Yu congrats Iran in New Year message for historical perfromance

IWUF President Yu New Year message to Executive Board member has indicated Iran great performance in Sands World Cup as a historical moment of the competitions. 

Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

Happy New Year to all of you! I am deeply appreciated of all your support in the past year, which was essential for many successful and significant accomplishments we achieved in 2018.

As we close out this outstanding year in wushu, I am deeply gratified to look back on 2018’s many remarkable IWUF events and fresh innovations moving our sport ever forward. 
2018 was perhaps our busiest year ever! To begin with, wushu has now been successfully included in three new multi-sport events. The 3rd African Youth Games were held July 22-24, 2018 in Algiers, Algeria, featuring participating athletes from nine African countries. To complement this, wushu also debuted in the 1st Asian-Pacific Masters Games held in Penang, Malaysia September 8-16, 2018. From young to old, the message is clearly spreading that wushu has much to offer people of all ages and abilities around the world.
The 1st World University Championship, held in Macau from July 31 - August 6, became the third addition this year to the IWUF’s expanding multi-sport portfolio, following on the heels of last year’s wushu debut in the Universiade, both organized by FISU. This WUC event not only showcased stellar collegiate talent, but Macau also hosted a fruitful 35th IWUF Executive Board Meeting, held August 3, which voted on and passed several proposals to make technical and structural improvements to the Wushu Taolu Competition rules as part of a continued effort to modernize and standardize the sport of wushu. 
2018 truly flourished for our sport, with four IWUF signature events demonstrating the highest levels of global wushu competition. From July 11-15, 2018, the 7th World Junior Wushu Championships were held in Brasilia, Brazil, marking the first time this IWUF event has been held in South America. This historic milestone saw nearly 700 participants from 42 countries, and helped energize wushu in the entire Southern hemisphere; it shone a bright spotlight on young athletes from around the globe showing tremendous promise for wushu’s future.
The highly successful 3rd World Taijiquan Championships took place in Burgas, Bulgaria, with nearly 600 participants from 34 countries and regions, from September 25 - October 2, 2018. I believe that this compelling IWUF signature taijiquan event has now truly come into its own and established a unique identity that will continue to grow and help promote the sport worldwide.
The Sanda World Cup never fails to thrill spectators and bring wushu’s exciting discipline of sanda to a wider and wider audience. This year’s edition, the 9th Sanda World Cup, held in Hangzhou, China from October 27-28, 2018, saw our best warriors who qualified in the 14th World Wushu Championships in Kazan compete fiercely on the leitai. Sixty athletes from 22 countries and regions battled for this elite cup, and I congratulate Iran on placing first in the medal rankings for the first time in this event’s history. 
With energy, beauty and grace, the 2nd Taolu World Cup culminated our 2018 signature events, celebrating the elite level of wushu’s top taolu champions as 88 athletes from 21 countries met from November 17-18 in Yangon, Myanmar. These premier taolu stars, who also qualified for the TWC in the 14th World Wushu Championships in Kazan, confirmed our strong belief that the IWUF’s competition level is still steadily rising.
To end our 2018 competitions on a bright and celebratory note, I’m happy to see that the inaugural World Wing Chun Open Competition, held in Foshan, China from December 1-2, was a resounding success. With over 1000 participants from dozens of countries, we celebrated the worldwide Wing Chun community coming together for an exchange of kungfu, culture and friendship. This triumphant IWUF test event helped open the door for us to establish platforms in the future for tens of millions of traditional practitioners all around the world to promote their styles. 
Finally, 2018 was especially notable for IWUF’s launch of the first World Wushu Kungfu Day on August 11, which brought together thousands of members of our wushu-kungfu family on every continent with celebrations in clubs and schools, and lively public demonstrations. I consider the establishment of this annual event a distinct milestone for the IWUF, as we remain deeply committed to the ongoing development of the sport of wushu worldwide, and very keen on increasing the proactive engagement of our global wushu-kungfu community. Thanks to all of our members who participated in our first annual WWKD with such heartfelt enthusiasm, and I look forward to celebrating with you again on August 10 in 2019.
I believe that the sport of wushu is stronger than it has ever been. I am inspired by the strong connections our wushu family shares, and the common goals we are all working on as a global community that continue to bind us in our passion and dedication to the sport of wushu.
I very much look forward to seeing you this coming year at two exciting premier IWUF signature events in 2019 – the 8th World Kungfu Championships June 16-20 in Emeishan, China and the 15th World Wushu Championships October 19-23 in Shanghai, China. 

