WUSHU TAI CHI & QIGONG AUSTRALIA Inc (formerly WTPA) is a independent non-profit association having the principal purpose of furthering the standards of Wushu & Tai Chi in all States of Australia.
The association was created by the cooperative efforts of an enthusiastic group of Wushu and Tai Chi schools having the common aim of such improved standards. It was mainly through the efforts of Master Liu Deming that the sequence of events leading to the formation of the association occurred.
In 1999 Master Liu saw the need for regular competitions within the Wushu and Tai Chi communities and in that year organised the first National Wushu & Tai Chi Championships. Due to the success of this event it has become an annual competition of ever increasing standard and success. With the increasing number of schools involved in the competition a committee was formed to run the event. This committee formed the original ANWTA (later WTPA & now WTQA) with broadened aims and activities.
The Control of Weapons Act 1990 (the Act) put in place offences for, among other things, the sale, advertising for sale, possession, use and carriage of prohibited weapons. Significant penalties apply to a breach of these provisions unless an exemption has been granted in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Act.
WTQA holds a class exemption in Victoria (subject to requirements of the Regulations) on behalf of members. WTQA members who are genuine participants in Tai Chi or Wushu Sword or Sabre shall have access to the exemption enabling the possession, use and carriage of such swords for the purpose of studying and participating in Wushu & Tai Chi. Participating includes receiving instruction in, practising, training, teaching and competing in the sport.
AWARDS & SUBSIDIES FOR ATHLETES
Wushu and Tai Chi players are already receiving the benefits conferred by the WTQA. Prizes have been awarded for competitors in organised competitions.
SPECIAL WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
Special workshops, for example for those who practice the range of competition forms in Wushu and Tai Chi are conducted, and for the future many other exciting events are in the pipeline.
The WTQA X-Training Day has become a major event looked forward to by members and non-members each year. Substantial discounts are available for WTQA members.
Worthwhile discounts are available to members of WTQA for competitions, workshops and martial arts supplies.
NEWSLETTER & UP-TO-DATE INDUSTRY INFORMATION
There is the regular newsletter, Wushu News, which keeps members up to date with developments in Wushu and Tai Chi throughout the world.
If you wish to actively participate or simply receive these benefits, and in doing so ensure the continued operation of the association, please fill out the application for membership on this site.
Organisation Members (Schools):
ho are entitled to 2 voting representatives
who may be one of these representatives
who are enrolled as WTPA Instructors
who are enrolled as individual members
Associates (under 15):
non-voting and having special and separate requirements as to Tai Chi/Wushu Swords.
non-voting members who are current members of organisation members
Each of the above categories may or may not be approved for the possession, carriage or use of swords in the practice of Wushu or Tai Chi.