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Live Zoom and In Venue Tai Chi Classes with Shifu Liu continue in venue with masks and social distancing, and online Zoom. There are no drop-ins nor do we accept cash at classes and workshops. All bookings and class payments are to be made in advance online through our Bookwhen site.

The TJC Bookings and Payments  schedule page has the list of weekly Chen Taijiquan live Zoom and In Venue classes with Shifu Liu and Chris and how to book your class and pay. For security reasons it is best for a class participant to set up a free account on Zoom before entry to the online classes and Bookwhen for organising payments. More advanced and weapons classes are in Venue only.

We are keen to keep in touch with our taiji family of students to maintain social interaction between us and to be able to adapt and keep learning even while we are training in our homes or able to attend face to face classes.

We hope that you all stay safe and well during these very difficult times of transition, and keep on practicing and exercising at home for maintaining mental and physical health and well-being.

We also still wish to honour NHS staff and carers  by offering them some free Online classes, or reduced rates – contact Chris.


Tai Chi for Health, Relaxation and Martial Arts 

PUBLIC CLASSES • PERSONAL TRAINING • WORKSHOPS • FREE TAI CHI IN THE PARK • COMPETITION COACH & JUDGE • INDIVIDUAL & TEAM DEMONSTRATIONS •

Tai Ji Circle is a north London school and charity dedicated to sharing and promoting Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) and qi gong (chi kung) practice. Our weekly tai ji classes and monthly workshops for beginners to advanced levels are directed and taught by Master Liu Quanjun and assisted and managed by Christine Jones. They are both disciples of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, the 19th generation lineage heir of the Chen family Taijiquan, that was the origin of many modern Tai Chi styles taught around the world today.

We offer:
•  A comprehensive Chen Tai Ji (tai chi) training programme
• Traditional and Modern Chen Taijiquan hand forms
• Chen style Push Hands and Martial Applications
• Chen style weapons forms
• Ongoing classes for beginners to advanced levels
• Traditional training as in China
• Friendly place to train – everyone is welcome
• Weekly classes, monthly workshops and free ‘tai chi in the park’ sessions

Benefits of Chen Tai Ji training  with us:
• Improve health and fitness
• Increase stamina, coordination, balance and flexibility
• Decrease stress and increase relaxation
• Study with a genuine Chinese taijiquan master, Liu Quanjun, 20th generation disciple of Chen lineage head, Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang
• Individual posture correction from Master Liu
• Increase self confidence and improve your quality of life

We are also very fortunate to have an annual visit from China of Master Chen Ziqiang, the son of Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing and nephew of Standard Bearer Chen Xiaowang. Master Chen Ziqiang is a 20th generation direct descendant of the Chen Taijiquan Family. He is the Chief Coach of the prestigious Chenjiagou Taijiquan Academy and a renowned tai ji teacher and martial arts champion. Both he and his students have achieved overwhelming victories in numerous competitions both in China and worldwide. Master Chen’s Tai Ji is impeccable and he is ranked as one of the true great masters within the Taijiquan community.

Master Chen Ziqiang in the centre with Liu Quanjun and Chris

Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan is the Cantonese spelling) Tai Chi (Taijiquan of the Chen style) is practiced as a sequence of slow or dynamic movements or forms, that combine ‘soft’ and ‘hard’, with ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ actions. It is performed in a relaxed, balanced and natural way that adheres to the philosophical Daoist (Taoist) principles of Yin Yang, the Chinese theory of opposites. Chen style Taijiquan has bare hand and weapon routines suitable for beginners to advanced levels, push hands and martial applications and techniques. It can be practiced meditatively and slowly in a high stance, or faster in a lower stance for increasing stamina and power, (which makes it different from other tai chi styles) but also makes it suitable for different age groups to practice.

CHEN TAIJIQUAN TRAINING for all levels
CHEN-STYLE HAND & WEAPON FORMS
ONGOING BEGINNERS CLASSES
FREE TAI CHI IN THE PARK MEETUPS
MEDITATIVE DA BEI QI GONG
HARD QI GONG PRIVATE COURSES
CHINESE MASSAGE TREATMENTS

Some of the Calendar 2021 workshops, trips, bookings and special visits from tai chi masters, are postponed until after restrictions are lifted… We are teaching taiji and qi gong classes and workshops online, see the Events page.

