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CORONAVIRUS (COVID – 19)

As guidelines for COVID keep being updated,it is best to check the links and organisations shown below on a regular basis. Local lockdowns and policies with be posted by you local council so remember to check them too.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support – GOV.UK
CIMSPA – reactivate training – FREE training to help you restart classes COVID safe
Update first aid training to be COVID aware
Important information from EMD UK on Coronavirus (COVID-19) – EMD UK – national governing body for group exercise
Coronavirus | Sport England
ACRE – help opening local village halls
Health and Safety Executive – risk assessments

The Coronavirus outbreak is creating a fast moving and uncertain situation affecting us all, personally and professionally, and we want to make sure our members are aware of the latest advice, so have added the links above.

May 2021 Update

The heath committee have provided updated guidance for Union members:

March 2021 update

As the UK looks to move gradually out of lockdown, we have produced these helpful forms/templates that can be downloaded by clicking on the links below

We hope you all remain safe and healthy.
On behalf of the Board of
The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain

Chinese New Year – year of the Tiger – February 1st 2022

2022 is a year of the Water Tiger. It starts from February 1st, 2022 and ends on January 21st, 2023. A Water Tiger year occurs every 60 years.

Years of the Tiger include 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 19501938.….

The Tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness. The tiger is known for being kind, adventurous and enthusiastic.

Let’s make 2022 our year of growing stronger together

Most Popular Chinese New Year Greetings 

In Mandarin, the most common Chinese New Year greeting is Xīnnián hǎo (新年好), which directly translates as ‘New Year Goodness’. A more formal greeting is  Xīn nián kuài lè, literally meaning ‘New Year happiness’.

In Cantonese, the most common greeting is Gong hei fat choy(恭喜发财), which means ‘Best wishes, wishing you happiness and prosperity.’

Journal Issue 64 – Tai Chi Chuan & Internal Arts out now

issue 64

Issue 64 out now!

Issues 64 is here and can be viewed online at http://taichimag.org and click the cover image of the issue you want to read. This issue includes:

Please note, the site is http not https so some browsers flag a safety warning; it is nothing to worry about as the site doesn’t collect personal details and doesn’t sell anything, it’s just google tightening up. We will be moving server as the magazine project develops.

We are already compiling content for issue 65 and look forward to receiving your submissions. Email them to us at editor@taichimag.org

Dan 1954-2021

Fund raiser for Parkinsons UK In memory of Sifu Dan

This fund raiser is in memory of our Tai Chi Master, Sifu Daniel Docherty who sadly passed away on Thursday 9th December 2021.

He suffered for many years with the debilitating effects of Parkinsons disease and at the wishes of his family, instead of funeral flowers money can be donated to charity.

Catherine Birkinhead is fundraising for Parkinson’s UK

Dan Docherty sword

Dan Docherty, (1954-2021)

It is with sadness that we have to announce the death of Dan Docherty, a
founder and driving force in The Tai Chi & Qigong Union for Great Britain.

Dan died suddenly on Thursday 9th December and there will be a full
obituary in the next issue of the Union’s magazine, Tai Chi and Internal
Arts. We have opened this page for comments of remembrance.

Some tributes to Dan

Fund raiser for Parkinsons UK In memory of Sifu Dan

Healing our Earth

Keith Sharp, a advanced instructor and honorary president of the TCUGB is talking at the Healing our Earth conference on Sunday 12 December 2021

World Health Coverage Day
FREE Global Online Event
Sunday 12th December 2021
2pm till 8pm  GMT
2022 calendar cover

TCUGB newsletter December 2021

The newsletter can also be downloaded as a PDF and includes extra items. Download

2022 Tai Chi & Qigong Union Calendar

Our new calendar is now available to purchase online, in a desk or wall-hanging format, so let your friends and students know. Members will receive their copy soon. The images used were submitted by members, and we’ve included a selection of events, both national and international.
Buy the Calendar 

30th Anniversary competition

We had a good range of submissions which all members were asked to vote on. Download the PDf newsletter to see the results.

Issue 64 on its way

We are currently working to complete issue 64 which will be out December/January. We are already compiling content for issue 65 and look forward to receiving your submissions. Email them to us at enquires@taichiunion.com
The magazines been posted on the new dedicated magazine website, have you clicked on and read it yet? Visit http://taichimag.org and click the cover image of the issue you want to read. More issues will be added over time. Please note, the site is http not https so some browsers flag a safety warning; it is nothing to worry about as the site doesn’t collect personal details and doesn’t sell anything, it’s just google tightening up. We will be moving server as the magazine project develops.

Tai Chi for health related research project

Are you, or do you know a PHD student in a position to consider a Tai Chi for health related research project?
The TCUGB Health Committee would love to hear from you and to help you out. Contact us

Note regarding Trademarking

The Chinese State continues to support and promote China’s modern ‘Global Brand’ of simplified qigong. TCUGB has agreed to be much more vigilant in future regarding any potential attempts to control the use of what we might consider to be generic and descriptive terms in the U.K. To this end we will be using a specialist computerised search service to watch out for certain terms appearing in new Trade Mark Applications in the U.K. for the latest update see Trademark Update

As the world continues to unlock, it is clear that many of us will be training using a mix of ‘live online’ and ‘face-to-face’. The technology developed massively over the last 18 months and actually was shown to increase the number of sessions per week attended. I am enjoying the opportunity to share and practice more; maybe you can share your stories for the next newsletter issue.
Best regards,
Mark Peters, Chairman
On behalf of the board of TCUGB

twitter: https://twitter.com/TaiGreat

facebook:
page: https://www.facebook.com/tcugb
open group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/uktaichiqigongandinternalartstcugbopenforum
members only group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1273194333034852

Sports England funding opportunity

Sports England are working with 43 Active Partnerships that, between them, cover every part of England. Grants are available to help develop programs and some TCUGB members are already getting involved, for example, Mark Peters is working with Sports Birmingham and has received grants for tai chi in mental health and tai chi session to tackle inequality. Details of the tackling inequality fund can be found at Together Fund | Sport England

You can find more details of funding and partnerships at Active Partnerships.

