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US Wushu Team competes at 2010 Sport Accord Combat Games

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Alfred Hsing Sport Accord Combat Games

Alfred Hsing Sport Accord Combat Games

The US and Canada national teams were in attendance at the 2010 sport accord combat games held in Beijing China among many other countries such as Russia, China, Malaysia, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil, and Japan. The US Team sent veteran wushu athletes Sarah Chang, Peter Dang, and Alfred Hsing.

Aug 28 Changquan Alfred Combat Games Wushu Competition

Aug 28 Changquan Alfred Combat Games Competition

Changquan was the first event of the entire Combat Games held at 9am on August 28th, 2010. There was significant media coverage and the event was in part sponsored by Samsung. US athlete Alfred Hsing was 2nd to take the stage. Hsing had a dominant performance that impressed the crowd, however minor technical deductions set his score back. Hsing says “I didn’t make any major mistakes and given that I have been focusing on work in Beijing the past 2-3 months I am pretty happy with my performance today. This will probably be my last major wushu tournament and I am glad I got to share it with my good friends and teammates in Beijing – the land of wushu and where I always dreamed I would be on the main stage competing in front of hundreds. My dreams as a wushu athlete were finally completed today.”

Alfred Hsing Longfist – 2010 Sport Accord Combat Games

Alfred Hsing Athlete Interview with Tom.com (in Mandarin Chinese)

Other notable achievements were made by US team member Peter Dang who took 3rd in the staff competition beating worthy adversaries such as Russia and 2 other Asian countries. In attendance this trip was US team leader Li Su Dong who has in prior years organized Junior and National Wushu Team Trials.

13 Combat Games Ambassadors

13 Combat Games Ambassadors

In addition the Opening Ceremony held on the evening of the 28th spared no expense as a dazzling display of physical prowess and beautiful music filled the stadium main floor. 13 Ambassadors for each sport were in attendance – among the ambassadors were Don “the dragon” Wilson, mma fighter Fedor “the last emperor” Emelianenko, Jet Li, and many other legends of martial arts. The final closing song of the evening was sung by Jackie Chan who was surrounded by dancers and acrobats as the ceremony came to a close.

There are many more events such as kick boxing, sambo, jiu jitsu that are still occurring since the Combat Games just started. Look forward to these amazing sports broadcasts featured online.

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CMAT 18 Results are in! – Plus WushuKicks.com Pictures and Videos are up!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
CMAT 18 Gold Medalists

CMAT 18 Gold Medalists

We also have the results of the all-around championship. The all-around champions of CMAT18 are:

  • Adult Contemporary Wushu (Female) Ngan-Ha Ta
  • Adult Contemporary Wushu (Male) Phillip Dang
  • Adult Traditional Wushu (Female) — Priscilla Herrera
  • Adult Traditional Wushu (Male) — Randall Tran
  • Internal Wushu (Female) — Sing May Chen
  • Internal Wushu (Male) — Michael Ng and Larry Rothman
  • 13-17 Year Old Contemporary Wushu (Female) — Chrystina Yu
  • 13-17 Year Old Contemporary Wushu (Male) — Michael Yu
  • 13-17 Year Old Traditional Wushu (Female) — Whitney Vuong
  • 13-17 Year Old Traditional Wushu (Male) — Richard Lee
  • 8-12 Year Old Contemporary Wushu (Combined Gender) — Robert Yu
  • 8-12 Year Old Traditional Wushu (Combined Gender) — Drake Wong
  • Senior Wushu (Combined Gender) — Mayumi Yoshida

Here are some exclusive wushukicks.com pictures from our CMAT event coverage! Click picture to see larger image. Scroll down to the bottom to see videos of some US Wushu Team members and the men and women’s adult all-around champions performances.

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cmat18 butterfly kick

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cmat 18 voltron power up bryan cartago

cmat 18 power up bryan cartago

cmat18 wei-hsin lee

cmat18 wei-hsin lee

cmat18 wushukicks jumbotron

cmat18 sponsor - wushukicks on jumbotron

cmat18 sifu bryant fong

cmat18 sifu bryant fong

cmat18 tiffany reyes

cmat18 tiffany reyes double swords

cmat18 stephanie lim

cmat18 stephanie lim

cmat18 peter dang

cmat18 peter dang

cmat18 ming qiu

cmat18 ming qiu

cmat18 marc goodman

cmat18 marc goodman

cmat18 li jing alfred hsing

cmat18 li jing and alfred hsing

cmat18 judges table

cmat18 judges table

cmat18 emcee announcer alvin hsing

cmat18 emcee announcer alvin hsing

cmat18 wushukicks wushu shoes

cmat18 wushukicks wushu shoes

cmat18 dennis ta

cmat18 dennis ta

Here are the videos of the adult wushu all around champions Phil and Ngan.

Phillip Dang

Ngan-Ha Ta

Dennis Ta

Peter Dang

Get your professional wushu shoes and equipment at www.WushuKicks.com.

Videos and photography courtesy of Alfred Hsing.

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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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

SanShou – A Look at this modern Chinese Kick Boxing (also called san da)

Friday, January 29th, 2010
San Shou aka San Da

San Shou

We all know about MMA, karate, and some of the other dominant fighting styles in the UFC. American stand up game is usually composed of boxing or muay thai. Some fighters like Lyoto Machida and GSP George “Rush” St. Pierre are more precise with their style of martial arts which is karate… but how many of you have heard of San Shou?

San shou also known as “san da” is a modern form of Chinese Kick Boxing. “San” means to evade while “da” means to hit or attack. Tournament rules vary, but usually for San shou full contact elbows, punches, kicks, and takedowns are allowed.

Below is a sampler compilation video of San Shou at the 2003 World Wushu Championships which hosts both wushu fighting and forms competition. Cung Le, a rising martial arts action star and former Strikforce champion, is one of the poster boys for San Shou in the MMA world. He also went to a few World Wushu Championships as both an athlete and team leader.

I hope after watching the video that at least people can be aware of one more style of striking out there besides boxing and muay thai. This introduction to san shou is not saying that one martial arts style is better, but just that there are techniques to be learned in all these styles.