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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.
adidas martial arts shoe

Adidas Martial Arts Shoes

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The Rise of MMA – a good or bad thing?

Friday, September 18th, 2009

In the past few years, we have definitely seen a rise of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). It is undeniable that mma and almost its synonym UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is one of if not the fastest growing sport in the world.

There are many MMA promotions out there including WEC, UFC, Strikeforce, etc. UFC President Dana White has indeed been a driving force in the growth of Mixed Martial Arts.

With explanations out of the way- I pose the question: Is the rise of MMA in its present form a good or bad thing?

The Bad:
We have every day guys at the club all fired up and heated thinking that because they took a few lessons in BJJ (Brazillian Jiu Jitsu) that they are now “Martial Artists” and can kick anyone’s ass. There are two things to this:

1) They might actually be able to take on a lighter inexperienced person who has had NO martial arts, bjj, or fighting experience.

2) It’s still annoying for people going around thinking they can “beat this guy or that guy up” and for them to think they actually know martial arts. They’re limited knowledge of 2-3 submission techniques would also predominantly only be useful in a one on one fight where there are rules. I don’t think these people think about that. They take their 3 classes and then start thinking they are unstoppable. That is not the mentality of a true martial artist.

The Good:
It is making the word “martial arts” more popular and more financially popular now that there are larger endorsements rolling in. What we can hope for is the evolution of the sport and for fighters to grow in their martial arts background. Hopefully this means that the people who are truly good are those that study some of the traditions and foundational teachings of martial arts. Ie: respect for fighters/coaches/people, discipline in training and life, precision and traditional techniques beyond the popular styles out there. Hopefully martial arts culture spreading into homes of people who were not familiar with martial arts will only help continue the legacy and traditions of martial arts.

Anyways, these are a few thoughts here at WushuKicks.com

Feel free to share you thoughts on the direction of Mixed Martial Arts and its effect on society and martial arts in general.

Top 5 Wushu Chinese Martial Arts Weapons of 2008

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Here are the top 5 prominent wushu weapons to use, have, own, practice, and fight with.

1) Broadsword!

Wushu Broadsword from WushuKicks.com

Wushu Broadsword from WushuKicks.com

How could you not like a weapon that hacks people and looks so fierce and manly? This weapon of choice became a recent favorite of mine after competing in Korea in broadsword for the first time. It is also China national mens all china games champion Zhao Qing Jian’s weapon of choice.

Here is our broadword video. Get one so you can practice and compete like the pros.

2) Straightsword

Wushu Straightsword from WushuKicks.com

Wushu Straightsword from WushuKicks.com

The gentelman’s weapon. Wielded by Jet Li or “Wu Ming” (Nameless) in the movie Hero, the straight sword exemplifies grace, precision, and form.

See straightsword in competition by gold medalist of the 2008 Cal Martial Arts Tournament.

3) Spear

Wushu Spear from WushuKicks.com

Wushu Spear from WushuKicks.com

Straight sword vs. Spear video

 

They say that it takes a year to learn staff, but a life time to master spear. Spear has its roots and traditions dated back thousands and thousands of years ago. It is also said that the hair on the spear means many things. Red hair means that you are more of a beginner because the blood of your enemies is freshly stained, but if you have darker spear hairs then it would mean you area more seasoned warrior. White spear hair means that you are out for revenge and are intending to make the hairs on your spear red with the blood of your enemy.

That said, if you watch the clip of Donnie Yen vs. Jet Li in Hero, you can see how wicked a weapon spear can be. It is definitely a weapon that requires practice and more practice to wield properly.

4) 9 Section Whip Chain

Wushu Whip Chain

Wushu Whip Chain

From the flexible weapon corner, the 9 section whip chain is compact yet has deadly reach and impact. Shaolin Monks in olden times used this as one of their many weapons they would train with.

When you can whip people around from all sides and look cool at the same time, you definitely make our top 5 list. Also, in some demonstrations, fire is added to the end for an even more intense demo.

See here a demonstration by a shaolin martial arts monk.

 

5) Wushu Staff

Wushu Staff

Wushu Staff

Top 5 wushu weapons would have to include staff. This weapon was the specialized weapon of the Ancient mythological character The Monkey King. The Monkey King’s staff weighed hundreds of pounds and could grow or shrink to various sizes.

See the staff in use portrayed in The Forbidden Kingdom

 

There you have it. www.WushuKicks.com ‘s Top 5 Weapons of Choice for wushu training and combative use.

Wushu broadsword, straightsword, spear, 9 section whip chain, and staff!

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