Until then, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

 Yu Zaiqing

President,  IWUF  

15th World Wushu Championships Logo and Mascot Announced

The 15th World Wushu Championships (WWC) will be held in Shanghai in October of 2019, and preparations are busily underway. The worldwide launch ceremony of the Championships' logo and mascot was recently held at the Minhang Stadium in Shanghai, China on November 23.

IOC Vice President and IWUF President Yu Zaiqing, Shanghai Vice Mayor and 15th WWC Preparatory Committee Director Chen Qun, IWUF Executive Vice President Anthony Goh, President of the Chinese Wushu Association, and IWUF Secretary General Zhang Qiuping, 15th WWC Deputy Director and Shanghai Municipal Government Deputy Secretary General, Zong Ming, Shanghai Municipal Sports Bureau Director and 15th WWC Preparatory Committee Deputy Director, Xu Bin, Shanghai Radio and Television Director and Shanghai Culture, Radio, Film and Television Group President Gao Yunfei, Minhang District Mayor Ni Yaoming and other leaders attended the conference.

     A Worldwide Premiere of the Logo and Mascot: Elevating Wushu

On September 6, 2018, a design competition for the 15th World Wushu Championships' logo and mascot was officially announced. By the deadline on September 30 two weeks later, 227 total submissions both from within China and abroad were received, with 139 logo submissions and 88 for the mascot. The entries showcased a wide range of features and demonstrated a high quality of artistic abilities. Participants' pedigrees ranged widely, from teachers and students at well-known Chinese design schools to professional designers from Japan and India. There were even entries from young wushu enthusiasts who submitted hand-drawn illustrations with crayons and colored pencils -- in their gentle brushstrokes and rich imagination, their understanding of wushu and their best wishes for the 15th WWC were clear. The youngest contributor was only 5 years old! After much deliberation and a final vote by the expert jury of the 15th WWC Preparatory Committee, one winner for the logo and one for the mascot design were selected out of 7 logo and 5 mascot finalists.
WWC gives the first Chinese character in the word "Shanghai" an inspired twist, using artistic elements to bring forth a clear feeling of a dynamic wushu athlete while resembling the shape of the character (

15th WWC - Shanghai Dates Announced!

Following up on the exciting logo and mascot announcement last month for the 2019 15th WWC in Shanghai, China, the dates for the competition have also been confirmed:

the 15th World Wushu Championships will be held October 19-23, 2019.

The WWC is one of the IWUF's six signature events and is held biennially as the highest-level international wushu competition. The 15th WWC will feature both taolu and sanda disciplines, with a total of 48 events, including a new "Creative Artistry" division, and over 900 participants from over60 countries expected to attend; needless to say, this will be a wushu event unlike any other.
Friends, we are looking forward to seeing you in 2019 in Shanghai!

2018 Asian Games: Iran grabs 2 gold, 3 silver medals in Wushu Sanda

Iran’s Wushu practitioners in Sanda discipline have pocketed 2 gold and 3 silver medals on the 5th day of the 2018 Asian Games, which is currently underway in Indonesia.

In Men’s Snada, and minus 60 kg Category Erfan Ahangarian bagged a gold medal after defeating his Chinese opponent. Then Foroud Zafari in the minus 65 kg Category won the silver medal after suffering defeat against his Chinese rival. And finally, Mohsen Mohammadseifi snatched a gold medal in the minus 70 kg Category.

In Women’s Sanda, Elaheh and Shahrbanoo Mansourian grabbed silver medals in the minus 52 and minus 60 kg Categories respectively after being defeated by their Chinese rivals.

Meanwhile, in rowing, Iranian women have won silver and bronze medals in lightweight quadruple sculls and double sculls respectively.

Wushu Practitioner Ahangarian Wins Iran’s Eighth Gold at Asian Games

Iranian wushu practitioner Erfan Ahangarian claimed a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games on Thursday.

He defeated Chinese Wang Xuetao 2-1 in the final match of the -60kg and claimed a gold medal.

Iranian athletes had already won seven gold medals in the Games.

Saeid Rajabi in +80kg and Mirhashem Hosseini in 63kg had won two gold medals in taekwondo.

Hassan Yazdani (86kg), Alireza Karimi (97kg) and Parviz Hadi (125kg) snatched three gold medals in wrestling freestyle.

Iranian Greco-Roman wrestlers Mohammad Ali Geraei in 77kg and Hossein Nouri in 87kg had also seized two gold medals.

