March 1 kicks off the 2022 Women’s History Month. Amy Pang, co-founder of the USC Kung Fu Club, spoke about her feelings regarding practicing Kung Fu and its impact on her personality.
Amy Pang, a sophomore majoring in economics, has been practicing Kung Fu for over 12 years. She said she started Kung Fu to break out of the quiet “nerdy Asian girl” label.
Speaker 1: “I dropped my art class for Chinese martial arts classes at my Sunday school. And I think that was just kind of because I thought it would make me cool and it would make me stronger and more confident. And I just wanted to break out of that stereotype.”
Pang felt it was liberating and fulfilling to practice Kung Fu. She attended her first major US wushu competition at UC Berkeley in 2018, where she was intimidated by a lot of athletes who seemed to train a lot more than her. But she never felt like wanting to giving up and enjoys being able to present on stage what she’s working on.
Pang: “I see this competition as more of I’m learning through osmosis and just something I do for myself instead of comparing myself to other athletes. [00:08:15] [00:08:30] “It started off as a hobby for me, but then it slowly became a passion. And for me it was something that was really a part of my personality trait in high school.”
Passionate about practicing Kung Fu, Pang started a martial arts club to teach beginners in high school. With four other students here at USC, she has started the USC Kung Fu Club that teaches forms, weapons, and fighting techniques.
Pang: “I enjoy teaching beginners of various skills and backgrounds, and I almost enjoy that as much as or more than competing myself because you reall y get to see the impact you make on someone. I’m just seeing people grow and become more confident with themselves physically and beyond.”[00:04:24] [00:04:49][31.9]
In light of Women’s History Month, Pang has a short message for female athletes.
Pang: “Regardless of sport or background. Don’t be discouraged by external judgment and what outsiders perceive as quote masculine or feminine within your sport. You’re really doing your sport and being passionate about it for yourself.” [00:00:07] [00:00:25]
For Annenberg Media, I’m Lutian Wang.