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What is Wushu? Everything you need to know about the sport

LockerRoom Team
13 December 2022

Wushu is a Chinese martial art that combines elements of traditional Chinese martial arts with modern fitness and performance techniques. The term "wushu" can be translated as "martial arts," and it encompasses a wide range of styles and traditions. Wushu training typically includes techniques for both empty-hand combat and weapons-based combat, as well as acrobatic and gymnastic movements.

Origins of Wushu

Wushu originated in China and has a long history, with roots in the ancient martial arts traditions of the country. In the 20th century, wushu was modernized and standardized by the Chinese government, and it became a popular form of fitness and competition. Today, wushu is practised by millions of people around the world, both as a martial art and as a form of fitness and performance.

How are Wushu competitions held?

Wushu competitions are held at the national and international level, and are governed by the International Wushu Federation. In these competitions, athletes perform a series of choreographed routines that showcase their skills in empty-hand and weapons-based techniques, as well as acrobatics and gymnastics. The routines are judged by a panel of judges, who evaluate the athletes' technique, power, and control.

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The International Wushu Federation organises the World Wushu Championship (WWC), which is the recognised world championship competition. The World Wushu Championship (WWC), which was first held in 1991, is the most prestigious event put on by the International Wushu Federation (IWUF) and features the best competitors in the sport. Taolu and sanda competitions are held at the World Wushu Championships for both men and women.

Wushu In India

Wushu is one sport that has historically maintained a "low-profile” in India but despite this, the sport is starting to emerge as a mature activity.

In 1989, the late Sri Anand Kacker introduced the game to India. It quickly gained popularity across the nation. In the same year, the Wushu Association of India was formally founded. In 2006, India competed in Wushu for the first time.

India has so far won 3 Gold Medals at the Wushu World Championships. The team has also won 9 Silver Medals and 16 Bronze Medals over the years.

In 2017, Pooja Kadian bagged the first-ever gold medal for India at the Wushu World Championship which was hed in Russia. In 2022, Praveen Kumar became the first male athlete to win a gold medal at the Wushu World Championship as well.

India also had a strong showing at the Wushu Junior World Championships in 2022 as the nation had eight medals including three gold medals.

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