Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


NZ Martial Arts team scores at World Wushu Championships

For immediate release

NZ Martial Arts team scores at World Wushu Championships - Christchurch Tai Chi teacher scores in top 5%

New Zealand’s Martial Arts team won two Golds, a Silver and two Bronze medals in the 5th World Traditional Wushu Championships held recently in China.

2,865 competitors from 53 countries and regions took part in the championships, held over seven days in in the south-eastern Chinese city of Huangshan in November. The event, held every two years in a different Chinese city, is among the world’s largest and most influential event in Martial Arts.

Dave Thew, a Christchurch Martial Arts teacher, won a Gold in his age group category for the Tai Chi event. His score of 9.10 out of 10 put him in the top 5% of all competitors competing in different Martial Arts forms.

In his age category, Auckland Martial Arts teacher, David Wong won a Gold medal in the Tai Chi Chuan and a Bronze medal in the Tai Chi Sword events. David’s scores of 8.78 and 8.82 respectively were his personal best scores.

Shaolin Martial Arts practitioners Kevin (14) and Patrick (10) Zhang of Christchurch made up the balance of the four person New Zealand team. Kevin won a Bronze in the Shaolin event, performing traditional Chinese Martial Arts routines that originate from China’s famous Shaolin Temple.

All competitors competed in gender and age group categories and each person was limited to entering two events.

Wushu is the Chinese term for Martial Arts, and many different styles come under this term. Competitors are judged on points out of 10 on balance, flow, poise, energy and accuracy – and there is a set timeframe for competing in each form.

Dave Thew, taking part in the championship for the second time (he gained a Gold and a Silver in 2010), achieved a personal goal of scoring 9 or over in each event. Besides achieving 9.10 in the bare hands Tai Chi, he was awarded 9.03 in the Tai Chi Sword, the latter just 02 behind the winner of the event.

About the competitors

David Wong is a practitioner of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, in both contemporary and traditional bare hand forms and weapons. He has been teaching since 1994 and runs private and community classes in Auckland City. Further information at website: www.yangtaichi.co.nz

Dave Thew practises Tai Chi and Qigong for two hours a day and teaches three classes a week as part of the Papanui High School Adult Education programme. He also offers medical Qigong treatments.

Kevin and Patrick receive training from Alex Zhao at the Christchurch based Chinese Martial Arts school, Fanghua Wuguan, where both adults and children as young as four can learn traditional Shaolin Martial Arts for self defence or competition.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news