24 September: NHS Covid-19 App in use

NHS Covid-19 App for Track and Trace – In our Venues at Islington Chinese Association and St Paul’s Church Hall

The idea for the Test and Trace QR code is for it to be used by those who attend the premises we use. 

Attendees will need to have downloaded the NHS Test and Trace app. in the first instance. If then someone has tested positive for Covid-19 the NHS will email the QR code holders immediately to let them know that someone who has attended recently has tested positive for Covid-19. We can then take appropriate measures to help ensure that those who have been exposed to the virus can self-isolate as instructed by the Government.        

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/nhs-covid-19-app-explainer

How do I install the app? You should only download the app, from official stores:

What permissions does the app require?

For the app to work, you’ll be asked to allow Bluetooth and Notifications.

Please note that Bluetooth will only work on Android phones if Location Services are enabled, so you’ll be asked to turn this feature on.

The app does not collect any location data.

You only need to give the first 3 letters of your postcode, not your full postcode, nor your personal details.

If you have a smart phone please use the TJC Venue QR Posters to check-in to scan the QR code on entry to class at St Paul’s and ICA (St Paul’s and ICA will also have their own separate posters for their own activities) and also continue to sign into the register book with your name and phone on each day you come to class/workshop. Many thanks for your cooperation. We still have a limit of 8 people attending each class as the recommendations give an exemption to rule of 6 with sporting activity:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing

“There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including:

The QR codes do not take the place of the registers and checklists that we have in place for our classes or the measures we are taking for track and trace in our respective risk assessments. They will serve as an additional safeguard for us all and it is a useful tool in combating the virus. 

It is not compulsory for attendees to scan the QR code, and some attendees in any case you may not have smartphones or want to use the app, but it does help the NHS in contacting people who might be affected.

Many thanks and let’s hope by following the guidelines we can all stay safe and well and continue our practice of Chen Taiji with Shifu Liu at our venues.

Our taiji classes not restricted to 6 People

Some good news in these difficult times. We believe that we can have larger numbers than 6 people as our ‘sport’ activity is easily 2 m spaced, face outward and wear masks in and around communal areas and entrances, plenty of windows and doors to open in a large hall, so is in a Covid-19 safe environment, see below for all Government details. We already have a risk assessment on our website, and a booking and payment system (do not drop-ins or cash) in place and can use emails for track and trace, and we are also limiting the numbers in class to 8-10 plus Shifu and myself. Read the Government guidelines below. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing

From 14 September – when the new rules apply – it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble). The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.

There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/providers-of-grassroots-sport-and-gym-leisure-facilities

We are taking a simple register of names in venue in the old cash book, so please sign as you come in with your own pen, wear a mask on entry and in communal areas, uses antiseptic gel etc. Also bring your own drinking flask/cup. Obviously please don’t come to a venue if you are unwell in any way.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you soon online or in venue.

6 September Term Three Opens In Venue and Online

On Sunday we had our first Chen taiji classes with Shifu Liu live on Zoom with the iPad and in venue at the Islington Chinese Association, lovely to see our taiji brothers and sisters and actually speak face to face, gentle practice after so many months just online. Wearing masks and using antiseptic gel Shifu Liu demonstrated how the opening form of Chen taiji Qi Shi contains martial defensive and attack movements.

First class goes live!

Classes In Venue and Online soon

Term Three starts soon with weekly classes to be held in one of our London venues, and live on Zoom. After a trial run at the end of July we felt that this would be the best way moving forward so that those who live further away or abroad have the opportunity of joining our classes or workshops. It has been great to see our taiji brothers and sisters joining online classes from around the UK or overseas.

Our Early Morning Practice Online with Shifu Liu will continue Mondays-Fridays from 7:30-8:30am, starting from Monday 7 September, the practice varies but basically contains Chen taiji warm up exercises, some Tui Na or various Qi Gong exercise and the Yi Fei Gong, which was created by Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang to enhance and strengthen the lungs. This practice has been a wonderful regular support through lockdown life over the last six months and has given structure to our days along with Shifu’s other online Chen Taijiquan classes.

We start Term Three with a new Booking and Payment system for all our weekly classes, triggered by the necessity to restrict numbers of students in venue and avoid taking cash payments and registers in class during the Covid-19 outbreak. We hope that you will find this system easy to use, buying a single or series of classes or buying a class pass. if you set up an account with email and password, you can then easily see what classes you have booked and paid for.

We will follow safety guidelines in our venues, with antiseptic gel, checking temperatures, wearing masks in corridors and facilities, and maintaining social distance at all times.

Shifu Liu and Chris are looking forward to the opportunity to meeting everyone again after so long, and don’t forget to book in your classes!

