Union Instructor Mark Peters let us know his book Tai Chi Students Confessions: The View from the back of the Class has just been released on Kindle.
View From The Back Of The Class now available on Kindle. It’s been a long journey but at long last our first tai chi book is now available on Kindle. If you’re interested please search on Amazon or email for a sample chapter and index page.
We are now working on volume 2 (Tai Chi Up Close and Personal, more views form the back of the class) which will be available later this year and maybe even volume 3 not to long after that. We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to contribute to the books. The theme is to share experiences from different perspectives (student, teacher and even partner) as we feel this brings tai chi into reality and within the reach of everyone. Our books are not form instruction or technical manuals, but a fun and interesting look at our tai chi journey and experiences. We’re looking for articles, poems, illustrations, both fun and serious, so everybody who’s life has been touched by tai chi has something to share.
Union Instructor Michael Baker has let us know he is stepping down from an adult education college tutor job at Southend Adult Community College (Essex) teaching tai chi and qigong. The college are recruiting a replacement tai chi and qigong tutor for September.
The recruitment link is:
The college website: Southend Adult College
or telephone: 01702 445700
Location: Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, Pegasus Road, Oxford, OX4 6JL, England, UK
Date: April 10-12, 2015
- Entry Deadline: March 13th, 2015
- Entries may be made by email or post before the deadline. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.
- Registration of non-UK competitors : April 10th at the venue 14-2100
- Workshops : April 10th at the venue 14-2000
- Registration of UK competitors : April 11th at the venue 0900
- Protocol for Chinese full contact competitors 11th & 12th April at the venue. Details to follow.
- Opening Ceremony 11th April, 1000hrs at the venue. Competition continues until 1800hrs.
- 1930-2359 Party & Disco at venue@£18
- April 12th 0900-1800 competition
For more details go to www.taichicompetitions.com or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For the 20th year TAI CHI CALEDONIA are delighted to play host to the Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe and bring their bi-annual Congress/Forum to Scotland, to celebrate our joint 20th Anniversaries.
At Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre
Pegasus Road, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, OX4 6JL
April 11-12, 2015, 0900-1800 hours
ENTRIES – Only members of Chinese Internal martial arts groups which are in membership of the TCFE may enter this event. All entries must be received on or before March 13th, 2015; late entries will not be accepted.
COMPETITION WEBSITE with entry forms and rules will be up soon.
REGISTRATION for foreign competitors will take place at the venue on April 10th from 1400-2100. Only cash payments will be accepted. Details on entry form
REGISTRATION for UK based competitors will be on 11th April at 0900.
SEMINARS will take place on April 10th. There will be 4 seminars each lasting 1 and a half hours and each costing £10 from 1500-1900. Details will be posted on website.
CONTACT – email@example.com
Sent by Emma North
Team Longfei GB represented Britain’s tai chi community at the World Tai Chi Chuan Federation’s 5th World Cup Tai Chi Chuan Championship, held in Taipei, Taiwan on the 18th & 19th October 2014.
The eight-member team brought home 15 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals! Team coach, Barry McGinlay, led the way and we now have a British World Pushing Hands Champion!
The team were: Alex May, Alfia Nakipbekova, Barry McGinlay, Emma North, Helen Osborn, Lenroy Wallace, Mark Adams and Nikola Bojic.
Team Longfei GB would like to thank Masters Simon Watson, Richard Watson, Wang Yanji, Faye Yip, Tary Yip and Professor Li Deyin for their continuing, generous teachings from the lineage of Master Li Tianji.
Additionally, thanks go to sifu Stuart Verity from Integral Tai Chi and to all of our training colleagues, friends and families who supported us to make this happen. The medals are yours as well as ours!
Terence Barnes, Disciple (Tudi) of Master Zhu Chang Hai is proud to announce the elevation, by examination in China, of Master Zhu to Grand Master 8th Level (8th Duan Wei) there being only nine Levels or Duan Wei in total. This places him as only one of five 8th Duan Wei outside of China and only one of two 8th Duan Wei in Europe.
My students and I send their congratulations to Grand Master Zhu Chang Hai on his elevation to this very high level.
Bodyhealth TAI CHI
Mary Reynolds, Information Officer, Sussex Rehabilitation Centre (Brighton) Sussex contacted us with this request:
I am trying to find information on teachers who offer classes for wheelchair users, particularly in the South East area, but anywhere in the UK will be useful.
If you offer class let me know and I’ll forward the message to Mary, John
The afore mentioned competition will take place from April 10-12 2015 at a venue near London.(I am finalising contracts and will have final details soon).
Entry forms website etc should be ready by early December 2014.
There has been an unavoidable delay to find a new organizer and an appropriate, reasonably priced venue since our friends in Latvia notified the Executive that they were unable to go ahead with the event. You will be notified as more info becomes available.
Please note that to run this event I had to cancel the 27th British Open Tai Chi Championships.
If there are any queries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Union Instructor Don Spargo sent us news of this unusual event. You can find out more in the events listing: First Aid For Martial Arts Instructors 11-10-2014 and read more on Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy First Aid for Martial Arts Teachers page.
