25 April: World Tai Chi Day Online Chen Foundation Workshop

Instead of meeting up outside for training on World Tai Chi Day, we are taking our practice online with Zoom with Tai Ji Circle’s Online Foundation workshop. So come and try the traditional form of Chen Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) with Shifu Liu Quanjun.

Relax and benefit health through practical Foundation training that both relaxes the mind and body and improves strength, balance and coordination. 
With refreshments breaks and Q&A.
Suitable for all levels and new students.

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Da Bei Qi Gong, an Online Easter Monday Workshop for Health and Well Being

Focus on health and well being, in Shifu Liu’s online workshop on the special meditative Buddhist practice of Da Bei Qi Gong

Join Shifu Liu in this Zoom online workshop and learn all about qi gong practice and theory and what it is for and how it can help you. The meditative focus with Da Bei q gong is on the movements, respiration, mind and will, so that the qi (energy) circulates smoothly during the practice.

The body’s internal qi is the medicine for healing, and Da Bei qi gong stimulates the free flow of energy throughout the body and can be practiced for healing oneself or for building energy. Suitable for everyone, no experience needed.

There will be refreshment breaks and opportunities for Q&A at the end.

4 April: Chen Taijiquan Cannon Fist Workshop – POSTPONED

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.

Cannon Fist is a vigorous routine suitable for those with Chen style experience

Workshop Costs:
Drop-in Fee: £55 Members £70 Non-members (cash or cheque only)
Paid in advance: £50 Members £65 Non-members, on Eventbrite

Email: [email protected]

MARCH 2020 – TAI CHI CLASSES MOVE ONLINE

Our test run before the lockdown.

Now at the end of March we are all in the UK and many other countries following government advice to stay safe and well at home, which can be isolating for us all.

At Tai Ji Circle we are moving all our classes online until further notice. Now we have set up our Zoom Taiji Classes and they are working well. We of course miss Shifu Liu’s precise adjustments to posture in a real class, but at least this way we can gather together, follow his movements, discuss any questions and practice together in our own homes.

We have shared our link on information about Yifei Gong, created by Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang to practice at home and support and strengthen our immune system and help lung health. 

We recommend that everyone follows the government and NHS guidelines, and contact 111 by phone or online or contact their doctor if they are ill.
• the vulnerable and over 70’s remain safe at home, washing the hands if entering or leaving home, and 
• self-isolation for 7-14 days if you or anyone in your family is ill.

Here are some of the web links for checking full government and NHS guidelines. It is however very important to keep exercising safely for health and well being.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/eprr/coronavirus/

Camden Age UK have also set up a number of activities and services for people aged over 55 who are unwell, self-isolating or struggling to get out that you can take part in from home. They are offering an assisted online shopping service, live streaming music recitals every day, an online book club and a telephone befriending service. Visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or call 020 7239 0400 to find out more about what they have on offer for Camden residents.

21.03.2020: Chen Taijiquan Broadsword workshop – POSTPONED

Chen Single Sabre/Dao form with Shifu Liu Quanjun.

The traditional single Broadsword is usually the first Chen Taijiquan weapon form taught, it is very lively, and dynamic routine, using the waist and dantian as axis and has 23 movements which can be learnt quite quickly. It needs a degree of relaxation to perform at speed and keep the movements flowing and smooth.

Suitable for all levels

Workshop Costs:
Drop-in Fee: £55 Members £70 Non-members (cash or cheque)
Paid in advance: £50 Members £65 Non-members

email to book: [email protected] or register and pay by credit card through Eventbrite link below.

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

Normal classes on hold… Online classes to come

Tai Ji Circle are sorry to say, that due the Covid-19 global outbreak, we have had to abandon our normal schedule of Chen Taijiquan classes with Shifu Liu at the venues as listed on the Timetable.

We will be setting up some online classes through Zoom and will notify you of these as soon as possible when we have made tests to check that it is working smoothly. We are keen to keep in touch so that there is more social interaction and possibility to learn even while we are in our homes. As an attendee to a session on Zoom you can join in without signing up or try a free account to facilitate. Please do email us and get in touch if you are interested.

29.02.20 + 7.03.20: Chen Old Frame One, Loajia Yi Lu, Taiji Workshops with Shifu Liu

In this two-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 on 29 February, and 7 March.

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

Suitable for all levels

Dates: 29 February + 7 March   

Times: 13:30 – 17.30

Seminar Fees in advance:
Single workshop £65 (non-member), £50 for TJC Members
Double Workshop £120 (non-member), £95.00 TJC Members

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

Advanced booking on Eventbrite only available until 29 February as Eventbrite cannot do multiple events.

email us with any queries: [email protected]

http://www.taijicircle.com

Yifei Gong from GM Chen Xiaowang

Yifei Gong with Shifu Liu at Tai Ji Circle

Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang has created Yifei Gong, a series of movements rooted in Chen Taijiquan’s Old Frame routine, combined with deep breathing, that help to support and strengthen the function of the lungs and immune system during the flu season and the 2019 outbreak of the Coronavirus. Each of the movements should be practiced slowly nine times. Here, is an extract of Master Liu Quanjun from Tai Ji Circle teaching the students in class.

Shifu Liu is teaching Yifei Gong in some of his Foundation classes, here is a shortened version:

Yifei Gong instructional video in full, link:

This is the original full video link with instructions from Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. 
https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/HLVziMBHKkN8Dqe8ZPCrxQ

15.02.2020: Chen Taijiquan Ball Workshop with Shifu Liu

Chen Tai Ji Ball Routine, workshop with Shifu Liu Quanjun at Tai Ji Circle.

The short Tai Ji Ball form can be practised for gaining smooth fluid movements and for enhancing well-being, it is simple to learn for beginners to tai ji and practiced as a health exercise. At a more advanced level the ball can be larger and weighted to help with strengthening the whole body.

Suitable for all levels

Workshop Costs:
Drop-in Fee: £55 Members £70 Non-members (cash or cheque)
Paid in advance: £50 Members £65 Non-members

email to book: [email protected] or Register and pay by credit card through Eventbrite

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

1 February: Chen Taijiquan 19 Form workshop with Shifu Liu

Chen 19 Part Form with Shifu Liu Quanjun

Saturday
1 February 2020

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]

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