Phoenix hosts world’s largest Chinese martial arts tournament

Thousands got here out to the Phoenix Convention Center over the weekend to attend the nation’s largest Chinese martial arts tournament.

PHOENIX — More than 2,000 athletes and individuals from throughout the nation had been in downtown Phoenix this weekend for the largest Chinese martial arts tournament within the United States.  

The Phoenix Wushu Nationals wasn’t only a place for athletes to compete, but additionally to make new mates and additional their expertise.  

“Where Champions Rise” was the theme of this year’s Phoenix Wushu Nationals on the Phoenix Convention Center. 

Men and ladies of all ages, ranges and types took half within the occasion. They shared their passions for martial arts, competed in a good and pleasant setting, and naturally, confirmed off the talents they’ve educated so onerous to grasp. 

One space of the tournament featured Chinese kickboxing. 

“It’s a lot of grappling, striking, kicking skills involved,” stated Jane Ho, the host. She’s additionally an athlete and coach. “These fighters, they train a lot to compete here and we’re super honored to have them.” 

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Another space of competitors was tao lu. 

“They do a lot of crazy acrobatics, lots of cool weapons,” Ho stated. “It’s amazing!” 

In only one year the tournament has turn into the largest Chinese martial arts competitors. 

“This one you see here is all Asian culture,” she stated. “We embrace our culture, even though we’re here in America, we want to spread that culture.” 

“We know that that’s what makes America beautiful, because it’s a meld of all the cultures together, and so we’re here representing that,” Ho stated.  

Felicia Brenoe is likely one of the athletes who competed in tai chi and exterior kung fu. 

“It’s the most beautiful sport,” she stated. “I absolutely love this.” 

“I bumped into this as an adult, I was almost 30 when I started,” stated Brenoe. “I gave myself the splits for my 30th birthday, so flexibility training and so forth, that was really amazing.”   

“It’s a great way to use your body as a grown up, to improve balance, flexibility and strength and to be part of this amazing tradition of Chinese martial arts,” she stated. 

World Champion Brian Wang’s capacity will take your breath away. Wang not too long ago participated within the World Games in Birmingham, Ala. “I won the gold medal for the USA in my combined event… still surreal today and absolutely an honor to represent my country.” 

So, whether or not it’s for the psychological and bodily advantages, the camaraderie, or the competitors, it’s at all times thrilling for everybody who attends. 

“It’s always very exciting for the audience to see those banners drop and to see that we’re promoting the culture of the lion and dragon dance,” stated Taran Champagne of the U.S. Dragon Lion Dance Federation. 

It’s straightforward to see why the occasion attracts such a giant crowd. 

“Use the core, use the feet, foot work… everything has to be fast,” stated Song Tian Ou, US Wushu group member.

With every routine, you possibly can inform their onerous work coaching is paying off. “Thank you,” he stated. 

To learn more about the Phoenix Wushu Nationals click here.

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