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Fund raiser for Parkinsons UK In memory of Sifu Dan

This fund raiser is in memory of our Tai Chi Master, Sifu Daniel Docherty who sadly passed away on Thursday 9th December 2021.

He suffered for many years with the debilitating effects of Parkinsons disease and at the wishes of his family, instead of funeral flowers money can be donated to charity.

Catherine Birkinhead is fundraising for Parkinson’s UK

Healing our Earth

Keith Sharp, a advanced instructor and honorary president of the TCUGB is talking at the Healing our Earth conference on Sunday 12 December 2021

World Health Coverage Day
FREE Global Online Event
Sunday 12th December 2021
2pm till 8pm  GMT
2022 calendar cover

TCUGB newsletter December 2021

The newsletter can also be downloaded as a PDF and includes extra items. Download

2022 Tai Chi & Qigong Union Calendar

Our new calendar is now available to purchase online, in a desk or wall-hanging format, so let your friends and students know. Members will receive their copy soon. The images used were submitted by members, and we’ve included a selection of events, both national and international.
Buy the Calendar 

30th Anniversary competition

We had a good range of submissions which all members were asked to vote on. Download the PDf newsletter to see the results.

Issue 64 on its way

We are currently working to complete issue 64 which will be out December/January. We are already compiling content for issue 65 and look forward to receiving your submissions. Email them to us at
The magazines been posted on the new dedicated magazine website, have you clicked on and read it yet? Visit and click the cover image of the issue you want to read. More issues will be added over time. Please note, the site is http not https so some browsers flag a safety warning; it is nothing to worry about as the site doesn’t collect personal details and doesn’t sell anything, it’s just google tightening up. We will be moving server as the magazine project develops.

Tai Chi for health related research project

Are you, or do you know a PHD student in a position to consider a Tai Chi for health related research project?
The TCUGB Health Committee would love to hear from you and to help you out. Contact us

Note regarding Trademarking

The Chinese State continues to support and promote China’s modern ‘Global Brand’ of simplified qigong. TCUGB has agreed to be much more vigilant in future regarding any potential attempts to control the use of what we might consider to be generic and descriptive terms in the U.K. To this end we will be using a specialist computerised search service to watch out for certain terms appearing in new Trade Mark Applications in the U.K. for the latest update see Trademark Update

As the world continues to unlock, it is clear that many of us will be training using a mix of ‘live online’ and ‘face-to-face’. The technology developed massively over the last 18 months and actually was shown to increase the number of sessions per week attended. I am enjoying the opportunity to share and practice more; maybe you can share your stories for the next newsletter issue.
Best regards,
Mark Peters, Chairman
On behalf of the board of TCUGB


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Sports England funding opportunity

Sports England are working with 43 Active Partnerships that, between them, cover every part of England. Grants are available to help develop programs and some TCUGB members are already getting involved, for example, Mark Peters is working with Sports Birmingham and has received grants for tai chi in mental health and tai chi session to tackle inequality. Details of the tackling inequality fund can be found at Together Fund | Sport England

You can find more details of funding and partnerships at Active Partnerships.

Follow the link on the page and put in your postcode to find your local partner.

If you have already accessed this or other funds, please share information with us so we can share the good news with members. If you are aware of similar finds in Scotland, Ireland and Wales, please let us know. Working together the TCUGB grows stronger.

Trademarking Update

As TCUGB members may remember, an application was made to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to register as a trademark “Tai Chi 24”; this was done by one of our own members. The name “Tai Chi 24” is for a commonly practiced short Yang style form created in the 1950s and taught throughout the world.  The application caused obvious concern among our members, many of whom contacted the IPO to raise this.

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30th Anniversary logo competition – Vote

We’d like to thank the members who submitted entries for the 30th Anniversary logo competition. Please view/download the pdf and vote on your preference

You can also comment on any tweaks you’d like e.g. background colour change etc.

votes and comments to with subject line as ‘30th Anniversary logo vote’

Calendar Photo Competition

We’re planning a calendar for 2022, and thought it would be great if members could submit photo’s, artwork etc. There will be a cover photo and one image for each month. They will be available as wall and/or desk designs with an expected price of £6 desk and £10 wall. Deadline for entries is 30th October:

Magazine Issue 63

Issue 63 of TCC&OA magazine been posted on the new dedicated magazine website, have you clicked on and read it yet?

Visit and click the cover image of the issue you want to read. Please note, the site is http not https so some browsers flag a safety warning; it is nothing to worry about as the site doesn’t collect personal details and doesn’t sell anything, it’s just google tightening up. We will be moving server as the magazine project develops.

Issue 63 includes:


What if you still want a printed copy?

For those who would like a printed magazine, there is the option to purchase single copies at £6 including P&P, and 10 or more copies at £4 including P&P. They will be printed in the UK on 100% recycled carbon neutral uncoated paper. We have made arrangements with ASKPrint online and setup an online shop at:

TCUGB Standards and Ethics

We have added the Union’s Standards and Ethics to the site. Members are expected to meet the standards listed in this document.

The standards include sections on respect, integrity, responsibility and competence.

Read the Standards and Ethics policy, pdf format.

TCUGB Regional Officers Wanted

Are you interested in helping to connect members locally?

Help build the Union?

We’re looking at how to improve communications further, and would like to identify regional officers to act as hub points/contacts. They can help connect members and potential members in their area, maybe help with technical panel recommendations, be involved with regional events in the future etc.

Current regions, as used on Union Instructors page, are:

  • London/South East
  • South & West
  • Eastern Counties
  • Midlands
  • North
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Channel Islands

We will need more officers in some regions and are happy to add additional regions as needed. If this is something that appeals to you, please let the Chairman know.

Tai Chi Caledonia

Tai Chi Caledonia is a world class Tai Chi event held annually in Stirling, Scotland. 2020 was to be it’s 25th anniversary but of course COVID-19 put a stop to all that. Instead the teacher lineup for that year, from all over the world, chose to donate their time for free to bring Tai Chi and Qigong online for all to benefit.

The same is due to happen again starting this Saturday 10th July 2021

TCC-Online Zoom Programme-2021

The sessions will be recorded and available on and also on the FB page.

More information on the Tai Chi Caledonia site:

Joining Instructions for the 2021 Zoom Workshops

2021 Zoom Programme


National Qigong Association celebrate their 25th anniversary

Thursday the 8th of July see’s the National Qigong Association celebrate their 25th anniversary – and to mark the occasion they are offering an open invitation to a special zoom conversation with two of its founders, and modern day Qigong pioneers; Dr Roger Jahnke and Jim MacRichie.

The USA based association is an umbrella organisation that seeks to bring together qigong practitioners of all styles, systems and lineages, and Thursday’s ‘Qi-Talk’ will have a focus on the past, present and future of Qigong. To register for the talk please visit

June Newsletter

link to newsletter The latest issue of the newsletter has been sent to all members, you can read an extended version here: TCUGB-Newsletter-June-2021

The newletter includes information about Tai Chi Chuan & Oriental Arts magazine No 62
The magazine will be posted on the new dedicated magazine website, and a reminder will be published in the monthly newsletter. Visit and click the cover image of the issue you want to read. More issues will be added over time.


The CORONAVIRUS (COVID – 19) information on the site has been updated, the roadmaps for England and Scotland along with Return to Outdoor Activities Duty of Care & Risk Assessment and Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR Q) documents.

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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