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.
Please note the General Meeting date has changed and will now be Saturday 5th November at 12pm live on zoom
A full notice with agenda, links etc. will go out shortly.
Any questions for the General Meeting need to be submitted in advance of the meeting; again, more details to follow shortly.
TCUGB board of directors
The most recent newsletter should have now arrived in members inboxes. It can also be viewed here: Aug2022newsletter.
The leading Tai Chi and Qigong organisation in the UK, the Tai Chi and Qigong Union for Great Britain (TCUGB), are pleased to announce the completion of Professional Technical Standards for TC & Q for Health and Wellbeing. (Links provided at the end of this Press Release)
Following several years of investigation and determined efforts by long standing members of the TCUGB, these Professional Standards will provide the essential platform to meet the Aims and Visions of the TCUGB to have suitable TC and Q systems approved by the UK Government, as principal Complementary Therapies, within the framework of the recently formed national Integrated Care Systems
Additionally, commercial, charitable and private health providers will be important elements of these initiatives for the improved Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle for our population. Exercises will be suitable for all ages, especially Our Ageing Population.
The TCUGB formed a Partnership with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sports and Physical Activity, (CIMSPA), who are supported by Sports England and hold a Royal Charter from the UK Government.
Tai Chi and Qigong Instructors and organisations will be able to apply for Assessment and Certification through the partnership. This will result in the opportunity for TC & Q Health and Wellbeing Instructors to provide training courses, seminars, presentations and classes, safe in the knowledge they are endorsed by The Sports Councils relevant bodies.
Basic training for representatives including, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, General Practitioners, Corporate Managers, Human Resources, Care Homes and Charities will be offered to promote TC & Q referrals and social prescribing.
Chairman, Tai Chi and Qigong Union for Great Britain
11th July 2022
Tai Chi for Health and Wellbeing
Qigong for Health and Wellbeing
TCUGB Director Marnix Wells is presenting a paper at the “Martial Arts, Tradition and Globalisation International Conference: Universities of Lausanne and Geneva” held at the University of Lausanne from 29th June to 2nd July 2022.
The conference has a fascinating programme of academic presentations on martial arts, a world which most of us didn’t know existed. We hope that we will be able to feature more about it in the TCUGB magazine in future.
The programme of presentations looks fascinating.
We have recently added a ‘what is qigong’ section to our website. It includes sections on:
- Quick History Lesson
- What is Qigong?
- The Three Regulations
- Is Qigong Safe & Effective?
- COVID 19
- Health Conditions
- The NHS
- Third Sector Health Organisations & Charities
- Clinical Studies & Reviews
- A Review of Clinical Trials of Tai Chi and Qigong in Older Adults – Carol Rogers et al
- A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi – Roger Jahnke et al
- Qigong: What You Need to Know – Inna Belfer et al
- Getting Started
- TCUGB Recognized Instructors & Safe Systems
- Things to Consider in Choosing an instructor
- Something to Read
- Qigong Related Articles on the TCUGB Website
FREE Global Online Event Sunday 29th May 2022 2pm till 8pm BST
Union Instructor Keith Sharp & Chairman Mark Peters are taking part in a discussion and panel at 4:00pm
Links to the stream on Facebook and Youtube can be found at: HEALING OUR EARTH | A global platform to heal our earth together. along with the full 6 hour program program.
Healing Our Earth is a wonderful E-Community channel, an initiative by Nil Kumar and his team, to produce various FREE Sessions and Summits for Global Online audiences, on subjects that matter to the community – Health, Wealth and Spirituality. It allows participation at every level – from a young person to an organisation from any parts of the world – so that they can make their contribution to make the world a happier place Please see www.healingourearth.com for further information and all the programmes so far.
Members should have had the newsletter in their inbox.
The next issue of the tai chi & internal arts journal will be out shortly so you will receive a larger newsletter then.
For now, we want to share some details of FREE training that members may be interested in
Welcome to the March 2022 issue of the TCUGB newsletter.
We aim to post newsletters on a regular basis to keep members up to date.
Based on members feedback we have added a ‘book and pay online’ link to our insurance page.
The link takes you to STB where you can choose and pay for your policy at Tai Chi & Qigong Union for Great Britain – STB Insurance.
World Tai Chi Day is coming up on the 30th of April this year.
Members organising events are welcome to send them in using this form Add An Event or email them to John Johnston for inclusion. Please see the contribute page for details on what information we need.
World Tai Chi day has a lot of resources to help you join in including:
- Organizing Kits
- Media Resources
- Banners, Posters, Flyers Art-Work for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
- Official Proclamation Kits
- Medical Research on Tai Chi and Qigong
Which you can share with public when you get media attention or official recognition for your local event.
Here are the events listed on the union site so far:
- Yorkshire World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on 30/04/2022
- World Tai Chi Day Riddings Park on 30/04/2022
- World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Twyford on 30/04/2022
- World Taiji & Qigong Day – North Sligo on 30/04/2022
- Calmer on 30/04/2022
- World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2022 – Cheltenham on 30/04/2022 10:00 am
- World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Fundraiser on 30/04/2022 10:00 am
- Tai Chi & Qigong in the Park for World Tai Chi day on 30/04/2022 10:30 am
- White Horse Tai Chi presents World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2022 on 30/04/2022 10:30 am
- World Tai Chi & Qigong Day @ Downton Cuckoo Fair on 30/04/2022 12:30 pm
- World Tai Chi Day Event – East Riding on 30/04/2022 1:00 pm
- World Tai Chi Day – Tamworth on 30/04/2022 2:00 pm
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, 1950, 1938.….
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.’
Issue 64 out now!
- Letter from the chairman
- Cheng Man Ching and Sung
- Dan Docherty Tai Chi Journey
- Dan Docherty tributes
- The future of tai chi
- The importance of weapons training
- Yin Yang in qigong
- Tai Chi for health
- The internal art
- Meet the teacher
- And more…
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 email@example.com
The Jan2022 newsletter should have reached all members.
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.
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.
Keith Sharp, a advanced instructor and honorary president of the TCUGB is talking at the Healing our Earth conference on Sunday 12 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Mark Peters, Chairman
On behalf of the board of TCUGB
open group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/uktaichiqigongandinternalartstcugbopenforum
members only group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1273194333034852
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.