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.
Su Rule, president of WTQA, Talking about Tai Chi
My advice is to not think of it as "practice"
My name is Su Rule, I am an instructor and President of WTQA.
I started Tai Chi in my 20's before my life got busy with all sorts of other things. Years later, when I was living away from everybody, in a new house, new area with a young child, I found Tai Chi again.
I couldn't remember anything from my first classes but whatever it was in the class the night before, that's what I did for the week. After a couple of years in Emerald I moved down to the bigger school in Berwick. I did gradings and started the instructor training program about a year later. I started teaching a year after that. Then I started on the competition road.
In 2001, I was part of a group entry and also did two bare hand forms and one sword routine, coming home as the overall champion on the day! So that was pretty encouraging. I had never competed before.
Competitions took me to Macau, Vietnam and to China several times over, and around Australia to different national and state championships.
All that competition stuff is behind me now and I have come back to earth.
I think you can follow the competition track or you can follow the health and healing track. They do combine and cross over all the way along. However, in the competition stuff, there's a lot more emphasis on external form. You're looking at where your hands are going, how precise your movements are. You can see the power in somebody when they're doing a good Tai Chi routine, you can see the power, see their coordination.
When you're doing it for yourself, just doing it at home in your own backyard, it's much more internal. You don't have any of the pressure of people watching what you're doing.
My "#1 Secret Training Tip" is not to think of it as "practice" but as "using it"...
Think of classes as if you're learning a technique to de-stress. A technique to meditate by, to bring your focus in, away from the thoughts that constantly going through your brain. Gathering yourself each morning before you start the day.
Would you like to talk with Su about Tai Chi? You can click the link below, fill out the form and we will be in touch.
Konrad Dorn, Veteran of WTQA, on Tai chi
After 20 years, I realised I was doing something wrong...
My name is Konrad Dorn. I practiced yoga and meditation for 10 years before I discovered Tai Chi. That was 35 years ago and from that day till now it has been a real passion and something I do for a job. I just really love it. Then after I had been practicing for about 20 years, I realised I was doing some things wrong!
[chuckle] It wasn't a bad thing. It showed me that the tai chi practice is very very deep, and really vast. It proved to me that it's like an art form, not something you can master quickly. And so that gave me a chance to re-learn some things, go back to the basics. In doing so I re-inspired, re-motivated, and reignited the passion all over again, the passion of the beginner.
The advice that I give to beginners, "my #1 Secret Training Tip", is not really a secret. It's just to do your homework and practice at home in between class.
There is a lot to learn, there's a lot to practice, and it is just something you can put a lot of time and effort into. After all this time, I'm still excited about learning new things, discovering new things, it’s just fabulous.
Tai Chi is based on the principles of nature. It is non religious and non political.
Do you have a question for Konrad? What were the things he was doing wrong?
Or, Perhaps your would like to ask if Tai Chi right for me?