1 October 2018: Groundbreaking Ceremony Chenjiagou

Shifu Liu with Chris, Michael and Darrell  from TJC were fortunate and honoured to be able to witness the spectacular groundbreaking ceremony for the new Chen Xiaowang Taijiquan Art Museum in Chen Village, China. We will put up some gallery images in due course from the day of celebrations.

New Tai Chi Class for those with Parkinson’s

Chris is teaching a new tai ji class at the Edgware Community Hospital. We will concentrate on relaxation, help build strength, flexibility and improve coordination and balance. The session will contain warm-ups, and part of the Tai Chi Qi Gong 18 set, we finish with relaxing seated meditation. All welcome. If interested please book through Tai Ji Circle.

Thursdays Tai Chi for those with Parkinson’s Disease, at the Edgware Hospital
TIME: 14:00-15:00
VENUE: The Parkinson’s Unit, Edgware Community Hospital, Edgware, HA8 0AD
FEE: £5.00 per session

1 September: Free Tai Ji with Shifu Liu

We had a great session with Shifu Liu in our free tai ji in the Park. We trained in standing practice to develop good posture, silk reeling exercises and some of the applications from the movements. With Shifu Liu’s usual attention to posture correction and detail.

Next and last MeetUp session will be 3 November as we will be away in China early October and TJC will be closed.


TJC Summer Break 13-19 August

TJC will be taking a summer break from classes from 13 to 19 August.

All classes will start again from Monday 20 August.

We are taking a shorter break than usual due to the China trip for the celebrations to be held for Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang’s new Taijiquan Art Museum in Chenjiagou in early October 2018. Anyone interested in joining us should get in touch by email.

15 July: Camden New Town Festival Demonstration

Thanks to everyone who came to the demonstration for the Camden New Town Festival at St Paul’s. Shifu Liu led us through some Foundation training where everyone could join in, before doing the Chen Four-Direction fist and some Bagua and Xing Yi (alternative internal martial arts training for a workshop he wants to do in August). Lai and Piyush performed the 56 Competition routine, and we finished up with the Chen Sword form. They all gave great performances and it was very enjoyable despite the heat.
Thanks very much for coming along, and giving us your time and energy.

2 July: Shifu Liu meets Mr Chen Deliang

Shifu Liu presents Mr. Chen Deliang of the Chinese in Britain Forum with a cheque, monies raised from the TJC fundraiser earlier in 2018. It is for a memorial to celebrate the Chinese workers who supported the troops during World War One. Mr Deliang is the London Deputy Adjutant of the queen, Britain’s first Chinese mayor and a former mayor of Redbridge.

Chen Taiji Fan: New Class starts on 2 July

After a great seminar with Shifu Liu working with the complexities of the Chen Taiji Fan on Saturday, we are adding the Fan form to our classes starting from 2 July 2018.

Taiji fan is part of the Taiji weapon series. The form is based on the foundation practice incorporating the characteristic techniques of the Taiji sword form. The practice is aimed at improving health, enhancing coordination and balance. It’s fun and challenging to perform.

Class Time: 18:30–19:30

There will be a change to the TJC timetable taking place from 2 July. There will no longer be a Foundation class on a Monday evening.

After the success of the Chen Fan workshop Shifu Liu is going to continue teaching the Fan Form on Monday evenings. Later in the year he will combine it with teaching the Chen Stick routine.

Monday night’s classes from 2 July
Islington Chinese Association, 21 Hatchard Road, London N19 4NG

18:30 – 19:30 Chen Tai Ji Chen Fan Form
19:30 – 20:30 Chen Tai Ji 74 Part Old Frame Form Laojia Yi Lu
20:30 – 21:30 Chen Cannon Fist Form Laojia Er Lu

Currently we don’t have any spare fans but I will ask Shifu Liu if he can obtain some. If you cannot wait, please see the Tai Chi Link sales site for options.

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.