In Venue + Online Chen Taiji Laojia Yi Lu Double Workshop

Classic Chen Taijiquan double Saturday workshop with Shifu Liu Quanjun. Held at our Camden venue and live online with Zoom.

This double workshop is to be held in our London venue or you can attend live online with Zoom.

Dates: 17 + 24 October

Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, NW1 9XG

Times: 13:00-16:00

Shifu Liu will teach Laojia Yi Lu, (Old Frame), the classic form of Chen Taijiquan. We will study the first sections on 17 October and continue on 24 October.

Laojia Yi Lu has 74 movements (so we are unable to finish the complete form in 3 haours!) and is the basis of many other Chen style tai ji routines that have this as their underlying structure, you can see the references in the sequence of other Chen hand routines.

It is characterised as Yin with many soft, smooth twining movements indispersed with fajing, energy releases such as a punches or kicks. 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.

There will be a refreshment breaks and Q&A.

Suitable for all levels with some experience

We are unable to set this up as a double workshop and have set it up as an ‘in venue’ workshop on Eventbrite and if you can only come online, please book the online ticket and Chris will send you out the Zoom joining links beforehand. Thank you.

3 Oct: Chen Taijiquan Single Broadsword (Tai Ji Dao) workshop

Time: 13:00–16:00 BST
The traditional single Broadsword is usually the first Chen Taijiquan weapon form taught when student are familiar with Laojia Yi Lu

Chen Single Sabre form workshop will be help in St Paul’s Church Hall venue with Shifu Liu Quanjun. Numbers will be restricted.

The Chen Taijiquan sabre, or Dao weapon form is a very lively and dynamic routine, using the waist and dantian as axis. It is a short routine to learn with 23 movements which can be learnt quite quickly. It needs a good degree of relaxation to perform at speed and keep the movements fast, flowing and smooth.

Suitable for all levels

Workshop Fees
£45 Members • £50 Non-members

Pay by credit card through Eventbrite, email queries: [email protected]

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

3 October 11:30 Free Taiji Class Online

Free Chen Tai chi in the park on the 1st Saturday of the month has moved online instead! So everyone is now welcome to come and try out a beginners Zoom session of Chen Taiji with Yifei Gong lung strengthening exercise, with Shifu Liu on Saturday.

Please click on Register with Zoom to receive your invitation.

After registering through the link below, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link to joining the meeting.

Please sign in 10 minutes early to set up your audio and camera. We request you have your camera on during the session so Shifu Liu can check your posture and movement.
We will mute everyone’s audio during the session to avoid unwanted sounds, and put it back on for discussion and Q & A for the last 5-10 minutes of the class.

In these times of stress feel tai chi and qi gong practice can help you relax your body and mind, enhance energy and benefit your health.

See you online soon!

In Venue + Online Chen 19 Form Taiji Workshop

Beginner Chen 19 Form (Tai Chi) workshop with Shifu Liu Quanjun, for all levels. Held at our Camden venue and live online.

This workshop is to be held in our London venue or you can attend live online with Zoom.

Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, NW1 9XG

Time: 13:00-16:00

Created by Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang in response to demand from students for a short routine suitable for beginners.

This is the third 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 you can learn it from the beginning and follow up with classes. All Shifu Liu’s workshops help increase understanding of the movements and requirements of Chen taiji. We hope to practice some fajin (energy releases) and martial techniques contained within each movement.

There will be rest breaks and Q&A opportunities throughout the session

24 September: NHS Covid-19 App in use

NHS Covid-19 App for Track and Trace – In our Venues at Islington Chinese Association and St Paul’s Church Hall

The idea for the Test and Trace QR code is for it to be used by those who attend the premises we use. 

Attendees will need to have downloaded the NHS Test and Trace app. in the first instance. If then someone has tested positive for Covid-19 the NHS will email the QR code holders immediately to let them know that someone who has attended recently has tested positive for Covid-19. We can then take appropriate measures to help ensure that those who have been exposed to the virus can self-isolate as instructed by the Government.

How do I install the app? You should only download the app, from official stores:

What permissions does the app require?

For the app to work, you’ll be asked to allow Bluetooth and Notifications.

Please note that Bluetooth will only work on Android phones if Location Services are enabled, so you’ll be asked to turn this feature on.

The app does not collect any location data.

You only need to give the first 3 letters of your postcode, not your full postcode, nor your personal details.

