Wushu - Chinese Martial Arts

Wushu is the centuries-old Martial Arts practiced in China. Wushu builds flexibility, speed, strength, balance, endurance, and coordination.

There are tens of thousands of wushu practitioners world-wide that practice in a wide variety of styles. It is done with fist and foot, as well as with short weapons, long weapons, and flexible weapons. It is also the martial arts style popularized by Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and others in many exciting movies.

East Tennessee Wushu Team

The East Tennessee Wushu Team has classes, performances, and demonstrations in the Knoxville and East Tennessee region. The team regularly performs at the East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival, as well as other cultural festivals in the area. The team also sponsors cultural displays and interactive lectures on Chinese weaponry and martial arts.

Coach Michael Smith teaches wushu as practiced in the North of China. There are currently two levels (beginner and intermediate) of wushu classes offered each week.

These classes feature:
Warm up activities
Stretching: improving flexibility – attain splits
Plyometrics: building explosive power for jumps
Stance Practice: building a firm foundation
In-Place Fundamentals: punching, kicking, stances
Dynamic (Moving) Fundamentals: learning sequences of punches, kicks, and transition moves
Basic and Advanced Long Fist routines
Basic and Advanced Short Weapon Routines – Wushu Broadsword
Basic and Advanced Long Weapon Routines – Wushu Staff, Spear, Pudao
Basic and Flexible Weapon Routines – Chain Whip
Choreographed Sparring Routines
Muscle training: building strength
Cool Down activities

The intermediate class meets at different parks in Knoxville, please contact Coach Michael Smith for more details.

Beginning classes are held as part of the East Tennessee Chinese School on Sunday Mornings from 11:30am - 12:30pm. The classes are open to anyone. For additional information, contact Coach Michael Smith.

Coach Michael Smith has taught Chinese Martial Arts in the Knoxville area for 8 years, and has won 9 gold medals in competitions in China. He earned a 3rd Dan rating in testing given by the Chinese Wushu Association in China. He has performed many local demonstrations in the Knoxville area with his students, and introduced many to the fun of Chinese Martial Arts and Culture through his Chinese culture booths at local festivals. He has also produced the East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival for the last 4 years, the largest celebration of its kind in our region of the state, and manages the KnoxvilleChineseCulture.org website that promotes Chinese culture in the Knoxville and East Tennessee area.