From Injury to Success

by Amanda Heidke

The Tai Chi Association of Australia (TCAA) Annual Tai Chi Championships in Sydney Australia.
1 June 2019

An accident which resulted in substantial injuries meant withdrawing from the competition last year,  however, one year on and despite my crunchy, noisy knees and bucket meniscus tear I was determined to compete. I am absolutely over the moon with my results, in particular 32 Sword Form. I lost my focus and faltered during the end posture receiving score deductions but my final score tells me I performed well. If I can keep surgery at bay for another year I will continue to practise and improve my skills for next time.    

Thank you TCAA for a well organised event and for providing the opportunity for Tai Chi practitioners to immerse themselves in a community of sharing, encouragement and support.

Congratulations to all competitors!

TCAA Open Championships – Sydney 2019

 

On Saturday, 1 June 2019, Tai Chi Association of Australia held their regular Open Championships. Everyone had a great day, and here is our photo-report. Our congratulation to all winners! We hope the gatherings like this will happen more often and attract more professionals.

Mystery Accommodation for Health Qigong Tournament & Exchange in Melbourne 2019

Wushu & Tai Chi NSW supports the global movement of Health Qigong as a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training.

Wushu & Tai Chi NSW recognises International Health Qigong Federation (IHQF) as an international body coordinating the development of Health Qigong world-wide according to the directions from the leading experts in the area.

For a long time, Wushu & Tai Chi NSW has maintained friendly relationships with Tai Chi Australia Pty Ltd which is based in Melbourne and, as a member organisation of IHQF, has the exclusive right for dissemination of all essential resources provided by the IHQF to all Health Qigong practitioners in Australia.

Currently, the IHQF is organising the 8th World Health Qigong Tournament and Exchange and 4th World Health Qigong Scientific Symposium in Melbourne “to provide a platform for international Health Qigong exchanges and friendly communications in order to promote and strengthen the rapid development of Health Qigong world-wide in a positive and healthy way”.

Tai Chi Australia Pty Ltd was appointed as a host to this event and it was perceived as a unique opportunity for all Australian Qigong practitioners to update their skills and confirm their qualifications on the international level locally, not being forced to travel to China to do so.

Quite a few Wushu & Tai Chi NSW’s members are keen to attend the event in Melbourne. However, they are required, along with paying the reasonable fees, applicable to all participants, to book the mystery “compulsory accommodation” organised by Tai Chi Australia Pty Ltd in 3 and 4-star hotels around the event’s venue (so far undisclosed). This requirement, claimed to be originated from the decision of  the Second Executive Board of the IHQF and allegedly aimed “to ensure the safety and security of the participants of the 8th World Health Qigong Tournament & Exchange and the 4th World Health Qigong Scientific Symposium and improve the efficiency of work relating to the event”, does not apply to Melbourne residents (who, apparently, are able to take care of their own safety and security) which specifically disadvantages Sydney delegates. Numerous attempts were made by the Wushu & Tai Chi NSW to negotiate with Tai Chi Australia and convince it to lift this requirement, but they were unsuccessful so far.

Resolution:

Wushu & Tai Chi NSW does not support unfair and discriminatory practices employed by Tai Chi Australia Pty Ltd that are prohibited by the Australian Consumer Law and therefore will not offer any financial and/or organisational assistance to its individual members who, nevertheless, may wish to exercise their freedom of choice and attend the event by paying the exorbitant accommodation fees imposed on them by Tai Chi Australia Pty Ltd.

Damon Bramich | Whistler | May 2019

Tai Chi in the snow at Whistler where the winter Olympics* were held.

Damon Bramich

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* The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Vancouver 2010, informally the 21st Winter Olympics, was an international winter multi-sport event that was held from 12 to 28 February 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the surrounding suburbs of Richmond, West Vancouver and the University Endowment Lands, and in the nearby resort town of Whistler. [Wikipedia]