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7th TCFE European Championships of Chinese Internal Martial Arts

At Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre
Pegasus Road, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, OX4 6JL
April 11-12, 2015, 0900-1800 hours
ENTRIES – Only members of Chinese Internal martial arts groups which are in membership of the TCFE may enter this event. All entries must be received on or before March 13th, 2015; late entries will not be accepted.
COMPETITION WEBSITE with entry forms and rules will be up soon.
REGISTRATION for foreign competitors will take place at the venue on April 10th from 1400-2100. Only cash payments will be accepted. Details on entry form
REGISTRATION for UK based competitors will be on 11th April at 0900.
SEMINARS will take place on April 10th. There will be 4 seminars each lasting 1 and a half hours and each costing £10 from 1500-1900. Details will be posted on website.

Team GB smash it at the tai chi World Championships in Taiwan!

Sent by Emma North

Team Longfei GB represented Britain’s tai chi community at the World Tai Chi Chuan Federation’s 5th World Cup Tai Chi Chuan Championship, held in Taipei, Taiwan on the 18th & 19th October 2014.

The eight-member team brought home 15 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals! Team coach, Barry McGinlay, led the way and we now have a British World Pushing Hands Champion!

The team were: Alex May, Alfia Nakipbekova, Barry McGinlay, Emma North, Helen Osborn, Lenroy Wallace, Mark Adams and Nikola Bojic.

Team Longfei GB would like to thank Masters Simon Watson, Richard Watson, Wang Yanji, Faye Yip, Tary Yip and Professor Li Deyin for their continuing, generous teachings from the lineage of Master Li Tianji.

Additionally, thanks go to sifu Stuart Verity from Integral Tai Chi and to all of our training colleagues, friends and families who supported us to make this happen. The medals are yours as well as ours!

Bodyhealth TAI CHI News

Terence Barnes, Disciple (Tudi) of Master Zhu Chang Hai is proud to announce the elevation, by examination in China, of Master Zhu to Grand Master 8th Level (8th Duan Wei) there being only nine Levels or Duan Wei in total.  This places him as only one of five 8th Duan Wei outside of China and only one of two 8th Duan Wei in Europe. 
My students and I send their congratulations to Grand Master Zhu Chang Hai on his elevation to this very high level.
Terence Barnes
Bodyhealth TAI CHI

Classes For Wheelchair Users?

Mary Reynolds, Information Officer, Sussex Rehabilitation Centre (Brighton) Sussex contacted us with this request:

I am trying to find information on teachers who offer classes for wheelchair users, particularly in the South East area, but anywhere in the UK will be useful.

If you offer class let me know and I’ll forward the message to Mary, John


Dear members,
The afore mentioned competition will take place from April 10-12 2015 at a venue near London.(I am finalising contracts and will have final details soon).
Entry forms website etc should be ready by early December 2014.
There has been an unavoidable delay to find a new organizer and an appropriate, reasonably priced venue since our friends in Latvia notified the Executive that they were unable to go ahead with the event. You will be notified as more info becomes available.
Please note that to run this event I had to cancel the 27th British Open Tai Chi Championships.

If there are any queries, please email:

First Aid for Martial Arts Instructors

Union Instructor Don Spargo sent us news of this unusual event. You can find out more in the events listing: First Aid For Martial Arts Instructors 11-10-2014 and read more on Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy First Aid for Martial Arts Teachers page.

Pushing Hands UK celebrates 5th birthday

This August bank holiday weekend players from around the UK and beyond will come together in Worcester for three days of workshops and free pushing in a friendly, safe and collaborative environment. Pushing Hands UK, established in 2009 will be celebrating its fifth birthday and is delighted to be welcoming back from Taiwan, Serge Dryer, founder of the Recontres Janières pushing hands event and Head of the ARAMIS association for teaching tai ji quan. The event will also include workshops from Laura Stone from the Netherlands, who brings 40 years’ experience and whose primary teacher is Grandmaster William C.C. Chen. Andrew Heckert from Philadelphia will also be teaching at the event, sharing his studies with both William Chen and Dr Ping-sung Tao. For more details and booking visit Pushing hands UK – Home

TCFE European Competition

Following an unexpected cancellation of the European Competition, due to be staged on behalf of the TCFE, in Latvia, due to local difficulties the TCFE Executive Committee contacted its members to find a solution to stage the competition elsewhere in Europe. 

Two bids were submitted and considered and the Executive Committee agreed that the best solution would be for Dan Docherty to stage the next TCFE competition in England during the latter months of 2014. As soon as the dates and venue are confirmed all members will be informed.

British Open Tai Chi Championship Results

Open Report and Results MS docx

Open Report and Results MS pdf

This was the 26th anniversary of the British Open Tai Chi competition which was held again in Oxford. With nearly 12 years experience of practising Wudang Tai Chi Chuan and earlier experience of assisting at competitions in Sweden, this however was my first expecience as a judge at the British Open competition in Oxford.

Someone who also experienced his first time as a judge was Michael Jacques, Dan Docherty’s first student from 1984. He had twice won the men’s heavyweight division more than 20 year ago.

The competition started with a performance by Michael Jacques who demonstrated the Five Elements and the Eight Powers of Tai Chi.

Then the competitions began and so didm y role as one of the three judges of hand form.Which was both very interesting and quite enjoyable. It was very nice to see all good competitors perform and I also found the different styles of Tai Chi quite interesting.

Apart from myself, among the competitors were some other foreigners like Paulo Salas Vazquez. He has competed in Spain but this was his first British Open competition. He participated in Open Forms and Open Weapon Form, Open Internal form, which led to several medals. I particularly enjoyed watching him perform some Ba gua.

Another first-comer was Consiglia Vicente, who has competed in France and prepared for other coming competitions. She participated in Hand form, Open Weapon form with Fan, saber and sword. Consiglia told me, in my humble opinion something very wise, while waiting for the results that: Even if you don’t win any medals, it is a great experience and opportunity to learn and improve. She’s already looking forward to return for the competitions next year.

Emma Akesson