Siblings medal at Wushu contest

Over summer, Neo and Crystal Chang competed at Pan American championship in Brazil


Senior Crystal Chang earned gold in the daoshu routine, which uses a sword as a main element.

Jiyoon Choi, Co-editor-in-chief

Senior Crystal Chang and sophomore Neo Chang over the summer represented the United States at the Pan American Wushu Championships in Brazil.

The siblings brought home four medals for the U.S.: Crystal earned two gold medals and a bronze, while Neo won a bronze medal in the Chinese martial art competition held in Brazilia.

Wushu, or kung fu, is a Chinese martial art that adds performance elements in its competition. Crystal described the sport as a way to demonstrate one’s flexibility and agility and also fighting skills.

The Pan American competition consisted of participants from 23 countries, including the United States. It was their first international competition as a wushu athlete, and training for it was difficult do to her AP classes.

“It really means a lot to me,” Crystal said. “ I didn’t expect too much especially because last year, I had a lot APs. Trying hard to study my APs and also finding the time to study my choreography to make sure that every detail was correct was hard.”

The Chang siblings started their career with traditional kung fu for four years before moving on to the precision and grace of wushu competition three years ago.

“The styles are really different,” Crystal said. “I started when I was a freshman, so it was really hard to find a balance between training and being a student.”

Overall, it was a good experience for Crystal who wants to continue Wushu in the future.

“Especially the team bonding aspect of traveling was really fun,” she said. “I got to try new foods, and I gained a lot of experience in my Wushu career. I definitely want to continue doing this when I’m older.”