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    Cangzhou International Martial Arts Festival

    8th Cangzhou Int'l Martial Arts Festival opens in China's Hebei
    20:05, October 12, 2010


    Photo taken on Oct.9, 2010 shows the opening ceremony of the eighth Cangzhou International Martial Arts Festival at Shicheng Square of Cangzhou City, north China's Hebei Province. More than 50 teams from over 40 countries and regions took part in the festival which opened on Oct. 9. Over 15 thousand martial arts lovers performed Chinese martial arts together at the same time during the festival, setting a new record of China Shanghai Great World Dsjjns(Top of China). Cangzhou is the famous hometown of martial arts. Enjoying equal fame with central China's Dengfeng and southeast China's Putian, Cangzhou is one of the three traditional martial arts centers. With a long history, Cangzhou has various martial arts sects. A person born in Cangzhou is probably to be asked whether he is good at martial arts during his first meeting with others. In late Qing Dynasty, many martial arts masters emerged. The most famous master is Wang Wu, who was called Big Blade. Another master Huo Yuanjia (1868-1910 A.D.), whose original family home was in Cangzhou, was regarded as a national hero for his continuous victories over foreign challengers. There are over 600 martial arts schools in Cangzhou now, where martial arts fans from all over the world learn and practice martial arts. In local middle and primary schools, martial arts are listed on sports courses. More than 300 schools established their own martial arts teams. Martial arts has become an important cultural industry in the city. Some people make their living by teaching martial arts. However, most of people practise martial arts for body building and health. (Xinhua/Chen Xiaowei)
    There are 15 pages of pics if you follow the link. Here's the star one on page 14.


    Kungfu movie actor Jacky Chan sings during the opening ceremony of the eighth Cangzhou International Martial Arts Festival at Shicheng Square of Cangzhou City, north China's Hebei Province, Oct. 9, 2010.(Xinhua/Yang Shiyao)


    Chen Ya holds her trophy after winning the title of Miss Martial Arts during a miss martial arts competition held in Cangzhou City, north China's Hebei Province, Oct. 3, 2010. The eighth Cangzhou International Martial Arts Festival was opened on Oct.9, 2010. (Xinhua/Fu Xinchun)
    Now I find this very interesting in terms of timing. This is the third major martial arts festival in Oct 2010. There is also the World Traditional Wushu Championships 2010 which is near Wudang and 8th China International Shaolin Wushu Festival in Zhengzhou. It's a barometer of the growth of kung fu tourism to be sure. It's also a classic triumvirate in the wulin, Shaolin vs. Wudang vs. Cangzhou. Among the martial claims to fame, Cangzhou is the hometown of Grandmaster Huo Yunjia and Wang Ziping.
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    I love pi gua and ba ji. Both styles were popular in Cang Zhou.

    Cang zhou is the home of many styles, being a town at the cross road. it is a center of many escort caravans or trade merchants. There were many biao jiu and biao shi.

    Cang zhou leads to many routes in the northern china.

    being the hub of many trade routes.

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    Tanzania went to all three

    That must have been quite a ride.
    Tanzania: Chinese Kung-Fu to Be Spread in Country
    3 November 2010

    Dar Es Salaam — TANZANIA Wushu (Kung-Fu) Association (TWA) is determined to spread the game country wide, with the aim to competing in Olympic Games within the near future.

    This was said on Tuesday by TWA Secretary General Fred Maiga, after an inspirational performance by two Tanzanian athletes at the recently concluded World Wushu Championships in China.

    He said the association has plans to training as many coaches as possible through the existing clubs in various regions such as Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Mwanza, saying the trainers will go out to train others and in so doing increase the number of athletes in the country.

    He said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is considering including Wushu in its list of sports at the quadrennial Games, and he sees no reason why Tanzania should not prepare to compete.

    He said the talents are there ready to be exploited. He cited an example of Zachary Ouko and Ramadhan Mshana made the name for the country after winning a total of seven medals in various events in China.

    At least 2500 athletes from 89 countries took part in the 4th World championships. Africa was represented by 18 athletes.

    The duo who attended training at the Shandong Sports University from September 22 to October 28 passed with flying colours and they were invited to take part in world events staged at three different cities of Hebei, Hubei and Henan.

    Ouko, who competed in five events, snatched a bronze medal in Taichi at the first event that was held in Hebei.

    He went ahead to win a silver medal in Taiji quan. In Hubei City he won bronze medal in Nan quan (Boxing routine) and this came shortly after he missed by a whisker to snatch a bronze Taichi.

    The determined young man from Tarime did not end there as he claimed another silver medal in Gunshu at the last event that was staged in Henan Province.

    His compatriot Ramadhan grabbed two bronze medals in shaolin quan event and a bronze medal shaolin sword event.

    Both Ouko and Ramadhan expressed their determination to see the game is fully practiced in Tanzania.

    Ouko told the' Daily News' on Tuesday that the sky is the only limit for them to succeed further. However they said lack of support and sports kits was paddling them back.

    "We need support from the government and public at large and surely soon Tanzania will become a master of Wushu in Africa," bragged Ouko.

    The sport of Wushu is both an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts.

    It was created in the People's Republic of China after 1949, in an attempt to nationalize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts.
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    10th Cangzhou International Wushu Festival


    2,200 attend Wushu festival in Cangzhou

    2018-09-21 13:12:32Ecns.cn Editor :Yao Lan


    Two foreign participants perform at the 10th Cangzhou International Wushu Festival in Cangzhou City, North China’s Hebei Province, Sept. 20, 2018. Some 2,200 participants from 50 countries and regions will participate in the contest from Sept. 19 to 22. The festival helps promote cultural exchange and better understanding of martial arts. Cangzhou is one of the birthplaces of Chinese martial arts and is also known for its acrobatics. (Photo: China News Service/Zhai Yujia)


    A child performs at the 10th Cangzhou International Wushu Festival in Cangzhou City, North China’s Hebei Province, Sept. 20, 2018. Some 2,200 participants from 50 countries and regions will participate in the contest from Sept. 19 to 22. The festival helps promote cultural exchange and better understanding of martial arts. Cangzhou is one of the birthplaces of Chinese martial arts and is also known for its acrobatics. (Photo: China News Service/Zhai Yujia)


    Two foreign participants perform at the 10th Cangzhou International Wushu Festival in Cangzhou City, North China’s Hebei Province, Sept. 20, 2018. Some 2,200 participants from 50 countries and regions will participate in the contest from Sept. 19 to 22. The festival helps promote cultural exchange and better understanding of martial arts. Cangzhou is one of the birthplaces of Chinese martial arts and is also known for its acrobatics. (Photo: China News Service/Zhai Yujia)
    Bummer, we missed last year.
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