WUSHU ATHLETES

Jet Li Wushu

Jet Li Wushu

Li Lianjie aka JET LI (born April 26, 1963), better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese martial artist (Kung fu), actor, Wushu champion, and international film star. After three years of intensive training, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. After retiring at age 17, he went on to win great acclaim in China as an actor making his debut with the film Shaolin Temple (1982). He went on to star in many critically acclaimed martial arts epic films, most notably the Once Upon a Time in China series, in which he portrayed folk hero Wong Fei Hung. His first role in a Hollywood film was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), but his first Hollywood film leading role was in Romeo Must Die (2000). He has gone on to star in many Hollywood action films, most recently starring beside Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), and as the titular villain in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) alongside Brendan Fraser.

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.

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