News from the Australian Sports Commission

A majority of Wushu and Tai Chi coaches in Australia have been led to believe that their businesses and careers are dependent on being accredited by the NSO for Wushu. The latest registered entities were the Australian Kung Fu Wushu Federation (AKWF) and Kung Fu Wushu Australia (KWA)). This has been under the framework of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) launched in 1979 by the Australian Coaching Council. The NCAS was supposed “to collate and standardise the existing knowledge base on coaching and provide a platform for National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) to develop courses and accreditation criteria that service all levels of coaching from community club level through to high performance”. In addition, the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) was launched in 1994.

Following the review of NCAS / NOAS in 2012, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) changed its approach and provided each individual sport with the opportunity to independently develop and maintain its own coaching and officiating frameworks and programs.

“With the shift from ‘compliance’ to ‘support’, there was no longer a need for a system whereby the ASC would approve and register the various coaching and officiating frameworks and programs. As a result, from September 2017, the ASC has retired the NCAS and NOAS programs.(emphasis added)

For several decades, participation in NCAS / NOAS was one of the most important instruments for NSOs to attract members and generate some legitimate profit from accreditation. According to the ASC, implementation of NCAS / NOAS did not mean that the Australian Government accredits individual coaches or officials, however, some NSOs have claimed that their instructors are government-accredited. For example:

Source: http://kungfuwushuaustralia.com/who_are_we.php

This what the ASC states:

Source: https://www.ausport.gov.au/site_tools/contact_us#pos8

The retirement of NCAS / NOAS removes the existing confusion about the ASC’s involvement in the accreditation of individual coaches and officials. All coaches and officials are (and were) accredited by their National Sporting Organisations. They are not government-accredited coaches / officials and this is a misrepresentation of their status. They are NSO-accredited coaches and officials.

 

For more details see the ASC’s website: https://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/coachofficial/frameworks

Tunde-World: Top 25 Most Popular Health and Fitness Services Award!

Our congratulations to Tunde-World on having received a “Top 25 Most Popular Health and Fitness Service Award” from Health4You in 2017!

These awards are allocated to the businesses registered on Health4You that have the highest number of visits, positive reviews and overall engagement, by location, for the previous calendar year. In order to deliver a great user-experience, Health4You has introduced the “Top 25 Most Popular Health and Fitness Service Awards” to help website visitors find the best products and services in their community.

Tunde Takacs told the Wushu Herald, “I did my job – organised workshops, training, designed advertising materials for Tai Chi, Qigong and Reiki, shared the information on the page allocated by Health4You with those who are ready for better life with Tunde-World. The best thing is that we can share more and more information about the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong practices and I can see that more and more people hear about them and come to try them with us.

Tai Chi Push Hands Seminar

Tai Chi Push Hands Seminar / Workshop by Master Ji Shou Xiang & Norman Chong

(Universal Tai Chi Academy)

at Epping Creative Centre

September 2017

By Dr. Khoo Cheng Choo

The Push Hands technique has been much revered in Taichi circles as being one of the most challenging and satisfying of Tai chi practices. 

Wushu Tai Chi NSW was honoured to have Master Ji Shou Xiang, one of the foremost Push Hands Masters from China conduct a 2-day Push Hand Seminar/Workshop at Epping Creative Centre in September 2017. Master Ji is known for teaching Push hands techniques at the Police Department of Suzhou as well as the University giving his time to PhD students specialising in Wushu.

Master Ji explained that the general technique of Taichi Push Hands hinges on  the relaxed  synchronisation and coordination  of movements accompanied by natural and regular breathing while maintaining stability through our “centre of gravity” and using our minds to direct movements while changing directions. 

Master Ji further explained (through Norman Chong, his student and interpreter) the rather complex but most interesting fundamental principles of six Push Hand theories, demonstrated vertical and horizontal movements through “Kua movements” and monitored and corrected our practice during the workshop.

Overall,  the seminar was most enlightening and rewarding as we learnt and practised basic Push Hand techniques.

We are looking forward to seeing Master Ji in the future when he comes again to Australia!

 

Tai Chi: the perfect antidote to a digital age

 

 

“…Taiwanese scientists found that people who practised tai chi had a higher number of stem cells than those in other groups. It’s “the first step to providing scientific evidence” for tai chi’s health benefits, according to Dr Paul Sanberg at the University of South Florida… 

Doctors acknowledge that tai chi improves arterial compliance, i.e. expansion and contraction of the arteries, which is crucial for heart health, whereas strength training alone brings about a decline in arterial compliance.

 

In tai chi the emphasis is on internal development powering the external. It may not produce six-packs but it has given tiny women the capacity to lift cars.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/wellbeing/10895393/Tai-chi-is-the-perfect-antidote-to-a-digital-age.html

Accreditation Policy

The Wushu Council Australia is currently working on the implementation of a new Accreditation System for Wushu, Tai Chi and Qigong instructors. The new system will be non-discriminatory, transparent and open to every suitable practitioner regardless of their membership in other organisations. The Wushu Council Australia is committed to helping all practitioners in their professional growth.
If you are interested, please let us know by writing to 
admin@auswushu.com.au.
A confidential discussion can also be arranged.