There is no fee to join, training is completely free. However you must be an officially enrolled student (undergraduate and graduate), faculty/staff, or a member of the UMCP Alumni Association in order to practice with us. If you're eligible, please attend any of our scheduled practices and then follow the instructions below to register as a club member!

Steps to Register as a Club Member

  1. Register Online with RecWell and Sign Online Waiver
    • Click here (you must be connected to the UMD network): link
    • Fill out the forms and submit.
  2. Register Online with OrgSync
    • Clich here: link
    • Sign in with your Campus ID and register.
  3. Join the Terpwushu Listserv (Google Groups)
***Even current members need to re-complete steps 1 and 2 every new academic year!***

Practice Times and Locations

FALL 2018
8:00 PM-10:00 PM
@ SPH 0107
8:00 PM-10:00 PM
@ SPH 0107
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
@ SPH 0107
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
@ SPH 0107

School of Public Health Building (SPH)
Matted Gym, Room 0107

**If you plan on driving to practice, we recommend parking in the Terrapin Trail Garage, also known as Lot 6. Parking here is free after 4PM on weekdays and all-day on weekends.

What to Expect at Your First Practice

Most practices are two hours long and have the following structure:

  • 20min: Warm-ups and stretching
  • 40min: Line drills consisting of basics, combos, and jumpkicks
  • 50min: Forms rotations
  • 10min: Conditioning and/or Cool-down stretching
Warm-ups, conditioning, and stretching are group activities done with everyone attending practice. For drills and forms, club members are grouped together based on skill level (beginner, intermediate, and advanced).

Practice structure may be altered depending on upcoming demos, competitions, or other club events.

Weekly Training Schedule

These are just general guidelines; they will vary depending on the individual (i.e. whether the person is competing, just starting at the club, injured, etc.) and time of year (i.e. close to a competition, long before a competition, after a competition, before a demo, etc.). This is only meant to be a loose guide and coaches should follow their own best judgment.

  • Monday: Emphasis on barehand and weapons basics/combos as well as some conditioning.
  • Wednesday: Focusing on forms and nandu.
  • Friday: Primarily a learning day for new forms/combos.
  • Saturday: Focusing on forms that student is especially working on. Conditioning at the end of practice!
Here's a guide to the Terpwushu curriculum for individual progression through forms: link

Four Periods to the TerpWushu Year

  1. Fall Semester: Fall Competition
    This period is focused on the University Wushu Games at Maryland and preparing for this competition.
  2. Winter & Spring Semester: Pre-Collegiates – Spring Competition
    The goal of this period is to train for the National Wushu Collegiates. There are also many Lunar New Year Demos that members participate in.
  3. Spring Semester: Post-Collegiates – Demo Season
    This period is similar to training for a competition (meaning this training is still intense) but we are also preparing for all of our demos.We have a number of demos, including APA1, TASA, Cultural Explosion, and the major one: our own TerpWushu End of Year Demo.This will be our own event, and every member will be a part of this.
  4. Summer Semester: Summer Competition
    There is a heavy focus on reviewing basics, introducing challenging combos, working on nandu, and learning new forms. It is also potentially another competition period: Some options for the competition include the Capital Classics Wushu division, the USAWKF Nationals, and the Koushu Tournament in Baltimore.

A Basic Competition Cycle

  • Quarter 1: Focus on basics and learning forms. Mostly train 1-2 sections
  • Quarter 2: Progress toward focusing more on forms, and increasing the intensity, duration, and volume of forms practice. This means go from practicing mostly 1-2 sections toward doing whole forms many times at a high intensity.
  • Quarter 3: Highest intensity but lower volume. For examaple, do very intense and powerful sections and whole forms but don’t do too many forms/over-train.  At this time find “peak performance”, or the conditions that bring about your best performance (how many days of rest, what kind of foods, how much practice, etc.) This period is right before competition (about 2 weeks) and should include a lot of rest (not practicing everyday). 
  • Quarter 4: Decrease intensity, focus on correcting mistakes made during competition, thinking about competition experience, and start to learn new things.

  • Summary: Learning/basics/slowly increasing intensity -> high intensity and high volume-> high intensity and low volume-> lower intensity/learning
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