I’ll admit it, I know nothing about this one, but the idea of this sport is extremely evocative. The central sport in the young adult series “Peasprout Chen” by Henry Lein. A martial art based around figure skating, a sport that’s fast, graceful, dreamlike, and involves metal blades on your feet…the main character describes it as a “beautiful but deadly” art form. Both art forms reward balance and flexibility over strength. In a few interviews author Henry Lein describes it as both a feminist martial form and a LGBT-queer friendly one…the latter in part as it’s “campy but ferocious and deadly stylish.”
At some point, I’ll read the books and get a better idea of the art and sport of Wu Liu.
In an article from “Dive Into Worldbuilding” Lien talks about the intense competition of both figure skating and kung fu: “each is intense, lyrical, and punishing,” with lots of high-stakes emotion and quick devastating take-downs (such as an olympic skater training four years for a three minute performance, and then missing a turn).
If anyone’s read this and can shed more light on the art form of Wu Liu, I’d be grateful!