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Possible Scam

One of our members has advised us that they have been approached by a man claiming to be a freelance production researcher for Channel 4 and that the TCUGB had given him contact details for members.

The exchange between our member and this individual became unpleasant

Bearing in mind the misleading introduction and the unpleasant behaviour of this individual we recommend that you treat any approach you may receive with caution.”

21st Tai Chi Caledonia 8-15 July 2016

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Despite recent sad events the spirit of Ronnie Robinson will be maintained by the 21st Tai Chi Caledonia proceeding as planned from Friday 8th July until Friday 15th July 2016. Details can be found on the Tai Chi Caledonia website.

VIII European Championship (TCFE version)

Dan Docherty has sent in the flyer for this event.

  1. Dates: 28-29-30 October 2016 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
  2. Place: for competitions – Zimniy Stadion (same as2004)

TCFE Flyer docx

TCFE Flyer pdf

Ronnie

It is my sad duty to tell you that Ronnie Robinson died on the morning of March 11, 2016. I knew him well and worked with him for more than 30 years. He made a significant contribution to the Tai Chi and Chinese Internal Arts nationally and internationally during those years. Our sympathy goes out to all his family, friends and students, especially to his cherished son, Paul Robinson. Ronnie will be much missed.

Ronnie’s Chronicles will be published in issue 50 of the Tai Chi Union magazine as will the TCUGB Executive Committee Report which was unanimous.

Requiescat in Pace

Dan Docherty
Chairman Tai Chi Union for Great Britain
President Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe

Tributes from Ronni’s colleagues , friends, international contacts and students appeared in  Tai  Chi Union Magazine issue 50 you can read them here Ronnie.

There is news of Ronnie Robinson’s Funeral on TAI CHI CALEDONIA

Ronnie’s Friends are remembering him on his Facebook page.

You can also add a message here.

Annual General Meeting of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain will be held on Saturday 9th April 2016 at Chinese Culture Centre Unit E4, Stafford Park 15 Telford, Shropshire TF3 3BB commencing at 1.30pm (doors open at 1.15pm) for the following purpose:

AGENDA

  • To read the Notice convening the Meeting.
  • Minutes of last Annual General Meeting and any matters arising.
  • To receive the Annual Report as required by the Constitution (Brief Finance Report attached).
  • Nominations for Executive Committee members and Officers in accordance with the Constitution.
  • Nominations for Honorary Posts
  • Any Other Business

Details in the attached files:

 

27TH Festival of Chinese Martial Arts & British Open Tai Chi Championships

27TH Festival of Chinese Martial Arts & British Open tai chi Championships
At Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, Pegasus Rd., Blackbird Leys, Oxford; Sunday,
April 24th, 2016 (doors open 9 am for competitors, 10 am for spectators).

26th FESTIVAL & botcc RULES

botcc entry form 2016

Tai Chi students confessions

Union Instructor Mark Peters has sent news that:

our books are now available on Kindle and paperback. This includes the newly released Tai Chi students confessions – Up close and personal

Tai Chi Students confessions: The view from the back of the class: Volume 1

Paperback:
Tai Chi Students Confessions: up close and personal: Volume 2

Kindle:
Tai Chi Students Confessions: up close and personal: Volume 2

All are shown at: Amazon.co.uk: Mark Peters: Books, Biogs, Audiobooks, Discussions

Irish Wushu Duan Wei Grading

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Union instructor Terence  Barnes sent this news:

On the 1st November at 10 am At the University of Ulster at Jordonstown Belfast, in association with the Confucius Institute, the Irish Wushu Duan Wei Grading Centre in cooperation with the Chinese Wushu Association of China ran the Duan Wei grading for 1-3 Duan.

Bodyhealth TA CHI students gained 3 x 2nd Duan and 3 x 1st Duan grades.
pictured below are the students with two of the examiners.
4 of the students are also TCUGB instructors.

Executive Committee of the Taijiquan and Qigong Federation for Europe (TCFE)

Following the recent election for the new Executive Committee of the Taijiquan and Qigong Federation for Europe (TCFE) I am pleased to announce the new members of the Executive Committee are as follows:
President: Dan Docherty
Chairman: Ronnie Robinson
Secretary: Cornelia Gruber
Treasurer: Ceciel Kroes

Executive Committee Members: Paul Silfverstrale, Franziska Rüscher, Birgitte Kraft, Jean-Luc Lesueur, Mikkelai Downing & Luigi Zanini.

Thank you to all members who voted, we encourage you to ‘like’ our Facebook page for regular updates of the activities of the TCFE.

Good wishes to all practitioners in Europe.

Ronnie Robinson
Chairman TCFE

The annual STN Festival and the Open Dutch Competition

Saturday, November 14th , 2015, the annual STN Festival and the Open Dutch Competition will be held at the Olympos Sportcentrum, Uppsalalaan 3, Utrecht.

More Details: Festival intro – Stichting Taijiquan Nederland

The 9th London Competition for Traditional Tai Chi Chuan

The 9th London Competition for Traditional Tai Chi Chuan
which will take place on Sunday June 5th 2016.

There is an early-entry discount available until 1st May 2016.
Booking closes on 15th May 2016.

