Benson Lin是來自美國加州太平洋大學（University of the Pacific）的學生，興趣是玩音樂和下圍棋，外表看似平凡的大男孩，其實他還有另一個身分：美國武術隊的成員之一，也即將在8月份來到台北參加世大運。從小接觸這項運動的他，曾參與過多項比賽，不只代表美國隊參加2014和2016年的一、二屆世界太極拳錦標賽（World Taijiquan Championships），更在2016年的Pan American Wushu Championships奪得金牌。
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Benson Lin, a student from the University of the Pacific in the United States, with hobbies playing music and chess, and looks like the average boy, has another identity: member of the American Wushu Team. He will soon come to Taipei in August to participate in the 2017 Taipei Universiade. Being involved in this sport since a youthful age, he’s competed in many competitions not only on behalf of the US team in 2014 and 2016 in the first and second World Taijiquan Championships (World Taijiquan Championships) but also in the 2016 Pan American Wushu Championships where he won the gold medal.
To the public that doesn’t understand this sports competition, he says the reason he began practicing wushu was to increase his physical health, and he took it as entertainment, with no idea that he would train for more than 8 years. Ever since seeing the breathtaking performance by Taijiquan girl Fan Fan (Manyun Fan), he found that Tai Chi is not only the trademark of elderly activities, but a beautiful, elegant, and harmonious art. Since then, it ignited his enthusiasm for Tai Chi.
As a martial arts player, Benson Lin thinks that patience, critical thinking, and physical strength are equally important, not only to match the movements to the beat of the soundtrack but also to think about the profound meaning behind each action. At the same time, enduring muscle soreness and unstoppable sweat; it can be said to be a very difficult sport.
Wushu not only brought glorious medals but also made him understand the “one minute of performance on stage, ten years of hard work off stage” philosophy. In order to achieve this dream of returning to their parents’ hometown in Taiwan to participate in the games, over the past five years he continued to practice, and finally, to enter the stage of all masters. I believe Benson Lin will show us his training results, and give the best performances to the judges’ and the audiences’ visual feast.
Author: Zhuo Wenxiu, Department of Medicine, China University of Medical Sciences