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