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

Chinese New Year Canonbury Demonstration

Shifu Liu performs extracts from Xinjia Yi and Er Lu

Great start to the Chinese New Year with an invitation from Islington Council to perform Chen Taiji alongside the Islington Chinese Association’s charming performances of the traditional Lion Dance. We performed a range of hand and weapon forms. After several hours out in the cold we ended up sharing a delicious Chinese meal at the Yipin China. Wonderful of our students and friends to come out from far and wide around London to perform, grateful thanks for their support.

Check our new Chinese New Year Gallery page

The lively jumps from Xinjia New Frame Form

2020 Chen Foundation Taijiquan London workshop with Shifu Liu

Catch Tai Ji Circle’s first Chen tai chi Foundation workshop of 2020.

6th Duan Shifu Liu, will work with standing, and silk reeling exercises which are the basic essentials and foundation for Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) training. Specifically improving the standing and stepping silk reeling exercises and some martial applications, or teaching a short form if there is time.

Standing practice, (called Zhan Zhaung), begins the process of internal discovery, relaxes, realigns and strengthens the body to improve your posture. Silk reeling exercise training improves coordination and leads you to sense the energetic changes that take place in the body through the accurate alignment, placement and movement of the body, as well as reflecting the martial, medical and philosophical aspects of buy xanax in the uk the training such as weight changing and the exchange of yin yang in movement (eg. light/heavy or open/close). If there is time we will also teach a short Chen Form or practice some martial techniques during the workshop.

This will be a practical workshop, Shifu Liu will correct your body posture and movements, and we hope that you will gain a better understanding of the requirements and the underlying principles of tai ji training.

It is best to wear lose comfortable clothes, flat shoes, and not to eat a very heavy meal just before training.

As it is a four hour workshop, there will be refreshment breaks and the opportunity to ask questions.

Suitable for all levels and new students to Chen Taijiquan.

Workshop Fees:
Drop-in Fee: ?55 Members, ?70 Non-Members (Cash or cheques only on-the-door)

Paid in advance: TJC Members: ?50 Non-members: ?65

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

Any queries email: [email protected]

http://www.taijicircle.com

Tai Ji Circle are members of the Chen Xiao Wang World Taijiquan Association, the BCCMA and the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain

2020 New Year Welcome and Chen Tai Chi practice with Shifu Liu

Tai Ji Circle’s New Year Tai Ji practice welcome back with Shifu Liu
Time: 11.30-15.30
Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, NW1 9XG

Get together to meet old and new friends and celebrate the coming year with Chen Tai Ji practice for all levels

Come and relax those shoulders, work off the Christmas lunch, calm the mind and meet the new year ahead with Chen Foundation and tai chi forms training to build your strength and stamina, increase your confidence and poise.

Suitable for everyone at all levels, if you are a beginner, learn some essential basics of the Chen style or if more experienced work on a deeper level learning to move your energy and relax throughout your body. Shifu Liu will correct individual posture and movements in Chen Foundation and practice some essential basic Chen forms to get us into the swing of the new year.

All welcome.

There will be a refreshment break to socialise and eat, and time for questions

TJC members who have renewed their 2020 membership or are new 2020 members can come along free, non-members need to pay. if you are interested in our annual membership and benefits for cheaper regular training, see the http://www.taijicircle.com website for details and payment through Paypal.

Workshop Costs:
Drop-in Fee: £25 Members (not renewed 2017), £40 Non-members (Cash or cheques only)

Free to 2020 TJC Members. Paid in advance: £30 Non-member

JOIN OR REJOIN TAI JI CIRCLE AS A MEMBER BY 10 JANUARY and you can attend this event for free.

Booking essential, queries: [email protected]

TJC AGM & Xmas Celebrations

Shifu Liu takes care of the baby during our practice!

TJC Christmas celebrations got started with our AGM, updating our students on our news for 2020 and presenting our new training awards for those new friends who had studied hard through the year and who had held their nerve and attended the Chen Taiji Assessments with Shifu Liu the previous weekend.

Shifu Liu then proceeded to teach the Lively Step Da Bei Qi Gong which had everyone up on their feet to try it out, followed by the student Chen demonstrations, some forms in the round, weapons, ball and splendid version of Double Sabres with Lai and Michael circling around each other. 

