Newsletter coming and web listings to be updated

All members will shortly be receiving an e-newsletter via mailchimp to give more details of some of the work going on behind the scenes during these difficult COVID times.

We’ve also had a chance to review members listings and note that a number of websites no longer exist, or are maybe not as relevant anymore. Plus a number of members have no grading shown, and a number shown as beginner are maybe due an upgrade.

One key change is we’re separating the listings into membership types of ‘whole art – heath & martial’ and ‘health only’ inline with our membership options. This will help when searching for classes and teachers.

Trademark statement

Some members will be aware of the dispute between the British Health Qigong Association and other members of the Qigong community, including several of our members, over the application to register the phrase “Health Qigong” as a trademark.
Please download and read our position statement regarding this, and our stance regarding trademarking going forwards.

TCUGB trademark statement PDF

The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain C.I.C. is seeking to recruit new Directors from among the existing members

Director recruitment

Closing date for Director applications is 20th
November 2020

The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain C.I.C. is seeking to recruit new Directors from among the existing members.

Candidates will need to be Senior or Advanced members and demonstrate a commitment to the aims and objectives of the Company.

Attached are some guidelines and the attributes that we are seeking in candidates.

We are particularly interested in candidates that can bring some experience and skill in areas of Public Relations/Promotion, I.T. and use of Social Media or Accounting.

If you know of any member that can meet the above criteria please encourage them to apply by submitting a brief Personal Statement setting out what they can bring to the role and a short C.V. to:

Qualities of Good Board Members

CIMPSA, TCUGB and BCCMA working together on the national standard

Tai Chi & Qigong for wellness.

A position statement from the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) and the Tai Chi & Qigong Union for Great Britain (TCUGB)

CIMSPA BCCMA TCUGB position statement V1.3 PDF

Covid 19 Advice Links

Executive Committee member Mark Peters gathered the current Government advice on sports and recreation which should be useful for members.

Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England – GOV.UK
Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities – Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance – GOV.UK
Guidance for personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation in England – GOV.UK



We wish to inform members that three Directors; David Hackett, Gary Wragg and Faye Yip have resigned from the Board.

We wish to respect their privacy and confidentiality and so will not comment on their reasons for resigning.

We wish to thank them for the time, effort and commitment they have given to the TCUGB over their years of service.

The Board also wish to take this opportunity to reassure members that the TCUGB will not interfere with member’s legitimate commercial activities, and they can remain members, as long as there is no direct conflict with the founding principles, and stated aims of the TCUGB; for example, the filing of trade marks for terms already in use by other TCUGB members, is not acceptable.

At the moment, the Board of Directors comprises:
Dan Docherty, Shelagh Grandpierre, Marnix Wells, Peter Ballam, Mark Peters, Barry McGinlay and Tony Ulatowski.
the board proposes to fill the remaining posts, in due course, as we consider the changing needs of the organisation. Requirements for nominees to follow soon.

Tai Chi AV facebook


Following the death of friends and colleagues, Dan Docherty wanted to do something positive to fight the current pandemic so he, with the help of others, set up The Tai Chi Anti Virus group with the stated aim of sharing and investigating how the practice of Tai Chi and Qi Gong may improve the health & fitness of the public so we are better able to fight the infection and make a speedy and full recovery should we be unfortunate enough to contract the virus.
When the TCUGB Directors saw the positive and thoughtful posts being added to the site we were pleased to become associated with the initiative and added our support.
Unfortunately in recent days the purpose of the site seems to have been subverted and many posts are now about the TCUGB and our stance on unrelated issues.
It is with great regret and sadness that the TCUGB Board have decided that our continued involvement is detrimental to the good work that was being achieved by the site and so it is in the best interests of the group that we withdraw our involvement so the group can return to the original purpose.
We wish Dan and all those making a positive contribution to the group the very best for the future and hope the recent exchanges have not deterred those members who have been so supportive of the original aims from further support.
On behalf of the Board of the TCUGB

The tai chi and qigong national standard

Here is the consultation survey link Professional standard consultation – Tai Chi & Qigong Teacher Survey.

