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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


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.

The latest advice from the government.

The TCUGB has decided it is in the best interests of the general public, and to support the efforts being made to control the rise in cases, that the TCUGB 30th anniversary celebrations intended for later this year should be postponed. Further information will be provided once the future is more certain.

Many members have cancelled classes until further notice and some are running lessons online to keep in touch with students. If you are intending to do this please ensure your insurance covers such activities. If you insure through the TCUGB scheme then you can obtain an extension to cover this activity. Please contact the insurers direct to arrange this best contact:

If you have found this page as you are looking to start Tai Chi or Qi Gong then visit the website of any instructors in your area as they maybe offering video or online classes.

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

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

2018 Vote to Appoint the Executive Committee


Committee Member Position Vote For Vote Against Total
Dan Docherty Executive & Chair 87 4 83
Marnix Wells Executive & Vice Chair 81 2 79
Peter Ballam Executive & Secretary 89 0 89
Faye Yip Executive 85 0 85
Gary Wragg Executive 86 1 85
David Hackett Executive 74 1 73
Mark Peters Executive 75 4 71
Shelagh Grandpierre Executive 75 2 73
Tony Ulatowski Executive 77 1 76
Barry McGinlay Executive 82 3 79

Total Number of Votes Received: 101
Number of votes void = 5

Executive Committee Ballot 2017

The Results of the recent ballot are as follows:

For Against Total
Daniel Docherty 91 5 86
Marnix Wells 88 2 86
Peter Ballam 95 0 95
Faye Yip 91 0 91
Gary Wragg 90 2 88
David Hackett 83 2 81
Mark Peters 80 3 77
Shelagh Grandpierre 82 2 80
Tony Ulatowski 84 3 81
Barry McGinlay 89 2 87

Total number of votes received: 106, 0 Void

This leaves the Executive Committee the same as before.

Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe 9th Chinese Internal Arts Championships November 18th—19th 2017

Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe 9th Chinese Internal Arts Championships
November 18th—19th 2017

(registration 17th for foreign competitors)

Venue: Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, Pegasus Road, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, OX4 6JL
Contact Organiser: 9 Ashfield Road, London, N14 7LA,
Tel: 00442083686815
Mob: 07721 867682

TCFE entry form 2017

TCFE Championships Rules 2017

tcfe flyer PDF

Ballot paper confusion

Dear members,

A mistake was made on the ballot paper we recently sent out to you. It did cause confusion and has made it necessary for us to declare the ballot void. New ballot sheets have been sent out with the necessary amendment.

I apologise to all our members on behalf  of the Executive Committee for the inconvenience and as Chairman you have my personal apology also. We will always try to do our best for you, our members.

Dan Docherty

Hundreds gather for one-off Chi in the Park! Edinburgh

Sent to us by charity Thistle Foundation

Taking place on Wednesday 28th June at Princes Street West Garden, between 11am-1pm, Chi in the Park is a fundraising event like no other. This sponsored Tai Chi marathon gives participants the chance to take part in as much Tai Chi as they can. It can be the full two hours or 30 minutes whilst on your lunch break. We are expecting hundreds of people to descend on the gardens for this fundraiser to help raise £50,000 for Thistle which will help support people with long term health conditions in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The idea behind ‘Chi in the Park’ came from Margaret Hendry, one of Thistle’s most active volunteers. Margaret has been leading Thistle’s Tai Chi class for the last 4 years – she became a qualified leader with Thistle’s support and now takes three classes a week, supporting over 90 people with long term health conditions. Margaret knows the difference Thistle can make. She also knows how tough life can be with a long term condition if you don’t have the right support. That was her once. Now Margaret wants to make sure no-one else has to go through what she went through.

To find out more out about Margaret’s story and register for Chi in the Park then head to Chi in the Park.

Proposal to Convert the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain to a Community Interest Company

At the 2017 Annual General Meeting the proposal to convert to a Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) was discussed (see copy Minutes of 2017 AGM on the website)

There are significant benefits in making this change and your Executive Committee recommend that you vote to convert to a C.I.C.

A copy of the draft Articles of Association and further details on the benefits of becoming a C.I.C. can be found here:




WTCQD (World Tai- Chi and Qigong Day)

The Union received this request:

We are part of a team looking for events that we can live-stream to the world via our internet show “24 hours of World Peace” on Facebook. This live-streaming event is part of the 2017 WTCQD (World Tai- Chi and Qigong Day) event on the 29th of April 2017. Bill Douglas of has been approved the event.
Our host of the show is David-Dorian Ross, USA Tai Chi champion and World silver and bronze medalist.
All you need is a mobile device, such as a tablet (preferred), smartphone, or laptop, and an internet connection.
We are taking applications on a first come, first serve basis, so please respond to us with the following information if you are interested in being a part of the live-stream on Facebook on the 29th of April:
1) Name of your group
2) Location of your group
3) Local and UTC local time of your event, and if that time is flexible at all to aid in placement in the schedule.
4) Facebook page name and internet address (personal Facebook pages are fine)
5) School or group website address
6) If you are interested in doing an interview with David-Dorian Ross before or during your event
7) Best contact information, including e-mail and phone number, preferably a mobile number.
If you cannot meet the standards we have outlined above, as an alternative you may send us a video of your group/school performing Tai Chi-Qigong, and it will be played at some time during the 24 Hours of World Peace live-streaming event on the 29th of April. If you prefer to provide us with a video instead of performing live, please let us know by replying at the e-mail address below so that we may communicate with you about the specifications that will be necessary for us to broadcast your video.
We are looking forward to an amazing event this year and hope you are able to join in and flow with us.
Collin and Joy Freeman

Annual General Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain will be held on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at Chinese Culture Centre Unit E4, Stafford Park 15 Telford, Shropshire TF3 3BB commencing at 1.30pm (doors open at 1.15pm)



TCUGB Accounts 2016