As a practitioner of wushu in the Philippines for almost eight years now, I was elated when I read my shifu’s update on Facebook. Here goes the excerpt:

Proclamation No. 554, s. 2013
MALACAÑANG PALACE
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 554

DECLARING THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2013 AS “PHILIPPINE WUSHU MONTH”

I suppose this event is going to be a big opportunity for the country to boost tourism yet again, as players and members of wushu organizations from 38 countries will be flocking on August 8-12, 2013 at our very own Makati Coliseum for the 2013 edition of the Asian Wushu Championships.

It was in good fate that Philippines was chosen to host the celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Asian Games. With this, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Richie Garcia will have to make sure to support the staging of the event. Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. expects that all Philippine agencies, departments, state universities and colleges and private and public companies will also join in to acknowledge Philippine Wushu Month and support the Asian Junior Wushu Championships.

Wushu right now may not be an official category in the World Olympic Games, but it sure still showcases a lot of potential to be known as a sports that engages both martial arts enthusiasts, athletes and fitness fans around the globe. In fact, it has already been noted as one of the Philippines’ 10 priority sports in the government!

There are only five months leading to the Asian Centennial Games. I bet all participants have undergone strict training in efforts to prepare for the fight and strive for perfection.

Through the Wushu Federation Philippines, I deem that the culmination of the Philippine Wushu Month will be remembered as a completely successful centennial celebration of the Asian Games. 😀

On other news, the 2013 World Games will be held in Colombia in July 2013; the Asian Youth Games, in China in August 2013; the 12th World Wushu Championships in Malaysia in October 2013; and the 2013 Southeast Asian Games, in Myanmar in December 2013.

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39 Responses

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Me…I have performed many forms haha. Many of which are traditional styles of mantis wushu and some are hungar forms–bare-fisted and with weapons.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      There are a number of wushu orgs in the Philippines. You can contact me if you really want your girls to pursue it and I can recommend the best ones that are accessible from your location and convenient for your schedule.

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      • Maria Grasheila Dayawon

        Hi! What is the ideal age for a kid to learn Wushu? My son is interested, but he is only 6, turning 7 this August…Are there Wushu orgs in or near Mandaluyong? Thanks!

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        Hello Mommy Maria! Ideal age is about that – 6 to teenage years. Learning wushu early would be good. Not only will your kid learn self defense and art but also learn how to be more disciplined, resilient and social. 😀 Sorry but I’m not familiar to places in Mandaluyong. 🙁

      • Maria Grasheila Dayawon

        Thanks Roch! How about in areas near Mandaluyong like Makati, San Juan, Sta. Mesa, and Pasig? or maybe even QC?

  1. ana karen

    funny thing, just over dinner the conversation was all about sports in the Philippines, SEA Games, Olympics, way back into the time it was held in the Philippines. Good to here it will be happening in the Philippines on it’s 100th year!

    Would really be very interested in this stuff for mu kids. 🙂 i know even girls would love too 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Teaching wushu as a full-timer is not possible haha I’m not that dedicated. Because of my work schedule, I only attend trainings once a week now. But during my younger years, I had to train three times in a week and assist other students to enhance their forms. 😀

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  2. earl pablo

    Is Wushu for women only? My daughter perhaps likes this. Kinda combo of exercise and defense. I think August has less tourists coming in that’s why they make it that one. Whatever the reasons, it boosts tourism and a great opportunity for aspirants in this field.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Nope, there are men and women who practice wushu. Our group has mostly men. 🙂 Wushu has two types: modern and contemporary, so you should ask your daughter which one she prefers. Any martial arts is a combination of exercise and self-defense. What makes wushu unique is that it has forms that exemplify arts with aesthetic and natural movements derived from animals. Also, unlike other martial arts, wushu includes different techniques like punching, kicking, jumping, catching, throwing, ground-based and air-based techniques.

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  3. Pa Ul

    This seems to be a fun and exciting to watch. I’ve seen one before but that was since I was a child and forgot about it. Perhaps seeing it again will be fun.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup! I’m not bias on this one just because I’m into wushu but I can really say that wushu routines are best seen onstage compared to all other martials arts. 😛

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I wonder if this will continue on to the next succeeding years. I hope the youth can more appreciate this type of activity and be enrolled to classes (if they’re not in school) rather than focus their efforts roaming around the streets and doing nothing but beg for money.

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  4. Gigi Beleno

    wushu is a form of martial arts, right? well, its just good that our government takes time to recognized events such as this one to promote this type of sports.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, it is. 🙂

      Just like what Franc said, wushu just deserves to land a priority spot in the Philippines because it has brought several gold medals to the country.

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      • red dumuk

        Please accept our sincerest gratitude for helping promote wushu through your blogs. we hope you will write more in the run up to the August 8-12 Asian Junior Wushu Championship.

        We hope to see you in the Championships and personally thank you if we can’t meet earlier.

        By the way, you will one of the first to know Bea Binene will be the wushu ambassador.

        all the best!

        red dumuk
        deputy secretary general
        wushu federation philippines

  5. Zion

    yey! A fellow martial arts enthusiast! Although, di ako marunong sa Wushu kasi I can’t seem to find anyone here in Bohol who teaches that, I do love anything that has to do with Martial Arts!

    I am an Arnisador ( an amateur) and iba talaga yung dedication at hardwork na igugugol mo sa martial arts. Need mo talaga ng discipline!

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  6. jane

    i should wait for that wushu this october 2013 then! let see if and let me know if where about they’re going to hold the event. it would be a nice event to watch and wait for .xx

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yah lah according to Phil Star, “The Department of Tourism through its Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) has thrown its support behind the seventh Asian Junior Wushu Championship set at the Makati Coliseum Aug. 8-11.” 😀 Very SOON!

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  7. ralph

    galing naman, you’re into wushu discipline. we had been getting golds in wushu events, right? are you competing? good luck to all pinoys. Yahweh bless.

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  8. Mrs. Kolca

    This is what I am planning to do after giving birth and having enough rest. I wanna enroll in a martial arts class for self-defense and fitness na din. Hmmm.. I wonder if I can do wushu. Hehe.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I suggest you to take lighter exercises like yoga training, brisk walking and stretching. Wushu might be too advanced for women who have just given birth. 😀

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  9. 14amanda

    Hmm.. another form of chinese martial art? I used to dream about learning karate when I was young because I was a bit of tomboy before and also a form of self defense for me, but never did. I was
    contented with watching jackie Chan and Jet Lee’s movies instead. But for young people it is indeed a great sport even for women. Thanks for the info!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha though I have a feminine side, I am really into combat and martial arts while growing up. The moves also enhances my creativity especially when it comes to knowing how to apply the forms to real-life scenarios.

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  10. papaleng

    Great that concern agencies are now recognizing the great feats Wushu have brought to our country. Kapag may SEA and Asian games, pinanonood ko ang Wushu as well as other martial art disciplines.

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  11. zhazha

    hi. im from antipolo… my 8yrs old daughter wants to try wushu.. can u suggest a good training center? shes also into aikido right now….

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi zhazha. Too bad Antipolo is far from our place. The best I can suggest is of course our team. 😛 Hehe anyway, you can try Wushu Discovery based on proximity. Address is Mindanao Ave cor. Road 3, Project 6, Quezon City. Contact number: +632-4543017

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Rangel. Sorry, I don’t have an idea where to buy them in Manila. We usually buy equipment in Taiwan. I also saw swords and stuff in Chinatown, Singapore when I was there, but prices are all expensive. 😯

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