Open Tai Chi Competition 2012

9 June 2012

Nowadays the exercise of Tai Ji Quan is popular in Australia. One only needs to "google" the words "Tai Chi in Australia" to find many pages of Tai Ji Quan schools in Australia. All the major styles are represented here: Yang, Chen, Wu-Hao, Sun, and Wu (family).

Unlike in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, where one can see people practising in parks, in Australia, Tai Ji tends to be practised in-doors. For that reason, it is difficult for lovers of Tai Ji to find each other and share ideas. For this reason, the idea of forming a Tai Chi Association of Australia was born in Sydney during a meeting of enthusiasts in January 1999, and was officially registered in May 1999 as an association.

The Association is open to practitioners of all styles of Tai Ji and Qi Gong, and sees the benefit in both the health exercise and the martial aspect of Tai Ji Quan. The aims of the Association include to promote Tai Chi (Taijiquan), to provide a forum for professional and social exchange amongst its members; to promote and conduct continuing education, research, collection and dissemination of information for the benefit of members; and to encourage the growth of participation in Tai Chi through united activities, programs and public events.

Tai Chi Association holds an annual competition for Tai Ji Quan as part fulfilment of its aims. This year is the Seventh Competition event organised. The first two were held in Sydney, then four on the Gold Coast, Queensland. This year 2012, the Competition is to be held in Sydney in the University of Sydney Sport Centre, with the University of Sydney Confucius Institute as the Presenting Partner.

The University of Sydney Confucius Institute is dedicated to the promotion of Chinese language and culture. The Institute recognises Tai Ji Quan to be amongst the treasures developed in China that deserves support for its further promotion in Australia. The Confucius Institute would invite Tai Ji practitioners to take part in this Competition, not only as competitors, but also as spectators - entry for spectators is free.

Among the bare hands competition tao lu are: 24 Short Forms (between 4 to 5 minutes), 42 Combined Competition Forms (between 5 to 6 minutes), and any of the Family Styles choreographed to a duration between 5 to 6 minutes.

Weapons tao lu include the 32 Sword, 42 Sword competition forms (between 3 to 4 minutes), and other weapons choreographed to between 1 to 4 minutes.

There is even a competition in Push Hands, an essential training method for understanding the deeper meaning of the "song" and "chen" (sinking) and "fa jing" in Tai Ji Quan. This competition will be limited to the "Fixed Steps" method for the sake of ensuring no injury.

Click here to download the registration form

To make it easier for you, your registration forms and fees can be sent to the Confucius Institute for forwarding to the Tai Chi Association Competition Organiser before 30th April.