Kung fu | Wushu

It means martial arts, but you probably know Wushu by another name: Kung Fu. Wushu is a centuries old Chinese martial art, existing of different styles. In the modern Wushu we mainly know Sanda and Taolu. Sanda means ´free hand´ and it refers to the sparring, while Taolu is more about the movement (shapes). In Taolu we distinguish three types: Northern, Southern and Tai Chi. Northern is elegant and acrobatic, whereas Southern is fierce and aggressive. Tai Chi is an internal breathing form with slow movements.

A Wushu shape consists of several movements, from elegant to aggressive, from acrobatic to imitating animals. There are acrobatic jumps like somersaults, cartwheels without hands, and different kicks in the air. Famous actors who have a background in Wushu are for example Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen.

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Week 34

donderdag 23 augustus 2018

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19:35 - 22:00 Kung Fu (vrij trainen) Studio 3 Reserveren niet nodig

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Wushu at VU Sports centre

By practicing this martial art you will train your body and mind. It requires both physical and mental concentration.


Wushu at VU Sports centre

What is Wushu?

Wushu is a centuries old Chinese martial art, existing of different styles. In the modern Wushu we mainly know Sanda and Taolu. Sanda means ´free hand´ and it refers to the sparring, while Taolu is more about the movement (shapes). In Taolu we distinguish three types: Northern, Southern and Tai Chi. Northern is elegant and acrobatic, whereas Southern is fierce and aggressive. Tai Chi is an internal breathing form with slow movements.

A Wushu shape consists of several movements, from elegant to aggressive, from acrobatic to imitating animals. There are acrobatic jumps like somersaults, cartwheels without hands, and different kicks in the air. Famous actors who have a background in Wushu are for example Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen.

Wushu lessons

By practicing this martial art you will train your body and mind. It requires both physical and mental concentration. During the Wushu classes we pay attention to flexibility (stretching), muscle power and jumps. First you will learn the basic movements, and after that you will practice complete shapes which also involves weapons. You learn how to be flexible and explosive and will develop endurance and strength. A very important aspect of this sport is the breathing.

Trainer Shaobo has over 10 years of experience with teaching martial arts classes. He also became tenth at the world championships. His unforgettable experience at the VU Sports centre:

 “My unforgettable experience was taking the tenth spot at the world championship Wushu. In China and other Asian countries, the athletes receive a salary for practicing and training this sport. It is their hobby and job at the same time. But I have a full-time job, besides training and teaching five to six times a week. That is why I am very proud of my performance at the world championship. I am sure I would have made the top 5 if it wasn´t for a small flaw. This is an extra motivation for me to train harder and to aim at the top 5!

Without the Sports Centre, this wouldn´t have been possible. There is a great carpet in the sports hall where I can do my classes and trainings very well.  This carpet is sacred for my sport. Without this carpet, I would easily get injured when practicing both my jumps and landings. Partly because of this good care, I can perform this well and it allows me to continue to train for my next dream: making it to the top 5 at the world championship!”

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Would you like to try this class? No problem! For new members, it is possible to try one day of our entire sports portfolio for free. So, come and participate in a trial class Wushu! Please register at the desk at either one of our two locations.

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