Dear Wushu, Tai Chi & Qigong Colleagues
I hope all’s going well in your corner of the world.
I am writing to let you know about a new competition being held in August this year. I’ve attached all the details so please read through the documents and have a think about joining in! It would be fantastic if you were involved!
This competition is very well funded and supported by the Australian Chinese community. Last year, there were around 500 competitors with guest judges and performers from Hong Kong and China. It was an amazing event and quite an eye-opener for those who have never had the chance to compete overseas.
This year’s Festival promises to be as inspiring as the first event. The 2nd Australia International Martial Arts Festival 2019 will be attended by wushu, tai chi and qigong students from schools in China, Australia and other countries around the world. If you have ever attended any of the World Traditional Wushu Festivals over the years, you will now have the chance to experience this type of festival event in Australia.
The competition is on 31st August. It is open to all ages, all styles, and from any wushu background. We are also offering generous prizes for elite athletes in the competition – awarding cash prizes and a scholarship to train in a martial art academy in China. Special conditions apply so check through the attachments for all the details but please call if you need clarification. The Closing Ceremony will be held the following evening (1st September) where awards will be presented. This evening promises to be a highlight of the Festival with performances by famous Chinese Masters and selected winners of the competition events. The Masters will also present lectures and workshops during the Festival weekend. More details will be available closer to the event.
If you or your students prefer not to compete, a group demonstration event is also offered. So you, too, have the opportunity to join in without the pressure of ‘being judged’. It will be just like World Tai Chi & Qigong Day but at a different venue!
Also – if you’d like to be involved on a deeper level, as a sponsor or affiliate, please get in touch as soon as possible so we have time to discuss criteria and logo placement for the Festival advertising.
If you have any questions or queries, please call. I’m more than happy to help!
Australia International Martial Arts Festival
The Annual General Meeting of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain C.I.C. will be held on Saturday 18th May 2019 at Chinese Culture Centre Unit E4, Stafford Park 15 Telford, Shropshire TF3 3BB commencing at 1.30pm (doors open at 1.15pm)
Download the AGM-PACK
- The AGM pack contains:
The Notice of the AGM
- Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the tai chi Union for Great Britain Held on 21st April 2018
- A proxy form
Message on behalf of Dan Docherty – who wishes to let members know that he does not intend to organise a British Open Tai Chi Championship this year.
Union Instructor Michael Taylor sent us this news:
On May 25 to 29 next year, the 2019 International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Symposium will be held in Selvino, Italy hosted by the Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Foundation.
You can read more on our event listing:
Tai Chi Symposium 2019
||Executive & Chair
||Executive & Vice Chair
||Executive & Secretary
Total Number of Votes Received: 101
Number of votes void = 5
Dan Docherty has let us know that the new edition of our magazine should be coming out in a couple of weeks and it is planning to produce another issue before the end of the year to bring us up to speed.
The Results of the recent ballot are as follows:
Total number of votes received: 106, 0 Void
This leaves the Executive Committee the same as before.
Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe 9th Chinese Internal Arts Championships
November 18th—19th 2017
(registration 17th for foreign competitors)
Venue: Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, Pegasus Road, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, OX4 6JL
Contact Organiser: email@example.com 9 Ashfield Road, London, N14 7LA,
Mob: 07721 867682
TCFE entry form 2017
TCFE Championships Rules 2017
tcfe flyer PDF
A mistake was made on the ballot paper we recently sent out to you. It did cause confusion and has made it necessary for us to declare the ballot void. New ballot sheets have been sent out with the necessary amendment.
I apologise to all our members on behalf of the Executive Committee for the inconvenience and as Chairman you have my personal apology also. We will always try to do our best for you, our members.
Sent to us by charity Thistle Foundation
Taking place on Wednesday 28th June at Princes Street West Garden, between 11am-1pm, Chi in the Park is a fundraising event like no other. This sponsored Tai Chi marathon gives participants the chance to take part in as much Tai Chi as they can. It can be the full two hours or 30 minutes whilst on your lunch break. We are expecting hundreds of people to descend on the gardens for this fundraiser to help raise £50,000 for Thistle which will help support people with long term health conditions in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
The idea behind ‘Chi in the Park’ came from Margaret Hendry, one of Thistle’s most active volunteers. Margaret has been leading Thistle’s Tai Chi class for the last 4 years – she became a qualified leader with Thistle’s support and now takes three classes a week, supporting over 90 people with long term health conditions. Margaret knows the difference Thistle can make. She also knows how tough life can be with a long term condition if you don’t have the right support. That was her once. Now Margaret wants to make sure no-one else has to go through what she went through.
