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Tai ChiInternal Kung Fu and Qi Gong are exercise systems proven to have numerous health benefits.  Each system has unique benefits, and there is something for everybody.  For those who like a great workout with self defense techniques, Kung Fu-Wushu or Kung Fu-Sanda is the answer for you.

Whether you are looking to improve your health, compete in competitions, recreation or cultivate your spirituality, we can help you get what you want.

Many of our members have been with us for 5yrs, 10yrs and even from the very first class in 1996! The reasons why our members stay are simple. They have found what they are looking for in our highly effective programs, dedicated instructors and supportive culture.

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Beginners of all ages welcome at every location

Tai Chi & Kung Fu Beginner Classes in Melbourne, Victoria

Whether you are looking to improve your health, compete in competitions, recreation or cultivate your spirituality, we can help you get what you want.

We conduct beginner to advanced level Tai Chi Qigong, Kung Fu Wushu and Internal Kung Fu classes throughout Melbourne Victoria.  We are passionate about bringing the health benefits of these arts to you.  Classes are designed to suit people of all ages and levels of experience.

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Our Instructors are trained to bring out the best in you!

Martial arts need to be taught and practiced correctly to gain the best results.  Accordingly, our instructors undergo a rigorous selection and qualification process to become fully qualified to teach Master Shao's highly effective programs.  Our instructors are accredited by the Australian Sports Commission and fully insured.  Their technical levels exceed the requirements of the grading standards of China's national martial arts association, China Wushu Association (CWA).

The skills level of our instructors can be proven by the results they and their students achieve.  In national and international competitions, many are medal winners.  In the context of health improvement, just read our Testimonials page and see how our instructors have helped to change the lives of many students, for the better. 

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About Chinese Martial Arts

 

There are many different styles of Chinese martial arts, and you have the opportunity to learn and enjoy the benefits of some of the most popular styles at our classes.  Here’s some of what you can learn with us:

 

Tai Chi

Tai Chi improves muscle tone, strength, fitness, joint flexibility, balance and co-ordination. Its deep breathing exercises promote the increase of oxygen in the blood and its circulation to vital organs. The exercises are suitable for people of all ages. Each individual possesses a unique tolerance level with respect to their physical ability. With consistent practise, you can increase the tolerance and build up flexibility & strength.   Click here for more information  

 

QiGong

It can be said that “Tai Chi is like a tonic that helps to maintain general health; QiGong is like medicine which can be applied to help specific health problems.”

QiGong is an exercise system which focuses on cultivation of “Qi” (also known as Chi or bio-energy) in our bodies.  In Chinese Medicine, it is understood that Qi travels in a network of meridian channels within our bodies, and can be stimulated at acupuncture points.  QiGong exercises.  We need to have a healthy level of Qi in our body for good health, speedier recovery from illnesses and longevity.

Qigong & Tai Chi are both effective exercise systems which benefit our health.  The benefits of QiGong and Tai Chi are enhanced further when combined together in a synergistic program.  For this reason, all our Tai Chi classes also include QiGong exercises.  Click here for more information

 

KungFu Wushu

Wushu (also known as Kung Fu or Chinese Martial Arts) has developed and enriched itself through the life practice of the Chinese people into a great variety of styles, which are rich in content and diversified in form. Wushu routines incorporate kicking, beating, throwing, seizing, striking and thrusting into set routine exercise using various combinations of attack and defense, advance and retreat, dynamic and static states, quickness and slowness, toughness and solidity.   Click here for more information

 

Internal Kung Fu

Internal Kung Fu focuses on martial applications and cultivation of internal health and power.  Bagua Zhang is one of the most popular Internal Kung Fu styles.  The original name of Ba Gua Zhang was Zhuan Zhang, which means "Turning Palms". Based on the "I Ching", Ba Gua is one of the most exotic the Chinese Martial Arts.  Other popular styles of Internal Kung fu include XingYi Quan (Mind & Form Boxing) and Baji Quan (8 Extremities Boxing) Click here for more information

 

Internal Kung Fu - XingYi Quan

XingYi Quan (or Form & Mind Boxing) is characterised by aggressive, seemingly linear movements and explosive power.  Xingyi Quan involves using coordinated movements to generate bursts of power intended to overwhelm the opponent, simultaneously attacking and defending.  The linear nature of Xingyi Quan hints at both the military origins and the influence of spear technique alluded to in its mythology. Despite its hard, angular appearance, cultivating “soft” internal strength or Qi is essential to achieving power in Xingyi Quan.

