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EWUF – ONE FAMILY!                                                                                        by Raymond Smith

                                                                                                                                                     EWUF President

Dear EWUF Members,

 

When you are achieving good results it is difficult to make a big impact BUT WE DID!  Yes, the 2nd Taiji and Internal Wushu Styles Championship and the 16th European Wushu Championships were another BIG success for the EWUF.

 

Held in the amazing Wushu Palace in Moscow, a dedicated Wushu complex with every facility imaginable. What an experience this was.

 

Our events were also noticeable due to the professionalism of the judges training courses, the competition organisers, and the management and logistics groups.

 

It was a wonderful experience to see the judges being applauded at the end of each session, a true appreciation of the standard of neutral judging. This does not just happen by its self, it is achieved by hard work from the trainings, head judges and judges working together, great team work from all the judges. Not one appear was made against the decisions of the judges in taolu or sanda. Well done.

 

The Executive Board have tried to make our events more accessible to the general public and wushu lovers that could not be present in Moscow. We provided 4G live internet streaming of the event. Everyone could gain access to live real time broadcasts of the championships in high definition for both taolu and sanda. Added to this our event management system was functioning to give us real time visible results online. According to the  report by our IT manager, more than 130 000 (!) spectators were following us online!

 

At these championships we instigated as an exception, and for the first time, the “athlete and judges independent participants” team. They attended and competed under the flag of the EWUF and European anthem. This team of more than 30 people was made up of athletes and judges from countries, which were not sending official teams, due to politic problems or administrative issues or other difficulties. For whatever reason we wanted to protect the interest and open access to our event. The EWUF Executive Board understand that their prime function is to service the athletes not the expectations of others that might get in the way of allowing the innocent to participate in our events. Congress unanimously approved this decision.

 

It was our great honour to have His Excellency Yu Zaiqing attend the opening ceremony. He took time out from his busy schedule to travel from Beijing for a 24 hour stopover before returning to Beijing. We all greatly appreciated his support of our events. He expressed his congratulations on what he saw of our organisation and standard of event management. He also enjoyed watching some of the competition and presented medals.

 

We also had the pleasure of IWUF Executive Vice President Anthony Goh who watched the championship. He greatly appreciated the standard of organisation and competition. It was also a great pleasure to have Byron Jacobs attend to assist with the Internal Styles Judges Course and Liu Xiaolin (from the USA).

 

There are many people we need to acknowledge who helped to make this event a great success. Gleb Muzrukov, President of the Russian Wushu Federation and his team did a fantastic job running the championships, the Mayor of Moscow and the Minister of Sport for their support, the Timchenko Foundation for their financial and logistic support and the army of helpers.

 

Our Technical Committee maintained the highest standards and ran courses that provided us with excellent neutral judges, well done to: Urs Krebs, Zhuo Haojun, Alexander Raduncev, Gleb Muzrukov and Byron Jacobs; to the members of the Jury of appeal Petru Grindeanu, Paulo Araujo and Henk Verschuur. To Tatiana Kupriyanova and her team for the provision of the facilities at the Moscow Wushu Palace. To Iraida Grebneva for general operations.

 

This was a great ending to the start of our fourth decade. Yes 30 years have past and now we enter or 31st year in a great way by building one success on top of another.

 

Well done to everyone that took part in whatever role they participated in.

 

In May 2017 we shall host our 4th European Traditional Championships and 2nd European Wingchun Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Executive Board look forward to welcoming you to our next major event.

 

It is also interesting to observe that while our championships were held in a harmonious fashion we saw in the news how an alternative conflicting federation, namely the International Kung Fu Federation (IKKF), held its European Championships in Ukraine, which were noted by an open fight in the stadium between athletes, coaches and spectators. The EWUF Executive Board wish to make it perfectly clear that the IKKF is nothing to do with the EWUF or the IWUF and as far as we are concerned they are a conflicting federation. Any EWUF Member that participates in any such events is subject to action being taken against them under the EWUF Constitution.

 

Let the EWUF focus of the positive work we are doing to create a better future for Wushu in Europe and the World.

 

Raymond Smith

President

 

© European Wushu Federation (EWUF) 2015. EWUF is the only official Wushu organization in Europe responsible for managing all Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu, Kungfu, Taijiquan, Wingchun, Shuaijiao etc.) as recognized by the International Wushu Federation (IWUF). Wushu is an official Sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee, ARISF and Sportaccord since 1998. The European wushu federation was created in 1985. The IWUF was created in 1991.