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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.


bodyhealth2Bodyhealth 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.


TCUGB member at the TCFE Euro Championships

The TCUGB wishes to encourage as many members as possible to attend the 8th TCFE European Championships in St Petersburg from October 28=30. There will be competition at all levels including Seniors and Juniors in both forms and Tui Shou. Travel and hotel expenses will be paid. Those interested please contact Dan Docherty

More information on the official site: 8th TCFE Chinese Internal Martial Arts Championships – The Championship


ASCAM Study: Understanding the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies in people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

ASCAM Survey for CAM practitioners

Research has found that people with AS feel they have to fight for a diagnosis and to be believed about their symptoms. For this reason, they may be accessing CAM as a way to help them to manage their symptoms. In line with this, it has been found that approximately 40% of people with AS used one or more form of CAM before receiving their diagnosis. We are aware that Tai Chi is a popular CAM therapy among the individuals with AS we have spoken to.

If you should require any further information, please read below, visit our webpage .

On Judging Forms Competition by Dan Docherty

I’ve been running the British Open Tai Chi Championships for almost 30 years. Things still go wrong. Well-meaning judges do things which are totally unacceptable.
It has come to my attention that at the latest British Open at least one competitor was awarded a score, but when the event’s results were handed in by the judges, the score had been changed twice. There was no suggestion of underhand behaviour, but this type of thing is unacceptable. No score should be awarded to any competitor until all 3 judges are ready.
Generally speaking, the first competitor in any forms event sets the standard against which other competitors are judged. I find it quite in order for judges to consult before awarding a score, although the rules of some competitions forbid this.
In some competitions where the difference in the score awarded by any of the judges exceeds a certain amount, there has to be a mandatory discussion amongst the judges to resolve the discrepancy. This discussion must be over before the competitor is awarded any score.
Prejudice and a lack of common sense can also lead to wrong or poor decision making by the judges. I was one of the founding members of the Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe [TCFE] which runs a European Championships in Chinese Internal Martial Arts every 2 years.
The first TCFE Championships was in Utrecht in 2000. Prior to that, I attended a small competition in Scandinavia. In the spear form event, one competitor dropped his weapon and yet, mainly because he was an amiable and popular fellow, he was awarded first place. Totally unacceptable.
Another competitor began his sabre form facing the judges and ended it with his back to them. He was also awarded a medal. Totally unacceptable.
Immediately after the event I contacted the Dutch organisers of the TCFE European Championships and I told them we had to have an Appeals Committee and a Technical Committee. Only by invoking the statutes and forcing an Extraordinary General Meeting could I persuade the Dutch to have an Appeals Committee and a Technical Committee. We had appeals. We had technical matters to deal with [the infamous Old Yang style question]. Even then, one of the French competitors threatened me with physical violence.
In another TCFE competition we had one male Scandinavian judge who noticeably marked up the better looking female competitors. We had to put him to work to judge male entrants only. I’ve seen female judges do the same with male competitors.
At another TCFE event, a judge from North Britain awarded a good looking blonde lady competitor 9.2, which is close to master level. Her instructor, who is one of my senior students, was furious and asked me to speak to the competitor and the judge. Said judge [with no experience of competing or training students to compete] was arrogant enough to try to justify himself. Unbelievable.
Another TCFE Championships and the problem of 3 ladies. One was blonde and beautiful. One was a subtle oriental. One was less alluring, but far more proficient at the form she was doing. All male judges . There was quite rightly a successful appeal on technical grounds.

Mainly competition judges are not grandmasters, they are willing and unpaid enthusiasts. The work they do is invaluable. I just ask them to consider some of the points I’ve made.
In return as a promoter, I’ll endeavour to better prepare those who judge at my events in future. As we say in Glasgow, ‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes’.

Executive Election 2016

Union Sec Peter Balum has sent over ther results for the

The results of the recent election for the 10 positions on the Executive Committee are set out below:

There were 4 slips that were void. There were also 2 slips which were not scanned properly so could not be counted.
Name                            Vote For           Vote Against                      Total (vote For minus Vote against)
Dan Docherty                101                    6                                             95
Marnix Wells                 90                      5                                               85
Peter Ballam                 100                    3                                               97
Faye Yip                         101                    1                                             100
Gary Wragg                   97                      3                                               94
David Hackett               71                      1                                               70
Mark Peters                   80                     4                                                76
Shelagh Grandpierre    84                     3                                                81
Tony Ulatowski              72                    3                                                 69
Barry McGinlay             76                     6                                                 70
Ben Morris                     56                    3                                                  53
As there are a maximum of 10 seats, unfortunately, Ben Morris has not been elected to the Executive on this occasion

Magazine Editor

The TCUGB Executive Committee hereby invites  applications from suitably experienced persons for the job of Magazine Editor. Interested parties should send a CV to the Secretary Peter Ballam, by June 20th, 2016.

Peter Ballam
5 Corunna Drive
West Sussex
RH13 5HG
email Secretary

The 9th London Competition For Traditional Tai Chi Chuan

The 9th London Competition For Traditional Tai Chi Chuan Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hackney, London 

Booking closes on 15th May 2016.

This event is open to competitors from any country and any major recognized style.

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 for Physical & Mental welbeing

Clissold Leisure Centre
63 Clissold Road
London N16 9EX
Clissold Leisure Centre, Gym, Pools, Spa & More in Hackney | Better Gym

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.
Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy London – Judging

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


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.


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:


  • 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

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

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

All are shown at: Mark Peters: Books, Biogs, Audiobooks, Discussions

Irish Wushu Duan Wei Grading


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