By Angel Jin, ISB Communications
This article is part of a series highlighting ISB’s history of excellence. The school has been providing challenging and joyful learning since 1980. Flashback Friday profiles some of the traditions and memorable moments that ISB continues to build upon today.
The Wu Shu program was once a popular After School Activity (ASA) at the International School of Beijing (ISB), in which every year the whole community looked forward to student Wu Shu performances at our Great Wall Shoot Out Basketball tournament, sports tournament opening ceremonies, and even parent coffees. That is why we are so excited to be bringing Wu Shu back to ISB this year!
Starting in Season 3 ASAs, the Jackie Chan Stunt Team, founded in 1976, will be teaching interested Elementary School (ES) and Middle School (MS) students Wu Shu. The Jackie Chan Stunt Team is renowned for their expertise in martial arts and stunts, making them the perfect instructors for our students at ISB. With their guidance, our students will have the opportunity to learn the intricate movements and techniques of Wu Shu, a traditional Chinese martial art known for its graceful and powerful forms.
Before the Chinese New Year holiday, students already got a sneak peek at the Chinese New Year assemblies of what they could learn from the Jackie Chan Stunt Team. Additionally, all this week, the stunt team have been in classes, giving demonstrations and teaching basic movements to ISB’s future “Wu Shu Warriors.”
Speaking with Jun He (Jackie Chan Stunt Team member and Action Director) this week, he recalls beginning Wu Shu at age 6, and expressed his excitement for ISB Dragons to take up Wu Shu, as it will develop physical, mental, and life skills. Not only will they learn fundamentals like strength, flexibility, and muscle building, but through training, they will develop mentally as well, learning discipline, focus and dedication. Most importantly, he notes, students will develop the Wu Shu Spirit, which much like our own Dragon Spirit, embodies perseverance, camaraderie, and global citizenship.
The return of the Wu Shu program is also culturally significant, as it is a great example of how ISB honors our host country. Learning Wu Shu, a traditional Chinese martial art, gives students a newfound appreciation for various aspects of traditional Chinese art forms. From graceful movements to elegant weapon techniques, Wu Shu encompasses many skills passed down through generations. Dragons will become acquainted with elements such as lion dances or fan routines that are deeply rooted in Chinese customs and celebrations.
Through practicing Wu Shu, students not only develop physical strength and discipline but also have the unique opportunity to delve into the rich culture and history of China. At ISB, we believe that by offering programs like Wu Shu, we are providing our students with a well-rounded education that goes beyond academics. We are shaping future leaders who are not only physically fit and determined but also culturally aware and open-minded.
We are thrilled to see the return of Wu Shu to ISB and look forward to witnessing the growth and development of our students as they embark on this martial arts journey with the Jackie Chan Stunt Team. These skills will undoubtedly translate into other areas of their lives, preparing them for the challenges they will face both inside and outside the classroom.