May to June Class Changes

Please note that there are a few changes to the TJC class schedule from the end of May into June 2019.

Tai Ji Circle will be closed for classes on Sunday 26 and 27 May due to Shifu Liu’s 3-day Whitsun workshop. There will also be no free taiji in the park on 1 June. We have subsequently extended our Term to 18 August to make allowances for the break. 
This has affected the Foundation Course dates starting from 12 May, and we hope that this doesn’t cause you too much disruption if you have signed up for it. If you miss Foundation classes you are welcome to come along at any time to make them up through to 18 August.

FOUNDATION COURSE DATES CHANGE
Term Two Foundation Course Start Dates: 12 May • 23 June • 21 July 2019
Course starting 12 May, class dates will be as follows:
May, 12, 16, 19, 23. June 6, 9, 13, 16.

All Term Two Course dates

1)  12 May to 16 June
12, 16, 19, 23, May. 6, 9*, 13, 16 June (no classes 26 May due to 3 day workshop)
2)  23 June to 18 July
23, 27, 30 June; 4, 7, 11, 14, 18 July
3) 21 July to 15 August
21, 25, 28 July; 1, 4, 8, 11, 15 Augus

*SUNDAY 9 JUNE – VENUE & CLASS TIME CHANGE
Due to an all-day Pentecost services at the Islington Chinese Association on 9 June we are unable to hold our normal Sunday classes there. So that we do not lose any more classes this term, we have arranged classes in our other venue at St Paul’s in the afternoon after their morning service.

Class Times:
13:00 – 14:00 Chen Tai Ji: Beginners Foundation Course – All levels
14:00 – 15:00 Chen Tai Ji 1: 19 Part Form – All levels
15:00 – 16:00 Chen Tai Ji 2: Chen 38 Part Form 
16:00 – 17:00 Chen Tai Ji 4: Xinjia Yi Lu – Advanced
Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, NW1 9BP

All other classes at all other times will run to the regular timetable and venues shown on the website. Apologies for all these changes. If you have any queries, please do get in touch with us by email.

Saturday’s Tai Ji in the Park

Great session in Camden Square with Shifu Liu on Saturday, the sun emerged before a brief hail storm chased us into St Paul’s Hall, where we later had our Foundation Chen workshop, snug and dry!

Shifu Liu adjusts posture in the Chen Foundation standing practice, relaxation is the key. Lovely to be outside for the training, this is similar to meditation and being at one with nature.

Master Chen Ziqiang in London

Wonderful first day of workshops with Master Chen Ziqiang, lovely group of us studying, the practice and theories of Foundation training, huge thanks to Lai and Michael for some tricky and detailed translation. Below the important first steps of Chen training is the standing posture Zhan Zhaung, total concentration required on body position, placement and posture…

May News

On the 4 May we have our next free session of Taiji in the Park with Shifu Liu, followed by a Chen Foundation Training workshop. Download our latest News Mail Out for more information.

Great Free Tai Ji In the Park with Shifu Liu

Last week’s free session in Camden Square was great fun, and the sun came out for the hour of our training with Shifu Liu, we covered some of the important Foundation training, standing and silk reeling practice followed by the very first of the martial applications for defence and attack as you raise your arms up to shoulder height…

Chen Ziqiang 2019 London Visit

TJC are expecting a return visit to London in 2019 from the inimitable Master Chen Ziqiang from the 8-15 April, so put the dates in your diaries for a special series of workshops over the weekend 12-14 April.

The son of Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing, Master Chen Ziqiang is a 20th generation direct descendant of the Chen Family Taijiquan, the Chief Coach of the prestigious Chenjiagou Taijiquan School and is a renowned tai ji champion in China and he teaches extensively around the world.

Details to be announced soon. Please email to express your interest and to book a place.

To learn more about the impressive Master Chen and the power of Chen Taijiquan read the very informative article from Kung Fu Magazine by Mark Wasson

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019

Welcome back to Tai Ji Circle and our schedule of Chen Taijiquan classes workshops and events.

