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.
Committee of Management
President Su Rule
Su began tai chi in the mid-eighties and has been teaching for 15 years. She is an accredited coach and judge, and has been a proud supporter of the WTQA since her first competition with us in 2000.
Su has successfully competed at numerous Traditional World Wushu Championships in China over the years and has regularly held Australian National and State titles since then. Su went on to represent Australia at the 7th and 8th World Wushu Championships in 2003 and 2005.
Su now teaches the Wudang style, studying in China under Grand Master Zhong Yun Long, Master Yuan Xiu Gang, 14th and 15th generation Inheritors respectively, of the Wudang San Feng Pai; and under Master Yun Xiang Tseng who now teaches in the US.
Vice President Tong Low
Tong Low has a wealth of martial arts knowledge to draw on. He first started studying martial arts at the age of 14, and has since worked through the disciplines of Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do and Hapkido before finding his beloved wushu. The Chinese Martial Arts have become an obsession for Tong, who takes every opportunity to learn and improve his skills through his many and varied contacts around the world.
Sifu Low is an International Wushu Judge and has officiated at WTPA annual competitions, 7th & 8th World Wushu Championships, 1st & 2nd World Junior Wushu Championships, 1st to 3rd World Traditional Wushu Championships & 4th TAFISA World Sport for All Games.
He has recently been appointed as the International Consultant of coaching and judging to Wushu Federation of Sri Lanka.
Tong Low served as a dedicated, popular and resourceful President of WTPA from 2008 to 2012.
Secretary Coralie Crocker
Coralie began her Tai Chi journey in 2001 learning Yang style with respected tai chi teacher Jackie Watt. In 2006, she became a member of the WTQA (previously the WTPA). In about the same year, Coralie added Sun style forms to her tai chi repertoire.
Coralie began teaching Sun style tai chi and Qi Gong in 2012. She has completed several of Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute leadership programs. After participating in the WTQA cross-training workshop in 2015, Coralie has begun studying Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi with Chin Shon Siau.
Treasurer Zenaida Calderon
Began Tai Chi under Sr Elizabeth Moloney (Nun), Grandmaster Eng Chor Khor, Snr Master Chin Min Lian and also trained by Dr Lam.
Gained experience and has performed internationally and locally. Had compete and practitioner of Qigong, Yang, and Chen.
Instructor to Celestial Tai Chi College, Keilor Centre and Zen.
Michael has practiced Wushu and Taichi under the tutorship of Master Tang Lai Wei. He has instructed both Wushu and Taichi since 2004 and been a member of Monash Wushu Club since 2006. He became a committee member in that year and served in various roles including President and Treasurer until 2013.
Michael moved to the US late 2013 and currently resides in Chicago. He continues to train abroad and has joined Rob in attending committee meetings via Skype.
Member of the Celestial Tai Chi College, training
with Grandmaster Eng Chor Khor and Senior
Master Chin Min Lian, and recently appointed an
instructor within the College. Joy has competed
in team events in the WTQA Competition and the
International Martial Arts Games in Melbourne 013.
She is a member of the Hong Kong Club Tai Chi
Group, and has attended classes with Yulong
Wushu Tai Chi and the Chen Style Taijiquan
Academy. Joy has taught qi gong and tai chi in
aged care and community settings..
Konrad Dorn began studying Tai Chi in 1979 and has been teaching since 1998; he has made several trips to China and has trained in the famous Chen family village. Konrad teaches Qigong, Yang and Chen style Tai Chi and fan, sword, cane and ruler. Konrad has been a competitor, judge and coach at the WTQA Wushu, Tai Chi & Qigong Competition.
Konrad has trained under Grand Master Liu De-Ming, Grand Master Wu Bin and Masters Li Yong Liang, Wu Shi-Zeng and Howard Choy.
Konrad is currently the chief instructor at The Art of Harmony Tai Chi Centre.
PRESIDENT: Su Rule
VICE PRESIDENT: Tong Low
SECRETARY: Coralie Crocker
TREASURER: Zenaida Calderon
Committee: Tara Brayshaw
Committee: Michael Ngan
Committee: Joy Muir
Committee: Konrad Dorn
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.
Honorary Life Members
Master Liu De Ming
Master was the inaugural President of ANWTA, later to become WTPA, now WTQA His continued interest in the Association and enthusiasm in providing education and skills development has been invaluable to the members and to the national Wushu & Tai Chi community.
Master Liu is renowned for his willingness to readily pass on his skills, expertise and experience to practitioners of all levels and for his love of and dedication to Wushu.
Master Liu is the 5th generation inheritor of the Liu He Zi Ran Men lineage. He began his study of martial arts at the age of eight with Master Hong Zheng Fu and legendary Grandmaster Wan Lai Sheng.
After graduating from Beijing University Of Physical Education, Master Liu accepted a teaching post at the famous Shaolin Temple. Subsequently, he spent 12 years teaching at the Fujian Institute Of Physical Education. He has lived, taught and trained in Melbourne, Australia since 1992
Master Liu has studied both the internal and external styles of Gong Fu (Kung Fu) for over 30 years. He has been a successful competitor and coach at local and national level. He understands that there are many levels of interest and commitment in the martial arts, from relaxation, fitness and self defence, through to training for competition and beyond this, into the life long search and commitment for martial art excellence.
Master Tang Lai Wei
Master Tang began training wushu at the age of seven and was the youngest member of the Beijing Wushu Team when it was formed in 1974. Under the coaching of Grandmaster Wu Bin, the Beijing Wushu Team won ten straight All-China Wushu championships and produced many individual champions.
During this time Master Tang won almost thirty medals, including ten gold and the highest title in Wushu, the Wu Ying. As a member of the Beijing Wushu Team, Master Tang had the opportunity to travel to the United States in 1974 and 1980 and to Africa, Japan, Europe and Australia. He has also worked in several films, including "North-South Shaolin" (Nan Bei Shaolin), the third of the famous Shaolin Temple films starring Jet Li.
After retiring from competition, Master Tang immigrated to Australia in 1988.
Master Gary Jackson
Gary has not only served the association well as a committee member but also as President. He is admired and loved by all those members who have attended and enjoyed the many workshops conducted by him for the benefit of WTQA. His good humour and teaching abilities are outstanding. Gary is also well known in the traditional karate community as a well know master of Goju-Ryu.
Rob Fennell was awarded with an Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his significant contribution to WTQA (formerly ANWTA). Under the founder and inaugural president Master Liu Deming, he was instrumental in the formation of the association and became the inaugural secretary and public officer in 2002. He was also responsible for maintaining the membership database and editing the Wushu News. In 2005 he retired from the official positions and from the committee prior to moving to the warmer climate of Yeppoon in Queensland.
In retirement Rob continues to maintain his interests in WTQA and makes important contributions from afar thanks to that modern technology called the internet! Rob has spent the best part of his life involved in martial arts and we hope that he will continue to be actively involved and support WTQA for years to come.
Angelina is well known to anyone who has attended any WTQA meeting or event. She is renowned for her organisational ability due mainly to being able to crack a very mean whip if we don't get things done, and if we don't then she does it better. She is one of the most valued of our members and thoroughly deserves the honour bestowed with this award. Angelina has approximately 26 years experience in major styles of Tai Chi– Yang, Chen, Hao and Sun 73 (& Tai Chi For Arthritis), has been an instructor for over 20 years . She has been a member of Chen Style Academy of Taijiquan, studying under Master Peter Wu Shi Zeng since 2000, a member and certified instructor of Martial Art Australiaand a competition judge