MARCH 2020 – TAI CHI CLASSES MOVE ONLINE

Our test run before the lockdown.

Now at the end of March we are all in the UK and many other countries following government advice to stay safe and well at home, which can be isolating for us all.

At Tai Ji Circle we are moving all our classes online until further notice. Now we have set up our Zoom Taiji Classes and they are working well. We of course miss Shifu Liu’s precise adjustments to posture in a real class, but at least this way we can gather together, follow his movements, discuss any questions and practice together in our own homes.

We have shared our link on information about Yifei Gong, created by Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang to practice at home and support and strengthen our immune system and help lung health. 

We recommend that everyone follows the government and NHS guidelines, and contact 111 by phone or online or contact their doctor if they are ill.
• the vulnerable and over 70’s remain safe at home, washing the hands if entering or leaving home, and 
• self-isolation for 7-14 days if you or anyone in your family is ill.

Here are some of the web links for checking full government and NHS guidelines. It is however very important to keep exercising safely for health and well being.

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

https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/eprr/coronavirus/

Camden Age UK have also set up a number of activities and services for people aged over 55 who are unwell, self-isolating or struggling to get out that you can take part in from home. They are offering an assisted online shopping service, live streaming music recitals every day, an online book club and a telephone befriending service. Visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or call 020 7239 0400 to find out more about what they have on offer for Camden residents.

Normal classes on hold… Online classes to come

Tai Ji Circle are sorry to say, that due the Covid-19 global outbreak, we have had to abandon our normal schedule of Chen Taijiquan classes with Shifu Liu at the venues as listed on the Timetable.

We will be setting up some online classes through Zoom and will notify you of these as soon as possible when we have made tests to check that it is working smoothly. We are keen to keep in touch so that there is more social interaction and possibility to learn even while we are in our homes. As an attendee to a session on Zoom you can join in without signing up or try a free account to facilitate. Please do email us and get in touch if you are interested.

Yifei Gong from GM Chen Xiaowang

Yifei Gong with Shifu Liu at Tai Ji Circle

Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang has created Yifei Gong, a series of movements rooted in Chen Taijiquan’s Old Frame routine, combined with deep breathing, that help to support and strengthen the function of the lungs and immune system during the flu season and the 2019 outbreak of the Coronavirus. Each of the movements should be practiced slowly nine times. Here, is an extract of Master Liu Quanjun from Tai Ji Circle teaching the students in class.

Shifu Liu is teaching Yifei Gong in some of his Foundation classes, here is a shortened version:

Yifei Gong instructional video in full, link:

This is the original full video link with instructions from Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. 
https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/HLVziMBHKkN8Dqe8ZPCrxQ

Chinese New Year Canonbury Demonstration

Shifu Liu performs extracts from Xinjia Yi and Er Lu

Great start to the Chinese New Year with an invitation from Islington Council to perform Chen Taiji alongside the Islington Chinese Association’s charming performances of the traditional Lion Dance. We performed a range of hand and weapon forms. After several hours out in the cold we ended up sharing a delicious Chinese meal at the Yipin China. Wonderful of our students and friends to come out from far and wide around London to perform, grateful thanks for their support.

Check our new Chinese New Year Gallery page

The lively jumps from Xinjia New Frame Form

TJC AGM & Xmas Celebrations

Shifu Liu takes care of the baby during our practice!

TJC Christmas celebrations got started with our AGM, updating our students on our news for 2020 and presenting our new training awards for those new friends who had studied hard through the year and who had held their nerve and attended the Chen Taiji Assessments with Shifu Liu the previous weekend.

Shifu Liu then proceeded to teach the Lively Step Da Bei Qi Gong which had everyone up on their feet to try it out, followed by the student Chen demonstrations, some forms in the round, weapons, ball and splendid version of Double Sabres with Lai and Michael circling around each other. 

We were incredibly lucky this year to have live traditional Chinese music played for us by Joanna Zhenghui Qiu, such a gifted musician, who supplied such a varied background of music on at least four different traditional instruments, a perfect soundscape for taiji practice.

Huge thanks for everyones help, setting up and taking down, washing up, preparing tasty dishes to share and most important of all taking the time to come along.

see our Xmas 2019 Gallery page for more

After eating fantastic food brought by our students and friends, it was playtime at the end of the day…

38 Form Tai Chi Demo

Chris was invited to perform a solo Chen routine for the students of Long River Tai Chi with their teacher Richard Selby, at the Ewen Hall in Barnet. It was a lovely occasion with all Richard’s students taking part performing a mix of Yang style and qi gong routines. And it was really wonderful to perform the 38 Chen Form created by GM Chen Xiaowang to live music on the Guzheng (Chinese zither, an instrument with a history of 2.500 yrs) played by Ms Yuet Ho Mok.

12 October Extra Saturday Classes begin

This is the first date of Shifu Liu’s extra Saturday classes as outlined below. A great opportunity to practice more Qi Gong, or learn the Chen Spear Form and gain extra strength power training with Shifu.

