Mr Dapeng Wang has lived, studied, and worked in Australia for 15 years. He is an accomplished educator with 25 years’ experience as a trainer and facilitator and has higher education qualifications from both China and Australia. Dapeng has worked with various Australian government departments and educational institutions since his migration to Australia. He specialises in teaching Taichi martial arts, Chinese language, and China-specific cultural awareness. Since coming to Australia, Dapeng has taught Mandarin for eight years and ran the Chinese Traditional Wushu & Health Academy for more than ten years.
Dapeng was trained in intangible Chinese culture by some of the most respected and wise educators in China. He describes himself as a “practitioner and communicator of Chinese traditional culture”. He is an advocate of understanding Chinese language and its intangible culture in order to understanding the China’s historical and cultural heritage.
Dapeng is a traditional Wushu disciple of the Cha Quan (Cha Boxing) and Xinyi Liuhe (Mind-Intention and Six Harmonies Boxing) Wushu schools, both of which are highly regarded styles with ancient lineages. He has studied under some of China’s most accomplished martial artists, learning the Xinyi Liuhe martial art from Grandmaster Zhang Zhaoyuan and learning both the Cha Quan and Xinyi Liuhe styles from the family of Grandmaster Liu Yuntian. Mr Wang is a graduate of the Wushu Department of the Shanghai University of Sport (S.U.S) with a major in Wushu Education & Training (his specialisations being Wushu, sports physiology and anatomy, traumatology and sports medicine). During his time in Shanghai, he continued his Taichi study with the renowned Taichi Grandmaster Fu Zhongwen.
Dapeng thoroughly enjoys delivering his Taichi, Wushu training and Mandarin teaching. He acknowledges that the happiness derived from his teaching originates not only from the subject matter itself, but more importantly, from the positive energy of his enthusiastic students. Dapeng strives to empower his students to become self-aware so they may fully realise the benefits of the Taichi, Wushu and associated intangible Chinese cultural elements.
‘It is not just for the sake of copying the Taichi movements from your teacher, more important is how the formation of the Taichi concept and what it discloses can touch you and make you want to explore it in greater depth’ – Dapeng
Mr Xiaopeng Wang is an Associate Professor in (Physical Education – martial arts major) at Tongji University, Shanghai. He started his study of Wushu (martial arts) and Taichi in 1975. Xiaopeng is also a senior consultant of the Longwen Confucius Society at Tongji University and the Honorary Director of Taichi and Mandarin Solutions in the Australian Capital Territory. He is the winner of an international gold medal in the Taichi sword competition and a silver medal in the Xingyi Boxing event.
Xiaopeng was raised in the small county of Dangshan in the central plains of China, one of the top ten Wushu villages in China. He and his twin brother (Dapeng) started learning martial arts at a very early age under the guidance of their grandfather, a famous Chinese herbalist and martial artist.
In 1977, both brothers were selected to attend the local Wushu school to receive professional training. Six years later they started to study the family Wushu style of Grand Master Liu Yuntian, accomplished in Xinyi Liuhe (Mind-Intention and Six Harmonies Boxing) and Cha Quan. Grand Master Liu served as the first Head Coach of the Anhui Provincial Wushu Team since the liberation of China.
In 1989 Xiaopeng was admitted to the Wushu Department of Shanghai University of Sport (S.U.S) – the very first public university of its kind in New China, established in November 1952. During his time in S.U.S, he and his brother continued their intensive Taichi practice under the Grand Master Fu Zhongwen. At this time he also furthered his study of Mind-Intention and Six Harmonies Boxing under Grand Master Bai, one of the top disciples of the founder of the Shanghai school of this martial art (Mr Lu Songgao).
Upon his graduation from the S.U.S in 1993, he was employed as a lecturer in the Physical Education Department at Tongji University and has now been teaching there for over twenty-two years. Since 2011, as a result of his teaching excellence, Xiaopeng has been regularly seconded to teach at various other schools within the University. His teaching approach combines Zen (Chan) philosophy with and martial arts instruction (Wu) and his Chan-wu classes are among the most popular of any classes at Tongji University. Xiaopeng believes that Wushu including Tai Chi provides an opportunity to introduce discipline to practitioners and lead to more confidence and psychological wellbeing.’
In 2013, Xiaopeng was invited by the Chinese Wushu movie star Jet Li and the founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group Jack Ma to develop an online Taichi-Chan programme.
Stephen has had a long standing interest in Chinese culture and Chinese language, and has lived in both the Chinese mainland and in Taiwan. In spite of this, it was only in recent years that he had time to devote himself to language study. This he did through a combination of self study and participation in Mandarin courses at the Australian National University. Having previously acquired a Ph.D in educational psychology, Stephen had a strong understanding of efficient learning principles which he then adapted to the study of Chinese. As a result, he made rapid progress in his studies and recently obtained a ‘high distinction’ in ANU’s ‘Chinese 8’ course, the university’s most demanding Mandarin course.
