(Persia Digest) – The world Wushu champion is a 35-year old Iranian who has managed to win many medals in this sport to become a world champion.
Wushu is a Chinese form of martial arts which has many fans worldwide. It has the two disciplines of taolu and sanda. It is known as the oldest martial art in the world.
The Wushu Championships have been taking place once every two years since 1991.
Wushu also has many fans in Iran and its athletes have won many medals in all age ranges in the men’s and women’s categories.
One of these athletes is medal winner Navid Makvandizadeh, member of the Iranian Nationla Wushu Team, who has come to be known as the World Wushu Champion in taolo. He also bagged the gold medal at the Russian Championships this October.
In an interview with ISNA, Makvandi said that he began gymnastics at the age of five. He took up karate when he was seven and discovered Wushu aged eleven.
To date, he has won four championship gold, one Olympic gold, one championship silver, and two Asian Games silver medals.
He has also become a Wushu world champion and is the first non-Chinese athlete to receive an invitation from the International Wushu Federation (IWUF).
Makvandizadeh says his role model was of the most famous Chinese stars, Jackie Chan, and also Jet Li.