About Collegiate Wushu

The Annual Collegiate Wushu Tournament was created to foster collegiate-level wushu in the nation. The first tournament was hosted by the University of Oregon in 1997, organized by Brandon Sugiyama. Today, the tournament draws in competitors from colleges all across the country. Last year's tournament (2013) had competitors from 21 different colleges and 13 groups in the team competition demonstrating that the tournament has been drawing more and more midwest and eastern schools in recent years.

Each year, a call is made to clubs for the position of host and bids are voted on by the Collegiate Wushu Committee voting members. The CWC is composed of advisors and school representatives, with each school on the CWC posessing one voting representative. The CWC also discusses and votes on changes to tournament rules such as competitor eligiblity requirements and experience level determination. To receive an invitation to the CWC, a school must have hosted at least one Collegiate Wushu Tournament.

Wushu

The term wushu encompasses all of Chinese martial arts, which is composed of an enormous range of martial styles and philosophies.  While wushu has developed sophisticated systems over its 2000 year history, it has recently gained international appeal in its "contemporary" form.  Contemporary wushu refers to a conglomerate of many traditional styles and their transformation into a competitive sport with standardized rules and judging.  A more thorough definition can be found at wikipedia: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wushu).

Collegiate Wushu Committee (CWC)

Voting Seats
Stanford
UC Berkeley
UCLA
UCSD
UMD
UOregon
UVA

Joining CWC

An invitation to the CWC is extended to collegiate wushu clubs once they have hosted a tournament.
2014 Collegiate Wushu Committee