5.02.2022: Chen Eyebrow Staff Form workshop with Shifu Liu: In Venue only

The Eybrow Level Staff, qimeigun (齐眉棍) form has been revived after much research by Master Chen Ziqiang. it combines certain basic staff movements such as sweeping, blocking, holding and chopping together with distinctive footwork and body methods typical of Chen style Taijiquan.

Suitable for all levels, this is a foundation weapons workshop.

All workshops have refreshment breaks and opportunities for Q&A.

Booking and payment from the Bookwhen link below, thank you.

22.01.2022: Chen Foundation In-Depth Workshop: In Venue + Online

Foundation training with Shifu Liu

Starting our year with essential Chen Foundation training. The standing and silk reeling practice are the roots of Chen Tai Chi (taiji) movement and forms, taught by Tai Ji Circle’s renowned London Chen-style master Liu Quanjun. Benefit health through practical training that both relaxes the mind and body and improves strength, balance and coordination. Shifu Liu will help with postural corrections if permissible.

There will be rest breaks and Q&A

Suitable for everyone for every level, beginners welcome. Booking from the workshop Bookwhen link below, thank you.

TJC rules for Covid Safety

Happy New Year 2022.

Shifu Liu and the TJC trustees felt that we should reiterate our rulings to maintain safe physical classes in our venues while there is such a prevalence of Covid Omicron all around us, this is to safe guard each other and Shifu Liu or Chris who cannot really wear a mask when teaching.

• Tai Ji Circle students attending classes in venue must book and pay for these classes in advance before joining the class. Students who join a class and fail to do this will be asked to leave. 

This is normal practice for all gym classes, yoga schools and fitness centres. If you haven’t booked you won’t be allowed to do the class. The Tai Ji Circle booking system works really well and is easy to use, it’s no more difficult than creating and using a social media account. If it’s really a struggle, ask a friend to help you. 

• All students must wear masks at all times when participating in our in-venue classes/workshops

• If you have a medical exemption to wearing a mask, please wear the badge to class so that everyone knows you have a legitimate medical reason for not wearing a mask, you will not be allowed to join the class without a badge if not wearing a mask. 

None of us want to wear masks but we want to protect ourselves and others so we should all wear masks in class and if you don’t like it you can join the online classes from home.

• If you have been in contact with anyone who develops Covid-19 a few days afterwards, please avoid coming to class for 5 days and then do not attend class without checking with a negative lateral flow test beforehand.

 To see our full risk assessment go… https://taijicircle.com/tjc-risk-assessment-09-01-2022/

Thank you and stay safe and well.

2022 TJC Welcome Back Chen Taiji with Shifu Liu: In-Venue + Online

Join us for a two hour Chen Foundation hand form revision and practice with Shifu Liu Quanjun, and any of your questions answered for starting up the year of Chen Taiji training with Tai Ji Circle. In venue and online Zoom hybrid workshop.

We hope that you can come to our open session with Shifu Liu, £15 for 2022 members, £25.00 non members in venue. Tickets from our Bookwhen link below.

For reduced workshop and class fees, please join our annual membership from January to December 2022 before you book. Thank you. Please go select from the Paypal Buttons on the Membership page. https://taijicircle.com/membership/

Tai Ji Circle AGM & Xmas workshop 2021

We thank our students for attending the AGM at St Paul’s Church hall, and lovely to see so many faces back from before the Covid-19 outbreak.

A few points for the AGM
• Everyone (except Shifu Liu) should wear masks in class unless exempt – please wear exemption badge
No increase to class or membership fees 2022
• Classes and workshops advance payments continue using Bookwhen and are working well
• No cash payments or casual drop-ins without advanced booking in 2022 
In-Venue and Online Zoom hybrid classes and workshops to continue
• Will have regular monthly workshops in Chen taiji weapons interspersed with the Chen hand forms

Shifu Liu Quanjun on student progress in 2021

Due to our Zoom [online classes last and this year during lockdowns] there have been a lot of students who practiced everyday and that has helped their coordination and progress. Due to this Shifu wants them to progress [to teach them] weapons as they have increased their Nei Gong (inner strength) to reach a higher level of practice. The benefits are the same as foundation, good balance, co-ordination and strength. Taiji practice will keep circulation moving and keep us younger.  

Many diseases like cancer are linked to the slowing of the body and you can become sick more easily. Many diseases are linked to cold and wet qi, that is why Shifu Liu recommends not eating and drinking cold foods and drinks. When you practice well and stay warm and your qi is full, your wet qi will sweat out and you will be more healthy and resilient. Most important thing is to store hot young qi in our dantian.  If your fingers feel cold you have already begun to leak yang qi. One way we can measure or understand qi in the body is observing hands. If soft, full and warm qi is good. These beliefs come from thousands of years of experience of Chinese people observing and trying to preserve one’s life.

