It is with sadness that we have to announce the death of Dan Docherty, a
founder and driving force in The Tai Chi & Qigong Union for Great Britain.
Dan died suddenly on Thursday 9th December and there will be a full
obituary in the next issue of the Union’s magazine, Tai Chi and Internal
Arts. We have opened this page for comments of remembrance.
Some tributes to Dan
Fund raiser for Parkinsons UK In memory of Sifu Dan
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Mark Peters, Chairman
On behalf of the board of TCUGB
open group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/uktaichiqigongandinternalartstcugbopenforum
members only group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1273194333034852
The latest issue of the newsletter has been sent to all members, you can read an extended version here: TCUGB-Newsletter-June-2021
The newletter includes information about Tai Chi Chuan & Oriental Arts magazine No 62
The magazine will be posted on the new dedicated magazine website, and a reminder will be published in the monthly newsletter. Visit http://taichimag.org and click the cover image of the issue you want to read. More issues will be added over time.
The heath committee have provided updated guidance for Union members:
These have also been added to the general Covid Advice post
Some advice from Dan Docherty
To avoid trouble with police / general public:
- carry any weapons you have with you in a secure receptacle such as a hockey bag.
- If you are carrying weapons iin the car, place them out of sight.
- In a public place don’t practice with metal weapons.
- If you are going to train in a public place always take TCUGB member card with you to prove you are a genuine practitioner, the police have enough to do.
Best regards & safe practice
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
The newsletter was sent to all instructors and is available online: The Members November Newsletter
Tai Ji Circle and Master Liu Quanjun are honoured to be hosting our eighth annual visit by Master Chen Ziqiang to London. The son of Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing and nephew of Standard Bearer Chen Xiaowang, Master Chen Ziqiang is a 20th generation direct descendant of the Chen Taijiquan Family. He is the Chief Coach of the prestigious Chenjiagou Taijiquan Academy and a renowned tai ji teacher and champion. Both he and his students have achieved overwhelming victories in numerous competitions both in China and worldwide. Master Chen’s Taiji is impeccable and he is ranked as one of the true great masters within the Taijiquan community.
At the 2018 Annual General Meeting nominations were received for posts on the Executive Committee.
The Committee is to be elected by ballot of full members and instructors holding ‘S’, ‘A’ or ‘I’ Grades.
Members should have received their ballot papers in the post.
Ballot papers must be returned to the returning officer by post or email to arrive by 19th June 2018 (full instructions on the ballot paper).
If you have any questions or difficulties placing your vote, please notify the returning officer via email.
A message from Dan Docherty:
Just been told by Bill Strang and Charlie Gorrie the sad news that our good friend Don Wells has just died of cancer.In his 80s and on the short side, Don was an inspiration to many in the Tai Chi world. He had the heart of a lion and loved pushing hands and doing applications with much bigger and younger exponents. He was witty and good-humoured and fun to be around. That is why when the TCUGB needed a new member of our magazine’s Editorial Board, he was the obvious person to choose. He will be much missed.
Venue: Leys Pool and Leisure Centre, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, OX4 6JL
Deadline for entries: 24th October 2017. Entry forms to be sent by email or by post to: 9 Ashfield Rd, London, N14 7LA
Registration and weigh-in for non-UK competitors: 17th November at the venue, from 2-8pm
Registration and weigh-in for UK competitors: 18th November, at the venue, 9am.
TCFE entry form 2017
TCFE Championships Rules 2017
TCFE Congress 5-6pm, Sat 18th November, at the venue.
Spectators admitted from 10am on Saturday and Sunday (£8 adults, students £5 per day)
For the 20th year TAI CHI CALEDONIA are delighted to play host to the Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe and bring their bi-annual Congress/Forum to Scotland, to celebrate our joint 20th Anniversaries.