Athletes of the Liberia National Wushu Association (LNWA) are expected for the first time to demonstrate their skills at the Chinese Embassy, located at Oldest Congo Town, outside Monrovia.
Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue and staff, senior officers of the Chinese peacekeeping police – UNMIL, Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe are amongst those who are expected to grace the “skill show.”
The demonstration program is scheduled on Friday, August 28, at 6:00pm.
The President of the LNWA, Fred Pratt, made the disclosure to the Daily Observer yesterday in an exclusive interview in Monrovia.
Mr. Pratt said the delay of the “skill show” was owing to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
He indicated that Wushu performance is intended to formally create awareness of the new Chinese martial art in the country as well as seek moral, technical and financial support from the Chinese Embassy.
The Wushu boss said 20 athletes are expected to perform Wushu, and the program would last for two hours
Liberia Wushu was founded on February 11, 2011 and was accredited by the International Wushu Federation (IWF) on November 15, 2011 at its 11th Congress on October 9, 2011.
Liberia’s former Taekwondo heavy fighter and champion, Master Russian Junior Pewee, is the vice president for training and chief master/chief trainer.
Master Russian and Jumeil Smith underwent a 6-month training in Chinese Shaolin Martial Arts (Wushu) in Zhengzhou, Henan, China from June 13 to December 13, 2012.
In 2013, Master Russian recruited over 70 students to practice the art and presently, according to reports, about 35 students have acquired black belt in Wushu.