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How did you find out about UO Wushu?
My roommate, Byron Chang, introduced me to the club.
How long were you involved with the club?
I was involved on and off for maybe 5-6 years but I only really seriously trained for a year or two. I wasn’t as dedicated as many of the other members.
What were the most difficult and most rewarding factors of being on team?
Well, the most intimidating part for me was competing and doing group demos. I suffered from stage freight. The most rewarding aspects were having a group to train hard with, the shared camaraderie, holding horse stance while singing Mulan’s – I’ll Make a Man Out of You… oh and beating Katsumi at CMAT!!!
How did you balance all your activities during college?
I didn’t really balance my activities very well. I ended up putting off my academics. Something I wouldn’t advise doing.
Did you specialize in something?
Not really, I never picked up any weapons. It’s one of my regrets not doing a wider range of forms.
Can you describe the mental and physical progression you experienced from your first competition to your last competition?
I only ever participated in one competition so there isn’t much I can say there but what I can say is that it took me a long time to be mentally comfortable with competing and having a supportive team there to challenge me was very helpful.
How did the Wushu community impact your life?
The UO Wushu community has had a big impact on my life. I met some truly dedicated and inspirational people. Seeing their dedication to wushu has helped me stay dedicated in my life endeavors even when I have doubted myself.
How has Wushu impacted your life?
Wushu introduced me to an incredible group of people that support and inspire each other. It is more than just a sport, it’s a way of life.
Where are you now in life?
Currently, I am working as a financial analyst at a credit union.
Do you still practice?
I don’t practice anymore but I sometimes find myself doing stretch kicks and stance work when I am warming up before other physical activities.
Do you have any advice for current team members?
Seek out a mentor/coach and listen to what they have to say. Be respectful and train hard.
Do you have any advice for the general public?
Do WUSHU!!! You won’t regret it!