Wushu (catch-all name for all Chinese martial arts)Kung Fu is generally misunderstood, often to the point that it gets a lot of ignorant statements from many traditional stylist in Chinese Martial Arts. It is one of the hardest and most physically demanding training in the world next to fight training, and it respectfully honors “Tradition”. The Jibengong “basics” alone are very tough. The range of motion gained from the flexibility training, the stamina and endurance training from the jibengong and Taolu (forms) is second to none.
My time spent with wushu was primarily with Coaches: Weiqi He, and Zhou Jianhua both from Shanghai and taught in Richmond Va. Later after moving to Northern Virginia: Coach Lu Xiaolin (Omei Wushu, Chengdu China) and Coach Li Ying (Chinese Martial Arts Institute, Beijing wushu team) in Fairfax Va. In all I spend the years of 1992-2004 deeply studying the forms and grinding in the Jibengong, Taolu, and San Shou (free fighting). I renewed my interest in Wushu in 2011 after 7 years of doing MMA study. I returned to United States Wushu Academy with Coach Pei and also study with Nick Masi to work on San Shou, Shuai Chiao, and Yang Taijiquan. Started testing with Yang family (member since 2004) in 2013.
Weiqi teaching basics (Jibengong)-
Some of the forms I had to learn were Changquan (Long fist or Long Boxing) modern variations of classical Shaolin, Chaquan, and Huaquan Long fist styles. These were called compulsories so that everyone world wide would have the same ‘templates” to work with for competition forms. Later on you could create your own “optional” forms based on difficult moves.
Some of the earlier Wushu Long fist Forms we had to do:
Wu bu Quan
Long fist form “32 San duan”
5th Dan Long boxing form
Old compulsory long fist or 6th Dan form*International routine.
Old compulsory straight sword*International routine.
Modern Taijiquan and internal forms we had to learn:
40 yang form
56 chen form
32 straight sword
42 compulsory (Yang chen, Wu, and Sun)*International routine.
42 compulsory sword (Yang chen, Wu, and Sun)*International routine.
48 form (Yang chen, Wu, and Sun)
16 taiji spear
From the years spent at Omei Wushu we did many of those forms and a lot more. Basic braodsword, staff, and other weapon compulsories and other forms: Classical Cha Quan, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang Deer hook knife, etc.
Newer compulsories circa 2001: By the time of video taping these forms here, I was just about near the end of my wushu career at age 30, so my body was changing and focus became more interested in San shou rather than forms.
Taolu- empty hand: Long boxing
Taolu short weapon: straight sword
Taolu long weapon spear:
Competitions from that Era: Forms, weapons, and push hands. While I never made the U.S. National team (tried out 42 taijiquan, 42 taiji sword, and Wushu spear in 2001) nor ever made it to Grandchampion of a wushu or taiji event, I did travel to many different competitions Internationally and Nationally. I fought in both local and national competitions in san shou and Lei Tai.
Taste of China:
What is my next wushu ambitions?
-Continue the testing and ranking process with Yang Family Association.
-Start Duan testing with International Wushu Federation.
-Start taking Judging courses in Wushu, become more active in competitions as a judge.
-Begin ranking with North American San Shou Dao Association.
-Complete my Masters of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) degree.
Starting from the Cheng Man Ching branch of Yang Taijiquan (Traditional), it is safe say after having done all the hard work that Modern Wushu training has to offer, it is very scientific and draws upon the traditional. From my experience starting in Richmond Va. my first Wushu teachers introduced be to many Traditional Masters seminars with: Ben Lo, Fu Zhong Wen, Fu Sheng Yuan, James Fu, Park Bok Nam (Baguazhang), Liang Shou Yu, Cai Hong xian (Shaolin Qin-na). Northern Virginia teachers into me to Traditional seminars with Chen Xiao Wong, Chen Zhenlie, Zhu Tian Cai, Yang Jun, Chris Pei (Yang Zhenjie and Yang Zhenduo), Willy Lin (Tian Shan Pai), Dr. Weng (Shuai Chiao), Beijing wushu team members: Jiang Ban Jun and Li Jing. All these great teachers I have trained with at one time or another down the road to discovering “Kung fu”.