
3 T4302 NG Say Yoke 黃世育MAS 9.72
4 T4301 ANG Eng Chong 洪荣钟MAS 9.68
5 T3001 Ehsan Peyghambari IRI 9.66
6 T5604 Vladimir Maximov RUS 9.59
7 T2805 David Hendrawan INA 9.57
8 T6805 Peter Dang USA 9.56
9 T5601 Semion Udelov RUS 9.56
10 T1101 Marvin Wong CAN 9.55
11 T2102 Léo Benouaich FRA 9.55
12 T3702 JO Kye-Yong KOR 9.53
13 T3404 Daisuke Ichikizaki JPN 9.51
14 T2601 CHENG Chung Hang 鄭仲恒HKG 9.47
15 T4104 WU Nok In 胡诺言MAC 9.45
16 T3204 Domenico Giordano ITA 9.44
17 T2303 David Toeroek GER 9.43
18 T3701 LEE Jong-Chan KOR 9.43
19 T2103 Maxime Frankinet FRA 9.42
20 T1103 Nathan Yuen CAN 9.40
21 T2802 Aldy Lukman 罗志腾INA 9.39
22 T4101 VAN Ka Lok 溫家樂MAC 9.39
23 T2002 Antti Kupiainen FIN 9.38
24 T2604 LEUNG Man Chun 梁文駿HKG 9.38
25 T3205 Fulvio Falanga ITA 9.34

Men’s Qiangshu
1 T1202 WU Di 吴迪CHN 9.77
2 T6803 Colvin Wang USA 9.65
3 T2804 Charles Sutanto 陈建升INA 9.63
4 T2605 HEI Zhi Hong 黑志宏HKG 9.62
5 T2204 Richard Devine GBR 9.56
6 T2603 LEUNG Ka Wai 梁家瑋HKG 9.55
7 T1102 Wilson Lui CAN 9.54
8 T3406 Etsuro Shitaokoshi JPN 9.51
9 T2806 Erwein Wijayanto INA 9.50
10 T4102 CHU Chi Wai 朱志偉MAC 9.50
11 T1006 Alex Rodrigues Dos Santos BRA 9.49
12 T6801 Alfred Hsing USA 9.47
13 T2105 Pierre Rouviere FRA 9.46
14 T6601 Emrullah Gül TUR 9.35
15 T6702 Oleksii Nosach UKR 9.28
16 T2304 Christoph Huynh GER 9.20
17 T0306 Thomas Wong AUS 9.11
18 T6703 Sergii Romaniuk UKR 9.05
19 T4402 Edgar Ruiz MEX 8.94
20 T6401 Nicholas Alexis TRI 8.75

Men’s Gunshu
1 T1204 LU Yong Xu 吕勇绪CHN 9.77
2 T4103 JIA Rui 贾瑞MAC 9.72
3 T3701 LEE Jong-Chan KOR 9.68
4 T3702 JO Kye-Yong KOR 9.66
5 T5604 Vladimir Maximov RUS 9.65
6 T3404 Daisuke Ichikizaki JPN 9.64
7 T5601 Semion Udelov RUS 9.63
8 T4302 NG Say Yoke 黃世育MAS 9.62
9 T3405 Masashi Harada JPN 9.61
10 T2802 Aldy Lukman 罗志腾INA 9.60
11 T4104 WU Nok In 胡诺言MAC 9.59
12 T3001 Ehsan Peyghambari IRI 9.59
13 T1101 Marvin Wong CAN 9.58
14 T2805 David Hendrawan INA 9.58
14 T6805 Peter Dang USA 9.58
16 T1103 Nathan Yuen CAN 9.58
17 T2604 LEUNG Man Chun 梁文駿HKG 9.56
18 T4301 ANG Eng Chong 洪荣钟MAS 9.52
19 T2601 CHENG Chung Hang 鄭仲恒HKG 9.52
20 T6701 Andrii Koval UKR 9.39

