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New Health Committee FB page – including COVID guidelines

As the new health committee continues to develop its work, Tina has setup a facebook page to share latest COVID guidelines etc. and can be found at TCUGB Health Committee on FaceBook

Plus the Union website COVID page which is currently being updated with risk assessments, guidelines, PAR Q forms etc.

How to start your qigong journey

Member Sue Dunham set us some advice:

If you’re here then qigong (pronounced chee gung) has probably already come onto your radar. You may want to start trying it NOW. Read on before leaping into action!

For avoidance of doubt, the simplest translation of qigong is energy work. A more helpful ‘translation’ might be Chinese exercise for health. It’s less known than the more popular Tai Chi Chuan (a martial art) but qigong is something that you could consider if your primary interest is in health, mental or physical.

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TCUGB membership payments & renewals

We are moving the accounting operation on to a new cloud based system that, in time, will include a number of options to simplify the renewal process.

Any member with a renewal date from April onwards will start to receive an email reminder 30 days before the due date, so the first reminders will start to be received in March.

The email will come from Quickbooks but will have been copied to the treasurers email address so Aileen knows it has gone out and she can expect to see a payment!

As you can appreciate this has been a major task as 1200 plus records have had to set up. Every effort has been made to minimise any errors and we hope you will bear with us, and when you receive your reminder, let us know if any information is incorrect
Best regards
On behalf of the board of TCUGB

Progress on the CIMSPA Tai Chi and Qigong Technical Standards

From Mark Peters:

Many thanks to all who have contributed feedback during the consultation process. This has been used to make relevant changes to the standards, which are due for completion by the end of January – final drafts will then go to CIMSPA for publication.
This documents is intended to give a clearer picture on the purpose and scope of the tai chi and qigong technical standards

Progress on CIMSPA tai chi and qigong technical standards Jan2021

AGM Notice, the Minutes from 2019 AGM and the Accounts for 2019

Download the AGM Notice, the Minutes from 2019 AGM and the Accounts for 2019 in pdf format.

Changes to the board

We received many applications for positions on the TCUGB board, which was truly heart-warming to know so many people want to take an active part in its future development.

We have appointed four people and others have been asked to help and keep the momentum going. The list of board members can be seen on the executive committee page

Wild Colonial Boy: Tales of a Kung Fu Cop

A new book discussing the martial journey of Dan Docherty is now available for purchase on Amazon.
This autobiographical novel narrates the journey of Dan Docherty, a young Glasgow law graduate and karate black belt, who left his traditional Catholic family in 1975 to serve in the notoriously corrupt Royal Hong Kong Police. In Hong Kong, he learned Chinese language intensively, then drill, musketry and law. A famous Tai Chi master accepted him as a disciple and trained him to become an international full contact champion. In this book we’ll have a few beers with colourful characters like Big Don and Mountie Dave. We’ll visit exotic locales–Manila, Macao, Singapore We’ll witness Dan in full contact competition and in street fight action. As they say in the Hong Kong Police, “”If you can’t take a joke, you shouldn’t have joined.

Research: Taiji and Qi Gong for people with Cystic Fibrosis

The level of research into Taiji and Qi Gong continues to grow, and evidence for the health benefits is now well established.

A groundbreaking research study involving Taiji and Qi Gong for people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF-CATS) was carried out by The Wu Shi Taiji Quan & Qi Gong Association in conjunction with the research team at London South Bank University.

Findings can be reviewed at: https://wustyle.uk.com/community/research/

Online classes during COVID – Survey results

The results are in for the recent survey and show that 75% of those responded have been  attending classes online during lockdown.
There are some interesting comments and shared learning from the survey not least of which is the change in the approach to teaching.
Download a copy in pdf: Survey monkey – covid classes.

Monkey Survey – classes going online

Based on comments from the Facebook groups, we though it could be helpful to gather some data/feedback with a quick 10 question survey. The findings can be posted on the TCUGB website and social media channels to help everyone. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/THJD7QB

AGM – live on zoom

With the ever changing landscape due to COVID-19, now seems the time to look to new technology and hold the AGM live online via zoom. Saturday 16th January 2021 at 11.00am. We may even share live in the closed TCUGB members group.

Changes to the board

Our long-standing Chairman, Dan Docherty has decided its the right time to hand over the baton, and Mark Peters has now been appointed as chair. Dan was instrumental in forming the TCUGB in 1991 and will still play an active part in its continued development.

We are also looking for new directors to join the board and help develop the TCUGB. Some members have already applied, which shows us there is interest in helping develop our future. Details for application can be found on this post: The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain C.I.C. is seeking to recruit new Directors from among the existing members Closing date 20th November..

Newsletter coming and web listings to be updated

All members will shortly be receiving an e-newsletter via mailchimp to give more details of some of the work going on behind the scenes during these difficult COVID times.

We’ve also had a chance to review members listings and note that a number of websites no longer exist, or are maybe not as relevant anymore. Plus a number of members have no grading shown, and a number shown as beginner are maybe due an upgrade.

One key change is we’re separating the listings into membership types of ‘whole art – heath & martial’ and ‘health only’ inline with our membership options. This will help when searching for classes and teachers.