Traditional Wushu, which is the root of competitive Wushu, has characteristics of China's traditional sport culture, and is practiced by broad masses of people.

Traditional Wushu has great health-building, moral, cultural and defensive value, and is practiced by a wide variety of people of different Nationalities, cultural and ethical backgrounds.

Over many generations, many different styles of traditional Wushu have developed, all with different aspects, but all emphasizing moral and ethical standards that practitioners should follow.

Some traditional Wushu schools focus on leg techniques, while others focus on hand techniques, some with varied and complicated techniques, while others focus on simple and direct techniques.

Wushu also includes the use of many weapons, which produces a richer and fuller understanding of efficient application of Wushu skills.  While the movement of the body is an external aspect of Wushu, there are also internal factors at work such as the strengthening of muscles, bones and ligaments, as well as internal organs.

Wushu also develops the mind, co-ordination between the limbs, as well as regulating breathing which improves health and well-being. Traditional Wushu is steadily entering the domain of sport for all, as well as the field of continuing sport, leisure sport and cultural sport of people the world over.