Beginners Tai Chi Courses

New Foundation Courses 2018

Term One next course start date is:-
14 January (first course of 2018)

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 understand underlying theories and philosophies that underpin the Chen style.


1st Course Class Dates: 14 January
Sunday 10:00-11:00/Thursdays 18:30-19:30
14, 18, 21, 25, 28 January. 1, 4, 8, February

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.

Each new Beginners’ Foundation 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 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
• Understand how the martial applications are within apparently simple movements even at the Foundation level.

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 or Chris in class
• Lesson Plan for self-practice at home

We are holding three Foundation Courses in per term, six in 2018. You can sign up and pay for them here through credit card and Paypal. They will be updated each term.

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 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 to miss a session it can be made up at other Foundation or general level classes.

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: 14 January to 8 February

Sunday/Thursday: 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 January 1, 4, 8, February
Catch our first Term One Foundation course:

TJC: 14.01.18 Course 8 Class Pass Payment

2nd Course: 18 February to 15 March
Sunday/Thursday: 18, 22, 25 February. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15 March
Sign up for our second Foundation course.

TJC: 18.02.18 Course 8 Class Pass Payment

3rd Course: 25 March to 26 April
Sunday/Thursday: 25, 29 March. 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 April
Easter is 30 March to 7 April there will be a break in the classes.

TJC: 25.03.18 Course 8 Class Pass Payment

To qualify for concessionary class rates:
• 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

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

Full New Year 2018 Term One Course dates

1st Course
Sunday/Thursday: 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 January 1, 4, 8, February
Week Sun 11-17 Feb consolidation classes pay as drop-in

2nd Course
Sunday/Thursday: 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 January 1, 4, 8, February
Week Sun 18-24 Mar consolidation pay as drop-in

3rd Course
Sunday/Thursday: 25, 29 March. 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 April
Week Sun 29 April-5 May consolidation classes pay as drop-in

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Learn Chen Taijiquan in London with Shifu Liu Quanjun