|（School of Physical Education，South China Normal University，Guangzhou 510006，China)
Abstract: The showdowns between XU Xiao-dong who calls himself as a “Wrestling Maniac” and several traditional Wushu inheritors caught the extensive attention of the entire society, once became a network hot topic, and triggered a heated discussion between many Wushu fans. As a sharp contrast, the Wushu theory circle remained silent unusually at the critical moment, such a phenomenon seems to be unreasonable but is actually not so surprising, is decided by the theory accumulated declining tendency caused by that the traditional Wushu theory circle has been affected by the ef-fect of the differential order structure for a long time. The traditional Wushu theory circle should utilize this event as an opportunity to carry out thorough introspection, rebuild the value system of traditional Wushu, contemplate the basic theory issues of traditional Wushu, and explore the modern cultural significance of traditional Wushu.
Key words: traditional Wushu；XU Xiao-dong event；debate about domestic and foreign sports；Wushu value view