What is WUSHU?

Wushu (武术; pinyin: wǔshù) literally means “martial art”. It is the correct term for the more commonly known but misused term kung fu, which roughly translates to skill and refers specifically to the energy, feeling and effort expended in doing or making something. A craftsman or artisan could be said to have good kung fu in the way in which they carry out their craft. In the same way, a wushu practitioner can also be said to have good kung fu.

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The sport of wushu is a system of fighting techniques that incorporate routine exercises and free-sparring aimed to promote health, strengthen will power and refine combat skills.

Millions of people around the world practice wushu today. While wushu previously trained people for war, today it is a popular way of improving your physical fitness, concentration and self-control. It requires practitioners to develop both their bodies and minds.

Almost anyone can benefit from exercising wushu. Whether you are young or old, strong or weak, wushu can help you keep fit. Practitioners are required to develop speed, quickness and agility while fast and powerful strikes demand stamina
and concentration.

According to one Chinese legend, people in ancient times needed to defend themselves from a dangerous environment and enemy tribes. To learn how, the Chinese imitated nature. They learned how to protect themselves by observing the stillness of mountains and the flow of rivers. They also adopted movements from animals.

Every region of ancient China had its own fighting form. Eventually early martial artists added the use of weapons, such as knives, swords and spears. In the 5th century, a Buddhist monk from India traveled to China. He stayed in the Shaolin Temple and did research on Buddhism. Legends said that the monk not only taught religious philosophy, but was also concerned about the health of his student monks. To strengthen the monks, he taught them stretching exercises. These exercises reminded the Chinese monks of the fighting forms they learned as children. A group of monks then developed movements that served as the core of Chinese martial arts. This was considered as the origin of formalized training in wushu.

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Sportaccord Combat Games is a multisport event for all combat sports members of Sportaccord. Every 3-4 years these games will celebrate, involve and show the world our fantastic sports and all the action and enthusiasm they bring. Only the best of the best athletes will participate from each International Federation and everybody will enjoy the top athletes’ performances and achievements.

The first edition of the Combat Games will take place in Beijing from 27 August to 4 September 2010 in the same fabulous sport halls used in 2008 Olympics. Combat The next edition is planned in 2013.

The 13 sports part of the Combat Games are: – Aikido, – Boxing, – Judo, – Ju-jitsu, – Karate, – Kendo, – Kickboxing, – Muaythai, – Sambo, – Sumo, – Taekwondo, – Wrestling- Wushu.

IOC PATRONGAE:“SportAccord is proud to announce that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has granted its patronage to the 2010 SportAccord Combat Games. SportAccord is grateful to the IOC and its President, Dr. Jacques Rogge, for their support and for their trust in this new multi-sport event.”

COORDINATION COMMITTEE:The coordination committee of the Combat Sport Group are:Chairman: Mr. Antonio Espinos Ouerta, KarateVice-chairman: Mr. George Yerolimpos, KarateVice-chairman: Patrick Van Campenhout, Wushu___________________________________________

AGREEMENT: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._________________________________________

SPORTACCORD:SportAccord will supervise the Combat Games organisation by providing guidelines, coordination and communications to all the International Federations involved, the Beijing organisers, and other stakeholders.

Working hand-in-hand with the Beijing local organisers, SportAccord will provide guidelines in the various fields of event operations, such as sports, marketing and promotion, anti-doping, event visual identity and cultural programmes.

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The Beijing Preparatory Committee, soon to become the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2010 SportAccord Combat Games, has been running since May 2009. Its Departments are being set up to undertake the Combat Games preparation and operations.______________________________________________

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