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!”

Covid Safe School Certification Being Rolled Out in Canada

MAIA President Walt Missingham has today announced that the COVID SAFE MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOLS CERTIFICATION PROGRAM is being rolled out in Canada.

“I congratulate the Canadians in their professional and pro active response”

I can also reveal we are we are working with groups in USA, UK, Oceania, Malaysia and Greece who are also aligning with the initiative, it is gratifying that the good we are doing for our Industry in Australia is now being shared with our international colleagues”

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MAIA Members Insurance – 3 Month Cover at No Charge

Many members have been enquiring about Insurance Renewals as Insurance is now, more than ever, important. The following Statement issued by MAIA President, Walt Missingham.

“I have reviewed the insurance situation and it is, for many of our members, an additional cost that they can do without at this very challenging time.

Accordingly I am today announcing that the MAIA will underwrite your insurance for this period and defer any payments to the next quarter at which point your insurance will need to be renewed for the 1 October 2020 ­ 1 July 2021”.

It means all MAIA members who hold insurance under the MAIA policy will be issued with insurance coverage from 1 July to 1 October without any payment at this time.