Master Chen Bing unable to come to the UK


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

Talk on the Health Benefits of Tai Chi

Chris gives a speech at the AGM

Chris gave a talk about the benefits to health of taiji practice, at the AGM of the Kensington & Chelsea Forum for Older Residents, with whom she teaches a very popular weekly class in Notting Hill.

I asked my friends in the taiji class to give me some feedback on their experiences that i could read out at the AGM and they were really wonderful, here’s one example:-

“I love the tai chi classes, they give me energy & a sense of well being.  I think it is useful that you encourage us to do exercises at home, in fact you give us many tips.  Your patience is amazing, some of the seniors do not listen!” Sarah

Shifu Liu and Chris at Healthwatch AGM in London!

Chris talked while Shifu Liu demonstrates the correct seated position for qi gong or meditation practice, back straight, head erect, knees balanced over the ankles, everyone joined in the sound qi gong practice, even the Mayor!

Shifu Liu and Chris were invited to give a taiji/qi gong lesson by Central West London Healthwatch at their AGM at Kensington Town Hall on 15 July,

Shifu Liu and Chris do a selfie!

TJC’s Chen Tai Ji Summer Demo

Tai Ji Circle’s Summer demonstration of Chen Taijiquan on 15 July, led by Shifu Liu Quanjun, showed the progression of many of the Chen routines we teach as part of our syllabus, from Foundation training, hand and weapon forms, such as Fan, Sword, Stick, Double Sabres. Shifu Liu expertly finished with a section of Xinjia Er Lu, one of the most advanced Chen routines full of jumps and energy releases. Enormous thanks to our team of students and friends who came from many parts of London and gave their time and energy to support and participate with us.

Shifu Liu taking us through Foundation silk reeling training

The Chen 19 Form Routine
Chen Short Staff routine
Chen Taiji Fan Form
Shifu Liu… jumps from an extract of Xinjia Er Lu

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.

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

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…