12 October Extra Saturday Classes begin

This is the first date of Shifu Liu’s extra Saturday classes as outlined below. A great opportunity to practice more Qi Gong, or learn the Chen Spear Form and gain extra strength power training with Shifu.

Shifu Liu’s NEW Saturday Classes 14:00 -17:00 at St Paul’s on:
12, 26 October
30 November and
7 December

Saturday Classes Timetable on dates above:
14:00 -15:00 Shifu Liu’s Private Class: Da Bei Qi Gong (drop-in £10)*
15:00 – 16:00  Chen Taiji Weapons – Chen Spear Form
16:00 -17:00  Chen Martial Applications and strength training

These extra classes are interspersed between workshops.

*Shifu Liu’s private Qi Gong Class Fee: £10.00 (cash only)
Regular TJC Term Passes can be used, or normal drop-in fees.

7+21.9.19 + 5.10.19: Chen Old Frame One, 3 Taiji Workshops with Shifu Liu

In this three-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 in three parts, the 1st on 7 September, the 2nd on 21 September and the last on 5 October.

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 three workshops. There will be refreshment breaks and the opportunity to ask questions.

Suitable for all levels

Dates: 7 + 21 September + 5 October 2019

Times: 13:30 – 17.30

Seminar Fees:
Single workshop £65 (non-member), £50 for TJC Members
Treble Workshop £150 (non-member), £135.00 TJC Members

Advanced booking on Eventbrite only available until 7 September as Eventbrite cannot do multiple events. Payment can be made in advance in class or by BACS. Email for info.

email us with any queries: [email protected]

http://www.taijicircle.com

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

New Saturday afternoon Classes at St Paul’s

We can now confirm Shifu Liu’s three additional Saturday classes in between workshops, so there is a Saturday practice most weeks, the details are below. Classes start on the dates given, beginning on 12 October. Shifu Liu will continue teaching his Da Bei class at 9.00am on Sundays mornings at the Islington Chinese Association.

Shifu Liu’s NEW Saturday Classes at St Paul’s, Camden Square on:
12, 26 October, 
30 November and 
7 December

Saturday Class Times: 14:00 -17:00
14:00 -15:00 Shifu Liu’s Private Class: Da Bei Qi Gong* All levels
15:00 – 16:00 Chen Taiji Weapons – Chen Spear Form – Long form, level 3-4
16:00 -17:00 Chen Martial applications and strength training

These extra classes are interspersed between workshops.
Saturday Class Fees:
• Shifu Liu’s Da Bei Qi Gong: £10* cash only
• Term Three TJC Passes or drop-in fees can be used for payment for the other classes.

Any queries please email us. Thank you.

Jiaozuo Tai Chi Cultural Tour – with Tai Ji Circle London

Tai Ji Circle welcomed this opportunity to meet Councillor Sabrina Francis, Deputy Mayor of Camden Council, and Mr Gong Songqi the Deputy Mayor of Jiaozuo city, and the rest of the officials from China who brought the 2019 China Jiaozuo Tai Chi Cultural Tour – The Thousand Miles on “The Belt & Road” to London.

We are immensely grateful to Councillor Francis for giving up her time on a bank holiday Saturday to join us and to all our students and friends who also came along to support us during their holidays. We would like to especially thank the TJC demonstration team who trained with Shifu Liu for their performances, photographers Matt, Raul and Lai for help with photographs, Michael for helping with introductions in Chinese.

Thanks to Ms. Zheng Xiaomin who provided us with English translations and presented unseen, the audio visual presentation up in the sound booth and Gary for taking care of microphones and video connections.

Shifu Liu Quanjun travelled with the 2019 China Jiaozuo Tai Chi Cultural Tour – The Thousand Miles on the “The Belt & Road”, to Edinburgh, Oxford, and finished in London with Tai Ji Circle. We are very happy to celebrate China’s cultural ‘gift’ of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), that is loved and shared worldwide, and help to promote exchange between British and Chinese peoples. 

The Chinese delegation were:
Mr. Gong Songqi, Deputy Mayor of Jiaozuo Municipal People’s Government
Mr. Li Jianyang, Deputy Secretary for Culture, Radio, Film and Tourism of Jiaozuo City
Ms. Li Meiling, Vice Governor of Wenxian People’s Government of Jiaozuo City
Mr. Li Xuhua, Deputy Director, Information Office, Jiaozuo City Government
Mr. Wang Haichang, Director of Wenxian Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and Tourism of Jiaozuo City
Ms. Zheng Xiaomin, Deputy Director, Chenjiagou Scenic Area Administration Bureau, Wenxian City, Jiaozuo City
Mr. Feng Zhijian, President of Jiaozuo Tourism Association and Chairman of Yuntai International Travel Agency of Henan Province.

Belt and Road Tour Group picture London 24 August 2019
Councillor Sabrina Francis with Mr Gong Songqi and the other Chinese delegates, with TJC students and friends at the end of our event.

Master Liu Quanjun with The China Jiaozuo Tai Chi Cultural Tour

Banner for Belt and Road Tour

Master Chen Bing sends his apologies as very unfortunately he is unable to enter the UK at this time. Both he and the Jioazuo goverenment have invited Master Liu Quanjun to replace Master Chen to demonstrate and teach Chen Taijiquan as part of the 2019 China Jiaozuo Tai Chi Cultural Tour – The Thousand Miles on “The Belt & Road”. Master Liu will now be part of the UK tour to Edinburgh and Oxford to celebrate China’s cultural ‘gift’ of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), that is loved and shared worldwide.

Tai Ji Circle welcomes this opportunity to meet the Mayor and party from China who bring the Jiaozuo Tai Chi Cultural Tour to London, and for us all to experience Master Liu’s Chen Taijiquan in a free workshop and demonstrations.

Everyone welcome

Location: This event is to be held in the Performance Hall of the Haverstock School, which is located opposite to Chalk Farm Underground station which is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line in London.

Tickets: There are two types of ticket available, ‘Workshop Participant’, or ‘Audience Member’ both are free. Entry will be by Eventbrite ticket only. Places are limited so please book early, thank you.

Any queries please contact us at [email protected]

Please arrive 15 minutes early to register your name.

10 August: Shifu Liu’s Qi Gong and Chen Taijiquan London Workshop

10 August 2019 

Qi Gong & Chen Tai Ji Summer Seminar


13:30 to 17:30


Qi Gong and Chen Taijiquan in London with Shifu Liu Quanjun


After the success of Shifu Liu’s Whitson seminar, we are having another workshop targeted on practice for health and wellbeing. It is 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. 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 benefits our health while strengthening our bodies and calming our minds, the Qi Gong practice also helps support the internal organs.


Qi Gong continuing different aspects of Da Bei Qi Gong training


Chen Taijiquan Shifu wants to continue to enhance, deepen and improve our practice working with Chen Foundation training.


Everyone is welcome.


There will be a refreshment break between sessions.


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


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

Master Chen Bing unable to come to the UK

NEWS FROM SHIFU CHEN BING

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!