Chinese martial arts take centre stage at the Milo 2017 National Junior Wushu Championship
For three days this month, budding Wushu practitioners from around the nation will gather at Chin Woo Stadium where they will compete in the Milo 2017 National Junior Wushu Championship. Here they will test their mettle on the mats as they push themselves to the limit in this technical and graceful martial art.
A type of contemporary Chinese martial art, Wushu combines elements of performance and martial application, emphasizing quickness, fierce power and flexible movement.
Primary and secondary school students from all over Malaysia are set to take part in the exciting tournament, which is free to the public. Aged from 7 to 18, participants will take part in an opening ceremony on 24 March at The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, before launching into the competition taking place across the following two days.
The championship itself will take place at the historic Stadium Tertutup Chin Woo, named for famed expert martial artist Huo Yuan Jia, who was one of the first champions of the Wushu art form and co-founding the Woo Athletic Association in 1909.
The national competition will consist of two disciplines: Taolu (Routine) and Sanda (Combat). As the name suggests, Taolu comprises of a pre-choreographed routine that incorporates stylistic techniques of attack and defence. These typically include both barehanded performances and those executed with weapons.Participants will be judged on the quality of movements, degree of difficulty and overall performance.
Meanwhile, Sanda is a type of unarmed combat sport, similar to sparring, which usually takes place on an elevated platform and makes use of punching, kicking, throwing and wrestling techniques. For this portion, contenders are expected to wear protective gear and points are awarded for successfully executed strikes, on either the head, trunk (chest, abdomen, back) or legs of the opponent.
Students will be divided into groups based on age for the Taolu portion, which will include a not-to-be-missed group event, and men’s and women’s dual, while the Sanda section will pair the contesters based on weight.
Taking place all weekend from 9am to 6pm, the Milo 2017 National Junior Wushu Championship is a great opportunity for Wushu devotees and curious spectators alike to enjoy this mesmerising and traditional art which embodies creativity, agility, strength and speed.
Milo 2017 National Junior Wushu Championship
WHERE Stadium Tertutup Chin Woo, Jalan Hang Jebat
WHEN 9am-6pm (24-26 March)
TEL 03 2078 8478