The NRW state championship took place in Hinsbeck on 13/04/2014. Unfortunately, TAO Bonn was only able to take part with three starters this year. But still – 3 starters, 3 medals!

Leon Klemm competed in the U12 category and was able to repeat his silver medal success from last year. In his second competition, he was beaten in his first fight by an experienced, older boy and lost by a clear 13:4. He quickly recovered from this defeat and showed what he had learnt in training in his second fight. He won this fight confidently with 15:7 points.

Emil Petzold took part in his first competition and competed in the U9 category. He won his first fight effortlessly. In his second fight, he faced an opponent who was far superior to him in terms of experience and weight. At first, everything seemed to indicate that Emil would lose this fight, but when the score was 4:1 in his opponent’s favour, he recognised his opponent’s weak points and managed to win 5:5. In overtime, he did not allow his opponent to score any more points and won this fight 9:5. A well-deserved gold medal!

In the afternoon there was another medal for Hans Lütz. As there were too few entries in his age group, he fought his way to a good third place against U45 starters with the sword form.

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For anybody wishing to improve their breathing / digestion in these COVID-ridden times here is one of our Tao Yin respiration exercises.  As you will see it’s also good for your shoulders, neck and back – Enjoy !


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2020 is the 25th anniversary of the formation of the TAO. To celebrate we have designed a special edition version of our training T-shirts which will be available for distribution once we can train together again. Available in all sizes. Red t-shirts will cost £12 and black t-shirts will cost £13.

Take a look at the Lady-Fit version, Unisex Student version, Unisex Instructor version

Please email Jane Frew with the size(s) you require.


This Tao Yin breathing exercise allows the lungs to be exercised properly.

It helps elasticity of alveoli (air sacs) and supporting tissues.

Chinese Medicine would indicate this can help maintain elasticity and dry out excess fluid.

This can prepare the lungs for colds, flu and corona viruses and help reduce the risk of pneumonia.

Click the link below for PDF document 


TAO YIN Lung+Breathing- TAO Mar 2020-3pdf

If you have an underlying lung, heart or other health condition

please seek medical advice before doing this exercise.




See how our men got on in this prestigious European competition

See how our women got on at this prestigious European competition

See how we got on at this year’s National Championships