Wushu, Tai chi, and Qigong Australia
Open letter to all members:
“Invitations are hereby extended to all members to present their views and comments and suggestions to the newly elected committee. Members are also invited to publish their coming events and articles for the Winter Newsletter. Schools and Instructors are advised to submit any changes to their training schedules.”
by 2019-2020 Committee
WTQA stands for Wushu, Tai Chi, and Qigong Australia.
We are an association of students, practitioners, instructors, and schools who have banded together to help promote and develop the Chinese martial and healing arts across Australia.
These arts have been around for thousands of years and have been the mainstay of good health and well-being since time immemorial. No matter the style or the discipline, it is our aim to share the practice of Wushu, Tai Chi and Qigong with you; to encourage your participation at whichever level you choose; to help you in gentle morning practice or in a vibrant competitive sporting arena.
We are united in our passion and our shared experience of the far-reaching benefits found in practicing these arts. We hope to share this passion with you by offering information about these arts, presenting events each year, opening pathways and levels of access for joining our association and providing access to WTQA approved instructors, classes and schools across Australia.
These arts allow and encourage participation on many levels - the only thing for you to do is to choose your starting point... Our association is the best place to go to find where that starting point might be. Please drop us a line with any questions you may have and we'll be happy to tell you more about these arts and where the good schools and instructors can be found in your area.
Wushu incorporates what we know as being Kung Fu. In Chinese language, the term kung fu refers to any skill that is acquired through learning or practice: good skill = good kung fu; whereas the term Wushu literally means martial art.
Wushu is, therefore, the umbrella term for traditional and contemporary Chinese Martial Arts. In form, it blends the elements of performance and martial application. Wushu training develops the practitioner's flexibility, strength and speed, combining explosive power with relaxed movement, fierce intent with flawless technique and seemingly effortless execution.
Encompassing a wide variety of styles, these arts are often described as being either Northern, Southern or contemporary. Practices include bare hand forms, as well as long (staff, spear), short (straight sword, broadsword), flexible (rope dart, chain whip) and double weaponry (usually double sword).
Tai Chi (Taijiquan in Chinese, meaning "Supreme Ultimate Fist") is an internal Chinese Martial Art that has been practiced in China since the 16th century.
Due to its long and diverse history, there are a multitude of styles being practiced throughout China and around the world today.
With its roots in self-defence training, Tai Chi is predominantly practiced for wellbeing which includes prevention and recovery from illness, restoring balance from the stresses and strains of modern life and maintaining harmony in body and mind. Tai Chi training combines several elements: breath and meditation skills, routines training with bare hands and weapons, self defence applications and the art of push hands.
Our member schools offer a variety of styles to chose from and each will contain these fundamental elements.
Qigong comes from the ancient Chinese medical practices, developed over centuries as a physical and mental exercise used to prevent and recover from illness. Integrating breath with movement and led by the mind, qigong practitioners use the art to build and balance energy within the body. Using the mind to focus, coordinating movements with our breath, the qigong forms promote relaxation of mind, body and spirit.
Qigong comes in many forms and styles, influenced progressively by the discoveries made in traditional Chinese medicine, but with the one root of bringing our physical and mental state into harmony with our natural environment. This means, that whatever form you choose to practice, the governing principles are the same.
These principles include:
- Focused and intentional movement
- Rhythmic breathing
- Solid and grounded stances
- Balance and counter-balance
The goals we aim to achieve are also the same:
- Equanimity: a calm and composed state of mind
- Tranquility: a clear and peaceful outlook
- Stillness: a gentility of movement
In western terms, the benefits gained from practicing qigong include:
- Preventing illness
- Improving the state of mind
- Improving the cardiovascular system
- Improving the respiratory system
- Improving the digestive system
- Reducing stress in mind and body
The Chinese Health Qigong Association has, over the years, officially recognised the following Qigong forms:
- Ba Duan Jin
- Eight Piece Brocade
- Yi Jin Jing
- Muscle Tendon Changing Classic
- Wu Qin Xi
- Five Animals
- Lui Zi Jue
- Six Healing Sounds
- Tai Chi Yang Sheng Zhang
- a Tai Chi form
- Shi Er Duan Jin
- seated, for neck, shoulders, waist and legs
- Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong Shi Er Fa
- 12 sets of guiding and pulling Qi
- Ma Wang Dui Dao Yin
- guiding Qi along meridians
- Da Wa
- lubricate joints and guide Qi
This list is given as a guide only and is by no means an exclusive list of Qigong practices. Other popular forms, widely practiced around the globe, include:
- Wild Goose Qigong
- Swimming Dragon Qigong
- Soaring Crane Qigong
- Pan Gu Mystical Qigong
- Dragon and Tiger Qigong
- Primordial Qigong
In recent years, the Chinese Health Qigong Association has developed criteria for Qigong in competition. WTQA has adopted these rules to introduce a Qigong component into our annual Festival. Come along to the Festival, held on the last Sunday of August, to see the beauty and variety offered in the practice of Qigong. More information on the festival can be found here.
From its very beginnings, WTQA has held the vision of a united and supportive Australian Wushu Community. We are an independent, inclusive association, joined in the common aim of developing knowledge, improving standards, supporting practitioners, promoting the Chinese martial and healing arts.
WTQA stands by its commitment to co-operation, education and excellence, and, in so doing, will open pathways for all our members to pursue these practices, confident of the support and backing of a strong, flexible and focused organisation.
WTQA will continue to build on its original foundation, presenting the Wushu Tai Chi and Qigong Festival each year. As a goal in itself, the competition provides a safe, friendly environment for participants to come together and challenge themselves in a public forum; a proving ground and stepping stone for our future athletes, coaches and judges wanting to test their skills before international competition; and a chance for fellow members and the general public to experience the colour and variety of our vibrant wushu community.
With the aim of broadening our horizons in all directions, WTQA will continue to research, develop and present other avenues of interest and of benefit to our members.
WTQA developed from a competition held at Melbourne University in 1999. The idea for the competition came from Master Liu Deming who, with great foresight, saw the wonderful opportunities that could develop from bringing together all the variety and colour of the wushu community in Australia with this one competition.
The first National Wushu and Tai Chi Championship was an outstanding success. Heads of schools and senior instructors embraced the event and came together to support it and, in so doing, further the development, knowledge and practice of the Chinese Martial Arts around Australia.
Backed by local schools, the competition grew. Each year saw a steady increase in the number of competitors and the number of events registered. It was necessary, then, to form a management committee to run the championships. Originally named the Australian National Wushu and Tai Chi Association, WTQA has evolved into the vibrant association we see today.
The WTQA Wushu Tai Chi and Qigong Festival is now an annual celebration, the highlight of the Chinese Wushu community's calendar in Australia, and the cornerstone of a full range of services and activities provided by WTQA - Wushu Tai Chi and Qigong Australia.