In the martial context, the goal of the Xingyi Quan practitioner is to reach the opponent quickly and drive powerfully through them in a single burst — the analogy with spear fighting is useful here. This is achieved by coordinating one's body as a single unit and the intense focusing of one's Qi.     Click here for more information

NEWS & EVENTS

 

Newsletter 4, 2014

 

Another busy year is just about to end, and a fresh year begins full of hope and anticipation. As with each year, the year gone by has been marked with highs and lows for all of us. I hope your year was a positive & memorable one.

On this note, and on behalf of all Instructors at TKI, we wish you and your family a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season and don’t forget keep practise please, and Term 1 commences Tuesday 27th Jan 2015, & we look forward to seeing you then!

  Master Shao

 

CWA—Australasian Duanwei Grading

For the first time, KWA and the Chinese Wushu Association jointly conducted the internationally recognised grading certification course on 6-7th December here in Melbourne. The expert team sent from CWA were Professor Kang Gewu, Madam Zhang Yuping, the 5th Successor of Yang Style Tai Chi grand Master Zhao Youbin, the Bagua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan Master Sha Junjie the famous son of Sha Guozheng, and the Chen Style Tai Chi Master Kang Tao.

In all 31 participants from all over Australia participated. Congratulations to the following TKI instructors/senior students who achieved their certification of 2nd Duan: Janice Zurzolo, Eddie Nugent, Maya Treacy, Peter Buchauer; 3rd Duan: Siew Ling Koh, Tam Lien, Corey Johnstone, James Wilkins, Wayne Walshe, Ching Shao; 4th Duan: Wayne Stubbs, Nick McEvoy.

As an appreciation of Master Shao’s dedications and contributions towards Wushu since he was 5 year old, CWA has awarded Master Shao the 8th Duan, making him the youngest recipient ever at this level.

 

7th World Traditional Wushu Championships (WTWC)

The bi-annual event was held in the beautiful mountain region of Jiuhuashan, China from 25th -30th Oct. We are pleased to announce that the Australian team brought home 23 medals, including 2 gold—both from TKI members! Well done guys!

Sandra Cathro - Gold & Silver

Eddie Nugent-Gold

Maya Treacy- Silver & Bronze

Wayne Walsh- Silver

Janice Zurzolo—Bronze

Wayne Stubbs—Bronze

 

1st World Tai Chi Championships

(Master Shao & Master Wu Bin (Jet Li’s Teacher) Judges at the 1st World Tai Chi Championships)

This elite event was held at Chengdu—a 3hr bus ride plus 2.5hr flight from the location of the 7WTWC. The TKI Tai Chi team continued from the WTWC to Chengdu and performed very well. Congratulations again!!

Wayne Walsh— 2 Bronze (Yang TC 40, TC 32 Sword)

James Wilkins—Bronze (TC 24)

 

KWA Athlete of the Year 2014 —Sandra Cathro

Kung Fu Wushu Australia recently announced Sandra Cathro as the Athlete of the Year. They have recognised Sandra’s dedication and achievements in the World Traditional Championships, and the committee members of KWA has voted her for this honour— Well done!!

A bit about Sandra...

Sandra joined TKI’s Wushu class in late 2010. She was instantly hooked and wished that she’d discovered the sport much earlier. Her dedication, friendly & courteous manner soon won her many friends in TKI. Despite working a full time job and having no car, Sandra made the Doncaster to Chadstone journey to class every Saturday, and City to Chadstone each Thursday night. Besides attending 2 classes a week, she managed to do some form of training most days in her small home. Her dedication soon paid off, and she started to reap medal after medal at state, national and international events. Despite a number of injuries and chronic physical issues over the years, she never complained, and did not allow these issues to become excuses to stop training (although at times we had to convince her to take things slowly!). We agree with KWA—there’s not another person more deserving of this year’s award than Sandra. Please congratulate her when you see her around next year!

 

2015 Arnold Classic Australia Tournament

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Silvio Morelli (CEO - Blitz Publications), would like to personally invite you to the inaugural Arnold Classic Australia, Martial Arts Festival, on the 13th, 14th & 15th March 2015, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Arnold Classic Martial Arts Festival will feature 8 multi discipline martial arts events for adults and juniors.