Women’s Changquan
1 T1211 MA Lan 马岚CHN 9.81
2 T5611 Daria Tarasova RUS 9.72
3 T2611 ZHENG Tian Hui 鄭天慧HKG 9.71
4 T2812 Susyana Tjhan INA 9.71
5 T1111 Margherita Cina CAN 9.67
6 T4111 XI Cheng Qing 席成清MAC 9.65
7 T1114 Gillian Szeto CAN 9.50
8 T6814 Sarah Chang USA 9.48
9 T2614 GENG Xiao Ling 耿曉靈HKG 9.47
10 T3413 Keiko Yamaguchi JPN 9.44
11 T1113 Andrea Hung CAN 9.40
12 T1112 Cindy Luo CAN 9.40
13 T5711 Poh Chin Khor 许宝真SIN 9.35
14 T3414 Shizuka Morimoto JPN 9.34
15 T1014 Samara Gomes Sampaio BRA 9.09
16 T5613 Yulia Chernitsova RUS 9.04
17 T6712 Ganna Varlamova UKR 9.01
18 T4311 CHAI Fong Wei 蔡奉薇MAS 9.00
19 T3711 SEO Hee-Ju KOR 9.00
20 T2813 Yuliana Kurniawan INA 8.93
21 T3011 Mahboobeh Karimizadkomarej IRI 8.92
22 T6813 Joana Pei (裴瑛) USA 8.90
23 T3012 Somayeh Mirani IRI 8.90
24 T5911 Rebecca Beuggert SUI 8.80
25 T6711 Alona Shkut UKR 8.76

Women’s Nanquan
1 T1212 WU Yi Yi 吴毅懿CHN 9.72
2 T2612 YUEN Ka Ying 袁家鎣HKG 9.50
3 T4314 TAI Cheau Xuen 戴巧玄MAS 9.42
4 T5614 Tatiana Ivshina RUS 9.38
5 T1115 Selene Tsang CAN 9.28
6 T2814 Ivana Ardelia Irmanto INA 9.25
7 T4315 Diana BONG Siong Lin 黄湘琳MAS 9.24
8 T3712 LIM Sung-Eun KOR 9.06
9 T2311 Necla Oezbek GER 8.80
10 T0311 Elizabeth Lim AUS 8.67
11 T1011 Margareth Midori Sako BRA 8.51
12 T3212 Maria Clarizia ITA 8.40
13 T5311 Ewa Dynowska POL 8.32
14 T6713 Viktoria Kaliberda UKR 8.21
15 T7012 Johanna Montana VEN 7.65

Women’s Daoshu
1 T2614 GENG Xiao Ling 耿曉靈HKG 9.73
2 T3213 Hui Hui Xu ITA 9.70
3 T5611 Daria Tarasova RUS 9.69
4 T4311 CHAI Fong Wei 蔡奉薇MAS 9.62
5 T6813 Joana Pei (裴瑛) USA 9.55
6 T4111 XI Cheng Qing 席成清MAC 9.24
7 T1113 Andrea Hung CAN 9.22
8 T5912 Lakkhana Bui SUI 9.16
9 T6815 Stephanie Lim USA 9.14
10 T2813 Yuliana Kurniawan INA 8.91
11 T5911 Rebecca Beuggert SUI 8.81
12 T5613 Yulia Chernitsova RUS 8.65
13 T1014 Samara Gomes Sampaio BRA 8.62
14 T3111 Natalya Gerevitz ISR 8.62
15 T3011 Mahboobeh Karimizadkomarej IRI 8.54
16 T1114 Gillian Szeto CAN 8.51
17 T6711 Alona Shkut UKR 8.29
18 T6713 Viktoria Kaliberda UKR 8.26
19 T7011 Illerlin gonzales VEN 8.12
20 T0911 Valeryia Lutkova BLR 7.69

Women’s Jianshu
1 T1111 Margherita Cina CAN 9.75
2 T2611 ZHENG Tian Hui 鄭天慧HKG 9.74
3 T2812 Susyana Tjhan INA 9.74
4 T3414 Shizuka Morimoto JPN 9.64
5 T5711 Poh Chin Khor 许宝真SIN 9.63
6 T5612 Svetlana Zhurkina RUS 9.48
7 T3413 Keiko Yamaguchi JPN 9.33
8 T3511 Ragulina Yevgeniya KAZ 9.25
9 T2312 Leyla Oezbek GER 9.20
10 T6712 Ganna Varlamova UKR 9.05
11 T1112 Cindy Luo CAN 8.90
12 T6814 Sarah Chang USA 8.82
13 T6811 Ashley Chung USA 8.77
14 T3012 Somayeh Mirani IRI 8.74
15 T3711 SEO Hee-Ju KOR 8.65
16 T6611 Seyma Urhan TUR 8.50
17 T5913 Lisa Derendinger SUI 8.45
18 T6011 Cecilia Mobery SWE 8.20
19 T2211 Zoe Athill GBR 8.15
20 T0611 Salie Lewi BEL 7.79
21 T0312 Shuen Chyn Soh AUS 7.65
22 T1911 Rosemarie Arju EST 6.97
23 T0912 Daria Gogol BLR 6.83
24 T3911 Patricia Nseir LIB 6.65
25 T1912 Anna Tulup Jeva EST 6.44