Book online

Live Zoom and In Venue Tai Chi Classes start 6 September

This is the new booking system for all classes and payments, as we go digital and adopt government guidelines, no drop-in students and we are not accepting cash payments any more.

TJC are starting back for Term Three 2020 with classes both in our London venues and continuing live online. The new TJC Classes Book Pay  schedule page has the timetable of weekly Chen Taijiquan classes with Shifu Liu and Chris and details of how to book your class and pay with your credit card. In lieu of Covid-19, and limited ‘In Venue’ numbers, all classes must be booked and paid for online as we follow the government health guidelines. When booking your first class you can set up an account with Bookwhen giving your email and password, and then you can track all your classes and payments. We hope that this will be a much better method for our students in the future. For security reasons it is also best for a class participant to set up a free account on Zoom before entry to the classes.

Please note that for practical reasons more advanced Chen hand and weapons classes are in venue only.

We look forward to trying out at the venues, remember to wear a mask entering the buildings and remain socially distanced, and we can see how getting back to something like normal might feel. In the meantime stay safe, socially distance, wear a mask and wash your hands!

Face to Face with Zoom test class

Thursday 23 July we tried a test class for our students, with Face to Face at St Paul’s and on Zoom, it was a class of Foundation training and the Chen Long Form, Laojia Yi Lu. We had eight people including Shifu and Chris at the hall, and we all kept safe distances and followed safety procedures. Everyone enjoyed it very much and the people on Zoom liked seeing the class too when Shifu switched the iPad around.

However the incidence of Covid-19 is now rising again in London and Shifu Liu does not wish to take any risks with our health and safety and so sadly we will not have any more FtF classes until the incidence rate decreases again. We will continue on Zoom as with our online timetable and another workshop.

Shifu Liu leads, back view is the easiest way for everyone in class and on Zoom to follow the movements of the form.
Shifu Liu chats to students on Zoom after class.

Face to Face Taiji and Zoom

Moving forward we are currently testing out having a combination Face to Face (FtF) classes with live Zoom Online. Our Zoom students can the also join us if unable to come to the venue. These classes with Shifu Liu will be at St Paul’s Church Hall in Camden Square. Our expenses will rise so we will need to charge FtF classes the regular drop-in per hourly class fee. Those paying the Online weekly and monthly subscription fees do not need to pay more to attend on Zoom.

We hope to provide two FtF Chen taiji classes with Zoom, on Thursday evenings from 30 July. They will follow the current online timetable. We will follow all Government safety guidelines and have a risk assessment document in place.

No-one will be admitted to class if they have not notified Chris by email to book their place as numbers are restricted and social distancing rules apply.
• Please wear a face covering or mask when arriving and passing through the communal areas to the hall. It is up to you if you wear it during class.

Thursday Classes FTF and Zoom 
at St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, NW1 9XG
18:00-19:00 Foundation Chen as part of the Course
19:00–20:00 Loajia Yi Lu, Chen Old Frame

See more details on the Face to Face page.

9 July Beginners Foundation Course

Beginners Course Term Two Online

We are hope that you can join us and start this course online on Thursday 9 July, and if possible we will progress towards holding the last few classes at our St Paul’s venue in August.

Foundation Course Dates9 July to 2 August
9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29 July; 2 August

Thursdays 18:00–19:00
Sundays 10:00–11:00

During these course dates if you are available it is possible to also join Chris’s weekly live online Foundation classes at 11:00-12:00 on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Please connect with the Beginners Course Payment Page and scroll down to select from the Full or Concessionary payment options offered on the drop-down menu for the courses and we will send you the links to join Zoom classes.

Shifu Liu in his London Clinic teaching during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Tai Ji Circle on Vimeo and Youtube

We have recently been recording some of Shifu Liu’s live online classes and workshops to help Tai Ji Circle Members and students studying the forms online with Shifu Liu, these are on Vimeo in private showcases to share with our members for study. Shifu Liu recorded in his local park, the 9 Step Form of GM Chen Xiaowang for beginners to reference.

Chris also posted a full live Community Foundation online class, which is available for those who have difficulty accessing Zoom live, so that they can practice when they have time. See Foundation Online with Chris

See the Youtube and Vimeo channel video links. We hope you find them useful.

Taiji Ball Training on Mondays

Shifu Liu is teaching Taiji Ball training online, to increase our strength and power. The class will be after the Laojia Yi Lu online class starting on 25 May, Monday evenings at 19:00.

We used a variety of weighted objects… from a water melon, definitely too heavy… to a bag of sugar. Half to one kilo is the recommended weight to begin with. Any ball will do that is about the size of a small football.

Contact Chris for further details.