The 2018 Asian Games, officially known as the 18th Asian Games and also known as Jakarta Palembang 2018, is a pan-Asian multi-sport event scheduled to be held from 18 August to 2 September in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

The athletes compete in 465 events across 40 sports and 67 disciplines.

Iran wushu team wins int’l peace and friendship champs

Iranian wushu team ranked first at the international peace and friendship championships held in Zahedan, the capital city of the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

The event was held with the attendance of 150 athletes from India, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, Head of Sistan-Baluchestan Province wushu committee Abbas Shibak told IRNA on Sunday night.

In both male and female categories, India and Afghanistan ranked second and third respectively, he said.

Wushu is a martial art and a full-contact sport. It was developed in China after 1949, in an effort to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts, although attempts to structure the various decentralized martial arts traditions date back earlier, when the Central Guoshu Institute was established at Nanking in 1928.

Ojaghi: Wushu training improving national football team players performance abilities and fighting spirit

Hossein Ojaghi ,Iran National Wushu Head Coach after joining Iran National Football team as new coach emphasized: Our aim to teach Wushu to national football players is the fighting spirit, consideration, self-confidence and quick decision making of them improve.

He continues; after invitation from Carlos Queiroz, Iran national football team manager, we arranged a meeting and he described his goals regarding our cooperation. Queiroz is very well-known coach and he has experience of using martial arts coaches in Portugal national, Spanish club Real Madrid, and at English club Manchester United.

Ojaghi said: Since two weeks ago, I’m participating in Iran National football team training session, and trying to implement our objectives.

In reply to question till when you will cooperate with Iran Football team, he said: Carlos Queiroz wants I stay with them till their last day training in Iran before 2018 FIFA World Cup which will take place in Russia.

He also regarding national football players’ feedback regarding his Wushu training said; till today their cooperation was very high, and they are satisfied with my training methods.

Carlos Queiroz added Iran Wushu champion in his staff

Iran national team manager Carlos Queiroz recruited Wushu champion Hossein Ojaghi in his staff.

Iran sealed his place in 2018 world cup easily but Portuguese manager knows that his team will have a more difficult mission in Russia with Portugal, Spain and Morocco await “Team Melli” in the group stage.

So he decides to add Wushu champion Hossein Ojaghi to bring more fighting spirit in his team. Ojighi is former world champion and currently works as Iran Wushu national team manager.

It’s not for first time that Queiroz recruited a martial art coach to his team. He did it before 2014 World cup too and that positive experience encourages him to do it again.

Iran finishes runner-up in 14th World Wushu Championships

Iranian male and female wushu practitioners have displayed extraordinary physical and mental skills at the 14th edition of World Wushu Championships, and managed to finish in the second place overall at the prestigious tournament.

Having won eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals, the Islamic Republic of Iran stood behind China, with 15 gold medals at the conclusion of the competitions at the Gymnastics Palace of Universiade Village in the western Russian city of Kazan.

Hong Kong collected five gold, three silver and three bronze medals to secure the third place.

On Tuesday evening, Elaheh Mansourian won the gold medal after beating Luan Thi Hoang of Vietnam in the final contest of women’s minus 52-kilogram category.

The Iranian wushu champion had earlier triumphed over representatives from Indonesia and South Korea in her march to the gold medal bout.

The Iranian men’s duelin Taolu team

Moreover, the Iranian men’s duelin Taolu team recorded convincing victories, and picked up the gold medal with a total score of 9.61 points. It was followed by the South Korean squad with 9.48 points. Ukraine garnered 9.47 points and claimed the third spot.

Additionally, Haniyeh Rajabi tallied 9.45 points to grab the bronze medal in the Shuang Jian (double straight sword) form of Taolu competitions.

Iranian wushu practitioner Haniyeh Rajabi

A female contestant from Hong Kong notched up 9.62 points to collect the gold. A representative from Ukraine got the silver medal with 9.47 points.

Also on Tuesday, Shahrbanou Mansourian took the honors after beating her Egyptian opponent in the final contest of women’s minus 65-kilogram category of the Sanda (sparring) discipline.

Iranian wushu practitioner Shahrbanou Mansourian

Mansourian had earlier overcome a representative from India to march into the title showpiece.

In the women’s minus 70-kilogram category, Maryam Hashemi prevailed over her Philippine rival and got the gold medal.

Iranian wushu practitioner Maryam Hashemi

Hashemi then announced that she had brought down the curtains on her professional wushu career.