Given his own experiences, Stephen has an excellent understanding of those areas of language learning most likely to cause problems, and the most effective means of overcoming these issues.
While there is no doubt that Mandarin is a very difficult language for most English speakers to master, Stephen has demonstrated that the use of proper teaching techniques can greatly speed up the learning process, so that even busy people who can only allocate a short amount of time to study, can still make very significant gains.
Associate Professor Xiao (Hua) Wang graduated from Ocean University of China, and holds a PhD in Physical Oceanography from James Cook University in Australia. He is the Founding Director of the Sino-Australian Research Centre for Coastal Management, University of New South Wales, Australia, and an associate editor for Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. He has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the Ocean University of China (OUC) and also at the Second Institute of Oceanography, SOA. He has over 20 years experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. His research concerns modelling of ocean circulation, sediment transport dynamics, and understanding of coastal management issues.
A/Prof Wang has long been active in the promotion of multiculturalism and a proud representative of the local Chinese community, holding the positions of President of the Federation of Chinese Community of Canberra Inc.; Assistant Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer and Interim President of the ACT Multicultural Council Inc.; Deputy Chair and Chair of the ACT Chief Minister’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs and the Honorary Chairman of the Australian Mantis Boxing Society.
A lifelong martial artist, A/Prof Wang is a practitioner of both Mantis Boxing and Taichi (Taiji Quan) and an enthusiastic promoter of the values of traditional Chinese culture. He wholeheartedly supports the aims of TMS and has the following words of encouragement for those willing to undertake the journey of self-discovery through the study of Taichi and mandarin language:
“The essence of Chinese Culture and Martial Arts reflects an ancient and splendid civilization with a 5000-year history. I congratulate the establishment of TMS to promote this culture and wish its success in all its endeavours.”
Sarah specialises in the research and teaching Chinese law. Sarah’s research focuses on the Chinese legal system with a particular emphasis on legal policy, law making and enforcement as they affect the administration of justice in China. She has lived and worked in China over the years, starting from 1986. Practising Taiqi and Wushu have formed an integral part of her ongoing journey of living, working and learning about China and Chinese law.
Annabel Smith grew up in Adelaide and got her bachelor degree at Flinders University. She moved to Canberra to complete her PhD at ANU and now considers herself Canberran, having lived here for five years. She is a research scientist by day, with professional interests in ecology and conservation biology. Annabel is passionate about Chinese culture – an interest that was sparked by her many Mandarin speaking friends, both native speakers and Australians who had learned to speak the language. She visited Shanghai in 2012 and looks forward to future travel in other regions of China. With this in mind, Annabel is keen to continue studying Mandarin and learning more about intangible Chinese culture.
Dr Zhen Zhang is a general adult and forensic psychiatrist, a fellow of Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist Certified Forensic Psychiatrist.
He completed the general psychiatry training in 2009 and advanced training in forensic psychiatry in 2013.
Dr Zhang had his general psychiatry training mostly in the Prince of Wales Hospital, following which he entered the advanced forensic psychiatry training through Justice Health System of NSW. He also has a master degree of Forensic Mental Health (MFMH) from the University of New South Wales (2012).
He worked in the Prince of Wales Hospital, Wollongong /Shell Harbor Hospital, Bondi Junction and Maroubra Community Mental Health Services, Langton Centre, Long Bay Jail Hospital, The Forensic Hospital, The NSW Community Forensic Mental Health Team, The Screening Unit and The Reception of The MRRC (Metropolitan Reception and Remand Center, Silver Water), as well as the State Wide Court Liaison Services. He was once under supervision of renowned psychiatrists such as Professor Philip Mitchell, Gordon Parker, Perminda Sachdev, Brian Draper, Henry Brodaty, Julian Troller, David Greenberg and Dr Steven Allnut.
Dr Zhang is a Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist and provides inpatient and out patient services at The Sydney Clinic (Bronte) and Wesley Private Hospital Kogarah. He also provides out patient consulting services at Sydney Central Psychiatrists.
In addition to clinical psychiatry, Dr Zhang also holds the position of senior forensic psychiatrist at the NSW State Wide Court Liaison Services. He is a conjoint psychiatry lecturer at the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. He is the current Medical Superintendent and the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Wesley Hospital Kogarah.
Using combination of pharmacological and psychological therapy, Dr Zhang treats diverse mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar affective disorder, psychosis, personality disorders, relationship difficulties and drug and alcohol addiction.
He prepares medical legal and forensic psychiatry reports.