After today, today is gone so we should use this day the best we can. Diseases are attracted to negative emotions. If happy all the time the best thing to repel sickness and disease. There are no disease that cannot be cured, if there’s no cure the cure has yet to be found. Your intentions can change your situation. A lot of power in intent and thought, positive or negative.

… You can develop good feelings through tai ji and qi gong. It helps people remove their bad feelings and bad intent and replace with good feelings and love for others. Part of our practice is to study our own bodies. Once you understand your own body you can help others to understand theirs. Worry about your own self and peace [of mind] before worrying about others and influencing others. Use these theories in your life, your practice and everywhere. 
Shifu Liu Quanjun

Shifu Liu takes us through Chen Foundation training before teaching Sifang Quan the 4 direction fist form.

TJC’s AGM, Xmas Workshop, Performances and Party with Shifu Liu

TJC will be reporting back to our students for the year 2021 and plans for 2022 with Shifu Liu and trustees for our live in venue and online Annual General Meeting. Following by Shifu Liu teaching Chen Sifang Quan taiji practice suitable for everyone to learn, with Chen demonstrations, and then time to party, bring something you’d like to share easy food and drink, your favourite party piece of music, dance, poetry, song!

Fee: £15.00 Entry by Bookwhen ticket for each person, children free – thank you. https://bookwhen.com/taijicircle-workshops/e/ev-sv7k-20211127100000

If attending online (free to members and overseas friends, the Zoom link will be sent out with the confirmation email.

13:00-14:00 TJC AGM 2021 – plans for 2022
14:00-15:45 Xmas workshop and Tai Ji Performances from Shifu Liu and students
16:00-18:00 Christmas Party (please bring food/drinks to share)

Everyone welcome, timings approximate!

Chen Taijiquan Winter Workshop – In Venue + Live Online

Saturday Chen Taiji Winter workshop with Shifu Liu Quanjun
Revising our Chen taiji syllabus, starting with essential Foundation training of meditation standing practice, five element silk reeling exercises. The second session will be the 19 Step Form, followed by Laojia Yi Lu, the Chen Old Frame form, the ‘keystone’ of the Chen style and considered the most important to practice. Preparing for the winter holidays, Chen taiji training stimulates the circulation of fluids and energy giving us great health benefits for the colder months. Shifu will give us postural and movement correction, and we may also have time for some fan taiji revision or a demo of Chen 13 Step Spear from Shifu Liu.

There will be refreshment breaks and Q&A

All booking and payment in advance please at: https://bookwhen.com/taijicircle-workshops

Chen Fan Taijiquan: 2 London workshops – In-Venue + Online

The Chen style Taiji fan is a two day workshop with Shifu Liu held at the St Paul’s, Camden venue and live online Zoom.

Taijiquan fan is a weapon routine created by Master Chen Ziqiang, and is part of the Chen Taiji weapon series. The form is based on the Chen foundation practice incorporating the characteristic techniques of the Taiji sword form. The practice is aimed at improving health, enhancing coordination and balance. The opening and closing movements of the form combine the techniques of softness/flexibility and strength, it can be used to attack or to defend. The movements are graceful and elegant, performed with ease and surety.

There will be refreshment breaks and the opportunity to ask questions. Please wear masks, bring your own cup or flask for refreshment breaks and maintain 2 metres social distance indoors.

Suitable for all levels with taiji experience.

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

Times: 13:00–16:00

TJC Workshop Tickets Click on link to book in advance only, no drop-ins or cash accepted. The online Zoom link is sent out with the ticket acknowledgment email, so please keep on your desktop for use.

If you wish to purchase a fan you can try Tai Chi Link website.

2nd London Workshop: Chen Tai Ji Single Sword 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.

In this second workshop Shifu Liu will continue teaching the Chen Tai Ji Quan Sword routine step by step.
Suitable for those with taiji experience or Chen weapons/fan and hand forms. 

With refreshment breaks and Q&A opportunities throughout the session.

FEES (in venue only)
Single Sword Workshop – Member £44.00
Single Sword Workshop – Non-member £56.00

Booking and payment through Bookwhen link in advance:

Classic Chen Taiji, Laojia Yi Lu Double Workshops

Dates: 25 September + 2 October 2021

In Venue + Online hybrid workshops with Shifu Liu Quanjun

Times: 13:00-16:00

Laojia Yi Lu has 75 movements 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.

Suitable for all levels with experience

Please see the Bookwhen workshop booking link for fees and to book your place and pay: https://bookwhen.com/taijicircle-workshops/e/ev-ssor-20210925130000
The online Zoom link will be sent out with the acknowledgement of booking email. Thank you