Chin Woo Athletic Association

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Chin Woo Athletic Association
FormationJuly 7, 1910; 113 years ago (1910-07-07)
FounderHuo Yuanjia
Founded atShanghai, Qing Empire
Legal statusFederation
PurposeMartial arts
HeadquartersNumber 30, Lane 1702, North Sichuan Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai[1]
Region served
Official language
Secretary General
Chen Neihua[2]
Xue Hairong[3]
Vice President
Jia Ruibao[2]
Vice Secretary General
Shen Gongxing[2]
Vice Secretary General
Fang Ting[2]
Main organ

Chin Woo Athletic Association (simplified Chinese: 精武体育会; traditional Chinese: 精武體育會; pinyin: Jīngwǔ Tǐyùhuì)[a] is an international martial arts organisation founded in Shanghai, China, on July 7, 1910, but some sources cite dates in 1909.[5] It has at least 59 branches based in 22 or more countries worldwide, where it is usually known as an "athletic association" or "federation".[6]


Jing Wu was founded as the Jing Wu Athletic Association in Shanghai, China in the early 20th century. Many sources, including the official websites of its branches in various countries,[7][8][9] claim that Jing Wu was founded by the martial artist Huo Yuanjia, who died not long after its establishment. Jing Wu was actually founded by a committee of persons, including members of the Tongmenghui, such as Chen Qimei, Nong Zhu, and Chen Tiesheng.[7] Due to Huo's popularity and recent death, the committee had decided that he should be the "face" of Jing Wu, resulting in his strong association with it.[10]

After Jing Wu was founded, a number of prominent martial artists in China at that time were invited to teach there. They include: Chen Zizheng (陳子正), Eagle Claw master; Luo Guangyu (羅光玉), Seven Star Praying Mantis master; Geng Jishan (耿繼善), xingyiquan master; Wu Jianquan, founder of Wu-style tai chi, and Zhao Lianhe (趙連和), a master of the Northern Shaolin, became Chief Instructor after Huo Yuanjia's death.[citation needed]

As one of the first public martial arts institutes in China, Jing Wu was intended to create a structured environment for teaching and learning martial arts as opposed to the secretive training that had been common in the past. The founders of Jing Wu felt that the association would keep alive traditions that secrecy and social change would otherwise doom. The basic curriculum drew from several styles of martial arts, giving practitioners a well-rounded martial background in addition to whatever they wished to specialise in. Jing Wu inspired the ecumenism seen in the Chinese martial arts community during the Republican era, giving rise to such efforts as the National Martial Arts Institutes. Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Republic of China, attended the third annual event held by Jing Wu in 1915, giving a speech of encouragement to the attendees.[7] When Sun Yat-sen attended again at the 10th annual event in 1920, he also wrote for a special Jing Wu newsletter and made a plaque with the engraving "martial spirit".[7]

During the period of the Japanese sphere of influence, the Twenty-One Demands sent to the government of the Republic of China resulted in two treaties with Japan on 25 May 1915. This prevented the ruling class from exercising full control over the commoners. With their new freedom, Huo's students purchased a new building to serve as the organisation's headquarters and named it "Jing Wu Athletic Association". The association accepted new styles of martial arts other than those taught by Huo. In 1918, Jing Wu Athletic Association opened a branch at Nathan Road in Hong Kong.

In July 1919, Jing Wu Athletic Association sent five representatives to Southeast Asia to expand their activities overseas. The five were Chen Gongzhe, Li Huisheng, Luo Xiaoao, Chen Shizhao and Ye Shutian. They made their first stop in Saigon, Vietnam, where they opened the first Chin Woo school outside of China. They opened schools in Malaysia and Singapore later as well. By 1923, these five masters had opened schools all over Southeast Asia and visited nine different countries.


In 1966, Shanghai's Jing Wu school was forced to discontinue its activities during the Cultural Revolution, whose goals were to destroy old ideas, cultures and customs for the purpose of modernizing China. Those restrictions were lifted in 1976, after which Shanghai's Chin Woo school resumed its activities.[11]

Chin Woo is currently one of the largest wushu organisations in the world with branches in various countries, including Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Poland, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Switzerland. The United States headquarters of Chin Woo is located at 899 E. Arapaho Rd., Richardson, TX 75081.[12]


During the early days of Jing Wu in Shanghai, the chief instructor, Zhao Lianhe, developed a curriculum that became the standard Jing Wu sets (Fundamental Routines).

  • Shi Er Lu Tan Tui (十二路潭腿; Twelve Roads of Spring Leg)
  • Gong Li Quan (功力拳; Power Fist)
  • Jie Quan (节拳; Connecting Fist)
  • Da Zhan Quan (大战拳; Big Battle Fist)
  • Qun Yang Gun (群羊棍; Shepherd Staff)
  • Ba Gua Dao (八卦刀; Eight Trigrams Broadsword)
  • Wu Hu Qiang (五虎枪; Five Tiger Spear)
  • Jie Tan Tui (接潭腿; Tan Tui Sparring)
  • Tao Quan (套拳; Set Fist)
  • Dan Dao Chuan Qiang (单刀串枪; Broadsword versus Spear)

Other styles were taught to students as well, but they varied from school to school and depended on the background of the master teaching that style. The standard curriculum, however, was taught in all Jing Wu schools.

Jing Wu in popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ Its name is also spelled in many other ways throughout the world - Jing Wu, Ching Mo, Chin Woo, Ching Mou, Ching Wu, Jing Mo, Jing Wo - based on different romanizations of the same two Chinese characters (Chinese: 精武; pinyin: Jīng Wǔ; Wade–Giles: Ching Wu; Jyutping: Zing1 Mou5; lit. 'mastering martial art')[4]


  1. ^ [1] Archived August 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d [2] Archived August 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ [3] Archived October 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo zheng qu da dian. Tianjin juan (Di 1 ban ed.). Beijing. 2020. ISBN 978-7-5087-6215-9. OCLC 1351675957.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. ^ Kennedy and Guo (2010). Jingwu. Blue Snake Books. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-58394-242-0.
  6. ^ "The official site to world chinwoo organizations". Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  7. ^ a b c d [4] Archived April 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "The official site to world chinwoo organizations". Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  9. ^ [5] Archived October 31, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Martial Arts of the Jingwu". Kung Fu Magazine. Retrieved 2010-10-14.
  11. ^ "上海精武体育総会". Archived from the original on 2006-02-03. Retrieved 2006-07-09.
  12. ^ "Directory of World Chin Woo Federations". Retrieved 7 December 2015.


  • Morris, Adam (2004). Marrow of the Nation: A History of Sport and Physical Culture in Republican China. The University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-24084-7.
  • Kennedy, Brian; Elizabeth Guo (2005). Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey. Berkeley, California: North AtlanticBooks. ISBN 1-55643-557-6.
  • Yandle, Robert (2010) 'Jingwu Athletic Association - 100 Years'. Beckett Media. Dallas, Texas (ISBN 978-189251535-3)[1]

External links[edit]

Main branches:

Secondary branches:

  1. ^ Stanway, Glen (2013). Fearless: The Story of Chin Woo Kung Fu. ISBN 978-1291139686.