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Some background on the team(4/10/02)
Beijing Wushu Team '95
China's Best Wushu Team in the US
Beijing Wushu Team '98
Photoessay about hanging with the team!
Beijing Wushu Team '99
Photoessays of Their '99 Visit
Beijing Wushu Team in US
Air China Article
Chinese magazine article about their
'99 visit to the US (6/26/99)
My Summer in Beijing '99
My trip to train in China (11/21/99)
Eric's Trip to Beijing '95
A classic article on Eric's experience (2/16/00)
Beijing Wushu Team 2000
Photos of Their Most Recent Visit (4/12/00)
Beijing Invitational 2000
Photos from the Beijing International
Invitational Comeptetition (9/10/00)
Beijing Team in Xiamen 2000
As part of my trip to China in Dec 2000,
my visit to the BJ Team training in Fujian (5/18/01)
9th All China Games
Results and Coverage of China's biggest
wushu competition (9/05/01)
2002 China Competition Rules
Changes in the Competition format and judging
rules for Chinese competitions (11/29/02)
So You Want to Train in Beijing?
The Why, Why Not, How
and How Much (10/12/03)
So You Want to Move to China?
'Living and Training in China' by Da Wei
Should You Do It? How do you do it? (5/20/04)
Beijing Team News & Results
News and Results of China's
Wushu Competitions (10/05/04)
No Joke - Berkeley's April Tournament
Means Serious Competition (5/19/05)
2004 US Wushu Union Nationals
Pictures from Pittsburgh(8/23/04)
2004 Arnold Classic
Review and Pictures by Y and DJ(5/4/04)
2004 UC Berkeley Tournament
Pics and links from the premiere US wushu event (4/11/04)
2003 US Team Fundraiser
We helped send members of the '03 US Team
to the 7th World Games in Macau! (10/12/03)
2002 UC Berkeley Tournament
Pics and Vids from the Masters Demo (6/18/02)
2001 East Asian Games Results
Including discussion by Wu Bin (12/22/01)
2001 US Team Trials Pictures
From 9th Berkeley Tournament (4/28/01)
New Compulsories and World Games
Wu Lin Magazine article translation of
interview with Wu Bin on new sets
and the future of wushu (1/13/00)
2000 Pan Am Games in Brazil
Pictures and Results (7/27/00)
1999 World Games Results
From the 5th World Wushu Games in Hong Kong
1999 US Team Fundraiser
We helped send members of the '99 US Team
to the 5th World Games in HK! (12/28/99)
1997 World Games Results and US Team Fundraiser
The 4th World Wushu Games Results and
our fundraiser for the '97 US Team to go to Rome!
Pictures from Chan Pui's (7/18/00)
2000 Phoenix Tournament
Brief review of Li Jinheng's event (9/26/00)
1999 Phoenix Tournament
Pictures and summary of
Li Jinheng's competition (9/9/99)
1999 CAAT Tournament
A Brief Report from this SF Bay
Area Tournament (1/19/00)
1998 WKF Nationals Results
Pictures from Baltimore (8/17/98)
Lily Lau Tournament
Lily Lau's 1998 Eagle Cup Tournament
Pictures from this SF Tournament (7/10/98)
Review of Collegiate Wushu in America (8/21/00)
8th Intercollegiate Wushu Championships
Photos and links from 2004 Collegiates (2/22/04)
6th Intercollegiate Wushu Championships
Photos and links from 2002 Collegiates (7/02/02)
5th Intercollegiate Wushu Championships
Registration and Rules for 2001's
intercollegiate competition (2/10/01)
4th Intercollegiate Wushu Championships
Brief article on 2000 Collegiates (5/30/00)
3rd Intercollegiate Wushu Championships
Review of 1999 Collegiates
and Magic Mountain trip (2/24/99)
2nd Intercollegiate Wushu Championships
Results from the 1998 Collegiates
Exposing the Shaolin scam (11/30/00)
Rush Hour Review
Review of Jackie's hit (9/15/98)
Rush Hour 2 Review
Review of Jackie's latest! (7/26/01)
Enter The Dragon 25th
Brandon reports on the premiere party
for Bruce Lee's Classic (7/27/98)
by Jet Li(?)
Did Jet Write This?
Fists of Legend and Fury
What Can we Learn from Jet and Bruce
by Glenn Omatsu (9/11/98)
Jet Li in Person!
Meeting Jet (6/10/98)
Jet Li is Lethal
Review of the Jet in Lethal Weapon 4
and his first US TV Appearances (7/30/98)
Wushu Practioners in Action
Wushu Video Clips
Movies of Wushu from China (5/16/03)
See the Compulsory Forms
Sequential Photos of Wushu (10/08/99)
Famous Wushu People
The Famous Stars and Raffi (2/02/02)
Raffi's Random Photo!
inFrequently updated pictures of
random stuff! (04/17/04)
What I saw on my trip to Southern China
including a visit to the BJ Team (5/18/01)
My Trip to China 2002
What I saw on my 4th trip, including
Guilin, The 3 Gorges, etc (3/22/02)
My Trip to China 2003
My trip to see a Professional
Sanda Wang Fight in China!(8/23/04)
What is Wushu?