We have a new Foundation In Venue and Online Beginners classes Beginners Chen Taiji Course new students are welcome to book and attend.

We recommend that everyone follows the government and NHS guidelines, shield and safeguard if you need to, wash your hands when entering and leaving home/shopping/office etc and keep the 1-2 metres social distance. We are monitoring the government guidelines and have a Risk Assessment for In Venue classes.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Shifu Liu teaching GM Chen Xiaowang’s Yifei Gong at Tai Ji Circle to support lung health in February classes. Daily practice of breathing and movement exercises at home helps to keep us healthy.

“In the beginning use the body to move the ‘energy’ – much later you can use the ‘energy’ to move the body!” Liu Quanjun

More on Chen Taiijiquan

Classes to Book & Pay

Timetable & Bookings

Our London classes started back in venue, at St Paul’s in Camden Square and the Islington Chinese Association from Monday 17 May. Please wear a mask into the venue and public places, scan the NHS App for track and trace, sign your name and mobile for our records, and maintain social distancing during classes and breaks – thank you. We will continue to run our live Zoom online classes according to the timetable/schedule below.

Please book and pay for all your weekly Tai Ji Circle classes with Shifu Liu and Chris below, with an online or in venue option, as a TJC member or non-member, (non-members are limited to purchase 8 classes in Venue and 15 classes Online).

We can no longer accept cash or drop-ins at our venues, and as numbers are limited all classes must be pre-booked and paid through Bookwhen.

Membership is £100 for new students for the training year (January to December), and £70 for renewal, partial year membership can also be made. Then pay as a Member when booking, either by Single Class or with Class Pass credits option to save on costs (when booking a class it will deduct them automatically from your pass). See the Membership page for membership options later in the year.

On the Schedule timetable classes are listed as ‘In Venue’ or ‘Online’.


Class Passes (8, 15 or 30 credits) you can book in all the classes you may want to take, or just a few at a time, and the system will know when you have used them up automatically. If you cannot make a class you can transfer it to another time or date, only before the class takes place. If you wish to do classes ‘Online’ and ‘In Venue’ it is best to buy two different passes for each option as the passes are not interchangeable.

When booking please set up a Bookwhen account with an email and password, so that you can sign-in later to see all your bookings, classes and payments. Your email address is used to identify you when booking with a pass or class. An email reminder is sent out before your classes after payment, with the online Zoom link. With Online Class booking, click on the class online link to add it to your calendar and use the joining class Zoom link. (Please email Chris if any problems)

https://bookwhen.com/taijicircle

Payments

Ticket fees for ‘In Venue’ or ‘Online’ classes are listed by Member or Non-Member. All ticket/pass payments are processed either by credit card through Paypal Guest Checkout or through your Paypal account. When you have paid you will receive an email with class details and a separate PayPal email receipt for your records.

To Book & Pay: First click/highlight the class you want to attend and then you will see the class details and price options, click on the Single payment option or Passes to select credits for cheaper class fees.
When buying a Pass you must book one class at the same time. If you want to buy in-venue and online class passes, the easiest way is to use two email addresses as the class are not transferable from online to in-venue and vice versa.

There are two free Community class with Chris, NHS workers and carers can also attend at the Members rate. Overseas online students can also have a discount and book ‘Online’ classes paying the Members fee.

Chen Taiji Beginner students who wish to pay for the Foundation Course Classes should buy an 8 class non-members pass, and email Chris your intended start date. Those valid for a concessionary rate can buy their class/pass at the Members rate (see the Beginners Course page for all details). We will send you information and the online links are sent out with Bookwhen booking.

Below is a full guide for TJC students using Bookwhen system for the first time and any queries you may have.

https://helpforbookers.helpsite.com

If you prefer you might find it easier to use the main TJC Bookwhen booking and payment site here for your first booking and to set up an account: https://bookwhen.com/taijicircle

Book online

When you have an account you can log-in below to book more classes.

The time zone is London UK BST, and payment in GB pounds.

The booking system is by Bookwhen, when you set up an account with email and password, you can check all your classes and how many classes are left on your pass.

Booking: You need to select one class first before selecting payment either by single ticket or class pass – here’s a guide to follow:- https://helpforbookers.helpsite.com/articles/38035-purchasing-class-passes
Please note that class tickets or class pass bookings can ONLY be transferred BEFORE the class takes place.

