On 23rd and 24th June 2018, China Spirit UK and Team Shaolin will be hosting the 9th Annual Team Shaolin Wushu Open Championship and Chinese Culture Festival in Wirral, Merseyside. It will feature Master Wu Bin, coach to martial arts superstar, Jet Li!
This will be the second time they have hosted this prestigious event, after the successful 2016 competition which brought together over 100 competitors from the USA, Japan and across Europe and the UK. The Chinese Culture Festival aims to promote all aspects of Chinese arts, culture, health and wellbeing.
Especially exciting is the news that the esteemed Master Wu Bin, coach to wushu champion and action movie megastar Jet Li, will be a special guest and principal judge at the tournament. On 24th June 2018 he will be heading up a special Wushu Masterclass. This is a rare opportunity for you to train with world renowned Master Wu Bin, father of modern wushu. He will share some of the biggest secrets of modern wushu, and guide you through movements of the famous Changquan form with the help of his student Mr Guochao Wang. You can apply this knowledge in your own training – no previous knowledge of the Changquan form is required!
8-Year Old Jet Li performs Daoshu Broadsword
After the workshop participants will have the opportunity to ask any questions they have about Wushu, Kung Fu, training, the Beijing Wushu Team and Jet Li. All participants will receive a unique certificate of attendance and photograph signed by Master Wu Bin.
A Tribute to Jet Li
Master Wu Bin has produced more wushu champions than any other coach in China. Among his students are Jet Li, Li Jinheng, Cao Yue, Zhang Guifeng, Zhang Hongmei, Hao Zhihua, Huang Qiuyan, Wang Ying, Sun Qibo, Tang Laiwei, Kenny Perez (his first American wushu student and representative), and Wang Fang.
Zhao Chang Jun performs Ditangquan
Master Wu began his career after graduating from the Beijing Physical Culture University Wushu Department in 1963 by becoming a coach of the famous Beijing Wushu Team.
From 1986 to 1992, Master Wu Bin also held the position of Chairman of the Technical Department of the Chinese Wushu Research Institute. Presently, Master Wu Bin is the president of the Beijing Wushu Institute, the director of the Beijing Wushu Team, as well as holding top positions in the Chinese Wushu Association, Asian Wushu Federation, International Wushu Federation, and the World Fighting Martial Arts Federation (WFMAF). He has written 18 books and is one of the few 9th Duan (9th Level) Masters in China.
Wirral lies between two major cities, Liverpool and Chester, and is in close proximity to two international airports: Liverpool John Lennon airport (14 miles) and Manchester airport (40 miles), which makes it ideally located for both national and international competitors.
For further information and to book your tickets to this unique Chinese martial arts experience, please visit China Spirit UK and check out their Facebook page for the latest updates. Fan of Jet Li and his awesome wushu skills, do you want to develop similar abilities? What would you like to ask his coach Wu Bin? Let us know in the comments below, join in the conversation, share this on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and we’ll select some of your questions!