（ECNS）-- Wuzuquan (Five Ancestors Fist) International 2019 and South Shaolin Kung Fu Competition opened in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province on Nov. 3.
More than one thousand competitors hail from 20 countries and regions.
Quanzhou is the birthplace of Southern Shaolin Kung Fu.
Yan Shuoliang, chairman of Kong Han Athletic Club in the Philippines, is the third generation in his family to have lived in the country after leaving China.
The 60-year-old has practiced Wuzuquan for nearly 50 years, after starting as a child.
"Now there’s only our school left to teach Wuzuquan in the Philippines. We want to promote Wuzuquan, so we are happy to attend this event, and to have exchanges with other brothers practicing this discipline of martial arts," said Yan Shuoliang, Chairman of Kong Han Athletic Club.
John Graham, a representative of the International Nan Shaolin Wuzuquan Association, came across Wuzuquan during his military service in Britain.
He became a police officer after returning to Marion in Alabama, United States.
Over more than a decade, he has taught Wuzuquan to more than 2,000 fellow officers.
He said there are many Wuzuquan fans around the world who act as one big family.
It’s hoped through this competition people would be able to gauge how well they are performing in their practice, as well as take home some good memories of their time here in Quanzhou.