From Mark Peters:
Many thanks to all who have contributed feedback during the consultation process. This has been used to make relevant changes to the standards, which are due for completion by the end of January – final drafts will then go to CIMSPA for publication.
This documents is intended to give a clearer picture on the purpose and scope of the tai chi and qigong technical standards
Progress on CIMSPA tai chi and qigong technical standards Jan2021
Download the TCUGB Chairman Report 2020-21 TCUGB Chairman Report 2020-21
This systematic and meta-analytic review aimed to investigate the effects of Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) on the cognitive function of the elderly with cognitive impairment and to analyze the moderators of these effects. We searched eight electronic databases for randomized controlled trials on the effects of TCC on cognitive function, published up to June 14, 2020.
from: Effects of Tai Chi Chuan on Cognitive Function in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: A Systematic and Meta-Analytic Review
TCC can improve multiple cognitive functions of the elderly with cognitive impairment. The intervention effects are moderated by exercise length, but not by exercise session time and frequency.
There still seems to be some confusion regarding the standards being developed and how they may effect TCUGB members.
As the official position statements says “This standard does not intend to cover the whole discipline of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong, but to focus on Tai Chi & Qigong for health, well-being and rehabilitation.” It is published on all our website.
To be clear, TCUGB members will not be required to join CIMSPA, the choice is yours.
The TCUGB and BCCMA are working with CIMSPA to develop a technical standard to improve quality control in the fitness industry and patient rehabilitation (NHS etc.). It won’t affect the majority of our membership and does not apply to the whole martial arts. Anyone who does teach patient sessions in the NHS, or similar, will benefit from the certification. Anyone training people to work in these specific areas will need to meet the standards, if they want to benefit from and certify via these standards.
Lots of work is being done on the Union website. Changes include a useful links page, access to articles, roots articles and more. We are looking for history and development articles on Qigong, Hsing-I and Bagua to expand the content. Please send to email@example.com.
What are you planning for 2021? Courses and workshops? Please remember to upload them to: https://www.taichiunion.com/add-an-event/
The next TCUGB annual general meeting is to be held on Saturday 16th January, at 11am. And this year, like most things, it will be held via Zoom, and as such, it will be the most accessible AGM in the Union’s history, and we are urging members to attend and participate in the meeting.
After a tumultuous year for everyone, the TCUGB is looking to make some positive changes going forward, and we believe it starts by inviting as many of our membership as is possible to its AGM. There have been some changes to the board of directors and there is a renewed and sincere commitment to ensuring the TCUGB is an organisation we can all be proud to be a part of.
We recognise this will take time, but we believe we can begin that journey now, at the AGM, and we urge as many members as possible to attend and give their voice. Whilst we cannot guarantee it will be your most exciting hour of your life, we can guarantee it will create a platform for the union, and all its members, to move forward in a more productive and harmonious manner. We hope to see you there. To obtain your members zoom login, and submit any questions you may have, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Taijiquan has been listed by the UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Taijiquan – intangible heritage – Culture Sector – UNESCO
This was sent to all members and is available online.
We received many applications for positions on the TCUGB board, which was truly heart-warming to know so many people want to take an active part in its future development.
We have appointed four people and others have been asked to help and keep the momentum going. The list of board members can be seen on the executive committee page
The level of research into Taiji and Qi Gong continues to grow, and evidence for the health benefits is now well established.
A groundbreaking research study involving Taiji and Qi Gong for people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF-CATS) was carried out by The Wu Shi Taiji Quan & Qi Gong Association in conjunction with the research team at London South Bank University.
Findings can be reviewed at: https://wustyle.uk.com/community/research/
The results are in for the recent survey and show that 75% of those responded have been attending classes online during lockdown.
There are some interesting comments and shared learning from the survey not least of which is the change in the approach to teaching.
Download a copy in pdf: Survey monkey – covid classes.
Based on comments from the Facebook groups, we though it could be helpful to gather some data/feedback with a quick 10 question survey. The findings can be posted on the TCUGB website and social media channels to help everyone. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/THJD7QB
The newsletter was sent to all instructors and is available online: The Members November Newsletter
With the ever changing landscape due to COVID-19, now seems the time to look to new technology and hold the AGM live online via zoom. Saturday 16th January 2021 at 11.00am. We may even share live in the closed TCUGB members group.
Our long-standing Chairman, Dan Docherty has decided its the right time to hand over the baton, and Mark Peters has now been appointed as chair. Dan was instrumental in forming the TCUGB in 1991 and will still play an active part in its continued development.
We are also looking for new directors to join the board and help develop the TCUGB. Some members have already applied, which shows us there is interest in helping develop our future. Details for application can be found on this post: The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain C.I.C. is seeking to recruit new Directors from among the existing members Closing date 20th November..
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.
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