From all of us at ausWushu, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May the new year bring you lots of joy and happiness, prosperity and health! Big thanks to all supporters and we are looking forward to another successful year ahead filled with events, new projects and good news.
In 2015, following enquiries from members of our state associations, the Wushu Council Australia lodged a freedom of information (FOI) request with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). The purpose of the request was to release documents that could clarify how the status of the NSO (National Sporting Organisation) for the sport of wushu was transferred from AKWF (Australian Kung Fu Wushu Association) to a separate legal entity named KWA (Kung Fu Wushu Australia Limited). In response to the request, the ASC released some related documents but declined access to others. The Wushu Council then applied for a review by the
Li Chunling is a professional martial arts instructor and the Baguazhang (Cheng style) 5th generation. She started learning Baguazhang and weapons from Grandmaster Sun Zhi Jun in Beijing in 2004. In 2007, she was accepted as his inner-chamber disciple. In 2008 & 2009, she was sent to Singapore and Malaysia to teach Baguazhang. In 2011, Li Chunling was featured together with Grandmaster Sun Zhi Jun in the complete teaching collection of 8 DVDs titled Swimming Body Eight Trigram Palm (this collection was reviewed in one of the issues of The Wushu Herald). Li Chunling holds 6th Duan in Wushu ranking
On 27 August 2017, the Wushu Tai Chi Qigong Australia held their 19th Annual Festival. As always, this independent and open to all competition was a great success. Many Wushu, Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners supported this event by turning up at Monash University, Melbourne. The results and more photos are expected on the WTQA’s website.
The Push Hands seminar with Master Ji Shou Xiang from China was held on 10 September in Melbourne. Norman Chong from Universal Tai Chi Academy said: “Participants were very excited about what they learned and experienced about Tai Chi Push Hands! Something they had never learned before. The Six theories of Push Hands are some of the subtle concepts that were introduced for the first time in Australia, probably not very much in China itself. Because this is the result of Master Ji’s more than forty years of research together with his learning from his masters.” The similar seminars
The Dutch Health Qigong Association is hosting the 7th World Health Qigong Exchange Tournament & 3rd World Scientific Health Qigong Symposium in the Netherlands from 8-15 September. The Wushu Herald is waiting for reports from our representatives in Hague and will post its results once they are available. This event takes place once a year in different countries. The Wushu Council has supported all initiatives of the International Health Qigong Federation including the first World Health Qigong Day celebrated recently – see our report and photos from this event in Sydney.
All Tai Chi, Qigong and Wushu instructors that are members of our state associations can enjoy our comprehensive yet affordable public liability and professional indemnity insurance. Please note that, unlike some other bodies, the Wushu Council Australia does not make this particular insurance a compulsory element of the membership of the State Associations. We believe all instructors should have an insurance but they have the right to choose the most suitable for their needs options. We also worked very hard to provide an opportunity for all practitioners and students to have access to personal accident insurance. For enquiries please write
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,
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
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