To find out more out about Margaret’s story and register for Chi in the Park then head to Chi in the Park.
At the 2017 Annual General Meeting the proposal to convert to a Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) was discussed (see copy Minutes of 2017 AGM on the website)
There are significant benefits in making this change and your Executive Committee recommend that you vote to convert to a C.I.C.
A copy of the draft Articles of Association and further details on the benefits of becoming a C.I.C. can be found here:
Draft TCUGB CIC
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
Of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain Held on 22ND April 2017 at
Chinese Culture Centre,
Unit e4, Stafford Park 15, Telford Shropshire
Minutes of 2017 AGM
The Union received this request:
We are part of a team looking for events that we can live-stream to the world via our internet show “24 hours of World Peace” on Facebook. This live-streaming event is part of the 2017 WTCQD (World Tai- Chi and Qigong Day) event on the 29th of April 2017. Bill Douglas of www.worldtaichiday.org has been approved the event.
Our host of the show is David-Dorian Ross, USA Tai Chi champion and World silver and bronze medalist.
All you need is a mobile device, such as a tablet (preferred), smartphone, or laptop, and an internet connection.
We are taking applications on a first come, first serve basis, so please respond to us with the following information if you are interested in being a part of the live-stream on Facebook on the 29th of April:
1) Name of your group
2) Location of your group
3) Local and UTC local time of your event, and if that time is flexible at all to aid in placement in the schedule.
4) Facebook page name and internet address (personal Facebook pages are fine)
5) School or group website address
6) If you are interested in doing an interview with David-Dorian Ross before or during your event
7) Best contact information, including e-mail and phone number, preferably a mobile number.
If you cannot meet the standards we have outlined above, as an alternative you may send us a video of your group/school performing Tai Chi-Qigong, and it will be played at some time during the 24 Hours of World Peace live-streaming event on the 29th of April. If you prefer to provide us with a video instead of performing live, please let us know by replying at the e-mail address below so that we may communicate with you about the specifications that will be necessary for us to broadcast your video.
We are looking forward to an amazing event this year and hope you are able to join in and flow with us.
Collin and Joy Freeman
Sat. 8th April, Bethnal Green, London
Please note that there is a Judges Training Seminar on the day before the 2017 British Open Championships, as an associated event in support of Dan Docherty’s competition.
This long-running series of seminars is key to developing a high and consistent standard of judging of Tai Chi forms in all styles. All too often contestants find themselves unfairly marked because one or more judges on the day are not familiar with the fine points of the form being demonstrated. If you would like to help to improve this situation, please come along!
The details: Judges Training Seminar
Dan Docherty (Wudang)
Gary Wragg (Wu Family)
Tony Ulatowski (Chen Man Ching)
Simon Watson (Yang)
Date: Saturday 8th April
Time: 11:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
Venue: Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy
Unit 2a, 1st Floor
449-453 Bethnal Green Road
Sign-up: Please visit this page:
- make your choice in the drop-down box
- write 8 April in the “Date of workshop” box
- make payment via the PayPal link
(Payment will also be accepted at the door on the day, but kindly email to confirm your attendance)
There is more background information below the sign-up boxes, please read!
Any questions, problems: email
A couple of members have got in touch about email scams.
This one is from someone looking for private tuition for their mother. Members should be on their guard for these sort of emails.
How are you today, I found your advert during my search for a “Tai Chi” lesson teacher for my mother, who is coming to spend some month’s with her cousin in your area. Your advert looks great on the site, she will be coming to your city in a few weeks time.
I want her to come for your body fitness/therapy class to grow more physical strength. My mother is 47 yrs and she love (Tai Chi Chuan), she’s is just a beginner, please kindly teach her well. Let me know your charges cost per hour/lesson, in order for me to arrange for her booking before she travels down to your side. She will be staying for three months and I want her to learn for the period of her stay.
Let me know if there’s is any personal equipment like CD’s BOOK’S she may need privately at home.
Please Advise back on;
(1). Your charges for private classes per hour?
(2). Your available schedule time to teach her during the week?
(3). Tuition address?
I will be awaiting your swiftness response to my message.
Bodyhealth TAI CHI have sent us a couple of news items:
Bodyhealth TAI CHI/TCUGB instructors who now all hold Duanwei grading’s 2-5. The latest gradings from the Chinese Wushu Association in china were awarded following the international Duanwei Grading`s in September run by Grand Master Zhu Chang Hai. See Z.C.H.I.W.A. for contact info on future gradings.
Bodyhealth Tai Chi clubs, coaches after training in emergency first aid receive
their AED for treatment of cardiac arrest of any members whilst training.
AED provided by sports council of Northern Ireland as part of the
sports club development program.