Class levels
• Foundation Chen is suitable for new students to taiji and all levels for essential technique practice and correction
• Chen 19 Form is suitable for students progressing from Foundation (3-6 months)
• Laojia Yi Lu (classic Old Frame 1 Form) practice with thorough understanding of Foundation training and knowledge of the 19 Form
• Laojia Er Lu (classic Old Frame 2 Form) knowledge and understanding of previous levels
• Chen Sword, Chen Fan and weapons, good hand forms practice is required
• Xinjia Yi Lu and Er Lu (Chen New Frame Form 1 and 2) are advanced routines
• Taiji Ball strength training is open to all levels and is an online Zoom class
Due to the unknown situation of Covid-19 we are currently teaching a reduced syllabus. There are no Xinjia or sword classes at the moment.

If you had a previous TJC Members Subscription for Online classes in 2020 and wish to unsubscribe please click on the button below.

Donations

Donate here if you wish to support Tai Ji Circle’s work, or the free classes that we offer – thank you

If you have any problems please email us.

CLASS TIMETABLE 2021 –
In-Venue & Online from 17 May

Mondays
Evenings: Islington Chinese Association + Online Zoom 
18:00-19:00    Tai Ji 2: Chen Laojia Yi Lu
19:00-20:00    Tai Ji 3: Cannon Fist Laojia Er Lu

Tuesdays
07:00-08:00    Early Morning Practice with Shifu – Online Zoom 
11:00-12:00    Tai Ji Community Class – with Chris at St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square (from 18 May) + Online Zoom
Evenings: Islington Chinese Association + Online Zoom 
18:00-19:00    Tai Ji 2: Chen Fan Form (Form)
19:00-20:00    Tai Ji 3: Push Hands and Applications (no contact training) not online

Wednesdays
07:00-08:00    Early Morning Practice with Shifu – Online Zoom 
18:00-19:00    Tai Ji Ball training – Online Zoom (from 18 May)

Thursdays
07:00-08:00    Early Morning Practice with Shifu – Online Zoom
Evenings: St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square + Online Zoom
18:00-19:00    Tai Ji: Chen Foundation Course
19:00-20:00    Tai Ji 2: Chen Laojia Yi Lu

Fridays
07:00-08:00    Early Morning Practice with Shifu– Online Zoom
11:00-12:00    Tai Ji Community Class – with Chris Online Zoom 

1st Saturday of the Month –  Currently Online Zoom
11:30 – 12:30  FREE Virtual Tai Chi Class with Shifu Liu  – see website for details

Saturday Workshops 
St Paul’s Church, Camden Square + Online Zoom
13:00 – 16:00  Chen Tai Ji Workshops – see website Events

Sundays 
At Islington Chinese Association + Online Zoom
10:00-11:00    Tai Ji: Chen Foundation Class/Course
11:00-12:00    Tai Ji 1: Chen 19 Part Form – general 

Venue details or zoom links are sent out by email when you have booked your classes.

Beginners

New Foundation Tai Ji (tai chi) Courses 2021

ONLINE CLASSES and New Foundation Taiji Course started on Sunday 21 March. We will re-introduce classes in venue when Government restrictions are lifted after 17 May.

When possible our London classes will start back in venue, at St Paul’s in Camden Square and the Islington Chinese Association, with live Zoom online, depending on Government guidelines

Also available is our free Virtual Tai Chi Class with Shifu Liu on the 1st Saturday of the month, 11:30-12:30 BST. Please  Register with Zoom to attend.

Discover the roots of Tai chi (taiji) with Tai Ji Circle and try the traditional form of Chen Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) with renowned London Chen-style master Liu Quanjun and team. Learn how to relax and benefit health through our practical Foundation Courses, and discover the hidden power in this authentic internal martial art, and understand theories and philosophies that underpin the Chen style.

Each Foundation course covers 8 classes twice a week on our different days and venues, the aim to slowly build your skill and familiarity with the practice, and we fit in three courses per 15 week term with our Foundation classes. The best way to book and pay is through our Booking System https://bookwhen.com/taijicircle to get a discount pass on your 8 classes and you can either book for classes ‘online’ or an ‘in venue’ pass.