If you have a smart phone please use the TJC Venue QR Posters to check-in to scan the QR code on entry to class at St Paul’s and ICA (St Paul’s and ICA will also have their own separate posters for their own activities) and also continue to sign into the register book with your name and phone on each day you come to class/workshop. Many thanks for your cooperation. We still have a limit of 8 people attending each class as the recommendations give an exemption to rule of 6 with sporting activity:

“There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including:

The QR codes do not take the place of the registers and checklists that we have in place for our classes or the measures we are taking for track and trace in our respective risk assessments. They will serve as an additional safeguard for us all and it is a useful tool in combating the virus. 

It is not compulsory for attendees to scan the QR code, and some attendees in any case you may not have smartphones or want to use the app, but it does help the NHS in contacting people who might be affected.

Many thanks and let’s hope by following the guidelines we can all stay safe and well and continue our practice of Chen Taiji with Shifu Liu at our venues.

Our taiji classes not restricted to 6 People

Some good news in these difficult times. We believe that we can have larger numbers than 6 people as our ‘sport’ activity is easily 2 m spaced, face outward and wear masks in and around communal areas and entrances, plenty of windows and doors to open in a large hall, so is in a Covid-19 safe environment, see below for all Government details. We already have a risk assessment on our website, and a booking and payment system (do not drop-ins or cash) in place and can use emails for track and trace, and we are also limiting the numbers in class to 8-10 plus Shifu and myself. Read the Government guidelines below.

From 14 September – when the new rules apply – it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble). The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.

There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including:

We are taking a simple register of names in venue in the old cash book, so please sign as you come in with your own pen, wear a mask on entry and in communal areas, uses antiseptic gel etc. Also bring your own drinking flask/cup. Obviously please don’t come to a venue if you are unwell in any way.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you soon online or in venue.

6 September Term Three Opens In Venue and Online

On Sunday we had our first Chen taiji classes with Shifu Liu live on Zoom with the iPad and in venue at the Islington Chinese Association, lovely to see our taiji brothers and sisters and actually speak face to face, gentle practice after so many months just online. Wearing masks and using antiseptic gel Shifu Liu demonstrated how the opening form of Chen taiji Qi Shi contains martial defensive and attack movements.

First class goes live!

In Venue + Online Chen Foundation Taiji Workshop

Try the best Foundation Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi) workshop with Shifu Liu Quanjun, for all levels. Held at our Camden venue and live online.

This workshop is to be held in our London venue or you can attend live online with Zoom.

Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, NW1 9XG

Time: 13:00-16:00

Discover the roots of Tai Chi (taiji) training with Tai Ji Circle’s three hour London workshop and try the traditional form of Chen Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) with renowned London Chen-style master Liu Quanjun. Learn how to relax and benefit health through practical Foundation training that both relaxes the mind and body and improves strength, balance and coordination. Also gain a better understanding of the history, theory and philosophy that underpins the Chen style.

There will be rest breaks and Q&A opportunities throughout the session

Free Virtual Tai Chi Classes 1st Saturday of the Month

New to Taiji? Experience Chen Taijiquan free online every month with Shifu Liu Quanjun and Tai Ji Circle students live on Zoom. An opportunity to feel how this calming practice can help relax your body, restore energy and benefit your health. Suitable for all, no experience necessary.

Time is 11:30-12:30 BST

Please register on the Zoom link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the joining link.

Classes In Venue and Online soon

Term Three starts soon with weekly classes to be held in one of our London venues, and live on Zoom. After a trial run at the end of July we felt that this would be the best way moving forward so that those who live further away or abroad have the opportunity of joining our classes or workshops. It has been great to see our taiji brothers and sisters joining online classes from around the UK or overseas.

Our Early Morning Practice Online with Shifu Liu will continue Mondays-Fridays from 7:30-8:30am, starting from Monday 7 September, the practice varies but basically contains Chen taiji warm up exercises, some Tui Na or various Qi Gong exercise and the Yi Fei Gong, which was created by Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang to enhance and strengthen the lungs. This practice has been a wonderful regular support through lockdown life over the last six months and has given structure to our days along with Shifu’s other online Chen Taijiquan classes.

We start Term Three with a new Booking and Payment system for all our weekly classes, triggered by the necessity to restrict numbers of students in venue and avoid taking cash payments and registers in class during the Covid-19 outbreak. We hope that you will find this system easy to use, buying a single or series of classes or buying a class pass. if you set up an account with email and password, you can then easily see what classes you have booked and paid for.

We will follow safety guidelines in our venues, with antiseptic gel, checking temperatures, wearing masks in corridors and facilities, and maintaining social distance at all times.

Shifu Liu and Chris are looking forward to the opportunity to meeting everyone again after so long, and don’t forget to book in your classes!

Book online