COVID SAFE MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION MAIA President, Walt Missingham, has today announced the rollout of the ‘Covid Safe Martial Arts Instructor Certification Program’

The program can be accessed here:

https://www.openlearning.com/courses/covid-safe-martial-arts-school/

It provides online training for any martial arts instructor.

It has been developed by the MAIA as a free service to our industry and provides a pathway via which any martial arts instructor can obtain the training needed for a safe a legal resumption of their classes.

Walt acknowledged the input of the certification development team:

“An essential and vital job for our industry completed in record time – well done to the team Sam Sujatna, Fred Ong, Kevin Blundell, Fari Salievski, John Bedwany and Joel Rheinberger.”

KWA Accreditation Intakes Suspended

KWA President, Walt Missingham, has today ordered the suspension of all KWA Accreditation Intakes until the 1 June 2020 at which time the Covid 19 situation will be reassessed.

KWA will reschedule accreditation intakes that were to have occurred in the first half of this year once it is safe to do so.

Special arrangements have been made to extend the period in which reaccreditation can occur so that no one is disadvantaged.

 

KWA Events Suspended

KWA President, Walt Missingham, has today ordered the suspension of all KWA competition events until the 1 June 2020 at which time the Covid 19 situation will be reassessed. Our competition partner, the TCAA, has been consulted with regards to deferral of events and supports the cautious approach.

KWA will reschedule events that were to have occurred in the first half of this year once it is safe to do so.

World Wing Chun Day – Saturday March 21st 2020

Wing Chun Day is held around the world each year on the third Saturday in March. In cities all over the world, practitioners will celebrate the art of Wing Chun by promoting it for their local commumity.

Wing Chun is a very popular martial art recently made popular through the ‘Ip Man’ movie franchise starring Donnie Yen.

Perth Wing Chun Academy will be hosting this FREE event at Hyde Park beginning at 9am.

For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/187685162611875/

 

Historic Breakthrough! Wushu an Official Event at the Youth Olympics

Wushu, widely known as Chinese Kungfu, will make its debut as an official sport at the 2022 Dakar Youth Olympic Games.

LAUSANNE, Jan. 8: After appearing as special exhibition events at both the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, Wushu, widely known as Chinese Kungfu, will make its debut as an official sport at the 2022 Dakar Youth Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee confirmed at Wednesday’s executive board meeting.

It is the first time that Wushu will be officially included in Olympic competition.

With a long history and deep roots in the country’s cultural and spiritual traditions, Chinese traditional wushu elegantly unites the body and spirit. China wishes to share these qualities with the world.

Following the promotional efforts of the International Wushu Federation and Chinese Wushu Association, Wushu has gained a wide-ranging popularity across the world, especially among young participants. Statistics show that, today, about 120 million people are engaged in Wushu around the globe.

KWA Now Accepting Applications for High Performance Coach

Applications are invited for the position of High Performance coach (Taolu or Sanda) for 2020 – 2024 with the basic role description as follows:

  • Successful candidate’s performance will be reviewed after two years. If his / her job performance or team performance is not satisfactory, he / she may be replaced.
  • Is automatically the national team head coach for the international tournaments during their four year term.
  • Is expected to attend all IWuF international tournaments during their term. (World Championships, Regional Championships such as Oceania, and other special IWuF  sanctioned events).
  • Should be at every national tournament to look at new talent.
  • Will work with KWA Team Selection Panel to decide team officials for each tournament. For example: assistant coach / medic / manager.

Download the application here (HP Coach application) for more information.

2020 Sanda World Cup Confirmed for Australia

KWA President Walt Missingham has today confirmed that the 2020 World SANDA Cup will be staged in Melbourne from the 4-6 September 2020. The event will be the biggest martial arts event ever staged in Australia and the first World Championships to be conducted by KWA.
The multi million dollar Event is being fully backed by the global martial arts event giant KLF and will feature the largest global media coverage ever provided to an Australian martial arts event. Walt paid tribute to the commitment, professionalism and vision of KLF Founder & CEO Jiang Hua and KLF Pacific Asia CEO Ted Yang. We all look forward to what will be a truly amazing milestone on the evolution of martial arts media events.

Australian Team Results from World Wushu Championships – Shanghai, China

The World Wushu Championships were held recently in Shanghai, China with athletes from across Australia competing in both Sanda and Taolu events.

Taolu Head Coach Kee Lee Tan, acknowledged the strong effort put in by the athletes with the support of the team officials, especially with tough competition from over 15 countries.

Some notable Taolu results came from Corey Johnstone coming 4th in XingYi Quan, Jessica Lim/Elizabeth Lim coming 5th in Female Duilian and Jessica Lim coming 6th in Female Daoshu.

Sanda Head Coach Rob Williams said:

“For me personally there was a great team atmosphere and to have every Aussie Sanda team member finish in the top 16 in the world it was very rewarding, it was very exciting and shows just how far we have come as country in regards to Sanda.

The quality of the competition was second to none which is to be expected at a World event. All the Australian fighters should hold their heads high as they gave their best and competed with good spirit and honour I was very proud of their efforts.

Congratulation to all and well done. Be it Sanda or Taolu I believe we had a true combined Australian team with true National pride and it was a joy to be a part of it”.

The team’s results can be found here: 15th World Wushu Championships Results