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TCUGB Newsletter April 2022

Members should have had the newsletter in their inbox.

 The next issue of the tai chi & internal arts journal will be out shortly so you will receive a larger newsletter then.

For now, we want to share some details of FREE training that members may be interested in

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Insurance update March 2022

Based on members feedback we have added a ‘book and pay online’ link to our insurance page.

The link takes you to STB where you can choose and pay for your policy at Tai Chi & Qigong Union for Great Britain – STB Insurance.

World Tai Chi & Qigong day

World Tai Chi Day is coming up on the 30th of April this year.

Members organising events are welcome to send them in using this form  Add An Event or email them to  John Johnston for inclusion. Please see the contribute page for details on what information we need.

World Tai Chi day has a lot of resources to help you join in including:

Which you can share with public when you get media attention or official recognition for your local event.

Here are the events listed on the union site so far:

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 30th April

With the next magazine due out in April we thought it would be good to flag World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (30th April) with some inspiring examples of what people have done in the past.
Anyone with a story or a suggestion, please get in touch with Suse.

Professor Zhang Guangde 1931 – 2022

A great man with great knowledge who created the Daoyin Yangsheng Gong system that we teach today and is taught throughout the world!
My parents first met him 30 years ago. Such was his impression on them that when they told me of his work I decided at that moment to travel to Beijing and study Daoyin Yangsheng Gong.
We will strive, as he did, to bring empowerment to people to take control of their own physical and mental health, and to make the world a better place.
Tina Faulkner Elders

Chinese New Year – year of the Tiger – February 1st 2022

2022 is a year of the Water Tiger. It starts from February 1st, 2022 and ends on January 21st, 2023. A Water Tiger year occurs every 60 years.

Years of the Tiger include 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 19501938.….

The Tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness. The tiger is known for being kind, adventurous and enthusiastic.

Let’s make 2022 our year of growing stronger together

Most Popular Chinese New Year Greetings 

In Mandarin, the most common Chinese New Year greeting is Xīnnián hǎo (新年好), which directly translates as ‘New Year Goodness’. A more formal greeting is  Xīn nián kuài lè, literally meaning ‘New Year happiness’.

In Cantonese, the most common greeting is Gong hei fat choy(恭喜发财), which means ‘Best wishes, wishing you happiness and prosperity.’

Journal Issue 64 – Tai Chi Chuan & Internal Arts out now

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Issue 64 out now!

Issues 64 is here and can be viewed online at http://taichimag.org and click the cover image of the issue you want to read. This issue includes:

Please note, the site is http not https so some browsers flag a safety warning; it is nothing to worry about as the site doesn’t collect personal details and doesn’t sell anything, it’s just google tightening up. We will be moving server as the magazine project develops.

We are already compiling content for issue 65 and look forward to receiving your submissions. Email them to us at editor@taichimag.org

Dan 1954-2021

Fund raiser for Parkinsons UK In memory of Sifu Dan

This fund raiser is in memory of our Tai Chi Master, Sifu Daniel Docherty who sadly passed away on Thursday 9th December 2021.

He suffered for many years with the debilitating effects of Parkinsons disease and at the wishes of his family, instead of funeral flowers money can be donated to charity.

Catherine Birkinhead is fundraising for Parkinson’s UK

Healing our Earth

Keith Sharp, a advanced instructor and honorary president of the TCUGB is talking at the Healing our Earth conference on Sunday 12 December 2021

World Health Coverage Day
FREE Global Online Event
Sunday 12th December 2021
2pm till 8pm  GMT
2022 calendar cover

TCUGB newsletter December 2021

The newsletter can also be downloaded as a PDF and includes extra items. Download

2022 Tai Chi & Qigong Union Calendar

Our new calendar is now available to purchase online, in a desk or wall-hanging format, so let your friends and students know. Members will receive their copy soon. The images used were submitted by members, and we’ve included a selection of events, both national and international.
Buy the Calendar 

30th Anniversary competition

We had a good range of submissions which all members were asked to vote on. Download the PDf newsletter to see the results.

