Master Chen Bing unable to come to the UK


Tai Ji Circle are very sorry to announce that Master Chen Bing is unable to attend our event in London on 24 August and he sends his sincere apologies as he is unfortunately unable to enter the UK at this time. 

To enable the Jiaozui Tai Chi Cultural Tour to continue, Master Chen and the Jiaozuo government have invited Master Liu Quanjun of Tai Ji Circle to stand in for Master Chen Bing. Master Liu will now be part of the UK tour giving free workshops and demonstrations visiting Edinburgh and Oxford to celebrate China’s cultural ‘gift’ of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan).

As planned, we are holding our free London event on 24 August 11:00 to 13:00 at the Performance Hall of Haverstock School, NW3, and we very much look forward to welcoming you and meeting the party from China and attending Master Liu’s free workshop and the demonstrations of Chen Taijiquan. 

It is disappointing news to miss this opportunity of meeting Master Chen Bing and we send him our very best wishes and hope that he will be able to come to the UK in the future. 

However it should be a great session with Shifu Liu and it is an honour for him to represent Chenjiagou and Chen Taijiquan, and for us all to come together to celebrate and enjoy the practice.

Eventbrite tickets for 24 August in London

Talk on the Health Benefits of Tai Chi

Chris gives a speech at the AGM

Chris gave a talk about the benefits to health of taiji practice, at the AGM of the Kensington & Chelsea Forum for Older Residents, with whom she teaches a very popular weekly class in Notting Hill.

I asked my friends in the taiji class to give me some feedback on their experiences that i could read out at the AGM and they were really wonderful, here’s one example:-

“I love the tai chi classes, they give me energy & a sense of well being.  I think it is useful that you encourage us to do exercises at home, in fact you give us many tips.  Your patience is amazing, some of the seniors do not listen!” Sarah

Shifu Liu and Chris at Healthwatch AGM in London!

Chris talked while Shifu Liu demonstrates the correct seated position for qi gong or meditation practice, back straight, head erect, knees balanced over the ankles, everyone joined in the sound qi gong practice, even the Mayor!

Shifu Liu and Chris were invited to give a taiji/qi gong lesson by Central West London Healthwatch at their AGM at Kensington Town Hall on 15 July,

Shifu Liu and Chris do a selfie!

TJC’s Chen Tai Ji Summer Demo

Tai Ji Circle’s Summer demonstration of Chen Taijiquan on 15 July, led by Shifu Liu Quanjun, showed the progression of many of the Chen routines we teach as part of our syllabus, from Foundation training, hand and weapon forms, such as Fan, Sword, Stick, Double Sabres. Shifu Liu expertly finished with a section of Xinjia Er Lu, one of the most advanced Chen routines full of jumps and energy releases. Enormous thanks to our team of students and friends who came from many parts of London and gave their time and energy to support and participate with us.

Shifu Liu taking us through Foundation silk reeling training

The Chen 19 Form Routine
Chen Short Staff routine
Chen Taiji Fan Form
Shifu Liu… jumps from an extract of Xinjia Er Lu

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

6 July: Chen Taijiquan 19 Form workshop with Shifu Liu

Chen 19 Part Form with Shifu Liu Quanjun

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]

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

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

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.


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

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

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

There will be refreshment breaks during the training.

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.

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

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.