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Is there any IWUF-compliant material of Wushu techniques and forms for reference?

My wife got pretty far into contemporary wushu. She had good teachers, but one book she frequently turned to was Fundamentals of High Performance Wushu: Taolu Jumps and Spins by Raymond Wu. You can ...
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How does weapons training transfer to empty hand?

It sounds like you're learning contemporary wushu kung-fu. In contemporary and traditional wushu, most teachers will start you off with empty-hand training before moving on to weapons. Just so we're ...
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In Wushu competitions, why is taolu (forms) technique so different to sanda (combat) technique?

Taolu (forms) are for a different purpose than Sanda. Sanda and other forms of "free sparring" are centered on the notion that both opponents are free to move around and fight each other ...
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Why does the offhand extend forward in Chinese straight sword combinations?

Let me preface my answer with the fact that I’ve been practicing Chinese swordsmanship for decade and a half now and free swordplay is an integral part of our practice. To answer your question about ...
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Martial applications of Chinese fan

Who else landed here trying to see the practicality of Kitana's fan in Mortal Kombat? Tessen-jutsu is actually a Japanese art. In essence the war fan is a "Club" when folded and a catchment ...
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How to Correct Horse Stance?

Stance training in wushu or kung fu is meant to remake your body. This process is expected to take many months or years. It is normal to have problems with the horse stance. I would characterize this ...
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What Does it take to Compete at Competition Level in Wushu?

Let me first caveat this answer with the fact I have not been involved in wushu competition for a long time. Assuming you are entering a forms event and not a fighting one, you can compete if you ...
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How does weapons training transfer to empty hand?

This is HUGE in aikido. Many of the movements with the katana, jo, and tanto are modeled into regular throws and empty hand techniques. For example, with sword, the lift over the head, step forward, ...
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How does weapons training transfer to empty hand?

First your actual question: is it typical to start students with weapons training first and how does that transfer to empty hand? For wushu and Chinese martial arts, I would say no, it is not ...
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Is there any IWUF-compliant material of Wushu techniques and forms for reference?

There are current IWUF text books/dvd available from Kungfudirect.com, the material is written in Chinese however it should cover what you are looking for. Peace, Love, Wushu!
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What Does it take to Compete at Competition Level in Wushu?

You're asking the wrong question. You should be asking if there's strong enough competition out there for you to begin taking it seriously, not whether you're good enough. Let me explain. I ...
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Contemporary Wushu vs. Traditional Wushu

Contemporary wushu focuses on performance. Traditional wushu focuses on self-defense theory and application (or at least it should). So in contemporary wushu, every movement is "flashy" to ...
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Meaning of the Chinese Sifu? (Shifu)

A Shifu is technically a Master in something. It is not only applied to Martial Arts either. When someone masters an art, trade or skill, they can be considered a Shifu. That is, they have achieved ...
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Martial applications of Chinese fan

I’m going to focus on the applications that any trained martial artist with a little weapons training can execute, beginning with the finishing moves. Bamboo wushu fans are more than sufficient. ...
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In Wushu competitions, why is taolu (forms) technique so different to sanda (combat) technique?

Modern wushu forms and sanda are basically different styles entirely. In my now dated experience with wushu competitions, they have many separate events where the overlap between athletes may be close ...
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Why does the offhand extend forward in Chinese straight sword combinations?

I think this question is referring to the "sword fingers" seen in most Chinese straight sword forms. Sword fingers are simply the index and middle fingers pointing out while the rest of the ...
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Martial applications of Chinese fan

Bladed Fan There are a number of strikes in forms that likely only work with a bladed fan, which is an unlikely real-world weapon, but I'm going to list them to give people an idea of how something ...
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Contemporary Wushu vs. Traditional Wushu

Practitioners of traditional wushu, as a modern person would interpret this term, probably do not call what they practice traditional wushu but something more specific. Traditional wushu is basically ...
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Function of tassel in Chinese straight sword?

This answer relates to a tassel of sufficient length to wrap the wielder's wrist. I typically use one with a string length 9 inches, but prefer 12", which are harder to find, but, perhaps ...
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How to Correct Horse Stance?

It's worth considering what the purpose of pointing the toes forward is. I'm not familiar with Wushu, but in Tang Soo Do, letting the toes point out predisposes you to sitting back in the stance, ...
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