Chinese Martial Arts Members Won Two Gold Medals in Their First Competition
July 21 to 23, 2017
At the Civic Center Exhibit Hall in Lubbock, Texas, the Chinese Martial Arts Club, representing the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), won two golden medals in the 2017 Wushu National Championships, which was hosted by the United Martial Arts Training Center. The competition consisted of two rings—the 2017 USAWKF Team Trials and the Nationals. The latter included 29 categories which were divided into 205 different sessions, with 166 contestants who came from all around the U.S., and Ex-martial arts world champions could be found in the referee team.
Dr. Xiujuan Hu, a martial art teacher from the Confucius Institute was the team leader and team coach. Two UT Dallas students, Chang Liu, a major in M.S. Software Engineering, and Bosong Liu, a major in M.S. Innovation & Entrepreneurship, participated in the Nationals competition. As first-time participants, they gave their best performance. Chang Liu won the first place in the Female Beginner Adult Ba Duan Jin with the score of 8.68, and Bosong Liu won the first place in the Male Beginner Adult 42 Form Taijiquan with the score of 8.75.
The Chinese Martial Arts Club at UT Dallas was founded by the Confucius Institute in October 2016. Its goal is to promote Chinese martial arts among college students and train martial arts professionals. The competition has provided great opportunities for the two students to communicate with and learn from professional martial arts athletes and world renowned martial arts masters. It was an eye-opening experience for them. Meanwhile, they have observed that Chinese martial arts is still not a prevalent sport in the U.S. There would be a long way to go for Chinese martial arts to develop and spread in the U.S.