About the World Taiji Boxing Association

About the WTBA

The WTBA is an organisation of like minds from all over the world coming together in friendship and harmony (well most times).

Erle Montaigue (1949-2011) began the Australian Taiji Boxing Association back in 1979. It soon became clear that the organisation had outgrown the 'Australian' part so we changed it to the World Taiji Boxing Association.
Erle Montaigue made his son Eli head of the WTBA in around 2006, having trained with Erle daily from the age of 14 and a bit here and there before that from as young as 4 years old.
In 2009 Erle officially announced Eli to be his successor in the Full Erle Montaigue System of Fa-jing Chuan, Baguazhang, Taijiquan, Wudang, Qigong etc.

In the wtba we look at all aspects of the arts, from the practical fighting methods of Martial Baguazhang and Taijiquan, to the balancing healing properties of the arts.
On the martial side we use several training tools to learn about good body mechanics, then take those principles learnt and put them into simple practical techniques for self defence.
On the healing side we look at both the internal and external, working towards a strong fit body as well as building on and balancing the internal Qi flow. To fully understand the internal arts, it's best not to separate the healing from the martial, having said that you can still gain great benefits from only practicing form and Qigong.
We take out training seriously, but we are not formal about how we run classes, no uniforms or bowing to Master, we keep all that stuff very laid back. We believe there is no such thing as an ultimate style of fighting or healing, it's what works for you, so have a look, try it out, and see if you like what we do.

We have around 175 representatives in about 30 countries around the world. These are students and friends who have trained with Erle and Eli for many years and have risen to a high level of competence in Erle's system of Internal Gung-fu. 

There is no real hierarchy in the WTBA as this is how Erle Montaigue likes it, plain and simple without titles or bowing down to anyone, just a bunch of friends training together with a like goal of harmony and good health, and along the way some self defence to protect our family.

The WTBA has no uniforms or any other patches or other lofty names like 'Sensei' or Master or Loucher etc. We are simply here to help each other up the ladder.

However, we do have some items of WTBA clothing in the way of T shirts and Jumpers with the WTBA logo embroidered or screened. 

You can join the WTBA as a Member, just fill out the form.