As a member of tcugb, this is your opportunity to share your thoughts and help develop the national standard.
Attached are two documents to help TCUGB members see the draft of the tai chi and qigong national standard that the union have been working on with CIMSPA.

CIMSPA PS Tai Chi and Qigong Teacher July 2020 (002)

CIMSPA PS Tai Chi & Qigong Teacher PDC consultation response July 2020

The Journal for the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain

A message from the Editor, Dr. Mark J. Langweiler

To the members of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain,

First, thank you for being part of this long standing and significant organisation. As you are aware, the TCUGB is the umbrella organisation for tai chi and qi gong practitioners throughout the United Kingdom and has an important voice in advancing these treasured and beautiful arts.

As part of the benefits of membership, all members receive our Journal for the Tai Chi Union. Currently, the Journal comes out three time a year. But in order for this to continue, there is always a need for practicing members to contribute articles on a variety of subjects from tai chi and qigong practice, history, philosophy, martial and health-related concerns or even personal reflections. There has been a noticeable slump recently with contributions from our UK membership in articles for our magazine. The result has been more submissions from overseas. As the editor of the Journal, I would like to invite members to contact me with either something they have written or ideas for an article that they would like to have considered.

Additionally, the ‘Meet the Instructor’ column will be re-introduced. If you would like to be included, again, please contact me and we will make arrangements for an interview.

Your energy and input can truly reflect the vibrancy of TCUGB practitioners in our future magazine issues.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Dr. Mark J. Langweiler, DC, DAAPM
Editor- The Journal for the Tai Chi
Union of Great Britain

Position statement CIMSPA and TCUGB.

CIMSPA and The Tai Chi Union of Great Britain partner to develop Professional Standards for the Tai Chi and Qigong workforce.

TCUGB are delighted to announce our partnership with CIMSPA; TCUGB will work with CIMSPA to examine how professionals in the Tai Chi and Qigong community can be better equipped and recognised for the work they do and the associated health benefits for participants.

Until such time as a professional standard has been developed CIMSPA will not be endorsing education providers offering qualifications and CPD in Tai Chi or Qigong.

A professional standards committee (PSC) has been formed between a number of tai chi and qigong teachers, with specialist knowledge and skills, and CIMPSA to develop the standards. This will be managed by the TCUGB and CIMSPA. We are working to clarify training requirements, core skills, specialist skills etc. Further information will be posted as soon available.

Mark Peters is a long standing board member of the TCUGB and is our CIMPSA officer, heading the PSC and feeding back to the board, and TCUGB membership.

As of February 2020, CIMPSA own REPs; this will clarify the fitness industry as there will be a single directory moving forwards. Anyone previously previously being registered via REP’s will need to apply to CIMPSA and meet the relevant standards going forwards.

If you have any questions regarding CIMSPA, please email Mark at


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

The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain & Trademarks


A member requested clarification on the position of The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain C.I.C. (TCUGB) regarding the use of Trademarks by members, at the time of the request this had not been considered and so it was agreed that the matter would be discussed by the Board.

The Board of the TCUGB have now met and wish to advise the members of the outcome.

Commercial decisions, such as trademarking, taken by members are not a matter for the TCUGB unless there is a clear conflict with the aims and objectives as set out in the Articles of Association of the Company.

The aim of the TCUGB is to promote Tai Chi, QiGong and other Internal Arts to the general public, not to restrict members from lawful activities.

This does not mean that the TCUGB condones or supports such activities or wishes to deter anyone from objecting to the relevant authority if they feel a trademark should not have been registered or is an abuse of common terms widely used in the community.

If a member is concerned that a commercial decision by them may bring them into conflict with the TCUGB they are entitled to raise the matter informally with the TCUGB and they will receive advice.

The TCUGB is effectively run by volunteers, the Directors give their time for the benefit of the members and there are no full time employees so it is not always possible to respond to requests as quickly as we would like.

The perceived delay in dealing with this enquiry resulted in much speculation and comment on social media, some of the comments posted demonstrated a clear divide over the issue and the strong feelings held by some members, these resulted in complaints which the Board have discussed and appropriate action has been taken.

