Heather Cameron, Michael Nilson, Kendall Lege, and Dana Macalanda represented Oregon and the Northwest Wushu Alliance this past Saturday (4/28) at the annual competition between various teams from universities around the country. All four were very proud to represent the Northwest and would like to congratulate the University of Virginia Wushu Club for putting together such an awesome tournament.
Medal Count: 2 total (2 bronze)
Michael Nilson: 3rd Intermediate Other Weapon (Fan)
Dana Macalanda: 3rd Intermediate Longfist (Chang quan)
The club’s founder Daniel Wu will sit in on an hour of today’s practice before heading to the screening of his new film “Overheard 2” at the Regal Valley River Center Stadium. Wu is visiting as a special guest of the annual Cinema Pacific Film Festival. Pictures and video will definitely follow the event, but for now here’s an article highlighting Wu’s visit in The Register-Guard and a 2007interview conducted by Brandon Sugiyama, another former member and coach who Wu trained.
UPDATE: A big thank you to Daniel for taking the time to visit us and. We really can’t thank you enough, and it was definitely an honor and inspiration to meet you. We’d also like to thank Henry Ho for sending us pictures of the practice.
Recently (4/6-4/8), the club was invited to help with Northwest Wushu and Seattle Wushu Center’s annual demo and seminar at Sakura-Con, an anime convention held in Seattle Washington. Northwest Wushu’s primary coach is Tian Yuan Li, a former China Champion who also did the motion capture for the characters Xianghua, Kilik, and Ivy in the Soul Calibur video games.
Brinna Keillor, Kenney Hersch, Paul Dargan, and Jessica Linder helped with the seminar on the following day (Saturday) and had some fun at the con afterwards.
Phil and his brother Peter, who also medaled in a number of his events, opened the doors to their new school in February. Summit Wushu Academy – based in Clackamas, Oregon – has hosted two seminars for current UO Wushu team members and alumni since opening, and the team is extremely grateful for the opportunity to train with them.
Videos of all UO competitors forms may be found on the YouTube channel (also linked to in the sidebar), and videos of non-UO friends may be found on Dana’s channel. Good job everyone, and onward to Collegiates!!!!!!!
Come check us out at Eugene’s annual Asian Celebration! The team will be performing on the main stage on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6:05 pm.
Admission is $6 for adults and free for children 12 and under. See you there!
UPDATE: A big thank you to all those who came out and watched us, to Brittany Nakamoto for filming, and everyone who performed – especially our beginners Andy Kunis, Jessica Linder, and Alex Liang who demoed for the first time.
If you haven’t already, check out the team’s YouTube channel! We’re still tracking down some competition videos, but as it is, the channel’s purpose is to provide interesting and relevant information to club members and give the general public a sense of who we are and what wushu is.
As of now, you can find these things on the channel:
– Competition videos of current members and alumni (club history)
– “Thriller” performances (club history)
– Videos that EVERY wushu athlete needs to watch at least five times (reference)
– Beginner weapons basics and forms (reference)
– Media coverage (club info/history)
On the subject of media coverage, both the club and current coordinator Dana Macalanda were recently featured in the Oregon Daily Emerald. The video covering the club and the article on Dana can be found on the Emerald’s website.
On an unrelated note: The “Thriller” video/s from this Halloween will be up soon. Soon as in probably after finals week.
To all those who came to our first official practice on Monday (9/26), thanks for showing up and working hard!
An important date to take note of is Thursday (9/29) – the Club Sports Open House. It will be held on the EMU Concourse and will run from 6-7:30 pm. Every team affiliated with Club Sports will have a booth there, so this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in finding out more about the club to ask questions.
Returning members: You aren’t required to attend the open house, but if you’d like to help with set-up (5-6 pm) that would be super awesome. If you can’t make it for the set-up, feel free to stop by the table and say hi if you have time. Thanks!
The USAWKF National Team Trials are almost upon us, so here’s a breakdown of important info for those interested in heading down to support Nathan, Colin, and friends from Champion Wushu and NW Wushu. JIAYOU EVERYONE!!!
Where: Civic Auditorium, 135 W San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA
Cost: $20 a day or $30 for both days
Time: 8 a.m. (based on when athlete warm-up starts) – 6 p.m. or 10 p.m.(?)
Ze Plan: Rental car, adventure time, boom.
Moving onto the topic of Summer Practices, there will be no officially scheduled practices until fall term. However, there are a number of people in Eugene who will be training regularly. If you’re interested in meeting up, go ahead and post on the Facebook page as some already have.