Return to Classes – Post Covid

MAIA President, Walt Missingham, has released a range of ‘Post Covid’ initiatives to assist the recovery of the Martial Arts Industry as we move into a ‘Post Covid’

Walt commented: “It is quite amazing how quickly the ‘political capital’ of lockdowns, QR Codes, vaccine passports and masks has evaporated.  Across the country we are seeing an opening up and a movement back to normality but this is not enough. We need to enable our industry with initiatives  that will assist getting people back to training”

Our first step is getting our young people back to training.
The MAIA has registered the ‘Kids R Safe’ logo and brand (attached below),  members are free to use it in their advertising and promotions.

The Kids R Safe logo/brand is supported by the following 3 videos, now on our YouTube station.  The branding and videos have been tested by select members,  they have contributed to a marked return to training by past and new students.

Kids 1:
Kids 2:
Kids 3:

The links can be sent to any past or potential student or parent of student that you feel might be worthwhile, integrated into a social media campaign and/or used on your facebook or webpage.

Right click and ‘Save As’ the logos:

Australia Takes Gold at 2021 IWUF Wushu Taolu Virtual Competition

The 2021 IWUF Wushu Taolu Virtual Competition was held between October 18th to November 06th  with about 1,000 participants from 61 countries and regions.

As the first ever online wushu competition by IWUF, there were 11 competition events including Changquan, Daoshu, Qiangshu, Jianshu, Gunshu, Taijijian, Taijiquan, Taijishan, Nanquan, Nandao and Nangun.

With an Australian team mostly from Western Australia, the competitions were divided into three age groups: group A (12-14 years old), group B (15-17 years old) and group C (18 years old and above).

Below is a summary of the results for the Australian team:

  • Competition Events Participated: 27
  • 1st Category Prize: 1
  • 2nd Category Prize: 10
  • 3rd Category Prize: 12 Best

Well done to all our athletes who competed.

Kung Fu Wushu Admitted to International World Games

Association (IWGA) during the IWGA¹s 2021 Annual General Assembly (AGM 2021) held virtually on May 27th, 2021.

The IWUF submitted its application documents to the IWGA on February 14th, 2021 and made a presentation for membership application during the IWGA AGM on May 21st, 2021.

The AGM was attended by 36 members out of IWGA¹s 37 members. In line with IWGA¹s Constitution, the acceptance of the membership should meet 2/3 in majority by voting.

During the AGM, wushu (IWUF) received 29 votes, and sambo (FIAS) received 24 votes, both becoming the IWGA¹s new members. Currently, IWGA has 39 members in total.

President Gou said that this successful result is the achievement of a long term of global wushu promotion which was contributed by all members of IWUF Executive Board, Committees, as well as the IWUF¹s 155 member federations.

Wushu: An Official Sport in Youth Olympic Games

Today the IOC announced that wushu will be included as an official sport in the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). This is a tremendous milestone in the development of wushu, and the positive outcome is the result of the hard work, longtime efforts and substantial global promotions of the IWUF and its 155 members over the past 30 years.

After serious consideration by the IOC Executive Board, wushu was included in the Dakar 2022 YOG for several key reasons. Wushu is a sport greatly enjoyed and popularized by youth. The IWUF adheres to the principles, vision and mission of the YOG and the IOC that promote youth athletes learning about Olympic values, exploring other cultures, developing the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport, and improving their training methods and performance.

The IWUF believes the inclusion of wushu in the Dakar 2022 YOG offers enormous encouragement for all athletes, coaches and officials in the sport today. This milestone will greatly encourage more young people to explore wushu and join the sport, training towards both an elite level and for enjoyment and health. The IWUF continues to emphasize that wushu helps youth build a strong body, mind and spirit, while promoting friendship and understanding among various cultures and nations.

Looking to the future, the successful inclusion of wushu in the Dakar 2022 YOG reminds the IWUF that we need to consistently evolve to keep our sport attuned to the needs of its stakeholders, by continuing to refine rules and regulations, and adhering to the IOC motto of “faster, higher, stronger.” The Federation will strive to develop more wushu federations around the world especially in underserved regions, and promote more vigorously the wushu lifestyle that offers athletes the benefits of sport for health and happiness.

The IWUF offers a heartfelt and profound thanks to all its members and partners who have supported the Federation’s work for the past 30 years, helping build the sport of wushu to its current high level.

Covid Safe Certification Tops 60,000

The MAIA Covid Safe Certification program has recently passed 60,000 enrollments. It  is the most successful Online Education program ever released in Australia.  Walt Missingham, President Kung Fu Wushu Australia, today noted: “As we enter our second year in dealing with the Covid Crisis relevant and accessible information on how to teach safely in the current environment is vital, our course is providing an essential service to not just the martial arts industry but also to the broader sports coaching community, It should be notedn, numerous coaches and instructors in Tasmania have contributed to this acheivement having completed their Covid Safe Certification , well done to all involved!”