An introduction to Contemporary Wushu

To put things simply, contemporary wushu is the modernised version of traditional Shaolin kung fu. It is a modern day sport / martial art rooted firmly in the ancient martial and cultural arts of China. Wu translates as war or military, shu translates as arts or skills. Therefore ‚wushu means martial arts.

No martial art exemplifies the art as much as contemporary wushu does. With its beautiful postures, spectacular jumping techniques and variety of exotic weapons and forms, wushu is both exciting to watch and to do. You may not be familiar with the name but chances are you have already seen some wushu, as it is definitely the current martial art of choice for the movies and media. Wushu is not only about flashy moves, however, the focus of the training is on the development of strong, powerful basics and martial application of the techniques.

Benefits for health and recreation

Contemporary wushu is an excellent form of exercise for men, women and children. Training in wushu improves strength, stamina, agility, flexibility, co-ordination, speed, mental concentration, confidence, spirit and reactions. The movements are interesting to learn and fun to practice. When beginning wushu the majority of training is practiced alone rather than with a partner as the focus is on developing students at their own pace. Only when a student reaches a reasonable level and feels ready in themselves is sparring introduced. Of course, being a martial art it is useful for self defence. Wushu is certainly not an easy art to learn and the training is hard but the rewards are worth the efforts for those who persevere.

Olympic sport of the future

While many people who practice wushu do so for recreation and self defence and will never enter competition, this aspect is of interest to some. The internationally established sport side of wushu is divided into two main categories ‚taolu and sanshou. Taolu (forms) competition involves a competitor performing a routine of movements, barehand or with a weapon, and they are given a score for their performance based on difficulty, speed, power, martial spirit, etc. Sanshou is free fighting under controlled conditions utilising practical wushu technique against an opponent - punches, kicks, sweeps and throws are used to score points or knock out the opponent. Weapons are not used in san shou! Wushu athletes usually specialise in either taolu or sanshou for competition, although some do both.

Attempts to include wushu into the Olympics have so far been unseccessful. But all is not lost, there will be a wushu competition held the same time as the Olympics in Beijing which will be organised by the IOC (Internatonal Olympic Committee). Winners of this competiton will receive medals but these medals will not be counted towards the final tally for the represented countries. This will hopefully give wushu good worldwide coverage and move it a step closer to becoming an official Olympic Sport.


3 week Trial Period.
First Class Free followed by £6 per session. After the trial period, for safety and legal reasons, we ask you to become a full member in order to continue training with us.

At Jin Long, we believe everyone who joins us would hope to gain and improve the level of his/her martial arts training and understanding. We believe good quality training is achieved from regular training. This is why the “Pay as you come” is not best encouraged, and the payment system is worked out so that “the more you do the cheaper it is” for those who loves training and have good commitment towards training.

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Two sessions (2hrs each) per week for 6 months
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Terms & conditions
1. Extra classes you attend which are not included in the payment scheme you have signed up for will be charged at a standard price (£8.00/session) unless you have signed up for the payment Scheme 3 in which case any extra classes you attend will be free of charge.

2. All payments are non-refundable after 10 days. However, in the event of serious illness/injury and you are unable to train for more than a month then that proportion of your money will be refunded. In the event of you moving away the remaining fees will be refunded. You must provide evidence for this.