New Foundation course dates for 2021

TERM ONE
1)  10 January to 4 February
10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31 January
4 February

2)  14 February to 10 March
14, 18, 21, 25, 28  February
4, 7, 10 March

3)  21 March to 22 April
21, 25, 28 March; 1, 11, 15, 18, 22,  April (no classes 4-10 April – Easter break)

TERM TWO
1)  2 to 27 May
2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 May. (3 + 31 May – bank holidays classes on)

2)  6 June to 1 July
76, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 June; 1 July

3) 4 to 29 July
4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 July

Summer break 4/5 August – 3 September (possible trip to China)?

TERM THREE 
1)  5 to 30 September
5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 September

2)  10 October to 4 November
10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31 October; 4 November

3)  15 November to 10 December
14, 19, 21, 25, 28November; 2, 5, 9 December

VENUES
Sundays from 10:00 – 11:00 at the Islington Chinese Association (Starting 10 January)
21 Hatchard Road, London N19 4NG
Archway underground or Upper Holloway (Rail), walk or bus down Holloway Rd, to Marlborough Road.

Thursdays from 18:00 – 19:00 at St Paul’s Church Hall (Starting 14 January)
Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG
Camden tube or Camden Road Overground Rail, buses 29 or 253 up Camden Road

If you need help with our Bookwhen class booking and payment system check here:

https://helpforbookers.helpsite.com

Book online

Or for more details to book and pay for the 8 class course see the Bookings and Payments schedule page of classes and choices and purchase an 8 class pass.

Each new Beginners’ Foundation Course offers eight classes ‘Online’ or ‘In Venue’ taught by Shifu Liu and Chris, and require you to attend two Foundation classes a week for four weeks on Sundays and Thursdays. This will give new students time to assimilate the training. If you are unable to attend twice a week you can use the 8-class pass to attend other Foundation classes within the term. As we are also teaching online you can also attend Chris’s two day time Foundation live Zoom classes for free, so 4 classes a week are available.

Full-time students and those applicable can buy an 8 class Members Class Pass option as a concessionary rate for class.

To qualify for concessionary fees (please supply proof at first class):-
• full-time student
• unemployment, housing or on incapacity benefit
• over 60 or under 18 years
• chronic health issues, ask Chris or Shifu Liu (email us)
• children under 16 in adult Foundation class are free with parent

Whether you are new to Taijiquan or more experienced, practicing the foundation training is essential to build strength, calmness, and gain full energy which is necessary for more advanced practice. Our courses are recommended for all new students to gain a grasp of the essential requirements of the Chen style.

Everyone welcome, no previous experience is required.

If you have health issues please let us know and have permission from your doctor before joining our classes.

Our Chen Tai ji Foundation course includes:-
• Nei Gong, internal practice
• Jiben Gong, warm ups and silk reeling exercises
• Understanding tai ji movement principles and the role of the dantian (energy centre) and kua (groin),
• Training for health benefits, agility and better balance

Objectives of the Foundation Chen Taijiquan Course
• Release and learn to soften and relax tension, using your natural breath
• Learn the basic stances and hand positions of the Chen style
• Gain better alignment, balance and coordination
• Standing practice and posture correction for improved alignment and strength
• Understand Silk Reeling exercises, to gain control of balance and weight changing, and to circulate energy throughout the body
• Use of yin yang theory in Tai ji practice
• Understand some of the basic theories and philosophies underlying Chen Taijiquan
• Understand how the martial applications are within apparently simple movements even at the Foundation level.

To help your practice you will receive:-
• Notes with a brief history/principles of Chen style taijiquan with a glossary of terminology
• Detailed posture correction (in Venues only) from Shifu Liu, Chris (if permittable)
• Lesson Plan for self-practice at home and
• Send you Vimeo class links for reference and practice.

“Thank you so much for this amazing material and for organising everything in such a clear way. This course is by far the best one I have ever taken, and I’ve tried quite a few places!”
AN. 2020

Chen Xiaowang

Standard Bearer of Chen Taijiquan

Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang was born in 1945 in Chenjiagou (Chen Village), Henan Province, China and is currently the standard bearer of the 19th generation of the Chen family. He is a senior national martial artist and professor in the Chinese Martial Arts International Promotions Centre. Upon the solid foundation of the experience of his ancestors, Chen has not only been successful in Taijiquan himself, but has tirelessly promoted his “family martial art” throughout the world. He is direct descendent of the legendary Chen Wang Ting, originator of Chen Taijiquan in the 17th Century, and the grandson of Chen Fa’ke, renowned as the greatest Taijiquan master at the beginning of the 20th Century.