Under the auspices of Kung Fu Wushu Australia, the Arnold Kung Fu Wushu Classic Australia will feature the country's top Wushu Taolu (routines) competitors show off their amazing skills. Alongside these performers will be sanda (sparring) divisions with full-contact punches, kicks and spectacular throws. The Arnold Classic Kung Fu Wushu Championship is a Goodwill event open to all Kung Fu Wushu practitioners, regardless of affiliation. Use the below link for online registrations. Early bird registrations are discounted before December 31, 2014.

http://www.aca2015.com.au/arnold-classic-2015-kung-fu-championships.html   

Youtube:

http://youtu.be/ODU9w4Muu0k   

 

Wushu in the 2017 World University Games

The IWUF has announced that Wushu will be added as an official sport of the World University Games 'Universiade' The Universiade is an international multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words"University" and "olympiad".The Universiade is often referred to in English as the World University Games. The 2017 Games will be hosted by Taipei Taiwan

 

Wushu Shines in Spotlight at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

August 17-27 Nanjing, China

From August 17-27, the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games brought 3,800 young athletes from all over the world to China for 12 days of spectacular sport competition. This second Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) played to thousands of live spectators and was broadcast throughout China and around the world. Though not yet an official Olympic sport, wushu remains a hopeful contender, and as part of the IOC family of international sport federations, it was invited to join the Games in Nanjing as part of an experimental program called Sports Lab - an interactive showcase of four sports: wushu, skateboarding, rollersport and sport climbing. Each day brought 3,000 visitors, including crowds of athletes from the Olympic Village, IOC delegates, NOC officials and many Nanjing locals. During his visit to Sports Lab IOC President Thomas Bach stepped onto the Wushu carpet for a quick sword lesson with Russian athlete Daria Tarasova, and also stopped for a chat and group photo with the Sports Lab athletes.

 

2014 Oceania Wushu Duanwei Training Course and Examination 

For the first time, KWA and the Chinese Wushu Association jointly conducted the internationally recognised grading certification course on 6-7th December here in Melbourne. The expert team sent from CWA were Professor Kang Gewu, Madam Zhang Yuping, the 5th Successor of Yang Style Tai Chi grand Master Zhao Youbin, the Bagua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan Master Sha Junjie the famous son of Sha Guozheng, and the Chen Style Tai Chi Master Kang Tao.  In all 31 participants from all over Australia participated.  Congratulations to the following TKI instructors/senior students who achieved their certification of 2nd Duan: Janice Zurzolo, Eddie Nugent, Maya Treacy, Peter Buchauer; Sinpei Kam. 3rd Duan:  Siew Ling Koh, Tam Lien, Corey Johnstone, James Wilkins, Wayne Walshe, Ching Shao; 4th Duan: Wayne Stubbs, Nick McEvoy. CWA had considered the merits of Master Shao’s contributions towards Wushu,and as such awarded Master Shao the 8th Duan, the youngest recipient ever at this level.  

 

Michelle Obama Enjoys Tai Chi

US First Lady made time to enjoy Tai Chi during her recent visit to China 26/03/2014.

 

Tai Chi Praying Mantis Workshop with Grandmaster Bai

GM Bai is one of the world's most experienced and sought after Wushu/Tai Chi coach.  He visited us from USA to conduct a day long intensive Praying Mantis Tai Chi workshop on 24th Nov 2013.  The Tai Chi Praying Mantis DVD is now available here.

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A Tribute to Grandmaster Ma Xianda (1932-2013)

One of our most influential Grandmasters, and exponent of the traditional system of Chinese martial arts.

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NEW Sanda-Kung Fu Class

Self Defence & Combat

 

I-Ching & QiGong Full Day Workshop

On 3rd Feb 2013, we will conduct a very special presentation on I-Ching, led by Professor Qi Yong - dubbed the "Chinese Einstein" for his invention of Navel Acupuncture and his understanding of the I-Ching.  Professor Qi is highly respected by TCM organisations around the world, and normally presents to practitioners only.  We are honoured to have Professor Qi conduct this presentation which will be followed by Qi Gong practice, in which ideas from the I-Ching will be applied.  

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2012 China Tour & the 5th World Traditional Wushu Championships

The tour was an action packed success!  A group of lucky TKI members headed off for China on 28th October, for 2 weeks of fun-filled action and participated in the 5th WTWC. TKI members score 2 Gold, 1 Silver & 3 Bronze

 

The Art of Seize & Control - Self Defence workshop

On Sunday 25th November, TKI presented Grandmaster Zeng Tieming who conducted the first ever Chin Na workshop in Australia.

 

Blitz Feature- Master Shao

 

Magazine feature article on Master Shao, November 2011 edition

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