United States Challenge X

Congratulations to our 7 athletes from Wayland Li that competed in the 2018 U.S. Challenge X (美国精英赛)! 

The competition was organized by the U.S. Wushu Academy, as well as support from Kung Fu Magazine (TigerClaw), Zhao Changjun Wushu Academy and World Swordsmen Federation.

In addition, the event hosted a “Train with Coach Wu Bin (吴彬)” workshop the day before the tournament. Our students were very honored and excited to train with Jet Li and Zhang Laoshi’s coach.

Thanks very much to Mr. Christopher Pei and Coach Zhang Guifeng for the warm welcome.

Dates: October 6 and 7, 2018

Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S.

Key Achievements:

  • One Senior athletes (Erica) took home 3 gold medals for IWUF optional events

  • One athlete (Lia) took home 2 gold medals and 1 silver for IWUF Group C events, and 1 silver for IWUF Group B Changquan.

  • Three Group C athletes (Calysta, Sophia, Marcus) took home six gold and two silver medals

  • Two ‘First Time’ Athletes (Venus, Clara) participated in their first international competition


Results for Wayland Li Athletes at 2018 U.S. Challenge X


Senior IWUF Female - Optional Jianshu

Erica Li, Gold medal, Score: 9.55

Senior IWUF Female - Optional Changquan

Erica Li, Gold, Score: 9.34

Senior IWUF Female - Optional Shuangjian

Erica Li, Gold


Group B IWUF Female - Changquan

Lia Tang-Ruggiero, Silver, Score: 8.93

Group C IWUF Female - Changquan

Lia Tang-Ruggiero, Silver, Score: 9.43
Calysta Liao, 4th Place, Score: 8.71

Group C IWUF Female - Broadsword

Lia Tang-Ruggiero, Gold, Score: 9.55


Group C IWUF Female - Staff

Lia Tang-Ruggiero, Gold, Score: 9.43

Group C IWUF Female - Straight Sword

Calysta Liao, Silver, Score: 8.53

Group C IWUF Female - Spear

Calysta Liao, Silver, Score: 8.26


Group C Male - Changquan

Marcus Li, Gold

Group C Male - Broadsword

Marcus Li, Gold, Score: 8.32

Group C Male - Staff

Marcus Li, Gold, Score: 8.47


Group C Female - Changquan

Sophia Liao, Gold, Score: 8.52

Group C Female - Broadsword

Sophia Liao, Gold, Score: 8.52

Group C Male - Staff

Sophia Liao, Gold, Score: 8.47


First Time Event - Changquan

Clara Tang-Ruggiero, Score: 8.13
Venus Li, Score 8.10