Considering the current ambitions and scale of expansion of the Oceania Kung Fu Wushu Federation Limited (formerly known as Kung Fu Wushu South Australia Limited), you could imagine the magnificence of the recent Oceania Kung Fu Wushu Championships taken place on 21 October 2018 in Melbourne.
Have a look at the clip compiled from the videos published by Councillor Sean O”Reilly. After a cute Dragon Dance, if you are still watching, you will see Mr Dana Wong, the President of Kung Fu Wushu Victoria, opening the competitions, Mr O”Reilly greeting the unsuspected participants on behalf of Greater Dandenong City Council and Mr Glen Keith, introduced as a Senior Vice-President of the Oceania Kung Fu Wushu Federation. As you might remember, Mr Keith used to be the President of Oceania Wushu Federation – the organisation that ceased to exist after Glen unsuccessfully challenged the position of the IWUF (International Wushu Federation) President. During his presidential campaign, Mr Keith strongly criticised IWUF for its policies, particularly, in regard to so-called “Post Box” Member Organisations (It’s still online).
Apparently, something (or someone) has changed since then and now we see Mr Glen Keith happy to welcome a dozen or so new Oceania Members joining the Federation under new management. Among them are Norfolk Island – an external Australian Territory with population ~1,800 – and Tokelau – a dependent Territory of New Zealand with population ~1,500. Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji are, of course, much bigger but we are yet to see their contribution to the development of Wushu in our region.
The rest of the Competition will forever remain in the memories of those who attended it but is unlikely to be known to the rest of the world. The last published results of Oceania Championships belong to 2014…