Follow the link on the page and put in your postcode to find your local partner.

If you have already accessed this or other funds, please share information with us so we can share the good news with members. If you are aware of similar finds in Scotland, Ireland and Wales, please let us know. Working together the TCUGB grows stronger.

Trademarking Update

As TCUGB members may remember, an application was made to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to register as a trademark “Tai Chi 24”; this was done by one of our own members. The name “Tai Chi 24” is for a commonly practiced short Yang style form created in the 1950s and taught throughout the world.  The application caused obvious concern among our members, many of whom contacted the IPO to raise this.

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30th Anniversary logo competition – Vote

We’d like to thank the members who submitted entries for the 30th Anniversary logo competition. Please view/download the pdf and vote on your preference

You can also comment on any tweaks you’d like e.g. background colour change etc.

votes and comments to enquires@taichiunion.com with subject line as ‘30th Anniversary logo vote’

Calendar Photo Competition

We’re planning a calendar for 2022, and thought it would be great if members could submit photo’s, artwork etc. There will be a cover photo and one image for each month. They will be available as wall and/or desk designs with an expected price of £6 desk and £10 wall. Deadline for entries is 30th October: enquires@taichiunion.com

Magazine Issue 63

Issue 63 of TCC&OA magazine been posted on the new dedicated magazine website, have you clicked on and read it yet?

Visit http://taichimag.org and click the cover image of the issue you want to read. Please note, the site is http not https so some browsers flag a safety warning; it is nothing to worry about as the site doesn’t collect personal details and doesn’t sell anything, it’s just google tightening up. We will be moving server as the magazine project develops.

Issue 63 includes:

 

What if you still want a printed copy?

For those who would like a printed magazine, there is the option to purchase single copies at £6 including P&P, and 10 or more copies at £4 including P&P. They will be printed in the UK on 100% recycled carbon neutral uncoated paper. We have made arrangements with ASKPrint online and setup an online shop at:

https://www.askonline.shop/collections/tai-chi-qigong-union-for-great-britain

TCUGB Standards and Ethics

We have added the Union’s Standards and Ethics to the site. Members are expected to meet the standards listed in this document.

The standards include sections on respect, integrity, responsibility and competence.

Read the Standards and Ethics policy, pdf format.

TCUGB Regional Officers Wanted

Are you interested in helping to connect members locally?

Help build the Union?

We’re looking at how to improve communications further, and would like to identify regional officers to act as hub points/contacts. They can help connect members and potential members in their area, maybe help with technical panel recommendations, be involved with regional events in the future etc.

Current regions, as used on Union Instructors page, are:

  • London/South East
  • South & West
  • Eastern Counties
  • Midlands
  • North
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Channel Islands

We will need more officers in some regions and are happy to add additional regions as needed. If this is something that appeals to you, please let the Chairman know.

Tai Chi Caledonia

Tai Chi Caledonia is a world class Tai Chi event held annually in Stirling, Scotland. 2020 was to be it’s 25th anniversary but of course COVID-19 put a stop to all that. Instead the teacher lineup for that year, from all over the world, chose to donate their time for free to bring Tai Chi and Qigong online for all to benefit.

The same is due to happen again starting this Saturday 10th July 2021

TCC-Online Zoom Programme-2021

The sessions will be recorded and available on www.taichicaledonia.com and also on the FB page.

More information on the Tai Chi Caledonia site:

Joining Instructions for the 2021 Zoom Workshops

2021 Zoom Programme

 

National Qigong Association celebrate their 25th anniversary

Thursday the 8th of July see’s the National Qigong Association celebrate their 25th anniversary – and to mark the occasion they are offering an open invitation to a special zoom conversation with two of its founders, and modern day Qigong pioneers; Dr Roger Jahnke and Jim MacRichie.

The USA based association is an umbrella organisation that seeks to bring together qigong practitioners of all styles, systems and lineages, and Thursday’s ‘Qi-Talk’ will have a focus on the past, present and future of Qigong. To register for the talk please visit www.nqa.org.

June Newsletter

link to newsletter The latest issue of the newsletter has been sent to all members, you can read an extended version here: TCUGB-Newsletter-June-2021

The newletter includes information about Tai Chi Chuan & Oriental Arts magazine No 62
The magazine will be posted on the new dedicated magazine website, and a reminder will be published in the monthly newsletter. Visit http://taichimag.org and click the cover image of the issue you want to read. More issues will be added over time.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID – 19) Update

The CORONAVIRUS (COVID – 19) information on the site has been updated, the roadmaps for England and Scotland along with Return to Outdoor Activities Duty of Care & Risk Assessment and Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR Q) documents.