Archive for the ‘Tournaments’ Category

Summer Time!

It is summer, but that doesn’t mean the team hasn’t been active!  Many members have gone back to the valley for the school break and have been attending Jade Moon practices.  Those that have stayed in Flagstaff have been training around campus.  Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates on when these practices are being held!


This coming weekend is a tournament in Los Vegas.  We have one person competing so lets all give Lianna Rivera our Jiayou’s and good lucks.  Everyone who can should go up to Vegas to support and cheer her on in person.  The competition will be held Saturday, August 3rd at the Tuscany Suites and Casino located at 255 E Flamingo Rd in Las Vegas, NV (about a five hour drive from Phoenix and a four hour drive from Flagstaff).  If you cannot go, no worries.  Video and photos will be taken during the event.


WUSHU CAMP!  Yay!  Everyone’s favorite part of summer, right?  The dates have been set so mark your calender as BUSY for August 20th-25th.  This is a six day camp, every night from 6PM to 9PM.  The camp is being held at the St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church located at 2540 W Baseline Rd in Mesa, AZ (85202).  Entree to camp is a $30 fee but it will be well worth it; body conditioning, basics perfecting, apparatus practice, form memorizing and so much more!  So be there or be oddly rectangular shaped.


There are only 26 days left until school starts!  Can you believe it, less then a month!  Team Practice dates are currently unannounced.  We have at least a few known people planning to show up to the first few practices so lets do our best to keep up the friendly and helpful attitude to welcome them with open arms.  We want to try to expand our numbers even more this year – could imagine taking 30 people to collegiates!  In addition to scheduled practice, there will also be extra practices so if you feel like you want to push yourself a bit more, don’t forget to show up.  Those will be announced in the Facebook group, just like before.


Keep working hard over this last month of freedom summer and don’t forget to at least stretch every day, even if you can’t actually get out to train.  Even that will do wonders for the return to practicing weekly (or daily, for some).  I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and is ready to return to practice and classes with a fire in their hearts and a pride for what they do!


Group Sets

One of the exciting things about the growth of the NAU Wushu team is we will be bringing three group sets to collegiates! Everyone should be aware of which group they are in and should be communicating on where, when and what’s going on. Please keep in mind that a coach or senior student should assist with the creation of the group set and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions. Let’s get the creativity going and represent NAU Wushu at collegiates with our mad Wushu skills. Jiayou!

2nd Annual Jade Wushu Classic: A SUCCESS!

Congratulations to all the competitors of the 2nd Annual Jade Wushu Classic today! Everyone did a great job and we are so proud of our team! We’d like to give a huge thank you to our family and friends who came out to spectate, your support means so much to us!










The results are as follows:
Difficulties Competition
1st – Coach Dusty [18 pts]
2nd – Coach Robert and Kevin [13 pts]
3rd – Genevieve [11 pts]
Beginner Traditional Empty Hand
1st – Brandon and Ronnie
2nd – Robert
3rd – Kai
Beginner Traditional Weapon
1st – Jesse
Beginner Contemporary Empty Hand
1st – Ronnie
2nd – Sean
3rd – Jesse
[No Intermediate competitors]
Advanced Traditional Empty Hand
1st – Vince and Angel
Advanced Contemporary Empty Hand
1st – Genevieve
2nd – Kevin
3rd – Lianna
Advanced Contemporary Weapon
1st – Lianna
2nd – Genevieve
3rd – Kevin
Advanced Contemporary Other
1st – Coach Robert
2nd – Lianna
Coaches Division
1st – Coach Robert
2nd – Coach Dusty
Straight Sword
1st – Coach Dusty
2nd – Coach Robert

The tournament also featured lion dance and demonstrations by Jake from Jade Moon Wushu Academy [nanquan] and Coach Dusty [double hook-swords]. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended, we cannot wait for the 3RD Annual Jade Wushu Classic in 2012! See you then!

The Classic is fast approaching!

The 2nd Annual Jade Wushu Classic is only 6 days away! Competitors from NAU Wushu Team, Jade Moon Wushu Academy, and Eagar Wushu Academy will meet in Flagstaff to compete in traditional and contemporary wushu! The event is open to the public, registration is $20 for all events to competitors, and spectator fee is $5 for audience members. We hope to see you there! Good luck and JIAYOU!

ICMAC in Las Vegas, NV

Congratulations to the NAU Wushu Team and Jade Moon Wushu Academy on their highly successful trip to the ICMAC Las Vegas this weekend. The results were as follows:
Jessica – Beginner Women’s Adult Longfist – 3rd place, Bronze!
Lianna – Intermediate Women’s Adult Empty Hand [Snake] – 1st place, Gold!
Intermediate Women’s Adult Open Weapon [Fan] – 1st place, Gold!
Dusty – Advanced Women’s Adult Longfist – 1st place, Gold!
Advanced Women’s Adult Short Weapon [Straight sword] – 1st place, Gold!
Advanced Women’s Long Weapon [Spear] – 1st place, Gold!
Advanced Women’s Open Weapon [Double Hookswords] – 1st place, Gold!
Coach Robert – Advanced Men’s Adult Longfist – 1st place, Gold!
Advanced Men’s Adult Short Weapon [Straight sword] – 2nd place, Silver!
Advanced Men’s Adult Long Weapon [Spear] – 2nd place, Silver!
Advanced Men’s Adult Open Weapon [Monkey Staff] – 1st place, Gold!

Thank you to all of our family and friends for your support! It is hugely appreciated and we are grateful as always! Our next event is the NAU Wushu Summer Camp, to be held 6PM-10PM at Coach’s house, August 22nd-26th. Total cost of the camp is $25. Contact Dusty for more information and we hope to see you there!

2011 Team Trials/Golden State International

The NAU Team has just returned from the 2011 US Wushu Team Trials and Golden State International Wushu Championship held June 24th-26th, 2011 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, CA. Lianna, Jessica, and Dusty represented the team with a small band of supporters. The results were as follows:

Lianna – Golden State International

Other Short Weapon [Fan] – 1st Place

Other Empty Hand [Snake] – 1st Place

Jessica – Golden State International

Standard or Optional Longfist – 1st Place

Dusty – US Team Trials

Changquan – 8.09

Jianshu – 7.65

Qiangshu – 8.00

Congratulations to all our competitors, and the 2011 members of the US Wushu Team! The next tournament that the team will be traveling to is the ICMAC in Las Vegas, to be held at the Tuscany Suites and Casino August 12th-14th, 2011. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!