Pan American Wushu Federation

History

The Pan-American Wushu Federation (Federacion Panamericana de Wushu - PAWF) unites North, Central and South America. PAWF was formalized in Baltimore during the 1995 World Wushu Championships. Presently, nearly two dozen member countries of the Federation include Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Trinidad/Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and the U.S.A.

The Federacion Argentina de Wushu Kung Fu hosted the first Pan American Wushu Championships November 7-11, 1996, in Buenos Aires, at Argentina's National Olympic Training Center. Rings for contemporary wushu and traditional forms were separated by a lei tai platform for sanshou, and crowds of spectators cheered on athletes from North America and Latin America. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, and the United States all participated in the event.

In the summer of 1998 the 2nd Pan American Wushu Championships were held in Toronto, Canada, hosted by the United Wushu Federation of Canada. Athletes from the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico competed for bronze, silver and gold, and the Wushu of Pan America showed significant improvements in skill, performance and preparation.

The 3rd Pan American Wushu Championships took place in June 2000 in Manaus, Brazil, in the heart of the Amazon, hosted by the Brazilian Wushu Federation. Seven countries attended, and Colombia was inducted as an associate member. The taolu and sanshou had once again improved, and the spirit of New World friendship was strong.

The 4th Pan American Wushu Championships were held in June, 2002 in the beautiful college town of Merida, Venezuela. The event was a huge success, with ten countries attending. PAWF’s 5th Pan American Wushu Championships were held in the U.S.A. in 2004, the 6th in Canada in 2006, the 7th in Brazil, the 8th in Argentina, and the 9th in 2012 in Mexico and the 10th in Costa Rica in 2014. Today there are 23 member countries.

With these combined efforts the bridges between North, Central and South America grow wider, encouraging friendship as well as competition. Many new countries are currently petitioning for membership in the Federation, and with an established Technical Committee, judges' training and tournament management, PAWF grows stronger and more solid each year, and looks forward to continued growth.