At a very young age, Chen received rigorous training in Chen family Taijiquan theory, forms, weapons, push hands, and free sparring from his father, Chen Zhaoxu, and his uncles, Chen Zhaopi and Chen Zhaokui. In 1980, he became a board member of the Henan Institute of Sport and began teaching Taijiquan professionally. He entered the National Taijiquan Competition winning gold medals for three consecutive years (1980-82). In 1985, he represented China in the First International Martial Arts Invitational Competition in Xi’an receiving the World Champion title for Taijiquan. Chen continued to compete in sizable competitions and was awarded the title of champion in Taijiquan more than twenty times.

Chen served as the sole deputy elected from Taijiquan circles to the Chinese National People’s Assembly. In 1988, he was awarded the Contribution to Martial Arts prize by the National Institute of Martial Arts, and the Chinese Government recognised him as a “Living National Treasure.” He is recognised as one of four “Buddha’s Warrior Attendants,” the four outstanding exponents of the 19th generation in Chenjiagou. Chen Xiaowang was chairperson of the Henan Province Chen Push Hands Taijiquan Association; deputy head of the Wushu Academy of Henan Province; and technical advisor and official assessor for the standardised competition routines for the Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun styles of taijiquan. In 2010 he was honoured with the highest distinction in Chinese martial arts, the 9th duan wei.

Chen has created two condensed forms of the Laojia and Xinjia forms; a 38-posture form and a 19-posture form, and the 9-posture form for beginners. He told inside Kung-Fu Magazine in 1991, “I have tried to do away with all the repetitions and simplify the exceedingly difficult moves without destroying the characteristics of Chen Style Taijiquan, with special emphasis to attack/defense and the chansi technique.”

He has represented China sharing martial arts knowledge with people all over the world. His deep Taijiquan skill has allowed him to defeat all martial artists who have challenged him. Over many years, Chen has taught tens of thousands of Taijiquan students both in and outside of China.

Chen has held many positions of leadership in areas of martial arts, calligraphy, culture, and Chinese medicine and currently holds various positions in many international and Chinese Taijiquan institutions. He was the principal in the films on Chen family Taijiquan produced by Chinese Central Television (CCTV) and has choreographed and directed martial arts films. Additionally, he authored a number of renowned books and essays on Taijiquan. His books and videos have been translated into many languages and have been published worldwide.

Chen is also leading a project to rebuild the house of Chen Changxing, the fourteenth generation Chen family. A project made possible by the contribution of his disciples and all the students who have bought his beautiful calligraphy, (example right) “Jing , Qi, Shen”, Essence, Energy, Spirit, which TJC use the motto on our T shirt.

Chen has contributed significantly to the international promotion of Taijiquan. In 1990, he left China on a mission to promote Taijiquan to the world. He established the World Chen Xiaowang Taijiquan Association and has since been touring Europe, North America, South America, and Asia promoting and teaching Taijiquan. The distance he travels each year is equivalent to twice the circumference of the earth. In February 2003, he accepted an invitation to return to his hometown, Jiao Zuo, to author a Taijiquan book for elementary and high school students. Both the people and government of Jiao Zuo warmly welcomed him.

Chen’s big heartedness, his outstanding Taijiquan skills, and his personal characteristics make him highly respected around the world. He is truly the most outstanding Chen family Taijiquan master of his generation and a world-renowned martial artist.

Coronavirus 2020
Check the link on information about Yifei Gong, created by Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang to support and strengthen immune system and lung health in the flu season following the Coronavirus outbreak of 2019-2020.

Chen Xiaowang’s website

Video of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang and other masters talking about the history and demonstrating the Chen style

News

Shifu Liu’s Christmas Message from the AGM

At TJC’s AGM on 12 December 2020 we looked back at the changes that had taken place during this challenging year, Shifu Liu’s message seemed particularly important, so we are sharing it with you. This year thanks to all students attending classes this year through difficult time. Wishes everyone a happy holiday season and Christmas. …