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The American Wu Shu Society for the Advancement of Wu Shu is a Not-for-profit 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Organization. Dedicated to assisting the International Federations in pushing Wu Shu to the Olympics. AWS mission is to implement Wu Shu into the Public School Curriculum. Through this discipline we will encourage youth to achieve their highest level of performance in both Academics and becoming positive and productive individuals in society. We provide accurate, exciting, and up to date information on everything going on in the world of Wu Shu. We focus on providing interactive and informative materials that will help you prepare to be a superior athlete and to learn more about the art of Wu Shu and its Ethics.


Will Wu Shu be included in the 2020 Olympics?

The International Wushu Federation (IWUF) is pleased to announce that wushu is one of eight sports nominated to move on to the next stage of the application process for addition to the Olympic Programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Out of 26 applicants, wushu was selected (along with baseball/softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, and surfing) to move on to the second stage of the application progress; IWUF will submit further details about the sport of wushu by July 22. The leaders of IWUF will attend an interview with the Tokyo 2020 office on August 7 and 8, and the final decision will be made by the IOC in Rio de Janiero in August, 2016.

IWUF President Zaiqing Yu stated upon hearing the announcement, “We’re very excited to be shortlisted for Tokyo 2020, and we will continue our keen efforts to get wushu added to the Olympic Programme. This is a good sign that wushu is being globally recognized as a fast-growing sport, and one that’s popular especially among youth. Wushu/taiji are also very popular in Japan, so I believe that making the sport part of the Tokyo 2020 Games would undoubtedly add a dynamic appeal that will attract great interest from the Japanese public.”

IWUF Executive Vice President Anthony Goh also remarked, “Wushu has evolved as a martial art in China over thousands of years, and made popular around the globe through icons like Bruce Lee and Jet Li in the past half-century. Now, 25 years after the Federation’s founding in 1990, IWUF promotes the modern sport of wushu to millions of taiji practitioners, a growing number of elite international athletes, and champion full-contact fighters. Wushu promotes health, friendship and mutual respect. Wushu’s fast action has thrilled millions of TV viewers in China; it’s poised now as a broadcast-ready sport, and also enjoys great popularity on Youtube among a dedicated, young tech-savvy audience. IWUF is confident that wushu is an ideal sport for Tokyo 2020 that will engage Japanese fans, appeal to viewers around the world, and create an energy that global youth deeply connects with.”

Wu Shu in 2024?

So with this news I have heard once again of new hope Wu Shu may enter the 2024 Olympics. 
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russian Federation met Yu Zaiqing, the IWuF President and newly elected vice-president of the IOC during a Wushu presentation in XXII Winter Olympic.


Martial Art Virtues - Wude

The Virtues of Martial Arts

The term "Wude" is a combination of the words Wushu and Daode. 
Wushu refers to all Chinese martial arts, and Daode may be translated with virtue.
Wude therefore signifies the virtue of martial arts. 
The concept of Wude includes elements from Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism. 

Everybody who is willing to learn Chinese martial arts should be concerned about understanding the virtue of martial arts (Wude) and to act accordingly. Whoever does not comply to these virtues, will never be a true master of the martial arts. She or he will at most be an athlete copying certain movements without understanding the true sense of wushu exercise. Learning Chinese martial arts goes beyond learning the bare movements, it does in fact require a certain attitude in life. Exercising Wushu thus ideally becomes an important part of one's life. Those who do not strive to reach this level of learning, will always remain more or less superficial in training martial arts. Learning martial arts is like any other attempt to master some skill: it requires patience, endurance, a strong will and a good teacher. Wushu is not about overcoming an adversary, it is about overcoming oneself. Wushu is not only a sporting activity, but a training of one's character and mind. Every student of Wushu should use regular Wushu exercises and compliance to the principles of Wudu to elaborate the own character and to cultivate the body. In China, this is called "Xiuxing yangshen" or "Wude xiuyang" (literally: "to correct the character and to cultivate the body" or "correct and cultivate with the virtue of martial arts"). 

The saying "Xuequan yi wude wei xian" is widely known in China: it means that a student may be talented and and hard-working, but without showing the readiness and ability for virtue and responsability, no true master will be willing to truly teach the martial arts. Following the ancient Chinese tradition, a student had to prove being dignified of learning the martial arts. An other saying, "San nian zhao, san nian kao", means "a student searches for years to find a good teacher, and a teacher will examine the student for years before really teaching her or him." 

According to the ancient Wushu tradition, the main criteria in choosing a student are the following:
being devoted to martial arts, being willing to learn wholeheartedly
being ready and willing to "eat bitterness" (chi ku), that is to endure hardship
true humbleness
wit and courage
patience and endurance
sincerity, because only those with a true heart can reach true understanding
helpfulness and readyness for a friendly exchange with others
standing up for one's teacher and fellow students and being ready to subdue the own ego to the group
respect and loyality in the first place towards the teacher, but also towards all other students and people, the ancestors and all other martial arts
following certain rules and principles and to know the common forms of conduct

The most important aspects of Wude are:
Ren: benvolence and mutual love
Yi: righteousness, justice, judging with the heart, having friendly feelings
Li: respect, rules of conduct, politeness
Zhi: knowledge, reason, education and learing
Xin: trust, sincerity and openness, to truely believe in something, and also to keep one's promises, be stable and engaged in things
Yong: courage and braveness

Baoquan Li — Bowing to your Shifu
The palm and the fist on the Yin-Yang symbol is called "Baoquan Li" in Chinese (literally: the ritual of the clenched fist). 
"Baoquan Li" is an ancient polite greeting ritual common among martial artists that expresses respect towards the person met. The right fist stands for strength. It is placed onto the "heart" of the left palm. The eyes look straight being an expression of a true heart. Both hands are held in 20-30 cm distance to the body. 

Each of the palm's fingers carries a different meaning: the small finger stands for esthetics, the ring finger for health, the middle finger for knowledge, the index finger for righteousness and the bowed thumb for humbleness. 

Some final words: those who continuously strive to train body and mind and to elaborate one's "gongfu" (ability and skill) and personality under the guidance of a good teacher, those who learn with a humble mind, full of patience, endurance and with great efforts, all those will, at a certain level of learning, be automatically able to deal with all kinds of unpleasant, difficult, dangerous, and even life threatening situations.


2012 China Compulsories

Last night I spoke to friends of mine at IWuF headquarters in Beijing. I heard rumors of their being new compulsories that were introduced during the Junior competition this year. The DVD contains 10 new compulsories: Nanquan, Nandao, Nangun, Changquan, daoshu, jianshu, qiangshu, gunshu, taijiquan and taijijian. The IWuF is giving a copy to all IWuF members of the Federation. It has not yet been decided if these new compulsories will become mandatory at WWC events. They will make more copies that can be purchased through CWA (China Wu Shu Association)


The true star of the movie "Fearless"

Everyone remembers the movie Fearless? Li Lianjie (Jet Li) portrayed the legendary Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia. His living grandson Huo Shoujin sued Jet Li, Fearless producers, Beijing Film Studio and Anle Film Co Ltd on March 7 in Beijing's Haidian District Court, for maligning the reputation of his family. Huo Yuanjia was born in Tianjin and died at the age of 41.


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