Shifu Liu’s NEW Saturday Classes 14:00 -17:00 at St Paul’s on:
12, 26 October
30 November and
7 December

Saturday Classes Timetable on dates above:
14:00 -15:00 Shifu Liu’s Private Class: Da Bei Qi Gong (drop-in £10)*
15:00 – 16:00  Chen Taiji Weapons – Chen Spear Form
16:00 -17:00  Chen Martial Applications and strength training

These extra classes are interspersed between workshops.

*Shifu Liu’s private Qi Gong Class Fee: £10.00 (cash only)
Regular TJC Term Passes can be used, or normal drop-in fees.

New Saturday afternoon Classes at St Paul’s

We can now confirm Shifu Liu’s three additional Saturday classes in between workshops, so there is a Saturday practice most weeks, the details are below. Classes start on the dates given, beginning on 12 October. Shifu Liu will continue teaching his Da Bei class at 9.00am on Sundays mornings at the Islington Chinese Association.

Shifu Liu’s NEW Saturday Classes at St Paul’s, Camden Square on:
12, 26 October, 
30 November and 
7 December

Saturday Class Times: 14:00 -17:00
14:00 -15:00 Shifu Liu’s Private Class: Da Bei Qi Gong* All levels
15:00 – 16:00 Chen Taiji Weapons – Chen Spear Form – Long form, level 3-4
16:00 -17:00 Chen Martial applications and strength training

These extra classes are interspersed between workshops.
Saturday Class Fees:
• Shifu Liu’s Da Bei Qi Gong: £10* cash only
• Term Three TJC Passes or drop-in fees can be used for payment for the other classes.

Any queries please email us. Thank you.

Jiaozuo Tai Chi Cultural Tour – with Tai Ji Circle London

Tai Ji Circle welcomed this opportunity to meet Councillor Sabrina Francis, Deputy Mayor of Camden Council, and Mr Gong Songqi the Deputy Mayor of Jiaozuo city, and the rest of the officials from China who brought the 2019 China Jiaozuo Tai Chi Cultural Tour – The Thousand Miles on “The Belt & Road” to London.

We are immensely grateful to Councillor Francis for giving up her time on a bank holiday Saturday to join us and to all our students and friends who also came along to support us during their holidays. We would like to especially thank the TJC demonstration team who trained with Shifu Liu for their performances, photographers Matt, Raul and Lai for help with photographs, Michael for helping with introductions in Chinese.

Thanks to Ms. Zheng Xiaomin who provided us with English translations and presented unseen, the audio visual presentation up in the sound booth and Gary for taking care of microphones and video connections.

Shifu Liu Quanjun travelled with the 2019 China Jiaozuo Tai Chi Cultural Tour – The Thousand Miles on the “The Belt & Road”, to Edinburgh, Oxford, and finished in London with Tai Ji Circle. We are very happy to celebrate China’s cultural ‘gift’ of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), that is loved and shared worldwide, and help to promote exchange between British and Chinese peoples. 

The Chinese delegation were:
Mr. Gong Songqi, Deputy Mayor of Jiaozuo Municipal People’s Government
Mr. Li Jianyang, Deputy Secretary for Culture, Radio, Film and Tourism of Jiaozuo City
Ms. Li Meiling, Vice Governor of Wenxian People’s Government of Jiaozuo City
Mr. Li Xuhua, Deputy Director, Information Office, Jiaozuo City Government
Mr. Wang Haichang, Director of Wenxian Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and Tourism of Jiaozuo City
Ms. Zheng Xiaomin, Deputy Director, Chenjiagou Scenic Area Administration Bureau, Wenxian City, Jiaozuo City
Mr. Feng Zhijian, President of Jiaozuo Tourism Association and Chairman of Yuntai International Travel Agency of Henan Province.

Belt and Road Tour Group picture London 24 August 2019
Councillor Sabrina Francis with Mr Gong Songqi and the other Chinese delegates, with TJC students and friends at the end of our event.

Master Chen Bing unable to come to the UK

NEWS FROM SHIFU CHEN BING

Tai Ji Circle are very sorry to announce that Master Chen Bing is unable to attend our event in London on 24 August and he sends his sincere apologies as he is unfortunately unable to enter the UK at this time. 

To enable the Jiaozui Tai Chi Cultural Tour to continue, Master Chen and the Jiaozuo government have invited Master Liu Quanjun of Tai Ji Circle to stand in for Master Chen Bing. Master Liu will now be part of the UK tour giving free workshops and demonstrations visiting Edinburgh and Oxford to celebrate China’s cultural ‘gift’ of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan).

As planned, we are holding our free London event on 24 August 11:00 to 13:00 at the Performance Hall of Haverstock School, NW3, and we very much look forward to welcoming you and meeting the party from China and attending Master Liu’s free workshop and the demonstrations of Chen Taijiquan. 

It is disappointing news to miss this opportunity of meeting Master Chen Bing and we send him our very best wishes and hope that he will be able to come to the UK in the future. 

However it should be a great session with Shifu Liu and it is an honour for him to represent Chenjiagou and Chen Taijiquan, and for us all to come together to celebrate and enjoy the practice.

Eventbrite tickets for 24 August in London