20 July: Chen Tai Ji Single Sword, London Workshop with Shifu Liu

The Chen single sword form enables the student to understand and learn to project energy from the body to the end of the sword tip, and make play with the weapon as a continuous part of the body. Shifu Liu will work with posture correction and fajin practice, emphasis on yin yang, ’empty’ and ‘full’ aspects of movements of the form.

Shifu Liu will teach the Chen Tai Ji Quan Sword routine step by step, helping you to understand the parts of the sword used for different techniques such as chop and thrust.

Suitable for those with taiji experience or Chen weapons and hand forms

Workshop Fees:
Paid in advance: £50 Members £65, Non-members through Eventbrite
Drop-in Fee: £55 Members £70, Non-members (cash or cheque)

Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, Top end of Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG

10 August – Free Tai Chi in the Park

Come and join us in Camden Square on Saturday afternoon, and once a month, experience Chen tai chi and feel how it can help you relax your body, give you energy and benefit your health, in the fresh air and peaceful tranquility of one of London’s quiet green spaces.

We will meet for a one hour class in the traditional Chen style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) with Master Liu Quanjun, 20th-generation master of Chen Taijiquan, and Tai Ji Circle students.

Everyone welcome to come along, no experience is required. It’s best to wear warm comfortable clothing and flat training shoes.

Venue: Meet 12 noon at St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, London NW1 9BP and walk down to Camden Square Gardens.

Nearest underground stations are Camden Town on the Northern line, or Camden Road overground, and various buses, 29 from Trafalgar Sq to Camden Road (Torriano Avenue stop by football pitch), from King’s Cross (390 to Camden Park Road) or Euston (253 from Euston station to Camden Road Torriano Avenue stop)

Fee parking around the square at the weekends.

Time: 12.00 noon – 13.15pm

6 July: Chen Taijiquan 19 Form workshop with Shifu Liu

Chen 19 Part Form with Shifu Liu Quanjun


Saturday
6 July 2019


Time: 13:30 – 17:30


Created by Chen Xiao Wang in response to demand from students for a short routine suitable for beginners. The form is composed of 19 movements, divided into four sections. The simplicity of the form’s choreography makes it easy to learn for new students, yet offers the experienced practitioner room to express and develop the basic principles, energies and techniques of the style.


This is the second workshop for the 19 Part Form to be given by Tai Ji Circle this year, for those who have done it before it is an opportunity to revise, or learn from scratch, and increase understanding of the movements and requirements of this beginners form, practice some fajin (energy releases) and martial techniques contained within each movement.


We will supply a sheet with the movement names in Chinese Pinyin and English translation.


Open to all levels


All workshops have time for refreshment breaks


Seminar Fee
Drop-in Fee: £55 Members          £70 Non-members (cash or cheque only)
Paid in advance: £50 Members   £65 Non-members


Booking essential, queries please email: [email protected]


Venue
St Paul’s Church Hall, Top end of Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG

22/29 June: Chen Taiji Cannon Fist Workshops with Shifu Liu

Shifu Liu will be teaching Chen Laojia Er Lu (Old Frame 2) know as ‘Cannon Fist’ due to the fast pace and ‘fajin’ actions of the movements.


22 June – Form • 29 June – Martial applications


Times: 13:30 to 17:30


Shifu Liu will take an in depth look at Loajia Er Lu, the Second Old Frame, known as the Cannon Fist of Chen style Taijiquan. It has 45 movements, and is the dynamic counterpart to Laojia Yi Lu (Old Frame 1), the Yang to the Yin and the two forms practised together harmonise the body’s Yin and Yang.


The first workshop will focus on the movements and corrections to posture, in the second workshop Shifu Liu will work on the routine with the martial applications.


Cannon Fist is a vigorous routine suitable for those with Chen style experience


Workshop Fees Paid in advance:
Two Days: £95 Members, £125 Non-Members
One Day: £50 Members, £65 Non-members, (on Eventbrite booking until 22 June)


Drop-in Fee: £55 Members, £70 Non-members (cash or cheque only)


Email: [email protected]

25–27 May Bank Holiday: Shifu Liu’s Qi Gong and Chen Taijiquan London Workshop

Qi Gong and Chen Taijiquan, three days training with Shifu Liu over the Whitsun Bank Holiday.

