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Newsletter - February 2000

Hello, and a happy New Year to you all. We hope you had a relaxing Christmas and celebrated the arrival of the Year 2000 in style.

Morningside Health Workshop's 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Peter and Lavinia Warr have been very busy since their return from China and Hong Kong in November 1999. On 29th and 30th December 1999 they celebrated Morningside Health Workshop's 10th Anniversary. One of Morningside's patients, Mr Francis Pratt, presented a beautiful cake, decorated with Morningside Health Workshop's symbol of the Running Man, to Peter and Lavinia. On 29th December the Milton Keynes Citizen newspaper was invited to Morningside to take part in the celebrations. As a result, an article and photograph were published in the New Year. A raffle was held on the 30th December; the following prizes were awarded:

1st prize
Mrs Pat Higgs
Full Aromatherapy Massage

2nd prize
Mrs Diane Adlem

3rd prize
Mrs Lesley Good
Back, Neck & Shoulders Massage

Following the Wu Kung Federation's trip to China and Hong Kong in 1999, the Milton Keynes Citizen published a picture article in the Sunday edition, and a full-length article on the back page of the Thursday edition. It was something of a coup for Chinese Martial Arts to be featured on the back page of the local newspaper!

Morningside Health Workshop - New Practitioners

2000 has started off on a good note for Morningside Health Workshop. The Practitioners are very busy, both with their "regulars" and with many new patients. We are pleased that complementary health care has gained greater recognition over the past 10 years and is now widely accepted and recommended.

In December 1999 we welcomed Tracy Hughes onto the team. Tracy is a Masseuse; her skills are massage, aromatherapy massage, reflexology and manicure. Already very busy with us, we wish Tracy a successful future at Morningside.

Chinese New Year - Sunday 6 February 2000

On Sunday 6th February we took a group of 34 students and Practitioners to celebrate Chinese New Year at Voongs Chinese restaurant, Bletchley. The food was delicious, the atmosphere lively. It was an occasion for "old" and new faces to meet. A good time was had by all.

We are now in the Year of the Dragon. The Chinese believe this is a year that brings good fortune and happiness to people, and is an auspicious time for improving business and financial matters. We wish you a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.

The Wu Kung Federation - 2000 Classes Timetable & Seminar List

The Wu Kung Federation 2000 classes timetable is now available. New for 2000 are daytime Taijiquan classes - please ask Peter and Lavinia for further information. The 2000 seminar list is also available.

Original Li Style Taijiquan Seminars with Lavinia Warr

Due to popular demand, Lavinia will be running a number of Original Li Style Taijiquan seminars this year. Li style Taijiquan, in its varied forms, is becoming more popular in this country. However, Peter and Lavinia feel it is important to promote the Original Li Style as taught to Lavinia by her father, Chee Soo, thus ensuring its continuity for generations to come.

Teacher Training Programme

The Teacher Training Programme is now in its 7th year. Peter was pleased to enrol 8 new students onto the Teacher Training Programme in January 2000. They will spend their first year studying towards the Assistant Coach Award. There are now a total of 20 Instructors on the Teacher Training Programme, at least 8 of who are running their own Taijiquan classes. If you are interested in teaching Taijiquan, please ask Peter or Lavinia for details of the Teacher Training Programme.

TCUGB Oxford Competition - April 2000

On 9 April 2000 the TCUGB (Tai Chi Union for Great Britain) will be holding a competition at Oxford, featuring Chinese Martial Arts such as Taijiquan, Taijijian (sword forms), Push Hands and Sanshou (full contact fighting). Edward Gomersall and Caroline Quilter of the Wu Kung Federation will be entering the Taijiquan competition. Both will be performing the 32 Combined Form, which forms part of the new international training syllabus (8, 16, 24, 32 and 42 Forms Taijiquan). We believe this is the first time the 32 Combined Form will have been seen by the general public. Thomas Coleman will be entering the Push Hands discipline.

As many of you will know, Caroline has represented Great Britain at the European Wushu Championships in Athens in 1998 and has been a familiar face at competitions in the UK. Caroline was unfortunately injured in 1999. However, Caroline's hard work continues - she still competes at local level, works as a Judge at national competitions and teaches 15 Taijiquan classes a week. Caroline is an inspiration to all that meet her.

Both Edward and Tom are up and coming stars of the Wu Kung Federation. We wish them both all the best for this, their first competition.

European Wushu Federation Competition - October 2000

In October 2000 the European Wushu Championships will be held in Rotterdam, Holland. Details will be confirmed in due course.

If you are interested in attending any of the competitions, please contact Peter and Lavinia.

Special Guest - Professor Li De Yin - August 2000

Peter has arranged for Professor Li De Yin of Beijing University in China to hold seminars in Milton Keynes on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2000 (Bank Holiday weekend).

Saturday's seminar (Chinese National 24 Taijiquan), for beginners to advanced students, will be open to all members of the Wu Kung Federation and to Wu Kung's instructors' students.

Sunday's seminar (Sun Style 38 Posture Taijiquan) will be open to students with a foundation in Taijiquan and to those who have previously attended Sun style seminars. Both seminars will run from 11am to 5pm.

1-day seminar cost is 40.00, 2 days' seminar cost is 60.00. A non-refundable deposit of 20.00 for 1 day and 30.00 for 2 days will be required to secure your place.

For further information on Professor Li's seminar weekend please contact Peter and Lavinia or speak with your instructor.