The first 'World Guoshu Competition' will be held in Hong Kong in July 2009. The event will be a celebration of China's martial heritage and indigenous sports. Through the World Guoshu Competition, we aim to construct an international platform for Chinese sports and martial arts, and to promote greater awareness and appreciation of traditional Chinese culture. We also aim to correct endemic misconceptions about China's physical traditions and restore them to their proper place in Chinese culture, by reviving etiquette and rituals traditionally associated with Chinese sports.
'Guoshu' is a clearly defined concept similar to 'Guohua' ('National Chinese Painting') and 'Guoyi' ('National Chinese Medicine'). It is a system of indigenous sports with bare-handed and armed martial arts competition at its core, but includes other sports events such as set-performance of boxing and weapon- routines, agonistic matches in unarmed combat and long- and short-range weapons, indigenous styles of wrestling, as well as archery, pellet-shooting, shuttlecock, and weight-lifting, which are all closely related to traditional martial practices in China. Beside events in unarmed and weapon routines, there will also be agonistic competitions in sanshou (Chinese empty-hand sparring), duan-bing (Chinese fencing), wrestling, Wing Chun sticking hands, and Taiji push-hands, as well as demonstrations in shuttlecock (jian-zi), chang-bing (long-range weapons), and Chinese archery. It is hoped that the occasion will serve to re-introduce China's indigenous sports -- 'Guoshu' -- to the global audience in a modern, competitive form.
This event is organized by International Guoshu Association Ltd. and advised by a team of experts in Chinese sports and martial arts. Professor Ma Ming-da, a leading authority on Chinese martial studies and currently the sole martial arts advisor to Songshan Shaolin Temple, will serve as the chief advisor to the Competition. Prof. Ma's participation and guidance will ensure the event will remain faithful to its cultural roots and be informed by the most up-to-date academic research. The competition will also receive guidance from Shi Yong-xin, chief abbot of Songshan Shaolin Temple in Henan province, and from other renowned masters in Chinese martial arts, including Ma Xian-da, the 1953 national champion in duan-bing and sanshou and one of the few ninth-dan black belt holders in Chinese martial arts, Cai Long-yun, former chief of the National Wushu Association, Yang Zheng-xi, lineage head of Yang's Family Style Taiji-quan, Lin Zu, lineage head of Hung Gar style martial arts, Lin Zheng-hui, chairman of the Hong Kong Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Association, Liang Min-tao, a leading expert on Chinese style wrestling, and others. Without exaggeration, World Guoshu Competition has the strongest team in Chinese martial culture in the world today.
It is projected that between 2,000 and 3,000 athletes will participate in this Competition, with teams representing different nationalities and regions in China and around the world. It will be a celebration of five thousand years of Chinese martial culture, and our aim is to protect, promote, and develop the unique heritage of 'Guoshu'.
Date: 22nd to 23rd July, 2009
Venue: Hongkong International Trade & Exhibition Centre
200 free tickets will be distributed at venue on a first come first serve basis.
WANG QIANG VS SHI HONGJIAN
K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 Runner-up
International Martial Arts Kick-boxing Tournament Champion
Duanbing (Chinese Fencing)
Shuaijiao (Chinese Wrestling)
Sanshou (Chinese Boxing)
Performance by Shaolin Monks