Singapore IVP Wushu Comp Interview Series – NUS

It took some time to contact everyone, but hey! It’s finally out!!!! will like to thank everyone who participated in this interview series, especially since many were preparing for their upcoming exams. It’s not an easy task, to juggle academic and sports, but when one puts his/her heart into doing something, everything else fades into oblivion. The Singapore IVP Wushu Comp medalists have earned their place through blood and sweat; and every competitor in IVP has taken back experiences to remember. So no matter whether the results are bitter or sweet, always remember that our experiences are worth celebrating and sharing. is proud to present the Singapore IVP Wushu Comp Interview Series!

Next in the interview series, we have the wushu team from National University of Singapore!!


Singapore IVP Wushu Comp 2011 - NUS

Singapore IVP Wushu Comp 2011 - NUS Congratulations on your results for the IVP Wushu 2011 Competition!! I’m sure it must have been an exciting experience. How do you feel, being able to achieve what you have done?

Michelle: For me personally, I didn’t take part to win. I saw it more as a test, an opportunity, which represents what I have learnt in the past months.

Chin Yong: It’s pretty encouraging. As compared to last National Open I felt better prepared for this.

Jing Yuan: Excited, happy

Ryan: Happy!

Ashley: Being able to compete alongside my teammates was more important to me than my achievement

Jun Yan: It’s a wonderful experience since it’s my first IVP! I’m glad with my achievement but      somehow there is this feeling that I could have done better (well I think everyone feels that  too). Right now, I’ll just have to keep on improving along with my teammates so that we can grab the Champion’s trophy!

Zhang Tian: In this competition, I feel this competition become more competitive. So, I need more training in the future.

Jing Yu: This is my first time taking part in IVP and the journey in preparation for this competition was tough but memorable. Obtaining a Silver medal was monumental for me as much effort was put in learning an entirely new weapon (not say that I don’t enjoy it!) and it was difficult to juggle between heavy schoolwork/labs/projects and then WUSHU! But nonetheless it was worth it. This win was however a close shave for me as I personally feel that the other competitors also did very well and could have fare better than me if not for some mishaps. Therefore, I really look forward to the next IVP competition where I can compete with them again (especially an acquaintance from NTU in which I admire her skills).


SW:What was the most memorable moment during the competition?

Jing Yu: Every cheer made by NUS wushu for each other was memorable, the bond was what kept me going and the team spirit was what made me I am now.

ZT: My wushumates and friends support me a lot before starting.

Jun Yan: The most memorable moment is when we, the whole team cheered together for our teammate who was entering the stage. All the “??”,“??” definitely got the whole team together to fight hard and achieve good results.

JY: During the performance

Ashley: The after-competition high where everyone was running around laughing with each other and taking photographs.

M: The competition itself of course! It was an honor to take part! Although the pressure of being perhaps the only not-asian participant is not really small.  But I appreciated a lot the last second of my performance, when even other teams were cheering me up. It made me feel being a part of the wushu culture in Singapore. Yes, the last second made it! Thanks to everybody for his support!

CY: The whole team cheering for each other and the interactions with Wushu athletes from other institution. Very pleased to see the capacities of the younger athletes and of course the more experience ones continue to try to outdo themselves.

R: Being laughed at.

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SW: Any celebrations for your achievements?

Jun Yan: We have a big eating-out together at McDonalds! Everyone is having fun and the laughter is non-stop (hopefully we didn’t disturb the other patrons too much).

CY: We had a simple dinner at Macs. A proper one probably after exams

M: I slept.

Jing Yi: Not yet but planning one soon! (With the coach and with everyone in NUS USHU) *The exams are not over yet and therefore everyone is busy mugging and it’s difficult to hold a proper celebration =)


SW: You must have gone through intense training in order to get to where you are. How were your training sessions like? What/who motivated you to go through the tough training?

R: Training was tough, but not intense. Coach coached us along and that helps.

Jun Yan: The usual training session is 3 hours twice per week with the intensity going up near the  competition day. Basically, as a team, we are each other’s motivation during the training. Of course, my personal motivation is to achieve as high as possible in my maiden IVP.

ZT: My normal training section is Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. My father really encourages me a lot.

M: My motivation is mainly to represent the work of my Shifus. They should see that what I showed on the carpet is really the best version of my work. The worst thing is to know, that I could have done better, even in my case as a beginner.

Ashley: Going through trainings in the company of the entire team

CY: When approaching the competition we trained thrice a week. It’s motivating to see our fellow teammates taking time off their busy schedule to train intensively. The coach provided valuable prep talks as well.

Jing Yi:  Our intense training was thrice per week(normal trainings was twice per week) due to the need to study .Also, the lack of training carpet in school made it challenging to improve our wushu skills but I think we managed it quite well .=) And there was not much stress during training, much perspiration was shed but no tears were shed. The trick to a less stressful training? That will be playing soccer with the entire team to act as warm up for a 40minutes- 1hour until someone reminded coach that we have to train. =P

JY: Take it like a distress session


SW: Were there any single incidents that stood out during the training?

