B.C.C.M.A NVQ. 1ST GROUP
Alan Higgins was amongst the first group of candidates to obtain the NVQ for Chinese Martial Arts through the Governing Body, the BCCMA. The first presentation of certification was held at a venue in Milton Keynes on the 6th September 1998. Awarding the certification was the Southern Region Manager from the R.S.A, Ms Fitzgibbon.
WUSHU SQUAD SELECTIONS - EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN GREECE
Also on the 6th September 1998, the BCCMA held the Wushu athletes squad selection, this was to pick a team to represent Great Britain at the 7th European Wushu Championships to be held in Greece. We were fortunate enough to have at the selection one of our students, Caroline Quilter. Although nervous, she was picked to be part of the team. From that time she trained extremely hard to ensure that she was ready for the competition.
On her arrival in Greece, Caroline was elected as team captain and also as nursemaid; these jobs she carried out with sensitivity and dedication. Although she unfortunately missed out on the medals she did very well and was placed 7th, which is very good out of 20 countries that took part.
NEW TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR TAIJIQUAN
We have now a new training program for the Taijiquan. The syllabus now comprises the 8 Posture Yang Style, then 16 Posture which leads to the 24 Posture, 32 Combined Posture, 42 Combined International Form. Taijijian now combines the 13 Sword techniques, 8 combinations, then 16 Taiji Sword, 32 Taiji Sword, 34 Combined Sword & 42 Combined International Form. The syllabus is broken down this way to help the new students grasp the idea of Taijiquan much more quickly and easily.
RECOGNITION FOR ORIGINAL LI STYLE TAIJIQUAN
Lavinia demonstrated the Original Li Style at the Dan Docherty competition, held in Oxford in April. She then applied to join the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. Her application was approved with the comment that the Li Style demonstrated is classical Taiji. The TCUGB asked Lavinia to submit an article to them, explaining the different arts her father, Chee Soo, taught. This she did and the article can be seen in the TCUGB magazine of December 1998 and on this website, Lavinia Warr and the Original Li Style Taijiquan.
We will be arranging trip to China - the last week of October and the 1st week of November 1999. This two-week trip will cover: Week 1 - training & sightseeing in Beijing. Week 2 travel to Hong Kong for the 5th World Wushu Championships.
If any one is interested then please let us know so we can keep you informed of the progress. The money side has not been agreed yet but we suggest you consider approx £2000 plus spending money. The money you will pay will cover travel, hotel, training and some sightseeing. The program we will be following will be similar to last time when all training was done in the morning with sightseeing afternoon and evenings.