Benefit health • Condition the body • Relax the mind
> Term Two starts 1 May 2016 with a new Beginners Sunday Foundation Chen Tai Ji Course, save money on the drop-in fees and buy a 7 class trial pass 7-Class Pass or 1 x Pass per week for 15 weeks, available for new students/non members. Each term will have two Foundation Tai Ji Beginners Course start dates, so you can sign up for a whole term or half a term, the next is 26 June.
> Term Two Payment options are now available for TJC student members to renew their passes.
> New classes 6.30-7.30pm for Mondays Dajia Yi Lu, new Chen Big Frame 1 (suitable for beginners) and Tuesdays, the Chen Big Frame Form 2 (Dajia Er Lu) created by Master Chen Ziqiang, and following on from his recent TJC seminar. This is a unique opportunity to learn this vigorous routine from Shifu Liu in London – Chen or tai ji experience is an advantage
> China 2015: TJC Trip in October: images on our News 2015 page
Tai Ji Circle embodies authentic and traditional principles of Chinese internal martial arts and Chinese medicine. Through a wide range of weekly Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Qi Gong classes and workshops, students of all ages and levels of fitness can benefit from the expert teaching of Shifu Liu at affordable prices. The Tai Ji Circle hopes to promote a healthy way of life for their students, who come from the local community around London and from all over the world.
Tai Chi is both an internal martial art and a form of meditation through flowing circular movements that help strengthen and balance the body and mind. The mental and spiritual focus required to perform it correctly, frees the energies of the body to flow naturally. Tai Chi Qi Gong practiced in Foundation classes is meditative and relaxing and is also suitable for those with health issues who cannot stand for long.
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. Classes are directed and taught by Liu Quanjun and managed by Christine Jones, who are disciples of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, the 19th generation lineage heir of the Chen family, who originated modern Tai Chi taught worldwide today.
We are fortunate to have regular guest teachers from China, such as Master Chen Ziqiang, the son of Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing. Chen Ziqiang is a 20th generation direct descendant of the Chen Family Taijiquan, and is the Chief Coach of the Chenjiagou Taijiquan School, and a multiple national champion of China.
We have also had visiting qi gong masters from the Chinese Health Qi Gong Association in the UK and from Beijing University.
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 and 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 slowly in a high stance, or fast in a low stance for increasing stamina, (which makes it different from other tai chi styles) but also makes it suitable for different age groups to practice.
COMPREHENSIVE CHEN TAI JI QUAN TRAINING for all levels
“In the beginning use the body to move the ‘energy’ – much later you can use the ‘energy’ to move the body!”
Tai Ji Circle are members of the Chen Xiao Wang Worldwide Taijiquan Association, the BCCMA, (the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts) and the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.
See video link of Chen family Taijiquan in action!
Tai Ji Circle is a registered charity: Number 1151369
For information about London classes contact: [email protected]
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