Ashley: There are too many to recount that stood out for me but would probably not to anyone else

CY: There was one particular training that really drained many of us out. Coach demanded consecutive routines from us. The team push through it together and it’s also moment like this that motivates all of us.

Jing Yi: Our Coach made us practice entering the “competition court” for two whole trainings and emphasized on the aura that we portray to the judges. First impression counts .

Jun Yan: Although we train hard, we still look after ourselves carefully. There are small hiccups here and there but overall there are no major injuries.

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SW: Aside from preparing yourself physically, it is important to prepare yourself mentally. How did you prepare yourself mentally?

R: Do the routine mentally.

Ashley: Sleep

Jun Yan: I believed I am less burdened mentally since this is my first time competing in IVP, unlike my      seniors who have won medals before. Having said that, I remind myself that competing for the first time should not be an excuse for slacking and so I managed to focus on my trainings.

Jing Yi: Our Coach made us practice entering the “competition court” for two whole trainings and emphasized on the aura that we portray to the judges. First impression counts .

CY: Yes, play the routine through your mind and once you step into the carpet let you body take over. For me, best way to overcome nervousness is practice.

M: My mates they always told me: take training as competition, then, competition take as training. This helped a lot. Unfortunately this rule makes the training a bit too stressful.

ZT: Before training, to look at some excellent wushu show such as jet li or Bruce lee’s videos.


SW: Did you get nervous before the competition? If so, how did you deal with it?

Jing Yi: YES! It is normal to be nervous, if one is not nervous it will meant that he/she do not feel the adrenaline rush of competition (which is the whole point!) I think I dealt with it quite well by imagining that I am in a performance and distracting myself by doing countless stretching to prep myself.

M: Of course I did! But when it is your turn, you don’t have a choice, do you? You just go. There is no real rule how to deal with it. Because even the best one, with years of experiences, are nervous.

Jun Yan: I think everyone will get nervous before the competition. Before entering the stage, I repeatedly tell myself to take it as a normal training. In fact, it is our coach who taught us that “???????????”.

ZT: No, as being a wushu player more than 7 years, I really posses the confidence from previous competition. For me, to deal with it is only one way training hard.

Ashley: Focus completely on the routine

CY: Yes, play the routine through your mind and once you step into the carpet let you body take over. For me, best way to overcome nervousness is practice.

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SW: It is important to enjoy what you do in order to achieve great success. What do you enjoy the most about wushu?

CY: It can be brought to a personal level. It also help me through my recovery during a time when I was seriously injured. Besides, it connects me back to the rich Chinese culture.

Ashley: Learning new routines

M: You can never reach your limits. There is always a higher level. It is very frustrating, annoying, de-motivating, etc. But this is what I enjoy the most.

JY: I am learning something with great history

ZT: The wushu’s culture is very special, which based on the Chinese traditional philosophy. For me, I really feel the changes on myself after learning wushu.

Jun Yan: Since a kid, I have been admiring the kungfu moves on television. To be able to train and perform those acts and movement is definitely an enjoyment for a wushu fan like me.

Jing Yi: I enjoy three things most in wushu.

1)      THE ADRENALINE RUSH when doing our routines.

2)      The fact that I have much to learn and am exposed to many different new routines when I enter university.

3)      The BOND and FRIENDSHIP in NUS WUSHU.I can never get tired of wushu!!!


SW: Do you have a philosophy in wushu or in life?

ZT: Wushu is a kind of culture different from the common sports. Indeed, wushu combines the taolu and fighting according to the Chinese traditional philosophy. Like Taoism, the style of wushu is a continuous motion included dynamics and statics. This kind of motion enhances the body’s blood circulation and metabolism.

Jun Yan: I don’t really have a philosophy but I do believe that there is no free lunch in this world and one must earn what he or she wants by putting in the effort. Also, determination is always important as it is not whether dreams are possible but when can you achieve your dreams.

Jing Yi:  Wushu is my life.

R: Doing wushu. It comes in a package.

CY: I believe the reason why I work out is to improve my quality of life, for your body and mind to be in sync and thus be able to do what you want to do. (I.e no point training a big muscle which you aren’t going to use much in your daily life.) Wushu fits this bill really well.

JY: One’s is their own greatest enemy

M: I think the philosophy part is often forgotten. Competition usually makes the impression we should compare ourselves with others. Unfortunately many participants thought like this. I don’t think this is right. You should compete with yourself; beat your previous records. There is always somebody better than you. It will not help trying to beat him or her. It is much more difficult to face and beat yourself.

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SW: Any final thoughts you will like to share or advice to give?

ZT: I will continue to contribute myself on wushu’s development.

M: A big “thank you” to my team and my Shifu! Without them I would never have experienced such a great opportunity. All participants were a great inspiration! (The lunch was good!)

Jun Yan:  To anyone who is interested in wushu, just go ahead and try! There’s no loss but it could be a gain, who knows if you have hidden talents?

CY: When practicing/teaching Wushu, don’t isolate it as a sport. There is a lot more to it.

Jing Yi: Never be afraid to lose to others. But be afraid of losing to yourself.



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