Recently, ASADA (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority) contacted Wushu Council seeking our assistance in warning our athletes about prohibited substance Higenamine, following a flood of positive tests stemming from popular dietary supplements.
In just over a year, 13 Australian athletes from nine different sports have tested positive to Higenamine, which is prohibited both in and out of competition. This is in spite of a warning issued by ASADA in November 2016. Higenamine is often listed on the ingredient label of the supplements, however this is not always the case. As such, ASADA is reiterating its warning around the risk of supplements, as well as ways to help reduce that risk.
To do that, ASADA has published a blog specifically about Higenamine, which includes the names of supplements known to cause positives, and has made several posts on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Once again, this year the organisers of the annual Malaysia Festival in Darling Harbour, Sydney, invited Wushu & Tai Chi NSW to participate in this event. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday (20 August 2017) morning although cold and windy which did not prevent the volunteering members from giving an excellent demonstration of traditional Yang style Tai Chi, Short Fan Form, 32 Steps Competition Sword, Simple 8 Steps Tai Chi and dynamic Kung Fu Tai Chi Fan – that was the great way to complete the presentation!
Wushu & Tai Chi NSW is a state member association of the Wushu Council Australia that promotes Wushu, Tai Chi and Qigong in Australia and helps practitioners with their professional growth and maintaining their skills.
The International Health Qigong Federation has proposed to introduce the World Health Qigong Day on the second Sunday of August. Many Health Qigong organisations supported this initiative and have run some demonstrations and free workshops on this day. This year, it was 13 August 2017.
Wushu Council Australia encouraged everyone with the interest in Health Qigong to participate. In Sydney, on 13th August, Wushu & Tai Chi NSW had a free park demonstration session of Qigong and Tai Chi at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point from 1.30 pm to 2.00 pm. At 2.00 pm, they joined the demonstration of Health Qigong routines led by Professor Liu Xiao Lei from Beijing Sports University. The Professor’s visit was hosted by Tai Chi Fitness Australia. After 3.00 pm the Wushu Tai Chi NSW continued their practice and were joined by some locals and international enthusiastic tourists. Some of them were inspired to explore it further. That’s one of the goals of such a day!
In 2014, Master Han Jin Song, the principal of Tai Chi Australia and a holder of 8th Duan in Wushu, successfully established in the Supreme Court of Victoria that his expulsion from the Australian Kung Fu (Wushu) Federation (AKWF) which automatically resulted in his removal from the Oceania Wushu Federation (OWUF) and the International Wushu Federation (IWUF) was invalid and ineffective. The court found that AKWF failed to comply with the requirements of natural justice and ordered it to inform the OWUF and the IWUF of this decision and pay the legal costs of the proceedings (see the full judgement: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/vic/VSC/2014/36.html)
In 2015, the Supreme Court of Victoria ordered AKWF to pay Mr Han a substantial sum that is understood to be in excess of $100,000. The additional proceedings, this time in New South Wales where AKWF, the former National Sporting Organisation for Wushu, is officially registered, resulted in the new Court Order made in July 2017 that added the interest to the previous sum.
Note: Most AKWF Committees’ members now constitute the management of Kung Fu Wushu Australia Limited – the company which “inherited” the status of a National Sporting Organisation for Wushu in Australia.
The last (long) weekend, Sydney played host to the visit of two professors from China:
Prof. Wang Xiao Jun, Beijing Sport University and Prof. Hua Hua, Wuhan University.
The visit was organised by the International Health Qigong Federation and Tai Chi Fitness Australia.
On Friday 9 June they gave a free demonstrations of some Qigong routines and the attendees had an opportunity to exchange their experiences and ask questions. Unfortunately, the places were limited and not everyone could register. For those who missed out we have some pictures and a short video.
On three following days the specific workshops were conducted.
If you missed these workshops and still wish to learn the routines, a number of schools offer similar courses and seminars where you can learn them. Next available workshop (Yi Jin Jing, Dao Yin and Qigong Tai Chi Stick) in Sydney is on this Saturday 17 June at the Epping Creative Centre. Register here.