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The British Shuai Jiao Union (BSJU) is the official governing body for Shuai Jiao (Chinese Wrestling) in the United Kingdom.

The BSJU is a member of the World Shuai Jiao Federation (WSJF) and a founder the European Shuai Jiao Union (ESJU). The BSJU was established in 2005. Since it's inception the BSJU had operated in partnership with the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA); although, changes in governance in 2021, at World and European level, require the BSJU to be autonomous organisation and separate governing body for Shuai Jiao.

On 19 July 2021, the BSJU Executive Board confirmed its independent status, in accordance with the directive provided by the WSJF and ESJU.

Under Executive Order 2021/001, the BSJU is:

  • recognised as the official governing body for Shuai Jiao (Chinese Wrestling) in the United Kingdom, by the World Shuai Jiao Federation (WSJF) and the European Shuai Jiao Union (ESJU)
  • is reconstituted as the official governing body for Shuai Jiao in the United Kingdom
  • holds the mandate to form Team GB and to represent the United Kingdom in international tournaments and events.

On 23 July 2021, the BSJU was incorporated as a not for profit company limited by guarantee (registered by Companies House) as 'British Shuai Jiao Union Ltd' with company number: 13526742. The use of the term 'British' in the company name confirms the pre-eminent status of the BSJU in the United Kingdom for the promotion and development of Shuai Jiao.

Our Structure

The BSJU is a membership organisation and intends to expanded its network of qualified coaches, judges, referees and individual members, throughout the United Kingdom, providing access to the sport in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The principal activity of the BSJU is the promotion, development and supervision of Shuai Jiao activities. The members directly elect the Chairman and five (5) Directors. The term of appointment for Executive Board members is three (3) years. Executive Board members are exepected to serve no more than nine years (in succession). The President is appointed by the WSJF. The appointment is made from up to three (3) candidates nominated by the membership. The term of appointment for the President is six (6) years. The President may not be appointed for successive terms unless there is no other nomination. The BSJU's executive staff address the delivery of the BSJU’s strategic objectives, and other specific business issues.

Our Mission

The BSJU mission is to promote traditional Shuai Jiao in the United Kingdom. It is key to our mission to disseminate research findings and comment on key issues and developments in Shuai Jiao. We do this through classes, articles, seminars, and the media. To co-operate with other martial arts organisations worldwide in order to develop and promote the benefits of Shuai Jiao. To represent the interests of its members in relations with International governing bodies. To regulate and improve the conditions of safe Shuai Jiao practice. To ensure that prospective and current participants of Shuai Jiao are not excluded on the grounds of race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age or disability.

Our Constitution

[Draft to be Approved by the BSJU Executive Board on 3 August 2021]

Our People

The BSJU seeks to ensure diverse viewpoints are considered and that its decision-making groups have the skills and diversity needed to operate effectively. The BSJU is committed to publishing a Diversity and Inslusion Action Plan and to analyse membership data to ensure that Shuai Jiao is being promoted to all communities and groups and has a wide membership. The BSJU Executive Board is directly elected by the membership and will relect the composition of the diversity of membership. The BSJU is committed to achieving greater diversity in all its forms on its Board and senior leadership team.

Our Communication and Stakeholder Management

The BSJU shares information on governance, structure, activities and financial position to enable stakeholders to have a good understanding of them. As the BSJU is registered with Companies House, the BSJU reports and accounts are publicly available, for transparency and scrutiny.

Our Standards and Conduct

The BSJU is committed to the highest standards in terms of conduct, governance and assurance. The Complaints and Conflicts of Interest policies set out our approach to managing issues relating to complaints about standards of behaviour and conduct, and conflicts of interest. These issue are managed by appropriate committees. The minutes of the committee meeting are taken for audit, assurance and transparency purposes. To ensure fairness, at least three of the people on the committee are neither related to, nor cohabiting with, other committee members.

Our Policies and Processes

The BSJU polices and guidance documents are published to ensure that members are aware of the policy, processes and procudures that relate to membership of the BSJU. The policies and guidance also set out the legislative and regulatory requirements associated with membership of the BSJU and participation in Shuai Jiao, in the United Kingdom.

The BSJU accounts are published and available on the Companies House website. The BSJU ensures appropriate financial procedures and practices are in place and as a minimum can evidence:
  • appropriate oversight of financial planning
  • financial decision-making and processing is not managed by one person alone
  • accounts which are independently scrutinised.

Our Risks and Issues Management

The BSJU is committed to maintaining risk management and internal control systems, which are regularly reviewed and monitored to ensure heir effectiveness and to provide reasonable assurance. The BSJU is able to access professional skills in Risk Management and to depoy those skills. The BSJU has adopted a structured approach to programme management to ensure the alignment of key objectives, with outputs, deliverables and outcomes.

More Information

BSJU Member Services

  • Apply for Membership
    You can apply for membership of the BSJU, if you are a Shuai Jiao practictioner and an exponent of one (or more) of the five principle styles of Shuai Jiao, or if you practice Shuai Jiao as a component of your martial arts system (including wrestling, grappling, and throwing). On successful registration you will then become part of a global family with a history spanning some 4,000 years; and access to national, international, and world-level events.

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  • Safeguarding Standards
    The BSJU recognise that everyone has a responsiblity to keep themselves and others safe, and people involved in Shuai Jiao should know what to do if they have any concerns. The BSJU are working to support our members, parents, carers, and volunteers to safeguard children and adults at risk. The BSJU is committed to maintaining safeguarding best practice, reflecting our corporate responsibility to safeguard all participants, effectively.

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  • Renew Membership
    You need to renew your BSJU membership annually to remain an active member of the BSJU. It is important that you do not allow your membership to lapse, as you are expected to be insured and licensed, as a requirement of participaion in Shuai Jiao practice. Shuai Jiao, as a martial art, carries with it inherent risks of personal injury. Participants must have adequate insurance in place, which can be obtained through the BSJU membership process.

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  • Coaching Standards
    The BSJU recognise that Coaches (Instructors) play a critical role in the development of any sporting activity, and in the lives of the people that they coach. Our Coaches (Instructors) ensure that participation in Shuai Jiao is a positive experience aiming to ensure a high quality and safe approach to training. The BSJU Coach Development Programme (CDP) is delivered online and face-to-face, and designed for ‘teaching’ and ‘performance development’.

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  • DBS Check Service
    You can apply for a DBS check as part of the 'martial arts workforce' through our partner organisation: SCiMA Education Limited (SCiMA). Enhanced DBS check are required, as a condition of membership, for all Heads of Association, Coaches (Instructors), Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs), and people in a position of trust. The practice of Shuai Jiao will involve physical contact, and it is essential that ALL participants are safeguarded, appropriately.

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  • Policies and Guidance
    The BSJU policies and guidance reflect our key objectives to support participation and excellence in Shuai Jiao. Our policies and guidance comply with British legislation and regulations in relation to coaching, safeguarding, and equality. Our strategy redefines participation in Shuai Jiao, with a focus on five key outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development, and economic development.

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British Shuai Jiao Union Ltd © 2021
Registered in England and Wales
Registration Number: 13526742
British Shuai Jiao Union
151 Strathmore Avenue

Telephone: 01582 876700