Push Hands with Chen Ziqiang in London May 2018

Our second and third workshops with Master Chen Ziqiang on his London visit were on Chen style Push Hands, Tui Shou. We were fortunate to be able to have a morning and evening session to consolidate his teaching. Master Chen’s set his typically challenging series of warm exercises, including the very deep horse stance, Ma Bu. Training us with single palm in the morning session, Master Chen demonstrated and explained both the movements and the martial applications, and with Master Liu made sure that everyone had corrections to posture and understood the requirements. it’s an honour for us to have the experience to work with Master Chen in London. Thanks also to Calvin for his translation.

20 May: Sunday Classes Venue Change

Sunday 20 May Venue Change The Islington Chinese Assocation has an all day event taking place so we cannot use the hall and we have arranged three hours of classes on Sunday afternoon from 13:00-16:00 pm at St Paul’s in Camden Square, NW1 9XG:-
13:00-14:00 – Chen Foundation Course
14:00-15:00 – 19 Part Form
15:00-16:00 – Xinjia Yi Liu, New Frame 1

All our other classes follow the regular timetable, apologies for any inconvenience.

Chen Ziqiang in London 2018: Foundation training

Tai Ji Circle were honoured to be able to host Master Chen Ziqiang for three sessions in London. The first evening was on Foundation Chen training, after a strong warm-up we were taken through Zhang Zhaung, Standing Post training.  This is the important introduction to Chen style, and through working with the standing practice the body posture can be corrected, and emphasis placed on the work and heat/energy produced in the legs. Another essential is the silk reeling exercises, moving the body and arms, correcting weight changing and posture. Master Chen worked with several students to individually check and correct the angle of the pelvis and legs, a wonderful experience.

World Tai Chi Day 2018

Despite grey chilly weather people turned out to try out Chen Taijiquan and we had a great morning at our free tai chi session. The rain held off and we practised on the area at the top of the square to avoid the muddy grass. It was great to be out in the fresh air to train and we were all wrapped up against the cold. Shifu Liu led us through Silk reeling exercises, and then the 9 Part Form created by GM Chen Xiao Wang for beginner students. Having worked with the opening sections of the Shifu used our student Gary to show us the applications from that second movement, ‘Pounding the Mortar’. Thanks are due the everyone who came out and especially Tai Ji Circle students who came to help and work with the less experienced students.


Easter… Free Tai Ji… Classes resume

30 March to 1 April: Three-day London Easter Chen Taijiquan Seminar with Shifu Liu
Great workshops with Shifu Liu, and because of using the smaller downstairs hall on Saturday, Shifu gave us the choice of a Bagua or Xing Yi Session… Bagua won out and for many it was the first time to try out the First Bagua Routine. Shifu Liu of course came to correct posture which is opposite to the Chen with knees and feet turned inwards for most stances and sliding step-work… the afternoon Xinjia Yi Lu sessions gave plenty of opportunity to work on the more difficult spiralling movements of the routine.

Free Tai Ji in Camden Square – Saturday 7.4.18 at 12 Noon

Saturday 7 April Free Chen Tai Ji in the Park, 12.00noon to 1.15pm in Camden Square Gardens, NW1.
Join in or try out our free tai chi with Shifu Liu. Meet outside St Paul’s Church Hall, NW1 9XG at 12.00 and walk down to the park. If you are interested you can just come along or join in the MeetUp Group. The sessions give an opportunity to try out the training, so many come along for the first time.
Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. 

Sunday Classes continue on 8 April

Shifu Liu makes corrections to posture during our tai ji Foundation training. The Foundation Course continues from10.00-11.00am on Sunday. Correct posture and chansi gong practice, (silk reeling exercises), are key to successful performance of Chen tai ji routines for all levels, so don’t miss out on this essential training.

All classes start from Sunday 8 April as per the normal timetable and continue until Sunday 29 April.

Term Two begins Monday 30 April.

Easter Travel Disruption on the Northern Line

We saw today that there will be disruption on parts of the Northern Line over Easter, basically no service from Friday through to Monday. Camden Town and Archway will be closed, there will be a replacement bus service, Service B (King’s Cross to Archway – see second pic for details), but it is very inconvenient for travel to our Easter workshops, as Archway is the nearest underground station. https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/planned-works-calendar and https://tfl.gov.uk/tube-dlr-overground/status/


Here are the posters for information.


Easter Seminar and Holiday Dates

30 March to 1 April: Three-day London Easter Chen Taijiquan Seminar with Shifu Liu
Don’t miss our exciting Chen training from the Chen Taijiquan syllabus, Foundation training in the morning, more advanced sessions and forms practice in the afternoons, an opportunity to build a solid practice and gain individual correction to your posture and movement from Shifu Liu.
Find out more


Easter holiday dates 2018 There are no regular Tai Ji Circle classes from Friday 30 March – 6 April.

Saturday 7 April Free Chen Tai Ji in the Park, 12.00noon to 1.15pm in Camden Square Gardens, NW1. Meet outside St Paul’s Church Hall, NW1 9XG at 12.00 and walk down to the park. Everyone welcome
Join our MeetUp Group

All classes start from Sunday 8 April as per the normal timetable.

27 February: 7.30pm, New Chen Sword Class

We are bringing back our popular Chen Sword Form Class taught by Shifu Liu, to a regular spot on Tuesday evenings, 7.30-8.30pm at the Islington Chinese Association, 21 Hatchard Road, Upper Holloway, N19. The new class will start from Tuesday 27 February.

See our Chen Sword Routine workshop with Shifu Liu coming up on 21 April.

We are dropping the Tuesdays Foundation class to make room for this important Chen routine, and the 56 Competition Form will be at 6.30pm instead.

The evening will finish with Push Hands class from 8.30-9.30pm.