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
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
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
Closing date for Director applications is 20th
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
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
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.
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
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