CONSTITUTION OF THE TAI CHI UNION FOR GREAT BRITAIN
- 1. The name of the organisation shall be the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
The term Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Chi shall include internal arts as are approved by the Executive Committee. Membership of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain shall be open to practitioners of internal arts other than Tai Chi Chuan on the same basis as for practitioners of Tai Chi Chuan.
- 2. The address of the organisation shall be situated in Great Britain.
- 3. The main objects for which the Union is established are:-
- To improve the health and quality of life of members of the community, particularly the old and the sick by advancing Tai Chi Chuan as a therapeutic exercise.
- To further the education and training of young persons in Great Britain by providing them with opportunities to study and practice Tai Chi Chuan both in Great Britain and elsewhere and in suitable cases also to provide them with financial assistance.
- To promote research and understanding of Chinese religion ritual and philosophy and their influence in the development of Tai Chi Chuan.
- 4. In the furtherance of these objects, the Union will endeavour:-
- To unite Tai Chi practitioners in Great Britain in the development of the art of Tai Chi Chuan.
- To set and improve standards in the teaching and practice of Tai Chi Chuan in Great Britain.
- To collate and disseminate information on Tai Chi classes and events, publications, videos and other information media including the Internet as may be of interest to Tai Chi practitioners in Great Britain.
- To collate and disseminate information on such other events, publications and videos, as may be of interest to Tai Chi practitioners in Great Britain.
- To promote Tai Chi Chuan in all its aspects including those of health, aesthetic, meditation, ritual, philosophy, self-defence competition and sports.
- To liaise with practitioners of Tai Chi Chuan and other martial arts world-wide.
- To promote public awareness in Great Britain of the benefits of Tai Chi Chuan through the mass media.
- To provide financial assistance for Tai Chi teams representing Great Britain.
- To raise money for charities by organising Tai Chi Chuan demonstrations and events.
- To do all other things as are incidental to or conducive to the attainment of the above objects. Provided that:-
- The aims of the Union shall be in no way political.
- The Union shall be non-profit-making; all funds generated by its activities shall be used to pay for expenses necessary for the furtherance of its objects.
We the several persons whose names and addresses are subscribed in pursuance of the above General Stipulations are desirous of forming the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
Names, addresses and subscriptions of subscribers:-
- Gary Wragg, 14G Randolph Crescent, Maida Vale, London W9 1DR
- Ray Wilkie, 23 Oakwood Avenue, Mitcham, CR4 5DQ
- Nigel Sutton, 5 Aspen Way, Middleton-on Sea, West Sussex, PO22 6PW
- John Hine, 26 The Chase, Bromley, Kent, BR1 3DF
- Dan Docherty, Ashfield Road, Southgate, London< N14 7LA
- Paul Crompton, 94 Felsham Road, London SW15
- Ian Cameron 38 Madeira Street, Edinburgh EH6 4AL
- Linda Broda, 163 Palatine Road, Manchester, M20 8GH
- Trevor Barry, 1 Sladesbrook, Bradford on Avon, Wilts. BA15 1SH
- Full members shall have voting rights at General Meetings and such other rights as are set out under this constitution. Full Membership will be held by:-
- The subscribers to the General Stipulations.
- Such other national or local Tai Chi groups or individuals admitted and registered as full members by the Executive Committee. Each group so admitted may appoint one representative to vote and, where eligible and applicable, stand for election to the Executive Committee. Each such representative shall be entitled to only one vote irrespective of the size of the group represented.
- Associate members shall be such persons, associations or bodies not eligible for full membership of the Union at the time of their application. Such associates shall not be entitled to exercise the rights of full membership of the Union, nor may they vote or stand for election.
- Report its assessment of candidates to the Executive Committee which may reject any candidate for membership or association without having to state any reason for so doing.
- Subject to the final approval of the Executive Committee, issue completed assessment certificates recognising candidates as having demonstrated their competence to teach certain aspects of Tai Chi Chuan.
- Abide by the constitution of the union and the decisions of the Executive Committee.
- Pay such initial fees and annual subscriptions as the Executive Committee may from time to time determine and in all cases within two months of such fees falling due.
- A member or associate whether an individual or a group, shall cease to be a member or associate of the Union if such member or associate:-
- Resigns by notice in writing sent to the Executive Committee.
- Fails to pay any Union fees or subscriptions within two months of their becoming due.
- Is requested by the Executive Committee to resign. Such request shall not have effect until the Executive Committee notifies the member or associate of the grounds of their request, giving the member or associate 14 days notice of a special meeting of the Executive Committee to be convened to hear representations of the member or associate concerned.
- Those ceasing to be members or associates under paragraph 7 c shall not be entitled to any refund whatsoever of either fees or subscriptions paid to the Union and shall remain liable to pay any fees or subscription due at the date on which their membership or association ceased. The Executive Committee may at its discretion and subject to payment of all fees and subscriptions readmit any member or associate whose membership or association has ceased.
- The rights and privileges of a member or associate are not transferable except in accordance with paragraph 6.
- Notwithstanding subsequent provisions of this constitution, any member of the Executive Committee whose membership of the Union ceases shall ipso facto vacate his office with immediate effect and shall not be entitled to attend meetings of the Executive Committee.
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
- aThe subscribers to the General Stipulations, who shall remain in office for a period of three years, after which they must vacate office or stand for re-election.
- Those members who are fully versed in all aspects of Tai Chi Chuan, including health, self defence, weapon training and pushing hands and who have been practicing for at least five years and who are individuals or group representatives in accordance with paragraph 5 shall also be eligible for election to the Executive Committee. Such members may be required to be assessed by a Technical Panel before they stand for election. Those elected shall hold office for a period of one year after which they must stand for re-election.