Arab Clubs Championship For Wushu

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Added On April 20, 2017

Wushu or Kung fu is the collective term for the martial art practices that originated in China hundreds of years ago.

However, it has since proved popular and spread all around the world.

Now, LIFESTYLES takes you to Amman to watch the Arab regional Kung fu competition.

The 11th Arab Clubs Championship for Wushu kicked off at the Sports city in Amman, the capital of Jordan.

The competition sees 12 clubs taking part.

Wael Yahia, is the Jordanian Wushu Federation's Secretary General and the technical director for the championship.

He said that Wushu helps to bring courage to the participants, many who come from war-torn areas.

SOUNDBITE: WAEL YAHIA, Technical director
"This is the 11th championship ship that to be held in Jordan. This championship is considered one of the most successful championships in the Arab world. In this championship there are 7 Arab countries participating despite the political crisis that face the Arab countries. Twelve clubs are participating from the seven countries with almost 100 participants."

Ismail Belkharshe, the General Directorate of National Security of Algeria team, said the sport now is largely expanding among the Arab youth.

SOUNDBITE: ISMAIL BELKHARSHE, National Security of Algeria
"The sport spreads widely in the Arabic world and keeps on expanding in the Arabic countries. It is very practical and a lot of youth are practicing it because it's the source of all martial arts."

The competition will last until April 22nd.