What is wushu?
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The sport of wushu is both an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. It was created in the People's Republic of China after 1949, in an attempt to nationalize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts.
Competitive wushu is composed of two disciplines: taolu (套路; forms) and sanda (散打; sparring) Taolu involve martial art patterns and maneuvers for which competitors are judged and given points according to specific rules. The forms comprise basic movements (stances, kicks, punches, balances, jumps, sweeps and throws) based on aggregate categories traditional Chinese martial art style and can be changed for competitions to highlight one's strengths. Competitive forms have time limits that can range from 1 minute, 20 seconds for some external styles to over five minutes for internal styles. Modern wushu competitors are increasingly training in aerial techniques such as 540 and 720 degree jumps and kicks to add more difficulty and style to their forms.
Sanda (sometimes called Sanshou or Lei Tai) is a modern fighting method and sport influenced by traditional Chinese boxing, Chinese wrestling methods called Shuai Chiao and other Chinese grappling techniques such as Qin Na. It has all the combat aspects of wushu. Sanda appears much like kickboxing or Muay Thai, but includes many more grappling techniques. Sanda fighting competitions are often held alongside taolu or form competitions.
Anyone affiliated with Georgia Tech is welcome to come to our practices. Most practices are held in the Campus Recreation Center (CRC) studios so you will need to have paid your CRC membership fees to gain access to the building. No prior martial arts experience is required.
Where/When are practices?
See the Training page for practice times and locations.
Dues are $25/semester which cover the cost of Wushu-specific shoes and a club T-shirt.