The issue has identified the need for stronger governance on matters such as a formal complaints procedure, standards of behaviour etc. and we will be working towards these over the coming months.

Members will be kept advised via the website, magazine and facebook.


Ballot for the appointment of Directors

Here are the vote results in the recent Ballot for the appointment of Directors: At the 2019 AGM Peter Ballam, Tony Ulatowski and David Hackett retired by rotation and offered themselves for re-election.
Voting members had the chance to vote in respect of all three nominees.

6 votes were void.
77 votes received were valid

Peter Ballam: 77 votes for, 0 against, Total: 77
David Hackett: 70 votes for, 3 against, Total: 67
Tony Ulatowski: 71 votes for, 4 against, Total: 67

This means all 3 Directors are re-elected.
Thank you to all members who voted.

2nd Australia International Martial Arts Festival 2019

Dear Wushu, Tai Chi & Qigong Colleagues
I hope all’s going well in your corner of the world.
I am writing to let you know about a new competition being held in August this year. I’ve attached all the details so please read through the documents and have a think about joining in! It would be fantastic if you were involved!
This competition is very well funded and supported by the Australian Chinese community. Last year, there were around 500 competitors with guest judges and performers from Hong Kong and China. It was an amazing event and quite an eye-opener for those who have never had the chance to compete overseas.
This year’s Festival promises to be as inspiring as the first event. The 2nd Australia International Martial Arts Festival 2019 will be attended by wushu, tai chi and qigong students from schools in China, Australia and other countries around the world. If you have ever attended any of the World Traditional Wushu Festivals over the years, you will now have the chance to experience this type of festival event in Australia.
The competition is on 31st August. It is open to all ages, all styles, and from any wushu background. We are also offering generous prizes for elite athletes in the competition – awarding cash prizes and a scholarship to train in a martial art academy in China. Special conditions apply so check through the attachments for all the details but please call if you need clarification. The Closing Ceremony will be held the following evening (1st September) where awards will be presented. This evening promises to be a highlight of the Festival with performances by famous Chinese Masters and selected winners of the competition events. The Masters will also present lectures and workshops during the Festival weekend. More details will be available closer to the event.
If you or your students prefer not to compete, a group demonstration event is also offered. So you, too, have the opportunity to join in without the pressure of ‘being judged’. It will be just like World Tai Chi & Qigong Day but at a different venue!

Also – if you’d like to be involved on a deeper level, as a sponsor or affiliate, please get in touch as soon as possible so we have time to discuss criteria and logo placement for the Festival advertising.

If you have any questions or queries, please call. I’m more than happy to help!

Warmest regards
Su Rule

Vice Chairman
Australia International Martial Arts Festival

Annual General Meeting of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain

The Annual General Meeting of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain C.I.C. will be held on Saturday 18th May 2019 at Chinese Culture Centre Unit E4, Stafford Park 15 Telford, Shropshire TF3 3BB commencing at 1.30pm (doors open at 1.15pm)

Download the AGM-PACK

  • The AGM pack contains:
    The Notice of the AGM
  • Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the tai chi Union for Great Britain Held on 21st April 2018
  • A proxy form

Master Chen Ziqiang’s London Seminars at Tai Ji Circle from 8 to 14 April 2019

Tai Ji Circle and Master Liu Quanjun are honoured to be hosting our eighth annual visit by Master Chen Ziqiang to London. The son of Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing and nephew of Standard Bearer Chen Xiaowang, Master Chen Ziqiang is a 20th generation direct descendant of the Chen Taijiquan Family. He is the Chief Coach of the prestigious Chenjiagou Taijiquan Academy and a renowned tai ji teacher and champion. Both he and his students have achieved overwhelming victories in numerous competitions both in China and worldwide. Master Chen’s Taiji is impeccable and he is ranked as one of the true great masters within the Taijiquan community.

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Tai Chi Symposium 2019

Union Instructor Michael Taylor sent us this news:

On May 25 to 29 next year, the 2019 International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Symposium will be held in Selvino, Italy hosted by the Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Foundation.

You can read more on our event listing:

Tai Chi Symposium 2019