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Philippines wushu squad to train in China for SEA Games

Date : 05 Jun 2019

Manila, Philippines, June 4, 2019: Ten members of the Philippine national wushu team have left for Fujian, China, last Sunday to start a five-month training programme for the Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by the Philippines later this year.

The 10 Taolu exponents include 2018 Asian Games gold medallist Agatha Wong will be trained in the finer points of the ancient Chinese martial arts by Chinese wushu master Li Qiang.

Daniel Parantac, who won the silver medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, and is a multiple gold medallist at the SEA Games said he and his teammates were already training through social media prior to boarding their flight to Fujian.

The Sanda exponents in the Philippine national wushu squad will join the rest of their teammates later.

Wushu is made up of two components – Taolu and Sanda. Taolu involves martial arts patterns, acrobatic movements and techniques for which competitors are judged and given points. Sanda, also known as Chinese kick-boxing, is the combat side of the sport and combines full-contact kick-boxing with close range and rapid successive punches and kicks.

Both the Taolu and Sanda athletes will train for five months, and will also compete in the 15th Wushu World Championship in Shanghai in October.

The SEA Games is scheduled November 30 to December 10 with more than 10,000 athletes and officials from 11 National Olympic Committees taking part in 56 sports and 528 events.

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