TJC’s New Year Beginners Foundation Tai Chi Course

Try the traditional form of Chen Taijiquan (tai chi) with renowned London Chen-style master, Liu Quanjun and TJC teachers,  attend two classes a week for four weeks and learn how to relax and benefit health through our practical Foundation training. Discover the hidden power in this authentic internal martial art, and learn about the underlying theories and philosophies that underpin the Chen style.

1st Course Classes: 14 January to 8 February
Sunday mornings 10-11.00am /Thursday evenings 6.30-7.30pm:

Course Dates: 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 January; 1, 4, 8, February

Tai Ji Circle are giving new structured twice a week courses to give practitioners a strong foundation in Chen taijiquan. Whether you are new to Taijiquan or more experienced, practicing the foundation is necessary to build strength, calmness, and to gain full energy. It is essential training for more advanced practice. Recommended for all students to gain a grasp of the essential requirements and understanding of the Chen style.

No previous experience is necessary.

Each Foundation Course will begin with the fundamentals and progress each week building a firm Foundation in Chen Taijiquan techniques over eight classes. You are welcome to repeat the course as often as you like to gain confidence and understanding.

Note: The training takes place at our two venues each week, Sundays at the Islington Chinese Association and Thursday evenings at St Paul’s Church hall in Camden Square. Details below.

Training will include:-
Nei Gong, internal practice,
Standing practice and posture correction for correct alignment,
Jiben Gong warm ups and silk reeling exercises
Using the natural breath,
Release and learn to soften and relax tension and stress
Gain understanding of the dantian (lower energy centre)
Use of yin yang concepts in Tai ji practice
Training for health benefits, agility and better balance
History and characteristics of Chen Taijiquan

Foundation notes • Lesson Plan for self-practice • Posture correction form Shifu Liu in class

Sundays:  10.00 – 11.00am Islington Chinese Association, 21 Hatchard Road, London N19 4NG
Thursdays: 6.30-7.30pm St Paul’s Church Hall, Top of Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG.

Special non-members cost per course:
£96 or £64 for concessions for 8 classes

Booking is required,

email queries to: [email protected]

Chen Foundation Taijiquan London Workshop

Catch Tai Ji Circle’s first Chen tai chi Foundation workshop of 2018.

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

New Year Classes begin today!

Shifu Liu takes the students down low in this movement that occurs both in the first and second Laojia Forms

Welcome back and all tai ji classes start tonight:
Foundation 2 at 6.30-7.30pm
Laojia Yi Lu at 7.30-8.30pm
Laojia Er Lu at 8.30-9.30pm

Laojia is the traditional long form of the Chen style of taijiquan and the first classes works with the more ‘yin’ aspects of the form, with posture and movement correction from Shifu Liu, the last class is the ‘Er’ Lu, second form full of energy releases, and jumps, the ‘yang’ to balance the yin.


Redesigned Tai Ji Circle website

Welcome to our new look website which we hope you will enjoy checking out. We felt that our old website was getting unwieldy and was ready for an upgrade so have used WordPress’s 2017 theme for a fresh look for 2018.

There are some missing images and we will do our best to update those as soon as possible, so please bear with us during the next few days of updating.

You can contact us through the email link or the contact page.

Many thanks,

Shifu Liu, Chris and the trustees.