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Meet Pooja Kadian: First ever Wushu World Champion of India

Every aspiring athlete wants to make it big in their sports discipline, may it be cricket, hockey, football, boxing or track and field events. It becomes extraordinary if someone excels in a sport not so popular and Pooja Kadian just did the same.

Pooja Kadian is such an athlete who not only excelled but she bagged India’s first ever gold medal at Wushu World Championship – a sport not so popular in India.

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The ‘Golden Girl’ of CRPF and Pride of India – Pooja Kadian.

How did Pooja Kadian make into Wushu?

Pooja Kadian was on born 1 October 1991 in a small village Derry in Jhajjar district of Haryana.

At the early age she decided to learn martial art to face eve teaser while going to her village school. Her father was not very supportive in her learning martial arts. At her native place she used to practice hiding from her father while doing household chores like making cow dung cakes. After death of her mother she came to her maternal grandmother in Delhi where she learned Wushu.

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Venturing into a sport like Wushu says a lot about this”Fighter’.

Pooja Kadian – The Story so far..

  • She bagged silver medals in the World Games 2013
  • She won silver medals in the World Championship 2013 and 2015.
  • Pooja had won gold in the 12th South Asian Games 2016
  • She won gold medals in the National Games in 2014 and 2017.
  • Pooja won the first ever gold medal for India at 2017 World Wushu Championship.

 

Golden Moment of Pooja Kadian

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Never did anyone imagine that a girl from remote village of India will achieve so much in the sport of Wushu.

Pooja Kadian the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Wushu champion, finished on top of the podium in the 75 kg women’s Sanda Category after defeating Evgeniya Stepanova of Russia in the final.

She had earlier defeated Egypt’s Heba Abdelkader 2-0 in the semifinals to reach the finals of the 14th edition of the World Wushu Championships being held at Kazan, Russia.

CRPF Support for Pooja Kadian

“I am a farmer’s daughter. I belong to a small place in Haryana, but I always wanted to become a soldier. My interests in sports developed and took off when I joined the CRPF in 2013.” she told THE WEEK.

She also says that she is lucky to have the support of CRPF. CRPF DG Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar felicitated the golden girl at the force headquarters

Her coach, assistant commandant Rajbir Singh said the entire department and the paramilitary force has been standing behind her in support.

“Departmental support is a big thing. We are providing her all the training and support. Her skill has been honed since she joined CRPF. She is a part of the Indian team and our golden girl.” said Singh.

What is Wushu?

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“Wushu” is the Chinese term for martial arts:”Wu” = military or martial and “Shu” = art.

“Wushu” was developed in China after 1949, in an effort to standardize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. 

Competitive Wushu is composed of two main forms of the sport – Toulu and Sanda (sometimes it is also called Sanshou)

Taolu involves martial art patterns, acrobatic movements and techniques. The forms comprise basic movements like stances, kicks, punches, balances, jumps, sweeps, and throws based on aggregate categories of traditional

Chinese martial art styles. Competitive forms have time limits that can range from 1 minute, 20 seconds for some external styles, to over five minutes for internal styles.

Sanda or Sanshou is a modern form of Chinese boxing and a full contact sport. Sanda contains boxing and kicks (kickboxing) and wrestling. It has all the combat aspects of Wushu.

Sanda appears much like Kickboxing or Muay Thai but includes many more grappling techniques.

The game first came to India in 1989. The game is played as a Medal Event in National Games.

Wushu has become an international sport. The International Wushu Federation (IWUF), holds the World Wushu Championships every two years; the first World Championships were held in 1991 in Beijing.

It is in the Sanda category that India won its medals.

Future of Wushu:

The combat sport in India like boxing and wrestling are held in high regard and athletes from these disciplines have won laurels at the biggest stage.

Wushu is another combat sport which is quietly making its way up…

Lesser Known facts of Pooja Kadian :

  • Pooja was the first Wushu player from India who had qualified for 9th World Games 2013 at Cali , Colombia
  • Category : 75 kgs Sanda
  • Pooja is employed as a head Constable in CRPF.

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