Issue 64 on its way

We are currently working to complete issue 64 which will be out December/January. We are already compiling content for issue 65 and look forward to receiving your submissions. Email them to us at enquires@taichiunion.com
The magazines been posted on the new dedicated magazine website, have you clicked on and read it yet? Visit http://taichimag.org and click the cover image of the issue you want to read. More issues will be added over time. Please note, the site is http not https so some browsers flag a safety warning; it is nothing to worry about as the site doesn’t collect personal details and doesn’t sell anything, it’s just google tightening up. We will be moving server as the magazine project develops.

Tai Chi for health related research project

Are you, or do you know a PHD student in a position to consider a Tai Chi for health related research project?
The TCUGB Health Committee would love to hear from you and to help you out. Contact us

Note regarding Trademarking

The Chinese State continues to support and promote China’s modern ‘Global Brand’ of simplified qigong. TCUGB has agreed to be much more vigilant in future regarding any potential attempts to control the use of what we might consider to be generic and descriptive terms in the U.K. To this end we will be using a specialist computerised search service to watch out for certain terms appearing in new Trade Mark Applications in the U.K. for the latest update see Trademark Update

As the world continues to unlock, it is clear that many of us will be training using a mix of ‘live online’ and ‘face-to-face’. The technology developed massively over the last 18 months and actually was shown to increase the number of sessions per week attended. I am enjoying the opportunity to share and practice more; maybe you can share your stories for the next newsletter issue.
Best regards,
Mark Peters, Chairman
On behalf of the board of TCUGB

twitter: https://twitter.com/TaiGreat

facebook:
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open group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/uktaichiqigongandinternalartstcugbopenforum
members only group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1273194333034852

Sports England funding opportunity

Sports England are working with 43 Active Partnerships that, between them, cover every part of England. Grants are available to help develop programs and some TCUGB members are already getting involved, for example, Mark Peters is working with Sports Birmingham and has received grants for tai chi in mental health and tai chi session to tackle inequality. Details of the tackling inequality fund can be found at Together Fund | Sport England

You can find more details of funding and partnerships at Active Partnerships.

Follow the link on the page and put in your postcode to find your local partner.

If you have already accessed this or other funds, please share information with us so we can share the good news with members. If you are aware of similar finds in Scotland, Ireland and Wales, please let us know. Working together the TCUGB grows stronger.

Trademarking Update

As TCUGB members may remember, an application was made to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to register as a trademark “Tai Chi 24”; this was done by one of our own members. The name “Tai Chi 24” is for a commonly practiced short Yang style form created in the 1950s and taught throughout the world.  The application caused obvious concern among our members, many of whom contacted the IPO to raise this.

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30th Anniversary logo competition – Vote

We’d like to thank the members who submitted entries for the 30th Anniversary logo competition. Please view/download the pdf and vote on your preference

You can also comment on any tweaks you’d like e.g. background colour change etc.

votes and comments to enquires@taichiunion.com with subject line as ‘30th Anniversary logo vote’

Calendar Photo Competition

We’re planning a calendar for 2022, and thought it would be great if members could submit photo’s, artwork etc. There will be a cover photo and one image for each month. They will be available as wall and/or desk designs with an expected price of £6 desk and £10 wall. Deadline for entries is 30th October: enquires@taichiunion.com

Magazine Issue 63

Issue 63 of TCC&OA magazine been posted on the new dedicated magazine website, have you clicked on and read it yet?

Visit http://taichimag.org and click the cover image of the issue you want to read. Please note, the site is http not https so some browsers flag a safety warning; it is nothing to worry about as the site doesn’t collect personal details and doesn’t sell anything, it’s just google tightening up. We will be moving server as the magazine project develops.

Issue 63 includes:

 

What if you still want a printed copy?

For those who would like a printed magazine, there is the option to purchase single copies at £6 including P&P, and 10 or more copies at £4 including P&P. They will be printed in the UK on 100% recycled carbon neutral uncoated paper. We have made arrangements with ASKPrint online and setup an online shop at:

https://www.askonline.shop/collections/tai-chi-qigong-union-for-great-britain

TCUGB Standards and Ethics

We have added the Union’s Standards and Ethics to the site. Members are expected to meet the standards listed in this document.

The standards include sections on respect, integrity, responsibility and competence.

Read the Standards and Ethics policy, pdf format.