Women’s Gunshu
1 T3213 Hui Hui Xu ITA 9.73
2 T2614 GENG Xiao Ling 耿曉靈HKG 9.72
3 T4111 XI Cheng Qing 席成清MAC 9.62
4 T5611 Daria Tarasova RUS 9.61
5 T4311 CHAI Fong Wei 蔡奉薇MAS 9.60
6 T6711 Alona Shkut UKR 9.60
7 T1113 Andrea Hung CAN 9.53
8 T2813 Yuliana Kurniawan INA 9.53
9 T1114 Gillian Szeto CAN 9.52
10 T3111 Natalya Gerevitz ISR 9.50
11 T6815 Stephanie Lim USA 9.46
12 T3011 Mahboobeh Karimizadkomarej IRI 9.35
13 T5911 Rebecca Beuggert SUI 9.35
14 T0911 Valeryia Lutkova BLR 9.32
15 T6813 Joana Pei (裴瑛) USA 9.26
16 T5912 Lakkhana Bui SUI 9.24
17 T6713 Viktoria Kaliberda UKR 9.20

Women’s Qiangshu
1 T2611 ZHENG Tian Hui 鄭天慧HKG 9.67
2 T3413 Keiko Yamaguchi JPN 9.64
3 T5711 Poh Chin Khor 许宝真SIN 9.63
4 T1111 Margherita Cina CAN 9.62
5 T3414 Shizuka Morimoto JPN 9.59
6 T3711 SEO Hee-Ju KOR 9.56
7 T2812 Susyana Tjhan INA 9.55
8 T5612 Svetlana Zhurkina RUS 9.53
9 T6712 Ganna Varlamova UKR 9.52
10 T1112 Cindy Luo CAN 9.51
11 T0312 Shuen Chyn Soh AUS 9.51
12 T6811 Ashley Chung USA 9.50
13 T3511 Ragulina Yevgeniya KAZ 9.49
14 T3012 Somayeh Mirani IRI 9.48
15 T6814 Sarah Chang USA 9.41
16 T4611 Fang Oei NED 9.40
17 T0611 Salie Lewi BEL 9.30
18 T6611 Seyma Urhan TUR 9.30
19 T7011 Illerlin gonzales VEN 9.25
20 T0912 Daria Gogol BLR 9.15
21 T2211 Zoe Athill GBR 9.14
22 T5913 Lisa Derendinger SUI 9.08
23 T3911 Patricia Nseir LIB 8.85

First USA GOLD at the 10th World Wushu Championships! Alfred Hsing brings home the first US gold for wushu taolu team.

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
10th WWC Gold Medal - Alfred Hsing

10th WWC Gold Medal - Alfred Hsing

Alfred Hsing, member of the US Wushu Team brings home the first US GOLD MEDAL at a World Wushu Championships. From the 1st world wushu championships over 20 years ago the US has never taken a gold in wushu taolu at this tournament until this year.

Alfred Hsing placed first in the jianshu or straight sword event with a 9.72 edging above competing Asian countries – Japan and Indonesia who took second and third respectively.

Hong Kong national wushu team coach remarked to Alfred Hsing “It’s an amazing day. You have been etched into history, the wushu history books, as the first USA wushu athlete to win a gold at the World Wushu Championships and become a World Champion. Congratulations.”

The straight sword (1st) and spear (12th) events were on day 1 of the competition. Hsing also competed in Chang Quan or longfist (9th) and placed 9th out of 83 enrolled competitors. He is also the first US team member to beat China in the World Championships. China chang quan team member made some very slight mistakes which bumped his score down. Hsing completed perfect nandu and technical requirements for a final long fist score of 9.65.

Here are both his longfist and straight sword videos:

This year was a great year for the US wushu team. Other notable achievements were Colvin Wang who took 2nd in spear only losing to China’s Wu Di. Peter Dang placed top 8 in broadsword. Sarah Chang placed 8th in women’s longfist… and Stephanie Lim, Joanna Pei, and Max Ehrlich all took top 8 in one of their respective events! Congratulations to all!

10th WWC Alfred Hsing Takes First First Place for USA

10th WWC Alfred Hsing Takes First First Place for USA