Tai Ji Circle Timetable & Calendar
All classes begin on Monday 7 January at the Islington Chinese Association. See the timetable link below for more details. Please note that there are a few changes to classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In addition to the regular TJC classes, Shifu Liu will be teaching a private Da Bei Qi Gong Class on early on Sunday morning before the regular Foundation Course/class. We have a new Calendar of workshops planned for 2019 and an exciting visit from Master Chen Ziqiang in April. See all workshop details on the Calendar.

Memberships & Classes Passes
Becoming a Tai Ji Circle member enables you to buy class passes at a cheaper rater, so that you can train more regularly, it also gives reduced fees for all workshops, membership and insurance from the BCCMA, and free training if you are a member of the TJC Performance Team.

If you bought your membership at the end of the year then you can renew for 2019, any couples can apply and save money with a family membership. Easy purchase or renewal of memberships and class passes, can be done by Credit Card or Paypal from the website on the links below. There are no additional charges when paying this way and TJC are notified, so it is our preferred payment method.

Foundation Students of 2018
We would encourage students to join our membership to get the maximum benefit from taiji practice, and hope that you would like to continue your training with us by attending the Foundation course classes again, and trying the 19 Form Class. This will help to expand and deepen your experience of the Chen practice. it takes time to assimilate the postural and technical requirements but once you have memorised the movements it is easier to learn the longer forms at the heart of the Chen style of taijiquan. Persistence and perseverance are required, the true meaning of gong fu practice.

New Students to Tai Ji Circle
We have our new Chen Taijiquan Foundation Courses starting on Sunday 13 January
Each new Beginners’ Foundation Course offers eight classes taught by Shifu Liu with Chris and Darrell, and require regular attendance twice a week for four weeks on Sundays and Thursdays. This helps new students have time to assimilate and reinforce the principles of 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 15 week term.

Tai Ji Circle’s Xmas Event of 2018!


Tai Ji Circle’s winter health workshop with Shifu Liu was insightful, varying from advice on diet, to using Qi Gong sounds to warm us up, with a visit from Torben Hersberg an ace osteopath and colleague of Shifu Liu’s from Central London Osteopathy Clinic. The AGM preceded the Assessment awards, and food preparations in the kitchen took place while we practiced Chen Foundation and performances of hand and weapon forms.  Gary broke a concrete block, he made it look easy, but don’t try this at home!… he keeps up his training in the powerful Ying (hard) Qi Gong of Shifu Liu. Everyone was incredibly generous bringing all sorts of delicious party food. One of our students sang accompanied by Shifu Liu on the harmonica and they also sang Chinese songs together. Shifu Liu’s powerful voice soared out with a beautiful love song from his homeland Xinjiang, dedicated to his wife. Michael told us stories and we even learnt the first moves of Salsa. Great time.

Congratulations to the students who despite their nerves took part in and won 2019 training prizes at TJC’s Chen Assessments, awarded by Shifu Liu at the AGM and the following day in class for those who couldn’t make the party.

2018 was a good training year and Shifu was very happy with the progress on his students and this was a full and wonderful way to finish off; with students, families and friends. Thank you all for you support and help with clearing up… and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year in 2019.

TJC’s FREE Winter Event with Shifu Liu 15.12.18

15 December, 13:30 – 20:00

>> St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, NW1 9XG <<

Don’t miss TJC’s end-of-year celebrations…

Health & Wellbeing Workshop with Shifu Liu, a specialist in Chinese medicine therapies: learn about, and try his great tips for staying well this winter. With advice on food, gi gong, tai ji therapy, Chinese massage and much more.
Family and friends of every age are welcome to come along

AGM: TJC present our plans for 2019 and look forward to student feedback and views on changes.

Presentation of the 2018 TJC Assessment Awards

Taiji Performances from Shifu Liu and TJC students.
Learn more about the progression of skill and techniques of Chen Taijiquan.

Christmas Party Come and make merry, eat, sing, dance and perform your party piece!

Everyone welcome, timings approximate!

Please bring food and drink to share

FREE Entry by Eventbrite Ticket