Iranian wushu practitioner Mohsen Mohammadseifi

Later in the tournament, Mohsen Mohammadseifi collected the gold medal in the men’s minus 70-kilogram section after he defeated his Egyptian opponent.

Iranian wushu practitioner Yousef Sabri

Yousef Sabri overpowered a contestant from Macau in the men's minus 75-kilogram class of the Sanda section, and was awarded the gold medal. 

Iranian wushu practitioner Moein Taghavi

Moein Taghavi beat his Belarusian opponent in the final match of men's minus 85-kilogram category and won the gold medal. 

Iranian wushu practitioner Milad Arefi Magham

Furthermore, Milad Arefi Magham overcame a representative from Egypt in the title contest of men’s minus 90-kilogram division, and struck the yellow medal.

Iranian wushu practitioner Hamid Reza Qolipour

Hamid Reza Qolipour, however, lost to a competitor from China in the final bout of men’s over 90-kilogram weight category, and received the silver medal.

Sanda, sometimes called Sanshou or Lei tai, has all the combat aspects of wushu, but includes many more grappling techniques.

The 14th edition of World Wushu Championships kicked off on September 27, and concluded on October 3, 2017.

14th WWC Live Broadcast Schedule

This year the 14th World Wushu Championships is being broadcast live on four platforms: YouTube, QQ, Sina, and LeSports. See below for daily broadcast schedules and information on how to access them; if you're unable to be here in person, we hope you'll join us online! And, remember, follow our social media pages for up-to-date information on competition results, live stream updates, and everything WWC.

Day 1 and 2 of the 14th World Wushu Championships


Day 1 of the 14th WWC started and ended in exciting fashion, with Men's Sanda 1/16 finals in the 56gkg ,60kg, and 70kg weight divisions in the morning, taolu events in the Women's Changquan, Men's Changquan, and Women's Taijijian in the afternoon session, and 1/8 finals in Men's Sanda 56kg, 60kg, 70kg, and 85kg to round out the evening.


Three gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded in each of the taolu events, with athletes new to the competition floor and wushu competition veterans putting on a spectacular show for the audience and winners separated by the slimmest of margins.

Women's Chuangquan results:
Gold - Xue WANG, China (Score - 9.68)
Silver - Xuxu LIU, Hong Kong (Score - 9.66)
Bronze - Yi LI, Macau (Score - 9.64)


Men's Chuangquan results:
Gold - Zhizhao CHANG, China (Score - 9.70)
Silver - Achmad Hulaefi, Indonesia (Score - 9.64)
Bronze - Pavel MURATOV, Russia (Score - 9.63)


Women's Taijijian results:
Gold - Suijin CHEN, Hong Kong (Score - 9.68)
Silver - Khanh Ly TRAN THI, Vietnam (Score - 9.55)
Bronze - Shiho SAITO (Score - 9.53)

Day 2 of the 14th World Wushu Championships


Day 2 of the 14th WWC open with a slate of Men's sanda 1/8 finals in the 56gkg ,60kg, 70kg, and 85kg weight divisions in the morning, further narrowing down the field of competitors from Day 1. The afternoon session brought taolu events in the Men's Daoshu and Nangun, and Women's Nanquan and Qiangshu, with award ceremonies following. Day 2 was capped off by more sanda with Women's 60kg 1/8 finals, and 1/8 finals for the Men's 60kg, 80kg, 90kg, and 90kg+.


Medals were awarded in each of the taolu events, and audience members were treated to faces new and old atop the podiums.

Men's Daoshu results:
Gold - Zhifeng LI, China (Score - 9.72)
Silver - Edgar Xavier MARVELO, Indonesia (Score - 9.68)
Bronze - Si Wei Jowen LIM, Singapore (Score - 9.65)


Men's Nangun results:
Gold - Po Wei LAI, Chinese Taipei (Score - 9.65)
Silver - Mun Hua HO, Malaysia (Score - 9.63)
Bronze - Yongun LEE, Korea (Score - 9.61)


Women's Qiangshu results:
Gold - Thuy Vi DUONG, Vietnam (Score - 9.64)
Silver - Heeju SEO, Korea (Score - 9.63)
Bronze - Keiko YAMAGUCHI, Japan (Score - 9.56)

Women's Nanquan results:
Gold -  Huiying CHEN, China (Score - 9.69)
Silver -  Tatiana IVSHINA, Russia (Score - 9.65)
Bronze -  Jianxin HE, Hong Kong (Score - 9.62)

Dr Alinejad appointed as 14th WWC Supervision Committee Chairman by President Yu

Dr Alinejad appointed as 14th World Wushu Championships Supervision Committee Chairman by IWUF President Yu

Presidents of Romania and Brasil Wushu Federations also assisting him in this duty.
The supervision committee has the most important role in World Wushu Championships.   

