Patient in Focus
Ryan Wilson - Sponsored Athlete
Ryan is a local young athlete who has compete in Kung-Fu championships around the world. We were lucky enough to interview Ryan about his training and we are proud to have this young man as one of our sponsored athletes.
Name: Ryan Wilson
What sport do you compete it? Wushu (Kung-Fu)
How long have you been competing? 4 ½ years
How did you get into it? By luck, drove past the martial arts centre many times and stopped one day because my dad convinced me.
What is your biggest fear? Letting my team down in competitions.
What is your best party trick? The worm 😜
Where have you competed so far? UK, Oslo, Stockholm, Hungary, Switzerland & Russia.
When is your next competition? 8th June 2019
What is the best piece of advice you have received? Never give up and always train 110%.
What is your coach like? Amazing, one of a kind, one of the best Wushu coaches internationally and has magic secrets you get if you are training very hard, very funny too.
What is a typical training session like? Working hard every session, 3 hour sessions are the hardest and strict but fun.
What has been the best thing about competing? Representing my country and meeting athletes from all around the world making new friends.
And what is the hardest thing? Sometimes waiting to get on the mat at competitions because I just want to get out and smash it.
If you could have 3 people to dinner, who would it be? My Master Xingbo Liu, Master Wu Bin (Director of the Beijing Wushu Team) & my dad.
How do you get on at school? School is going good but sometimes the work is hard, but I'm used to that now.
What do you like to do for fun in the holidays? Zipwiring, swimming, trampolining, indoor skydiving and adventures with my dad & friends.
What is your biggest achievement? Winning gold at the EWUF European championships in Budapest.
What is your proudest moment? Standing on the podium with the national anthem playing when I won gold in Hungary.
What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome? Probably at the moment my Epilepsy but I try not to let it disturb my training.
If you could go anywhere on holiday, where would you go? China
What are your plans for the future? To go to China next year, pass my GCSE's and one day have my own martial arts centre. I want to also do stunts in films & television.
What advice do you have for anyone wanting to get into your sport? You have to firstly enjoy Wushu, then train every day if you can and work hard always, sometimes it's hard training everyday but don't give up. You also need a high-level teacher if you want to compete against the best.