by Dr Khoo Cheng Choo Our annual “Tai Chi, Wushu & Qigong in Today’s World” Conference on 22-23 September 2018 drew together a diverse forum of Tai Chi, Wushu and Qigong enthusiasts, practitioners and researchers at Macquarie University. The two-day conference was packed with thought-provoking presentations including Dr Emily Yang’s current research on the effects of Tai Chi on stress and cardiovascular function in patients with coronary heart disease and hypertension at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) Health Research Institute of Western Sydney University. The presenters did an excellent job of integrating their informative and interactive talks with
Feeling stressed? Having trouble unplugging from your full — sometimes too full! — life? You might be looking for a simple practice that can help you find more balance… physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Or maybe your energy is low, you feel rundown, and you’re vulnerable to illness — or you have a chronic condition — and your go-to remedies and practices aren’t enough to turn things around. It’s time to take your health into your own hands. A daily Qigong practice, available to everyone, can immediately lower stress, increase energy, prevent illness, and support you in rejuvenating your body, mind, and
On 20 – 24 August 2018, Wushu & Tai Chi NSW team participated in the Hong Kong International Wushu Competition. There were both modern and traditional Wushu, Health Qigong and contact events. Around two thousand people in more than 170 teams from various countries including Canada, Portugal, Malaysia, Greece, India, South Africa and, of course, China, took part in this annual tournament. Our small team of six from Australia did very well having won a number of medals in Tai Chi (including weapons) and Health Qigong. Big thanks to the Wushu & Tai Chi NSW for supporting and training the
On Howard Choy’s Lecture “Unlocking the Mystery of Qi in Taijiquan and Qigong” by Dr. Khoo Cheng Choo Howard Choy , the Principal of Berlin-based Shou Yi Taijiquan and Qigong, is an internationally recognised Taiji, Qigong & Feng Shui expert. On 12 June 2018, he presented a most intriguing and engaging lecture on “Unlocking the Mystery of Qi in Taijiquan & Qigong” at Macquarie University, Sydney. Howard, who has been a Tai Chi practitioner and instructor with over fifty years of experience spoke about the interrelationships of the Dao, the intertwined Yin and Yang and the mysterious Qi which impact our daily lives and
On Saturday 2 June 2018, Sydney University Sports & Aquatic Centre was hosting the Open Tai Chi Competition organised by Tai Chi Association of Australia (TCAA). TCAA is one of the oldest non-profit Tai Chi organisations in Australia that can be applauded for maintaining its policy of the competitions open to anyone interested and properly skilled. Usually, it includes bare-hand forms, weapons and push-hand sparring. For the first time this year, the Wushu Herald had an opportunity to witness this event. It was encouraging to see Tai Chi practitioners from many places in NSW and, surprisingly enough, judges not just
Howard Choy, a well-known internationally Tai Chi, Qigong and Feng Shui expert, will be Unlocking the Mystery of Qi in Taijiquan and Qigong – Your Key to Efficacious Internal Practices. Register for the lecture at Macquarie University on Tuesday 12 June 2018 at 6.30 pm. For more information: see http://wushu-council.com.au/event/2057/ Places are limited – Register now!
By Dr. Khoo Cheng Choo It was with great anticipation & trepidation as the Health Qigong Forum approached. The excitement was about the three Qigong Masters – the representatives of the International Health Qigong Federation based in China who would be teaching at the Forum. They would be instructing us on the current Health Qigong standardised routines and techniques. Thus, this would be a good opportunity for us to confirm, learn and query on any aspect of Qigong that we had an interest in. The Forum & Workshop hosted by Tai Chi Australia in Melbourne, comprised three hectic days of intensive but very rewarding talks
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an annual event held on the last Saturday of April each year. Since 1999, millions of Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners from around 80 countries joined this global movement to promote the health benefits of these ancient arts. Due to its geographical position, Australia is one of the first countries the event starts with. This year, it fell on 28 April and was supported by many groups from all over the country. From 2014 (see the journal spread below), The Wushu Herald compiles reports from various clubs, organisations and individual participants. We encourage
Our Congratulations to three Australians from “Serenity Tai Chi Chuan”, Sydney, who participated in the 16th Hong Kong Wushu International Championships (16 – 18 March 2018)! John Gough says: “All three of us – Laoshi Serene Yong Harris, John Gough and Lyn Brownlow – attained Gold Medals in our Competition Event. Approximately 4,250 competitors, from China, Asia and Europe. We flew the flag for Australia and were part of the team from Singapore. We trust our adventure encourages others to have a go on the International Stage.“
As a part of NSW Senior Festival 2018, some Sydney Tai Chi practitioners volunteered to demonstrate their skills in public places like shopping centres etc. This is just one example of such enthusiasts: Alex Galvan, the principal of Sydney Vision. His next presentations will take place: on Thursday 5 April at 1.30 – 2.00 pm at the Community Centre, 2 Lane St, Wentworthville; on Friday 13 April at 10.30 – 11.00 am at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre, Bankstown. Other Tai Chi practitioners might do the the same!