“Wushu” is a Chinese term meaning “martial arts” (武 "Wu" = military or martial, 术 "Shu" = art). It was developed in China in the 1950s and is now an international sport with more than 1000 athletes from 89 countries competing in the World Wushu Championships held every two years. The sport has been popularized in stunt work and action sequences for film and television, such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ip Man, and Game of Thrones.
Michelle Yeoh (using double hooks) and Zhang Ziyi (using a straightsword) star in a Wushu fight scene in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The Annual Collegiate Wushu Tournament allows our members to showcase the results of their endless hours of training and represent UCLA on the national stage. Each year, our members do remarkably well, earning medals in a variety of events across multiple skill levels. However, attending Collegiates costs over $450 per athlete, in the form of airfare, housing, and registration. As a primarily student-run and funded club, this heavy financial burden can prevent many of us from competing.
Right now, we’re at a crossroads. Our club has grown in skill and size over the past few years, and we have more tournament-ready athletes than ever before. The generosity of our donors last spring allowed us to send nearly twenty competitors to Collegiates in Seattle, Washington. This year’s tournament will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and UCLA Wushu asks for YOUR help again to support our push to become national champions! With your contributions, we’ll be able to reach our goal of fundraising $10,000 dollars, 100% of which will go towards funding the airfare and housing costs for twenty-five athletes!
No donation is too big or small! You can also help us by introducing our campaign to friends, family, and associates. Drawing attention to our cause through social media will help us reach a large audience and achieve our goal so we can represent UCLA well at Collegiates!
Since 1981, UCLA Wushu has trained members of all skill levels in a variety of Wushu styles, including barehand and weapon forms. Our network includes over 30 active athletes, 3 experienced coaches, and hundreds of alumni, from engineers and doctors to lawyers and musicians. We train for ten hours per week at UCLA's John Wooden Center to prepare for tournaments and performances, and spend countless hours outside of practice bonding as friends and teammates.
Last year, our members earned 20 medals (6 gold) at the Annual Collegiate Wushu Tournament in Seattle, Washington, and 10 medals (10 gold) at the Los Angeles International Wushu Tournament in Santa Monica, California. With another year of training complete and the addition of a strong freshman class, we expect even greater success at both contests this spring.
When we're not preparing for competition, we're choreographing performances to showcase at UCLA and abroad. The team is featured on-campus annually during Chinese American Culture Night (CACN), produced by the UCLA Association of Chinese Americans, and Lotus Steps, produced by the UCLA Chinese Cultural Dance Club. We have also performed at the San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival, and for the first time this year represented UCLA at Universal Studios Hollywood's Lunar New Year celebration. These performances are integral to our team's identity and we are excited to perform at CACN and Lotus Steps again after Collegiates!
Connor Hum uses his broadswords to fight back against Ariela Feitelberg and Austin Wang in the 19th Annual Collegiate Wushu Tournament at the University of California, Irvine.
UCLA Fan-C Team competing in the 20th Annual Wushu Collegiate Tournament's Group Set event at Columbia University.
Irwin Hui competes in Straightsword as teammates cheer during the 21st Annual Collegiate Wushu Tournament at the University of Washington.
Gwyneth Huynh performs in the annual Lunar New Year celebration at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Members of the 2017-18 UCLA Wushu Team pose after a Southern California Collegiate Joint Practice at the University of California, Irvine.