This August bank holiday weekend players from around the UK and beyond will come together in Worcester for three days of workshops and free pushing in a friendly, safe and collaborative environment. Pushing Hands UK, established in 2009 will be celebrating its fifth birthday and is delighted to be welcoming back from Taiwan, Serge Dryer, founder of the Recontres Janières pushing hands event and Head of the ARAMIS association for teaching tai ji quan. The event will also include workshops from Laura Stone from the Netherlands, who brings 40 years’ experience and whose primary teacher is Grandmaster William C.C. Chen. Andrew Heckert from Philadelphia will also be teaching at the event, sharing his studies with both William Chen and Dr Ping-sung Tao. For more details and booking visit Pushing hands UK – Home
Following an unexpected cancellation of the European Competition, due to be staged on behalf of the TCFE, in Latvia, due to local difficulties the TCFE Executive Committee contacted its members to find a solution to stage the competition elsewhere in Europe.
Two bids were submitted and considered and the Executive Committee agreed that the best solution would be for Dan Docherty to stage the next TCFE competition in England during the latter months of 2014. As soon as the dates and venue are confirmed all members will be informed.
Open Report and Results MS docx
Open Report and Results MS pdf
This was the 26th anniversary of the British Open Tai Chi competition which was held again in Oxford. With nearly 12 years experience of practising Wudang Tai Chi Chuan and earlier experience of assisting at competitions in Sweden, this however was my first expecience as a judge at the British Open competition in Oxford.
Someone who also experienced his first time as a judge was Michael Jacques, Dan Docherty’s first student from 1984. He had twice won the men’s heavyweight division more than 20 year ago.
The competition started with a performance by Michael Jacques who demonstrated the Five Elements and the Eight Powers of Tai Chi.
Then the competitions began and so didm y role as one of the three judges of hand form.Which was both very interesting and quite enjoyable. It was very nice to see all good competitors perform and I also found the different styles of Tai Chi quite interesting.
Apart from myself, among the competitors were some other foreigners like Paulo Salas Vazquez. He has competed in Spain but this was his first British Open competition. He participated in Open Forms and Open Weapon Form, Open Internal form, which led to several medals. I particularly enjoyed watching him perform some Ba gua.
Another first-comer was Consiglia Vicente, who has competed in France and prepared for other coming competitions. She participated in Hand form, Open Weapon form with Fan, saber and sword. Consiglia told me, in my humble opinion something very wise, while waiting for the results that: Even if you don’t win any medals, it is a great experience and opportunity to learn and improve. She’s already looking forward to return for the competitions next year.
Tai Chi Chuan & Oriental Arts Magazine No 45 now in production!
We are now preparing the next issue of the Union’s magazine and the Editor welcomes contributions by way of articles, news items, reviews and adverts.
Please contact Ronnie Robinson
Attached are the Minutes of the AGM and the Ballot Paper to allow members to vote for the Executive Committee Members.
You have until 31st May 2014 to return the ballot.
Another World Tai Chi Event:
Winnington Park Recreation Club, Nr Northwich, Cheshire CW8 4EB
Please join Lynette & Doug Bowler, ‘Tai Chi for Health in Cheshire’
to celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day’.
10.00 – 11.00 Demonstrations & Tasters
11.00 – 12 noon Refreshments
Free Event. Everyone Welcome
Instructor Brian Phillips has let us know about this event:
I run Belton House Tai Chi Club where I teach Beijing Short and Yang long Forms, Tai Chi for the disabled and weapons (Short Staff, Sai and Fan) and Qigong. On Saturday 26th April we will be having a “Tai Chi in the Park” day at Belton House National Trust, Grantham starting at 1100hrs. The day is open to all to come and “have a go”, individual and group demonstrations, refreshments available and glorious locations to practice including lakes, ponds, running rivers, ornamental gardens and a fantastic back drop of the House itself.
Belton House is a National Trust property and as such an entry fee is applicable if not a member.
The Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe (TCFE) announce that the 7th TCFE Competition will take place in Latvia over the weekend of October 3-5 2014. More details will be announced as soon as we have them…
Union Instructors Vicky Ahern & Tony Hardiman of The Chi Clinic sent us details of their 10th Anniversary of being part of 'World Tai Chi & Qigong Day' which will be held in Nonsuch Park, Cheam/Sutton/Epsom, Surrey (Greater London) on Saturday 26th April 2014 starting at 10 am.
'We see WTCQD as a great day out with our students, family & friends. It has become a focal point in our calendar as a day to work towards, to give group demonstrations & to connect with Tai Chi & Qigong friends from other local groups – to share experiences & 'play Tai Chi together'. Other instructors are welcome to share in the teaching & to come along with their students to demonstrate their speciality or simply join in the mass Warm Up, Healing Circle, Tai Chi 24 Forms & Health Qigong Demonstrations. Everyone is welcome whatever your style!'
Here’s our webpage with all the relevant details.
Streetmap for the venue
If you are a union member who is running an event for World Tai Chi Day, let us know.