About IWUF

International Wushu Federation

The International Wushu Federation (IWUF), which was established on October 3rd, 1990, is the international federation (IF) that governs wushu in all its forms world-wide. Currently, the IWUF has 155 national/territorial members, across 5 continents. The IWUF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole worldwide governing authority for wushu in all its forms, and is also a member of both ARISF and GAISF.

At the 28th General Assembly of GAISF held in Monaco on October 22, 1994, the IWUF was accepted as a member of the GAISF; the IWUF signed an agreement with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on December 10, 2001; At the 113th IOC Session in Salt Lake City, USA on February 4-6, 2002, the IWUF was formally admitted by the IOC, becoming a member of the Olympic family.

The highest authority of IWUF is the IWUF Congress; the executive organization is the Executive Committee which has 6 sub-committees, namely, Technical Committee, Traditional Wushu Committee, Medical Committee, Marketing & Development Committee, Athletes’ Committee and Women’s Committee. The Secretariat is the working organ responsible for the daily operation of the IWUF. The IWUF has two offices currently, Lausanne Office in Switzerland and Beijing Office in China.

  • IWUF Preparationary Commission Established
  • Preparational Meeting of IWUF's Establishment
  • IWUF Founded in Beijing, China


Making wushu an Olympic sport and a healthy way of life for people around the globe.


The IWUF develops wushu throughout the world, enriching people’s lives physically and mentally, and promoting friendship and understanding, free from all forms of discrimination, between all people through the spirit of sport.


  • The IWUF’s role, as defined by the Constitution, includes the following objectives:
  • To accept and comply with the general fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter and uphold the Olympic Spirit.
  • To promote and encourage the development and practice of wushu in all of its manifestations throughout the world.
  • To formulate and compile technical rules and regulations governing all wushu competitions.
  • To organize and approve sanction international wushu competitions and activities, to standardize IWUF member federation competitions and activities, and to formulate and implement International Wushu Judges’ and Coaches’ certification standards for approval and certifying of international wushu judges and coaches.
  • To promote and encourage the development of international wushu exchanges.
  • To promote cooperation, friendly relations, and mutual understanding among its members.
  • To actively promote and popularize wushu, and to improve health worldwide through its practice.
  • To formulate standards standardize pertaining to various items of clothing and equipment used within the sport of wushu.
  • To oppose any and all forms of racial, political, religious, cultural, ideological, and gender discrimination within wushu, and in doing so to respect the principles of democracy, equality, and harmony within the sport of wushu.

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