Learning Martial Arts at Miaoli, Taiwan
Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻), Miaoli County’s previous magistrate, helped officially establish the Miaoli Fu-shing Wushu Elementary and Middle School (苗栗福興武術國民中小學) on August 1, 2010, a martial arts boarding school for grades 1-9. (The education system in Taiwan is different, where middle schools include grades 7 through 9 and high schools include grades 10 through 12.)
In order for this up and coming school, the first and only of its kind in Taiwan, to succeed, the government budgeted a billion New Taiwan dollars ($31,195,420 USD) to set up general operations for a well-rounded academic program, to build new dormitories for student housing, and to recruit the best-experienced faculty. Their wushu faculty consists of top experts in the field, including four national representatives from Taiwan as well as two professional coaches from China.
Moreover, in order to promote wushu education and develop international recognition, these faculty members have attended several conferences with other major wushu schools from the Henan province of China, such as the world-renowned Songshan Shaolin Temple Wushu School, where only those who are officially part of the Shaolin monkhood are allowed to train, not to be confused with Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy, where anyone with some money could join.