Iran Wushu squad en route to Russia

National Iranian wushu team is scheduled to leave for the Russian city of Kazan in order to participate at 2017 World Wushu Championships.

The 14th edition of World Wushu Championships (WWC) will take place from September 27th to October 3rd in Kazan City, Russia.

Men and Women wushu practitioners of Iran will depart for the Russian city in a bit to meet rivals at the prestigious sportive event.

Iran’s hopes in the Men’s Sanda division are pinned on Mohsen Mohammadseifi (-70kg), Yousef Sabri (-75kg), Moein Taghavi (-85g), Milad Arefi Magham (-90kg) as well as Hamidreza Gholipour (+90kg).

Taolu practitioners of Iran in Men’s events comprise Farshad Arabi, Amir Mohammadrezaei, Mahdi Mokhtarpour and Hossein Rahmani. The Iranian duelin Taolu team will be made up of Navid Makvendi, Farshad Arabi and Amir Mohammadrezaei.

Meanwhile, Elaheh Mansourian (-52kg), Shahrbanou Mansourian (-65kg) as well as Maryam Hashemi (-70kg) will represent Iran in Women’s Sanda category while Zahra Kiani, Hanieh Rajabi and Nahid Pourshabanan will be present in Taolu section.

Wushu is an ancient Chinese martial art that harmoniously combines the practice of combat techniques with the training of the person's personality: physical, intellectual, mental and moral qualities.

14th IWUF Congress Sparks Excitement for Kazan14th WWC

14th IWUF Congress Concludes Successfully


The 14th IWUF Congress concluded successfully on September 28 in Kazan, Russia. President Yu Zaiqing called the meeting to order and warmly thanked the Kazan 2017 Local Organizing Committee, Russian Wushu Federation, and city of Kazan for their excellent hospitality and fine event. Highlights of the Congress included:

Honorary Executive Board Vice President and Members

President Yu appointed Liu Ruiqi as an Honorary Executive Board Vice President, and Raymond Smith, Giuseppe Falconi, and Tian Suhui as Honorary Executive Board Members in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the IWUF and the sport of wushu.


Grading Commission Announced

The Grading Commission, made up of 15 members and chaired by IWUF Executive Vice President Anthony Goh, held an initial meeting from September 2-4, 2017 where members laid the groundwork for establishing an international competition grading system for traditional styles, competition taolum, taijiquan, and sanda. The Commission will continue to develop plans for the system, plans which will be shared with IWUF members when they become available.

New Memberships

The Congress approved five National Federations as full members of the IWUF: Burundian Wushu Federation (BDI), Kung Fu Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), Cyprus Wushu Kung Fu Federation (CYP), Wushu Federation of the Republic of Moldova (MDA), and Wushu Federation of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKD).


IWUF to Establish World Kungfu Day

The 14th IWUF Congress unanimously approved the Executive Board recommendation to establish a World Kungfu Day in 2018 to promote worldwide wushu kungfu awareness and appreciation, particularly through the support of member federations. Specific information regarding the exact date and plans will be announced soon.

New Secretary General Announced

President Yu Zaiqing announced Zhang Qiuping as the new Secretary General of the IWUF, citing Mr. Zhang's pedigree of current Chinese Wushu Association President, for work with the International Swimming Federation, and experience with international events at all levels.

Kazan Welcomes 14th World Wushu Championships at Opening Ceremony


On September 28th the Opening Ceremony of the 14th World Wushu Championships welcomed athletes, officials, spectators, and VIP guests at the Kazan Gymnastics Centre. Dynamic wushu performances from an elite Chinese team and the National Team of Russian Federation captivated the audience with thrilling action.


IWUF President Yu Zaiqing welcomed guests who had traveled from afar to attend the event, and other welcome speeches were given by Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mr. Shamil Tarpishev, member of the IOC and President of Tennis Federation of Russia, Gleb Muzrukov, Vice President of the International and European Wushu Federations and President of the Wushu Federation of Russia, and Mr. Raymond Smith, President of the European Wushu Federation.

Spectators were also treated to festive traditional Tatarstan song and dance.