Wayland Li Martial Arts Centre teaches Wushu with a structured, training curriculum for kids, youths and adults. We recommend children be at least 4 and a half years old to begin training in Wushu.
Learn the Basics
Whether you are a beginner, a recreational student or a competitive athlete, your Wushu journey begins with learning the basic fundamentals (or jibengong 基本功). These movements build a strong foundation for beginners, and are the building blocks that advanced students continue to refine over years of training to master core fighting skills. Every class begins with all students training in basic fundamentals such as:
- Warm-up exercises
- Leg exercises (leg presses, basic kicks)
- Balance and waist exercises
- Hand form (punch, palm, hook) and hand techniques
- Stances and footwork
- Jumping techniques
- Basic combinations
Getting the benefit of basic training requires persistent practice. Students are trained to focus on correct body posture and movement technique in a controlled manner. Speed and power are gradually introduced over time. If done correctly and regularly, practicing the basic skills will improve flexibility and coordination, make the joints and ligaments more pliable, and increase agility and strength.
Learn wushu routines
Once a foundation is gained through basic training, bare-handed fighting and weapon routines are introduced. These routines, also known as taolu (套路), consist of a connected set of choreographed movements that simulate combat, outlining attack and defense techniques.
In traditional Wushu, these routines reflect the philosophies, movements and combat approach of a particular school or martial arts lineage that have been passed down from generation to generation. In contemporary Wushu, new routines have been developed based on China's traditional martial arts, and have been standardized for international competition where athletes are scored by a panel of judges based on the quality of movements, degree of difficulty, and overall athletic performance. These routines take the form of:
- Individual bare-handed fighting routines
- Individual weapon routines
- Dueling routines where two or more practitioners simulate mock combat
- Group routines where movements are performed by several individuals in unison
At Wayland Li Martial Arts Centre, our students train in contemporary Wushu routines used in competition. These routines are standardized and approved by the International Wushu Federation (IWUF). We train in: