Posts Tagged ‘wushu’

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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Cung Le Interview Discusses Rematch Fight with Scott Smith and Fighting Donnie Yen

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Cung Le

Cung Le

May 6, 2010.
Cung Le Interview by WushuKicks.com

Last Thursday I had the privilege and honor to chat with former US Wushu Team member, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, and current actor/action star CUNG LE.

Cung is an amazing martial artist, but he has also excelled above and beyond in other areas as well. In business – he started his own martial arts school and brand (USH!). In martial arts – he was a medalist at the world wushu championships, he won the middleweight champion title in strikeforce, and he has won countless tournaments in various styles of martial arts. In entertainment – he has worked with action star Donnie Yen and is going to be in the upcoming Hollywood film “Tekken”.

To see Cung in action check out this highlight reel.

Cung has been an inspiration in the chinese martial arts community in more ways than one. To top it off he has helped promote Asian Americans in a positive light AND he is an EXTREMELY humble guy. For a guy that could throw you upside down on top of your head, he carries himself in a very calm and respectable manner – as you would expect of a disciplined martial artist.

Now to the interview! He was in town in LA to promote his recent movie “Bodyguards and Assassins“. This is a movie that was released in Asia, but it was playing at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. I interviewed him for the Pacific Rim Video Channel. In our interview he talks about what it was like working with Donnie Yen, his thoughts on wushu/sanshou in MMA, and his strategy on his rematch with opponent Scott Smith scheduled to fight June 26, 2010!

Without further ado, here is the interview.

For the martial artists, what are your thoughts on his upcoming fight with Scott Smith and do you guys think its possible to juggle a competitive martial arts career with filming and making movies?

Also thoughts on Cung Le and the UFC? Dana White has mentioned that he would like to see Cung in the UFC. Anyways, just food for thought. Feel free to leave comments.

To check out more about Cung, the man, check out www.cungle.com!

This video interview was brought to you in part by Pac Rim Video and WushuKicks.com.

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

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Videos and photography courtesy of Alfred Hsing.

Sponsored Athletes

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

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Zhao Qing Jian Wushu Champion
Zhao Qing Jian Wushu Champion

Zhao Qing Jian – All China Games wushu champion, gold medalist at the World Wushu Championships as well as the 2008 Wushu Beijing Olympics Tournament. Qing Jian recounts his thoughts and stories on wushu- In China, we learn wushu not only for fighting, it’s also for your health and body fitness. We call this “Wu De”. Before, when I learnt the shaolin wushu, we also learnt how to dual. However, we can’t just learn one thing, we must take this change to learn more forms. You must learn many different forms, for example taiji, Bagua etc to try it out because every form is special in it’s own way. For example, right now I’m training long fist (changquan), and I continue training in changquan, so maybe I feel it’s because I like it much more. Other forms i also train in, but maybe I’ll train less in them because I like changquan more. Changquan is very handsome, looks very beautiful and grand. This is how I feel.

When I was 7, I learned the basics of martial arts, including basic changquan, some broad sword swordfight, and some jumping basics. Probably for a period of 3 years. Then I started competing and had to learn the regulatory forms for the youths. Then I went to Shaolin, and learnt the traditional shaolin quan, like ma bu, and other different forms. Then I went to Wuhan sports university, where I learned national regulatory chang quan mainly for competitions.

Alfred Hsing Wushu Champion
Alfred Hsing Wushu Champion

Alfred Hsing – Alfred Hsing 2009 World Wushu Champion of Jianshu/Straight Sword  is a member of the US Wushu Team, Pan American Games medalist, actor, stuntman, and martial arts instructor. Ranked #1 in the US in 2009- He placed first in long fist (chang quan) and straight sword (jian shu) along with taking second overall in Tai Chi (tai ji quan) and Tai Chi Sword (tai ji jian). He is also the first US wushu athlete to bring home a gold for wushu taolu at the World Wushu Championships. Alfred Hsing has practiced wushu for over 15 years. He knew he wanted to learn martial arts ever since he saw his first martial arts ‘wu xia’ movie. Alfred graduated from UCLA and is popularly known for his role as the Shaolin Weapons Expert on Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior.

Wu Di Wushu Champion
Wu Di Wushu Champion

WU DI
2008 Chinese National Spear Champion and 10th Wushu World Championships Gold Medalist – Wu Di started training wushu at a young age in the Liaoning province of China. After many years of hard work he eventually went on to join the Beijing Wushu Team and became Team Captain. He is a talented rising star of a new generation of wushu athletes. Along with his successful wushu career, he is also an accomplished singer, dancer, and actor.

Please send any bios of notable wushu athletes to team (at) wushukicks.com for submission and review to be added to the wushu athlete page.

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