Pros and Cons of different wushu training attires

November 29, 2011


So, what are the points being considered for each wushu training attire? Basically, we can classify it into 3 main types.
1. Full formal wushu training attire.
2. Substitutional – With standardize attire.
3. Full dress down –track pants and track shoes.
Let’s analyse the first wushu training attire – The full formal.

I am sorry to our dear Kungfu model Liu Chang, but I decided to post this pic haha :P

Firstly, getting all dress up does make one feels cool. It raises morale and confidence by 200%. But besides that, does it serve any other purpose, for the performer, and perhaps the audience? This wushu training attire is not commonly worn during normal practise sessions, because most of the attire is made of silk (fake or not, it’s hard to tell nowadays), but one thing for sure, it doesn’t comes cheap. So, handling and washing of this wushu training attire have to be done with care, to prevent excessive wear due to use and cleaning. And if we do a split too often and just when we got really “lucky” and get a torn hole, our pockets is going to burn a hole as well.

2. Substitutional attire – a standardized practice.

This is the more common wushu training attire. Basically, the reason behind this standardized wushu training attire is to instil discipline to all the learners, which is of importance since ancient martial art practise. A set of wushu training attire is usually made purchasable by a group of wushu members, and when worn together, give a sense of cohesiveness to the whole team. The wushu pants are usually made of soft cotton with lots of slack, supported by elastic bands at the waist and legs. This gives the wearer the same amount of slack and degree of freedom that can be expected from the silky smooth formal wushu training attire.

3. 3. The JPL attire –track pants and track shoes.
Haven’t heard of JPL attire? Ask around Singaporean (one who is well trained in their “mother tongue”) and they will tell you. It’s called the “Jak Pa Lang” attire, a.k.a, anything goes. In general, all coaches would not recommend this to their students. Firstly, it is not easy to do stretching movements, and it is often restrictive too. In most Wushu stretches, it often requires leg movements, like the “Pi Cha”(splits) and kicks. If anyone is bent on wearing their track pants, they are bound to find their pants “pi CHAaaA” in time to come, and cheers to an airy wushu training! And I would like to emphasize on the shoes too. As one of the “great student” of the Way, I have learnt much too, and shall give some advices. The shoes are important as well! The standard track shoes are designed to reduce the possibility of a sprain ankle, therefore also reducing the normal Range of Motion (ROM) of the foot joint. Try the wushu shoes, you will feel like….”wa taa..!” Kick like a Lee.
Bruce Lee~

Ok before I end it off, And I would like to give more credibility to myself, I am the “great” student who wore my super track pants, and the one who “pi chak-ked” it too. Wonder how are my shoes? Something came off….

Sole wonderful… I won’t say it.
What do you all think about the attires? Add some more comments to help our community :)


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He started Wushu training in university 4 years ago as part of his interests. Passionate about living life healthily, he pays attention to health food and exercising news. He is also in charge of photography and videography for this website. Believing that we only live this life once, he tries all things that comes his way, to the best of his ability, yet doing it candidly.

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