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.

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


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