Don't Know? Read This!
Frequently Asked Questions
Got a question about this site? Read This!
National and International Wushu
News, Gossip, etc (4/09/07)
seminars, etc (5/09/05)
Looking For A Teacher? (1/26/05)
Other Wushu Web Sites to Check Out (8/01/00)
Wushu Poll Results
See How Your Opinions Compare
The NEW Wushu Debate Zone
Discuss the articles, news, opinions, etc
Raffi's Wushu bio
A Little About Raffi
07/07/98 - Sneak Preview of LW4
07/10/98 - Lily Lau Tournament Article
07/27/98 - Enter The Dragon Rerelease
08/17/98 - Nationals Results & Review
09/15/98 - Sneak Preview of Rush Hour
01/03/99 - Whole site erased by hackers!
02/24/99 - Collegiates and Magic Mtn Review
05/25/99 - BJ Team 99 Part I-IV up
06/26/99 - BJ Team Air China article
07/07/99 - Our own domain name!
09/09/99 - 99 Arizona tournament article
09/12/99 - New Feature: Upcoming Events list
11/20/99 - World Games News and Results
11/21/99 - My Trip to China finished
12/28/99 - 1999 US Team Fundraiser Results
01/13/00 - New Compulsory/Worlds article
01/19/00 - CAAT article
02/16/00 - Eric's China Trip article
05/30/00 - 2000 Collegiates article up
07/18/00 - Orlando pictures up
07/27/00 - Pan Am pictures up
08/22/00 - Collegiates History Up
09/10/00 - BJ Invitational Pics Up
09/26/00 - 2000 Arizona tourney updated
11/30/00 - Shaolin Tour Expose updated
04/28/01 - US Team Trials pictures up
05/18/01 - Trip to HK, Macau & China pt 3 Up
07/26/01 - Sneak Preview of Rush Hour 2!
09/05/01 - 9th All China Games coverage updated
09/07/01 - East Asian Games Page Updated
02/02/02 - Famous picture page updated
03/22/02 - 2002 Trip to China pt 4 up!
04/10/02 - History of Beijing Team Article
05/15/02 - Star Wars Video on News
06/02/02 - Zhang Ziyi pics on News
06/18/02 - 2002 UCB masters demo up!
07/01/02 - 2002 Collegiates photos up
11/28/02 - China Competition Rules Article up!
05/16/03 - New Oldschool clip on video page!
10/12/03 - Training in China article updated
02/22/04 - 2004 Collegiates photos up
04/11/04 - 2004 Berkeley Tournament pics up
05/04/04 - 2004 Arnold article up
05/20/04 - Living in China article up
07/04/04 - New home for Wushu Debate Zone!
10/05/04 - China Nationals results on BJ News
01/26/05 - Instructors Directory updated
05/09/05 - Events Page updated
05/19/05 - 2005 Berkeley Tournament article!
04/09/07 - News Page updated!
What is Wushu?
Among China's well kept secrets, one caught the imagination of Americans - Chinese wushu. Wushu is an important component of the cultural heritage of China, with a rich content that has remained untarnished over the centuries. Literally translated, "wu" is military, "shu" is art. Wushu therefore means the art of fighting, or martial arts.
Previously, wushu figured significantly in the simple matter of survival through China's many wars and political upheaval. Today, wushu has been organized and systematized into a formal branch of study in the performance arts by the Chinese. It reigns as the most poular national sport in the country of 1.1 billion people, practiced by the young and old alike. It's emphasis has shifted from combat to performance, and it is practiced for its method of achieving heath, self-defense skills, mental discipline, recreational pursuit and competition.
To describe wushu, it is best to understand the philosophy of its teaching. Every movement must exhibit sensible combat application and aestheticism. The wealth of wushu's content, the beauty of wushu movents, the difficulty factor, and the scientific training methods are the song of the elements that set wushu apart from martial arts. Routines are performed solo, paired or in groups, either barehanded or armed with traditional Chinese weaponry. In short, wushu is the most exciting martial art to be seen, felt, and ultimately practiced.
How is wushu related to kung fu and taijiquan? "Wushu" is the correct term for all Chinese martial arts therefore kung fu and wushu were originally the same. During the last thirty years, wushu in Mainland China was modernized so that there could be a universal standard for training and competing. In essence, much emphasis has been placed on speed, difficulty, and presentation. Consequently, wushu has become an athletic and aesthetic performance and competitive sport, while "kung fu" or traditional wushu remains the traditional fighting practice. Taijiquan is a major division of wushu, utilizing the bodies internal energy or "chi" and following the simple principle of "subduing the vigorous by the soft."
Although still in budding stages in many countries, wushu is an established international sport. In 1990, wushu was inducted as an official medal event in the Asian Games. Since then World Championships have taken place with 56 nations participating. Wushu is also vying for the Olympic games in the 21st century.
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