IWUF: Question Time

The recent events involving the European Wushu Federation(s) encouraged us to do some research on history of European Wushu in general and origins of the current dispute in particular. The European findings give a hint that the entire International Wushu Federation presents much more complex picture than it is supposed to do. Therefore, we are going to have a look at all continental Wushu organisations. Watch this space for our articles – coming soon:




World Wushu Kung Fu Day 2021

On September 28, 2017, the 14th International Wushu Federation Congress, held during the 14th World Wushu Championships in Kazan, approved the initiative to establish the first official World Wushu-Kungfu Day (WWKD) in 2018, in order that as many people as possible be able to come together to celebrate wushu-kungfu. WWKD is celebrated each year the first Saturday on or following August 8th, and is accompanied by a theme each time.

As the leader of the worldwide wushu movement, the IWUF is committed not only to pursuing wushu’s inclusion in the Olympic Program, but also to wushu becoming part of a globally shared, healthy lifestyle. Wushu promotes the concepts of peace, friendship, health, and an appreciation for nature. We aim to raise global awareness of all practitioners, forms, and styles of wushu-kungfu, be those contemporary competition forms or traditional styles. (http://www.iwuf.org/dev/world-wushu-kungfu-day/)

In 2021, it was supposed to fall on Saturday 14 August but IWUF declared it on 7 August:

On August 7 (Saturday), we will embrace this year’s World Wushu-Kungfu Day. While the Covid-19 pandemic is still challenging the whole world, health becomes the top priority to catch everyone’s eyes. Facing the challenges the pandemic brings, people also keep thinking about how to step to a better future. Based on this, we present “Wushu: Health & Future” as this year’s theme.

Although it doesn’t seem to get much traction with the public, especially in the current circumstances, some hard-core kung fu enthusiasts might be up to it and we would love to hear from them!

Let us know about your events so everyone would know! 


First Traditional Kung Fu Online Championship 2021

The Italian Chin Woo Athletic Association will host the 1st Traditional KungFu Championship 2021 Online! This Online Championship will be your chance to express yourself and show off your skills in Chinese Martial Arts. The Championship will be held entirely online, giving practitioners from all over the world the opportunity to participate.


Registration Deadline: 31 July 2021!

Tai Chi for Health and Well-being: A bibliometric analysis of published clinical studies between 2010 and 2020

Complementary Therapies in Medicine


Volume 60, August 2021, 102748

by Guo-YanYangAngeloSabagWen-LiHaoaLi-NingZhangcMing-XianJiadNingDaiHanZhangZahraAyatiaYan-JunChengChen-HaoZhangXiao-WenZhangFan-LongBuMinWenaXianZhouJian-PingLiuPeter M.WayneCarolynEeDennisChangHosenKiatmJenniferHunterAlanBensoussana

NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
Public Health School, Inner Mongolia Medical University, Hohht, Inner Mongolia 010000, China
Graduate Research School, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
China Resources Sanjiu Medical and Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., Shenzhen, Guangdong 518110, China
Centre for Evidence-based Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
School of Acupuncture and Massage, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
Department of Traditional Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Nanshan Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518000, China
Faculty of Chinese Medicine, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau 999078, China
Beijing Children’s Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100045, China
School of Ethnic Medicine, Yunnan Minzu University, Kunming, Yunnan 650504, China
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Cardiac Health Institute, Sydney, NSW 2122, Australia
Faculty of Medicine, Human and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia


The objective of this bibliometric review was to identify the volume, breadth, and characteristics of clinical studies evaluating Tai Chi published between January 2010 and January 2020. Five English and four Chinese language databases were searched. Following independent screening, 1018 eligible publications representing 987 studies were identified, which was a three-fold increase from the previous decade. Most common were randomized controlled trials (548/987, 55.5 %), followed by systematic reviews (157/987, 15.9 %), non-randomized controlled clinical studies (152/987, 15.4 %), case series (127/987, 12.9 %) and case reports (3/987, 0.3 %) that were conducted in China (730/987, 74.0 %), followed by the United States of America (123/987, 12.5 %) and South Korea (20/987, 2.0 %). Study participants were mostly in the adult (55.2 %) and/or older adult (72.0 %) age groups. The top ten diseases/conditions were hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, knee osteoarthritis, heart failure, depression, osteoporosis/osteopenia, breast cancer, coronary heart disease and insomnia. A quarter of the studies enrolled healthy participants to evaluate the effects of Tai Chi on health promotion/preservation, balance/falls, and physiological/biomechanical outcomes. Yang style Tai Chi was the most popular, followed by Chen and Sun style. Tai Chi was mostly commonly delivered face-to-face by a Tai Chi instructor in group settings for 60 min, three times a week, for 12 weeks. Most studies (93.8 %) reported at least one outcome in favor of Tai Chi. Adverse events were underreported (7.2 %). Over half fell short of expected intervention reporting standards, signalling the need for Tai Chi extensions to existing guidelines.

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