Wushu is the national sport of China and is
being proposed as the new olympic sport for the 2008 Summer Olympics in
Beijing. It is a modern synthesis of the traditional Chinese Martial Arts,
Chinese Opera and Gymnastic routines.
There are many different styles and forms in Wushu, but the main empty hand
events are; Long Fist which is composed of 5 classical northern styles,
Southern Fist which is derived from 5 traditional southern styles and Taijiquan
which is the combination of the 4 main braches of Tai Chi.
In addition to the main styles, there a wide array of other hand forms
including imitative(ie. Drunken, Monkey & Eagle) internal (Baguazhang,
Xingyiquan & Bajiquan and northern styles(Fanziquan, Tongbeiquan &
Weaponsplay in a part of Wushu with the primary weapons being the Broadsword,
Straightsword, Staff and Spear with variants of the staff and broadsword for
Southern Fist and a straightsword variant for Taiji. In addition there are a
variety of other weapons which include paired weapons(ie. double broadswords),
flexible weapons(ie. nine section whip) and more.