Beginners Tai Chi Courses

Autumn Foundation Courses

Course start dates are:-
10 September, 15 October and 19 November

The Roots of Chen Taijiquan with Shifu Liu

Try the traditional form of Chen Taijiquan (tai chi) with renowned London Chen-style master, Liu Quanjun and learn how to relax and benefit health through our practical Foundation training. Discover the hidden power in this authentic internal martial art, and learn about the underlying theories and philosophies that underpin the Chen style.

Whether you are new to Taijiquan or more experienced, practicing the foundation training is necessary to build strength, calmness, and to gain full energy, and it is essential for more advanced practice. Recommended for all students to gain a grasp of the essential requirements of the Chen style.

In a change from our current Foundation classes, each new Beginners’ Course taught by Shifu Liu will require you to attend two classes a week for four weeks on Sundays and Thursdays. This will give new students time to assimilate the training. The course will begin with the fundamentals and progress each week building firm foundation techniques.

Everyone welcome, no previous experience is required.

If you have health issues please let us know and have permission from your doctor before joining our classes.

Those TJC members with with previous experience are welcome to join in the new Foundation Course classes and use their regular class passes as before.

Our Chen Tai ji Foundation course includes:-
Nei Gong, internal practice
Jiben Gong, warm ups and silk reeling exercises
Understanding tai ji movement principles and the role of the dantian (energy centre) and kua (groin),
Training for health benefits, agility and better balance

Objectives of the Foundation Chen Taijiquan Course
• Release and learn to soften and relax tension, using your natural breath
• Learn the basic stances and hand positions of the Chen style
• Gain better alignment, balance and coordination
• Standing practice and posture correction for improved alignment and strength
• Understand Silk Reeling exercises, to gain control of balance and weight changing, and to circulate energy throughout the body
• Use of yin yang theory in Tai ji practice
• Understand some of the basic theories and philosophies underlying Chen Taijiquan’

To help your practice you will receive:-
• Notes with a brief history/principles of Chen style taijiquan with a glossary of terminology
• Detailed posture correction from Shifu Liu in class
• Lesson Plan for self-practice at home

We are holding three Foundation Courses in Term Three, you can sign up and pay for them here through credit card and Paypal.

After the course you can repeat it as often as you like to continue improvement with the basics and also move onto the general Foundation class held on Mondays, and try the 19 Step Chen Form on Sundays.

The Course is held at two London venues in Camden and Holloway/Islington:-

Sundays 10:00 – 11:00 at the Islington Chinese Association
21 Hatchard Road, London N19 4NG
Archway underground or Upper Holloway (Rail), walk or bus down Holloway Rd, to Marlborough Road.

Thursdays 18:30 – 19:30 at St Paul’s Church Hall
Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG
Camden tube or Camden Road Rail, buses 29 or 253 up Camden Road

The fees to new students for our new courses are offered at the reduced members rate, and we request that you join our membership after the first course to take advantage of cheaper pass fees on offer.

If you have any queries please  email us, [email protected]

Please select from the Full or Concessionary payment options offered on the drop-down menu on the dates shown.

1st Course: 10 September to 5 October

Sunday/Thursday: Sept 10 +14, 17 + 21, 24 + 28, Oct 1 + 5
Catch our first Autumn Term Foundation course:


TJC: 10.09.17 Course 8 Class Pass Payment



2nd Course: 15 October to 9 November

Sunday/Thursday: Oct 15 +19, 22 + 26, 29 + Nov 2, 5 + 9
Sign up for our second Foundation course.


TJC: 15.10.17 Course 8 Class Pass Payment



3rd Course: 19 November to 14 December

Sunday/Thursday: Nov 19 + 23, 26 + 30, Dec 3 + 7, 10 + 14
This will be our last course for 2017.


TJC: 19.11.17 Course 8 Class Pass Payment




To qualify for concessionary fees, please supply proof when attending the first time:-

• full-time student
• unemployment, housing or on incapacity benefit
• over 60 or under 18 years
• chronic health issues, ask Chris or Shifu Liu
• children under 16 in adult Foundation class can come for free

Full Autumn Course dates

1st Course
Sunday/Thursday: Sept 10 +14, 17 + 21, 24 + 28, Oct 1 + 5
Week Sun 8-14 Oct consolidation classes pay as drop-in

2nd Course
Sunday/Thursday: Oct 15 +19, 22 + 26, 29 + Nov 2, 5 + 9
Week Sun 12-18 Nov consolidation

3rd Course
Sunday/Thursday: Nov 19 + 23, 26 + 30, Dec 3 + 7, 10 + 14
Classes finish for the Christmas break on Sunday 17 December

Tai Ji Circle is a registered charity: Number 1151369

Learn Chen Taijiquan in London with Shifu Liu Quanjun