Swords twirl, acrobats fly as Wushu Championships hit Pattaya

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The 15th Pattaya Wushu Thailand Championship took place in the gymnasium of Pattaya No. 7 School on Sunday, May 7.  Many athletes, coaches and city officials attended the event, including Tipchaiya Pungchanchai, the President of the Pattaya Wushu Sports Club.

Young medalists pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the competition.
Young medalists pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the competition.

A wide range of Wushu competitions and martial arts demonstrations took place, providing a colourful spectacle and giving everyone who attended a great opportunity to learn more about the sport.

The competition was divided into 12 categories including armed tai chi battle dance, bare-handed battle dance and short and long weapon disciplines.  Each category was further separated into male and female divisions.

The winners of each category received gold medals while 1st and 2nd runners-up were presented with silver and bronze medals respectively.  They also received small cash prizes for their efforts and demonstrations of skill.

Wush was developed in China after 1949, in an effort to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts.  It has become an international sport through the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), which holds the World Wushu Championships every two years; the first World Championships were held in 1991 in Beijing, China.

The 15th Pattaya Wushu Thailand Championships brought a spectacle of colour, dance and martial art skill to the city.
The 15th Pattaya Wushu Thailand Championships brought a spectacle of colour, dance and martial art skill to the city.
Two skilled swordswomen engage in close combat.
Two skilled swordswomen engage in close combat.