This event is open to competitors from any country and any major recognized style.
Venue:
Clissold Leisure Centre
63 Clissold Road
Hackney
London N16 9EX
Map: http://tinyurl.com/kcnqhag
Clissold Leisure Centre, Gym, Pools, Spa & More in Hackney | Better Gym

– Further information, rules, photo galleries, printable entry form and online booking can be found at: London Competition for Traditional Tai Chi Chuan http://www.wustyle-europe.com/london.html

Events include Fixed Step and Moving Step Pushing Hands, Solo and Group Hand Forms, Solo and Group Weapons Forms and San Shou. There is a Junior division in Forms and Fixed Step and Moving Step Pushing Hands, for competitors up to the age of 16.
There are also categories for solo and group performance of Health Qigong forms: http://healthqigong.org.uk/
Health Qigong – Healthqigong for Physical & Mental welbeing

Please note also that, as every year, Judging Criteria Workshops will take place on the Saturday before the Competition (4th June 2016). Leading experts will offer insights into the judging criteria for each major style of Tai Chi. If you are based in London or planning to stay over the weekend, please add this to your diary.
See: http://tinyurl.com/taichijudging
Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy London – Judging

You can download a Flyer 2016 MS doc

Irish Wushu Association: Chinese Duanwei System for Wushu Practitioners

Irish Wushu Association (IWA) Chinese Wushu Association (CWA) Presents:
Chinese Duanwei System for Wushu Practitioners

In December 2014, the Irish Wushu Association (IWA) became the official administrator for the Chinese Duanwei Grading System in Ireland (North and South). A technical committee was recruited from members of the IWA to establish and organise a series of Annual Duanwei Grading events in Ireland; the first of these events is planned to take place on 30th October 2015 in Belfast.

See the event listing for more details.

TCUGB 25th Anniversary Celebrations

Dan Docherty writes:

The tcugb was formed in 1991 by 9 instructors: Nigel Sutton, Gary Wragg, Ian Cameron, Linda Broda, John Hine, Ray Wilkie, Paul Crompton, Trevor Barry and me. This is our 25th anniversary therefore. Your EC as well as encouraging members to hold regional events, intends to hold a major festival of Chinese internal arts in Horsham, W Sussex on October 3-4 2015 followed by one day events in Manchester on Oct 10 and in London on October 11. There will be demos, group discussions, workshops and foreign guest instructors as well as tcugb instructors.

Details of the Horsham event, all MS word docx files:

AGM 2015 Minutes & Election of TCUGB Executive Committee

MINUTES_2015 Download the minutes.

Election of TCUGB Executive Committee
Following the nominations at the Annual General Meeting and the voting by members; the following appointments have been confirmed:

Dan Docherty – Chairman
Marnix Wells – Vice Chairman
Peter Ballam – Secretary
Faye Yip – Member
Gary Wragg – Member
Shelagh Grandpierre – Member
David Hackett – Member
Mark Peters – Member
Tony Ulatowski – Member

The above will be the members of the Executive for the coming year.

 

TCUGB – Nominations 2015

At the 2015 Annual General Meeting the following nominations were made for membership of the Executive Committee:

Dan Docherty (S Grade) Chairman
Marnix Wells (S Grade) Vice Chairman
Peter Ballam (S Grade) Secretary
David Hackett (A Grade)
Gary Wragg (S Grade)
Mark Peters (S Grade)
Faye Yip (S Grade)
Shelagh Grandpierre (S Grade)
Tony Ulatowski (A Grade)

Qualified members have until 31st May 2015 to vote on the election of the Executive. A Ballot Form to be used for voting can be downloaded BALLOT PAPER – 2015

8th London Competition for Traditional Tai Chi Chuan

Booking is NOW OPEN for The 8th London Competition for Traditional Tai Chi Chuan which will take place on Sunday June 7th 2015.

There is an early-entry discount available until 1st May.
Booking closes on 15th May.

This event is open to competitors from any country and any major recognized style.
Venue:
Clissold Leisure Centre
63 Clissold Road
Hackney
London N16 9EX
Map

– Further information, rules, photo galleries, printable entry form and online booking can be found at:
London Competition for Traditional Tai Chi Chuan

Events include Fixed Step and Moving Step Pushing Hands, Solo and Group Hand Forms, Solo and Group Weapons Forms and San Shou. There is a Junior division in Forms and Fixed Step and Moving Step Pushing Hands, for competitors up to the age of 16.
There are also categories for solo and group performance of Health Qigong forms: Health Qigong – Healthqigong

Please note also that, as every year, Judging Criteria Workshops will take place on the Saturday before the Competition (6th June). Leading experts will offer insights into the judging criteria for each major style of Tai Chi. If you are based in London or planning to stay over the weekend, please add this to your diary.
See: Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy London – Judging (This event is held at Wu’s Academy, Bethnal Green)

The View from the back of the Class now on Kindle

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.

TCUGB AGM 2015

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain will be held on Saturday 18th April 2015 at Wu’s Academy Unit 2a, 1st Floor, 449-453, Bethnal Green Road, London E2 9QH commencing at 3.00pm (doors open at 2.30pm)for the following purpose:

AGENDA

  1. To read the Notice convening the Meeting.
  2. Minutes of last Annual General Meeting and any matters arising.
  3. To receive the Annual Report as required by the Constitution (Brief Finance Report attached).
  4. Nominations for Executive Committee members and Officers in accordance with the Constitution.

More detail in the pdf attached: 2015 agm notice which also includes the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the tai chi Union for Great Britain Held on 12th April 2014

Tutor – Tai Chi and Qigong Wanted Southend

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:
TES HireWire

The college website: Southend Adult College

or telephone: 01702 445700