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As guidelines for COVID keep being updated,it is best to check the links and organisations shown below on a regular basis. Local lockdowns and policies with be posted by you local council so remember to check them too.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support – GOV.UK
CIMSPA – reactivate training – FREE training to help you restart classes COVID safe
Update first aid training to be COVID aware
Important information from EMD UK on Coronavirus (COVID-19) – EMD UK – national governing body for group exercise
Coronavirus | Sport England
ACRE – help opening local village halls
Health and Safety Executive – risk assessments

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 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.

I f you are currently  insured 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

Progress on the CIMSPA Tai Chi and Qigong Technical Standards

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

AGM Notice, the Minutes from 2019 AGM and the Accounts for 2019

Download the AGM Notice, the Minutes from 2019 AGM and the Accounts for 2019 in pdf format.

Effects of Tai Chi Chuan on Cognitive Function in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment


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.

TCUGB, CIMSPA & BCCMA working together

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.
If any further clarification is required, please do ask by emailing healthandwellbeing@taichiunion.com

New useful links page and other updates

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 enquires@taichiunion.com.

AGM live on zoom 16th January 2021

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 enquires@taichiunion.com

Changes to the board

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

Wild Colonial Boy: Tales of a Kung Fu Cop

A new book discussing the martial journey of Dan Docherty is now available for purchase on Amazon.
This autobiographical novel narrates the journey of Dan Docherty, a young Glasgow law graduate and karate black belt, who left his traditional Catholic family in 1975 to serve in the notoriously corrupt Royal Hong Kong Police. In Hong Kong, he learned Chinese language intensively, then drill, musketry and law. A famous Tai Chi master accepted him as a disciple and trained him to become an international full contact champion. In this book we’ll have a few beers with colourful characters like Big Don and Mountie Dave. We’ll visit exotic locales–Manila, Macao, Singapore We’ll witness Dan in full contact competition and in street fight action. As they say in the Hong Kong Police, “”If you can’t take a joke, you shouldn’t have joined.

Research: Taiji and Qi Gong for people with Cystic Fibrosis

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/

Online classes during COVID – Survey results

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.

Monkey Survey – classes going online

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

AGM – live on zoom

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.

Changes to the board

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..

Newsletter coming and web listings to be updated

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.

Trademark statement

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