Now, this is a giant leap of logic.
The school claims to teach "martial arts", but they never go so far as to suggest that wushu is a good form of self-defense, or good for women to use for rape prevention ( ala gracie jiu jitsu). The number of women in the pictures of the school seems to imply that women like it, but for rape prevention, I'm not convinced...yet.
You don't know if his art is crap. If it isn't a self defense art it is basically dance.
I want to know what the basic training routines consist of, what wushu is good for, and all the other stuff I can't find on the website--- I just don't want to come across as someone who knows his art is crap. What should I ask this guy in my e-mail?
Wow and I found this right on the website. It is titled "What is Wushu?"
Wushu is a national sport in the People's Republic of China. It is a Mandarin term meaning 'martial arts'. Wushu is a combination of traditional Chinese martial arts and acrobatics, developed to increase the flexibility, stamina and physical ability of all practitioners. The sport of Wushu is made up of two categories, namely the taolu (routine) and the sanshou (free fight) categories. Focus is given to speed, power, expression, balance and difficulty when practicing the routines in Wushu. Functional routines can be performed by individuals, in pairs or in groups; barehanded or armed with traditional Chinese weaponry. There is no particular style of "kung fu" in Wushu as commonly mistaken. Wushu encompasses all the traditional Chinese martial arts styles, by revising the movements and adding levels of difficulty to them. The sport is officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee and is set to become an Olympic event in the 2008 Olympics.