25 – 27 May

Times
Saturday 10:00 to 17:00 • Sunday 10:00 to 15:30 • Monday 10:00 to 17:00

Venues
Saturday 25 May: St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG
Sunday & Monday 26-27 May: Islington Chinese Association 21 Hatchard Road, London N19 4NG

Welcome to Tai Ji Circle’s Three Day Whitsun Tai Chi training Seminar with Shifu Liu Quanjun.
Relax, don’t worry and enjoy!

This is an important workshop for all levels of qi gong and taiji practitioner with an emphasis on Nei Gong, or internal training which is an essential aspect of qi gong and taiji practice. During this three day workshop, Shifu Liu wishes his students to build and feel the movement and flow of internal energy, as well as improving our posture, coordination and balance. All the training, especially the Qi Gong practice with sounds and movement will support the internal organs, in particular the ‘wood’ element which corresponds to the liver, and the Spring season. This will help us to prepare for the ‘fire’ element of the Summer as we change seasons.

Morning Qi Gong Sessions
The morning sessions will cover different aspects of Da Bei Qi Gong training, starting at the introductory level and building on nei gong practice over the three days to take in the moving Da Bei Qi Gong form and working with Da Bei Healing sounds for the internal organs.

Afternoon Taijiquan Sessions
To enhance and deepen our practice we will be working on all Chen Foundation training with forms practice during the afternoons, including Standing Post, all the Silk Reeling standing and stepping variations built up over the three days, with the Four Direction short Form. On the last afternoon we will be doing the 19 Form with martial applications.

Everyone is welcome.

There will be regular refreshment breaks between sessions.

Timetable:

Saturday at St Paul’s Church Hall, NW1 9XG
10:00 Meet and register
10:15–13:00 Da Bei Qi Gong 18 set (seated or standing)
13:00–14:00 Lunch break
14:00–17:00 Chen Foundation in depth training, with warm ups, Standing practice – Zhan Zhaung, with all Silk Reeling training
Departure

Sunday at Islington Chinese Association, 21 Hatchard Road, London N19 4NG
10:00 Meet and register
10:15–13:00 2nd level Da Bei Qi Gong, 18 Movement Set
13:00–14:00 Lunch break
14:00–15:30 Chen Taiji Sifang Quan Form in both directions
Departure

Monday at Islington Chinese Association, 21 Hatchard Road, London N19 4NG
10:00 Meet and register
10:15-13:00 Qi Gong Da Bei with sounds to practice on internal organs
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-17:00 Chen 19 Form and martial applications from the form
Departure

There will be refreshment breaks during the training.

FEES
Three Days Fee
• Early Bird Members £195 (booked by 19 May)
• Members £205.00 (3 days)
• Non-Members £215.00 (3 days)
One day Fee
• TJC Members: £70 (1 day)
• Non Members: £75 (1 day)
Half Day Fee 
• TJC Members: £40
• Non Members: £45

Drop-in payment by cash or cheque only.

Advanced booking through Eventbrite, or by cash or cheque in class.

Once you have booked please email to notify us which mornings/days you wish to train: [email protected]

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.

FOUNDATION COURSE DATES CHANGE
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

*SUNDAY 9 JUNE – VENUE & CLASS TIME CHANGE
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.

4 May – Chen Foundation Taijiquan London workshop with Shifu Liu

Tai Ji Circle’s second Beginners Chen Tai Chi Foundation workshop of 2019


6th Duan Shifu Liu, will work with standing, and silk reeling exercises which are the basic essentials and foundation for Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) training. Specifically improving the standing and stepping silk reeling exercises and some martial applications, or teaching a short form if there is time.


Standing practice, (called Zhan Zhaung), begins the process of internal discovery, relaxes, realigns and strengthens the body to improve your posture. Silk reeling exercise training improves coordination and leads you to sense the energetic changes that take place in the body through the accurate alignment, placement and movement of the body, as well as reflecting the martial, medical and philosophical aspects of the training such as weight changing and the exchange of yin yang in movement (eg. light/heavy or open/close). If there is time we will also teach a short Chen Form or practice some martial techniques during the workshop.


This will be a practical workshop, Shifu Liu will correct your body posture and movements, and we hope that you will gain a better understanding of the requirements and the underlying principles of tai ji training.


