4 April: Chen Taijiquan Cannon Fist (Laojia Er Lu) Workshop with Shifu Liu

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.

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

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

Email: [email protected]

21.03.2020: Chen Taijiquan Single Broadsword (Tai Ji Dao) workshop

Chen Single Sabre/Dao form with Shifu Liu Quanjun.

The traditional single Broadsword is usually the first Chen Taijiquan weapon form taught, it is very lively, and dynamic routine, using the waist and dantian as axis and has 23 movements which can be learnt quite quickly. It needs a degree of relaxation to perform at speed and keep the movements flowing and smooth.

Suitable for all levels

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

email to book: [email protected] or register and pay by credit card through Eventbrite link below.

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

29.02.20 + 7.03.20: Chen Old Frame One, Loajia Yi Lu, Taiji Workshops with Shifu Liu

In this two-part London workshop, Shifu Liu will take an in-depth look at Laojia Yi Lu, the classic Old Frame, the seminal form for Chen style Taijiquan. We will study it on 29 February, and 7 March.

For those who aren’t familiar with the routine, it has 74 movements and is the basis of many other Chen style tai ji routines that have this as their underlying structure and once you remember it, you can see the references in the sequence of moves in the other Chen forms. It is characterised as ‘Yin’ with many soft, smooth twining movements indispersed with fajing, energy releases such as a punch or kick. Laojia Yi Lu was created by Chen Changxing in the 19th C, from the original sets of tai ji originator, Chen Wanting, a general of the Ming dynasty in China. It is the oldest tai ji routine from which many modern tai ji styles originate, such as Yang and Wu styles.

Shifu Liu has said that these workshops will be accessible to all who are familiar with Chen Foundation practice and encourages them to come along, as movements from the 19 Form and much of the 38 Form are covered within this root practice. He will teach the routine with posture and movement correction, covering different aspects and techniques of the whole form over the workshops. There will be refreshment breaks and the opportunity to ask questions.

Suitable for all levels

Dates: 29 February + 7 March   

Times: 13:30 – 17.30

Seminar Fees in advance:
Single workshop £65 (non-member), £50 for TJC Members
Double Workshop £120 (non-member), £95.00 TJC Members

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

Advanced booking on Eventbrite only available until 29 February as Eventbrite cannot do multiple events.

email us with any queries: [email protected]


Yifei Gong from GM Chen Xiaowang

Yifei Gong with Shifu Liu at Tai Ji Circle

Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang has created Yifei Gong, a series of movements rooted in Chen Taijiquan’s Old Frame routine, combined with deep breathing, that help to support and strengthen the function of the lungs and immune system during the flu season and the 2019 outbreak of the Coronavirus. Each of the movements should be practiced slowly nine times. Here, is an extract of Master Liu Quanjun from Tai Ji Circle teaching the students in class.

Shifu Liu is teaching Yifei Gong in some of his Foundation classes, here is a shortened version:

Yifei Gong instructional video in full, link:

This is the original full video link with instructions from Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. 

15.02.2020: Chen Taijiquan Ball Workshop with Shifu Liu

Chen Tai Ji Ball Routine, workshop with Shifu Liu Quanjun at Tai Ji Circle.

The short Tai Ji Ball form can be practised for gaining smooth fluid movements and for enhancing well-being, it is simple to learn for beginners to tai ji and practiced as a health exercise. At a more advanced level the ball can be larger and weighted to help with strengthening the whole body.

Suitable for all levels

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

email to book: [email protected] or Register and pay by credit card through Eventbrite

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

1 February: Chen Taijiquan 19 Form workshop with Shifu Liu

Chen 19 Part Form with Shifu Liu Quanjun

1 February 2020

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]

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

Chinese New Year Canonbury Demonstration

Shifu Liu performs extracts from Xinjia Yi and Er Lu

Great start to the Chinese New Year with an invitation from Islington Council to perform Chen Taiji alongside the Islington Chinese Association’s charming performances of the traditional Lion Dance. We performed a range of hand and weapon forms. After several hours out in the cold we ended up sharing a delicious Chinese meal at the Yipin China. Wonderful of our students and friends to come out from far and wide around London to perform, grateful thanks for their support.

Check our new Chinese New Year Gallery page

The lively jumps from Xinjia New Frame Form

2020 Chen Foundation Taijiquan London workshop with Shifu Liu

Catch Tai Ji Circle’s first Chen tai chi Foundation workshop of 2020.

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

Any queries email: [email protected]


Tai Ji Circle are members of the Chen Xiao Wang World Taijiquan Association, the BCCMA and the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain

2020 New Year Welcome and Chen Tai Chi practice with Shifu Liu

Tai Ji Circle’s New Year Tai Ji practice welcome back with Shifu Liu
Time: 11.30-15.30
Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, NW1 9XG

Get together to meet old and new friends and celebrate the coming year with Chen Tai Ji practice for all levels

Come and relax those shoulders, work off the Christmas lunch, calm the mind and meet the new year ahead with Chen Foundation and tai chi forms training to build your strength and stamina, increase your confidence and poise.

Suitable for everyone at all levels, if you are a beginner, learn some essential basics of the Chen style or if more experienced work on a deeper level learning to move your energy and relax throughout your body. Shifu Liu will correct individual posture and movements in Chen Foundation and practice some essential basic Chen forms to get us into the swing of the new year.

All welcome.

There will be a refreshment break to socialise and eat, and time for questions

TJC members who have renewed their 2020 membership or are new 2020 members can come along free, non-members need to pay. if you are interested in our annual membership and benefits for cheaper regular training, see the http://www.taijicircle.com website for details and payment through Paypal.

Workshop Costs:
Drop-in Fee: £25 Members (not renewed 2017), £40 Non-members (Cash or cheques only)

Free to 2020 TJC Members. Paid in advance: £30 Non-member

JOIN OR REJOIN TAI JI CIRCLE AS A MEMBER BY 10 JANUARY and you can attend this event for free.

Booking essential, queries: [email protected]

TJC AGM & Xmas Celebrations

Shifu Liu takes care of the baby during our practice!

TJC Christmas celebrations got started with our AGM, updating our students on our news for 2020 and presenting our new training awards for those new friends who had studied hard through the year and who had held their nerve and attended the Chen Taiji Assessments with Shifu Liu the previous weekend.

Shifu Liu then proceeded to teach the Lively Step Da Bei Qi Gong which had everyone up on their feet to try it out, followed by the student Chen demonstrations, some forms in the round, weapons, ball and splendid version of Double Sabres with Lai and Michael circling around each other. 

We were incredibly lucky this year to have live traditional Chinese music played for us by Joanna Zhenghui Qiu, such a gifted musician, who supplied such a varied background of music on at least four different traditional instruments, a perfect soundscape for taiji practice.

Huge thanks for everyones help, setting up and taking down, washing up, preparing tasty dishes to share and most important of all taking the time to come along.

see our Xmas 2019 Gallery page for more

After eating fantastic food brought by our students and friends, it was playtime at the end of the day…