Australia moves to top 13 in world rankings

Following the recent successes at the 13th World Wushu Championships Australia have moved into a top 13 position in the world rankings ahead of such significant countries as USA, Japan, England and France.

The Complete Australia Team comprised of:

IWUF Committee Representatives:
Walt Missingham (IWUF Marketing and Development Committee & Australian Delegate to IWUF Congress); Shao Zhao Ming (IWUF Technical Committee & International Judge); Kee Lee Tan (IWUF Medical Committee & Head Coach Taolu Team); Angelique Choo (IWUF Athletes Committee); Ramesh Patel (International Judge).

Sanda Team:
Head Coach Rob Williams, Assistant Coach Andrew Finch ,Team Manager Stephen Long, Medic Claudia Long Kumiai-Ryu

Bevan Chia, Reginald Sudarsana, John Bennett, Wahab Mahadwi, Sam Williams, Amanda Cass.

Taolu Team: Coach:
LiGuang Yu, Team Manager: Michelle Woon, Medic: Kenning Leong

Corey Johnstone, Elizabeth Lim, Joanna Lim, Melvin Tan; Reagan Tan, Joshua Lim, Jessica Lim, Shane Cedric Chung

“Best results ever for Australia so far. Finally we have a World Champion. A tribute to the continual development of wushu kungfu in Australia”

“For me personally it was the best team atmosphere I have be engaged with in my 7 year’s as Head Coach. The quality of the competition was second to none which is to be expected at a World event.

All the Australian Sanda fighters should hold their heads high as they gave their best and competed with spirit and determination. I was very proud of their efforts as all of Australia should be.

I thought Australia had been unlucky in the fact that we had drawn some of the top Sanda Countries in the world for our first rounds (China, Russia, and Vietnam). And for Australia to come away with our first ever medal for Sanda at a World Wushu Championship (Bronze to John Bennett) it was very special to be apart of�.

“A great step forward for Australia, this event was a turning point as Australia really started to get noticed. Our thanks goes to the athletes, officials and coaches who give so selflessly their time, experience and hard work – well done everyone!”
Walt Missingham � President Kung Fu Wushu Australia