International Wushu Federation

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International Wushu Federation
Abbreviation IWUF
Formation October 3, 1990
Type Sports association
Legal status Federation
Purpose Development of wushu worldwide
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland[1]
Region served
152 nations
Official language
Chinese and English.
Yu Zaiqing

The International Wushu Federation (IWUF) (Chinese: 国际武术联合会; pinyin: Guójì wǔshù liánhé huì) is an international sport organization established on October 3, 1990 in Beijing, China during the 11th Asian summer Games to promote wushu and as the governing body for wushu in all its forms worldwide. Wushu comprises both traditional styles and sport disciplines. Sport wushu is divided into two parts: sanda (unarmed combat) and taolu (forms). Currently, the IWUF has 152 members, across 5 continental federations worldwide. The IWUF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and is also a member of both ARISF and Sport Accord.


Since 1991, the IWUF has held 15 World Wushu Championships (Chinese: 世界武术锦标赛) and has helped over 100 federations (List of member federations External) around the globe to organize their own championships and national tournaments (e.g. the European Wushu Championships are held by the European Wushu Federation).[2] Since 1992 the IWUF has been active in its pursuit of wushu becoming a demonstration sport or even a formal medal event at the summer Olympic Games since.[citation needed] The current president of IWUF is Mr. Yu Zaiqing of People's Republic of China (2003- ), and its headquarters are located in Lausanne, Switzerland with an administrative office in Beijing.

The last World Wushu Championships were held in Shanghai, China in 2019.

List of international competitions organized by the IWUF[edit]



  1. ^ "International Wushu Federation". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  2. ^ "I.W.F. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS". Kung Fu magazine. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
  3. ^ International Wushu Competitions and Activities in 2006 Archived 2006-10-24 at the Wayback Machine

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