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.
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:
The college website: Southend Adult College
or telephone: 01702 445700
Location: Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, Pegasus Road, Oxford, OX4 6JL, England, UK
Date: April 10-12, 2015
- Entry Deadline: March 13th, 2015
- Entries may be made by email or post before the deadline. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.
- Registration of non-UK competitors : April 10th at the venue 14-2100
- Workshops : April 10th at the venue 14-2000
- Registration of UK competitors : April 11th at the venue 0900
- Protocol for Chinese full contact competitors 11th & 12th April at the venue. Details to follow.
- Opening Ceremony 11th April, 1000hrs at the venue. Competition continues until 1800hrs.
- 1930-2359 Party & Disco at venue@£18
- April 12th 0900-1800 competition
For more details go to www.taichicompetitions.com or mail email@example.com
Tai Chi Chuan & Oriental Arts Magazine No 45 now in production!
We are now preparing the next issue of the Union’s magazine and the Editor welcomes contributions by way of articles, news items, reviews and adverts.
Please contact Ronnie Robinson
Attached are the Minutes of the AGM and the Ballot Paper to allow members to vote for the Executive Committee Members.
You have until 31st May 2014 to return the ballot.
Another World Tai Chi Event:
Winnington Park Recreation Club, Nr Northwich, Cheshire CW8 4EB
Please join Lynette & Doug Bowler, ‘Tai Chi for Health in Cheshire’
to celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day’.
10.00 – 11.00 Demonstrations & Tasters
11.00 – 12 noon Refreshments
Free Event. Everyone Welcome
Instructor Brian Phillips has let us know about this event:
I run Belton House Tai Chi Club where I teach Beijing Short and Yang long Forms, Tai Chi for the disabled and weapons (Short Staff, Sai and Fan) and Qigong. On Saturday 26th April we will be having a “Tai Chi in the Park” day at Belton House National Trust, Grantham starting at 1100hrs. The day is open to all to come and “have a go”, individual and group demonstrations, refreshments available and glorious locations to practice including lakes, ponds, running rivers, ornamental gardens and a fantastic back drop of the House itself.
Belton House is a National Trust property and as such an entry fee is applicable if not a member.
The Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe (TCFE) announce that the 7th TCFE Competition will take place in Latvia over the weekend of October 3-5 2014. More details will be announced as soon as we have them…
Union Instructors Vicky Ahern & Tony Hardiman of The Chi Clinic sent us details of their 10th Anniversary of being part of 'World Tai Chi & Qigong Day' which will be held in Nonsuch Park, Cheam/Sutton/Epsom, Surrey (Greater London) on Saturday 26th April 2014 starting at 10 am.
'We see WTCQD as a great day out with our students, family & friends. It has become a focal point in our calendar as a day to work towards, to give group demonstrations & to connect with Tai Chi & Qigong friends from other local groups – to share experiences & 'play Tai Chi together'. Other instructors are welcome to share in the teaching & to come along with their students to demonstrate their speciality or simply join in the mass Warm Up, Healing Circle, Tai Chi 24 Forms & Health Qigong Demonstrations. Everyone is welcome whatever your style!'
Here’s our webpage with all the relevant details.
Streetmap for the venue
If you are a union member who is running an event for World Tai Chi Day, let us know.
Union Instructor Mark Peters, sent us detail of Birmingham’s plans for World Tai Chi Day on the 26 April:
World tai Chi day to act as launch event for City wide ‘FREE Tai Chi in the Park Project’ in Birmingham. The project will span approximately 50 parks across Birmingham and with the support of Sports England could go Countrywide.
The Project was trialed in 2013 to include other activities as well as tai chi and came under the banner of ActiveParks. Here is a video discussing the project.
Please take a look at a previous world tai chi day in Birmingham
More details soon but for now the events page has some.
We would be interested in hearing from any other union members with plans for the World Tai Chi Day.
Instructor Ranjeet S Sokhi sent us details on a new Meet Up Group for Tai Chuan and Internal Arts. Although it aims to develop an active Tai Chi community in the Herts, Beds and Cambs regions, anyone is welcome to join.
The group will be open to all styles of Tai Chi Chuan and related internal arts including Qi Gong/Chi Kung, Xing Yi and Bagua and so everyone is welcome to join and participate. We are not trying to ‘sell’ Tai Chi or promote any particular club – the aim is to share this wonderful art with anyone who is interested, be they experienced teachers, students or someone who is just beginning. To join please go to http://www.meetup.com/TaiChiChuan-InternalArts/
If you need any more information on the group and its events please contact me on Ranjeet S Sokhi
Entries are now being accepted for the 7th London Competition for Traditional Tai Chi Chuan on Sunday June 1st 2014.
London Competition More details
This event is open to competitors from any country and any major recognized style.
On Saturday 31st May, the day before the London Competition for Traditional Tai Chu Chuan, the head judges will each give short masterclasses focusing on the points that are unique and most important to each style of Tai Chi, with examples demonstrated of what those elements look like when performed well, averagely and badly.
Judging Criteria Workshops details
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain will be held on Saturday 12th April 2013 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)
Minutes of the 2013 AGM for reference.