It is best to wear lose comfortable clothes, flat shoes, and not to eat a very heavy meal just before training.


As it is a four hour workshop, there will be refreshment breaks and the opportunity to ask questions.


Suitable for all levels and new students to Chen Taijiquan.


Workshop Fees:
Drop-in Fee: £55 Members, £70 Non-Members   (Cash or cheques only on-the-door)


Paid in advance: TJC Members: £50,   Non-members: £65


Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, Top end of Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG

Push Hands with Master Chen

14 April 2019

CHALK FARM • LONDON

On our last day with Master Chen Ziqiang we will study Chen Push Hands and martial applications at Haverstock School Sports Hall in Chalk Farm, Camden.

The practice of Tui Shou (Push hands) is the application of different forms with a partner under different conditions. The aim is to understand the other person’s internal qi (energy), how it moves, their balance and coordination, constantly restructuring your own balance and coordination accordingly. It teaches sensitivity to an opponent and is a preparation for martial applications and techniques by improving reactions to attack. Master Chen is an exceptional practitioner and teacher of martial techniques.

The son of Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing, Master Chen Ziqiang is a 20th generation direct descendant of the Chen Family Taijiquan, the Chief Coach of the prestigious Chenjiagou Taijiquan School and a renowned tai ji champion in China and worldwide.

All students of Taijiquan are welcome

Chen Ziqiang’s London Seminars


14 April Push Hands & Applications 10:00 –17:00 (lunch 12:30-13:30)
Islington Chinese Association, 21 Hatchard Road, London N19 4NG
Archway Underground (High Barnet branch of the Northern Line), Upper Holloway overground

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to enrol.

If you would like to attend any of the seminars, please download the Chen Ziqiang 2019 Booking and Release Form pdf link below, fill in all your details and return to Tai Ji Circle as requested. Many thanks.

Please email us or download the Chen Ziqiang 2019 Booking and Release Form pdf document. Please retain pages 1-2 for your information, and return pages 3-4 to Tai Ji Circle.

If you have any queries please get in touch by email.
Email Us

For online payment by credit card or Paypal and information about his other workshops please go to Chen Ziqiang In London 2019
Seminars with Master Chen include warm-up exercises to prepare the body for training.

12-13.04.19: Double Swords with Master Chen

Wall painting from the temple in Chenjiagou
Wall painting from the Chen Temple in Chenjiagou, China, depicts a wrathful figure with weapons used for combat, including the double swords at the top.

12-13 April 2019

CHALK FARM • LONDON

We are very fortunate to be able to learn the exciting Chen Double swords form with Master Chen over two days, from Friday afternoon to evening and all day Saturday at Haversack School Sports Hall in Chalk Farm, Camden.

Double Swords is a beautiful and powerful weapon form containing many circular defensive and attacking techniques. After a much practice each attack and defence should be executed with speed and force. Weapons routines aim to help us learn how to integrate the movement of the weapon/s so that it feels as if it is part of the body, controlled from the energy and movement of the internal dantian. It is advisable to  have had some previous weapons experience.

The son of Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing, Master Chen Ziqiang is a 20th generation direct descendant of the Chen Family Taijiquan, the Chief Coach of the prestigious Chenjiagou Taijiquan School and a renowned tai ji champion in China and worldwide.

All students of Taijiquan are welcome

Chen Ziqiang’s London Seminars


12 April Form: Double Swords 15:00 –20:30 (break 18:00-18:30)
13 April Form: Double Swords 10:00 –17:00 (lunch 12:30-13:30)
St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG
Camden Town Underground, 253 or 29 Bus to Torriano Avenue stop (from Camden tube)

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to enrol.

If you would like to attend any of the seminars, please download the Chen Ziqiang 2019 Booking and Release Form pdf link below, fill in all your details and return to Tai Ji Circle as requested. Many thanks.

Please email us or download Chen Ziqiang 2019 Booking and Release Form pdf document. Please retain pages 1-2 for your information, and return pages 3-4 to Tai Ji Circle.

If you have any queries please get in touch by email.
Email Us

For online payment by credit card or Paypal and information about his other workshops please go to Chen Ziqiang In London 2019
Seminars with Master Chen include warm-up exercises to prepare the body for training.