We were incredibly lucky this year to have live traditional Chinese music played for us by Joanna Zhenghui Qiu, such a gifted musician, who supplied such a varied background of music on at least four different traditional instruments, a perfect soundscape for taiji practice.

Huge thanks for everyones help, setting up and taking down, washing up, preparing tasty dishes to share and most important of all taking the time to come along.

see our Xmas 2019 Gallery page for more

After eating fantastic food brought by our students and friends, it was playtime at the end of the day…

14.12.19: TJC’s Xmas Celebrations, AGM, Concert of Chinese Music with Taiji and Party

After a fabulous year of training with Shifu Liu, Tai Ji Circle are holding our Christmas celebrations: first our AGM, then a concert of beautiful traditional Chinese music with the wonderful performer Joanna Zhenghui Qiu, and demonstrations of Chen Taijiquan with Shifu Liu and students followed by the Christmas party for everyone to enjoy before the winter holidays.

Charity AGM: TJC present our future plans for 2020 and look forward to student feedback and views.

Presentation of the 2019 Assessment Awards from Shifu Liu to TJC students.

Concert and Performances:
• Shifu Liu will teach us the fun and active Da Bei Qi Gong technique called “Lively Step” before we start the taiji demonstrations.
Concert of beautiful live Chinese music, with traditional instruments, the Guzheng, Erhu and more from Joanna Zhenghui Qiu.
• Chen Performances:
we welcome everyone to join in with Foundation practice, the 9 Form and 19 Form practice, to start us off and demonstrate what we have learned this year. Learn more about buy xanax 0.25 mg the progression of skill and the techniques of Chen Taijiquan and Hard Qi Gong training with demonstrations from Shifu Liu and students. Enjoy dynamic excerpts from XInjia Er Lu, Chen Fan and more… We will send out more details of our programme soon.

Christmas Party and Raffle: Come and make merry, eat, sing, dance, teach us your speciality and perform your party piece for everyone to enjoy… and hear Shifu Liu’s remarkable voice!

There’ll be a Fundraising raffle with great prizes of TJC Gift Cards (classes and workshops make great presents), Chinese massage and anything you would like to wrap and bring along to contribute.

Get tickets and bring family and friends, all welcome.

Please bring easy food and drinks to share… with Chinese dumplings and Chris’s hot mulled apple juice.

FREE Entry by Eventbrite ticket only, for each person (so we know how many people will be coming along) – thank you

Timetable – Timings approximate!
13:30-14:15 TJC AGM – new plans for 2020
14:15-14:30 Presention of 2019 Assessment Awards to students
14:30-15:30 Traditional Music Concert and Chen Tai Ji Performances
15:30-16:15 Refreshments
16:15-19:00 Christmas celebrations, share your songs, poems, dance, make music, and raffle prizes

TJC Chen Taiji Seminar & Assessments 2019 with Shifu Liu


After a year of growth, learning, practicing….and standing, lots and lots of standing, year end assessments are a fantastic opportunity for Tai JI Circle students to demonstrate their progress and receive feedback from Shifu Liu. Everyone is invited, buy a ticket, come and participate in the Foundation class and test, then stay and watch and learn from the experience!


8 December – Sunday 10:00 to 14:00




Times
10:00-11:00: Foundation Chen Taiji Class
11:15-11:45: Chen Tai Ji requirements, principles and demonstration with Shifu Liu
11:45-14:00: Student Assessments and Feedback from Shifu Liu


Reflection is a critical part of practicing Tai Ji Quan and taking a moment at the end of the year to consider what we have accomplished and how we can improve, is exceptionally valuable for our Taiji.  We can also learn by watching the assessments as it is valuable experience to see other students practice.


At year end assessments of Chen Taijiquan Shifu Liu provides TJC students direct feedback, and we will present free training awards to students who have made the most improvement over the course of the year. All TJC students are encouraged to participate regardless of experience. Shifu Liu will discuss and demonstrate the basic requirements of Chen style taijiquan before we start the assessments.


TJC are very fortunate to have Shifu Liu as our teacher and assessor as he is a very experienced wushu/taijiquan competition judge both in China and the UK and can examine students for Duan Wei levels of the Chinese Wushu Association. So don’t miss out on his expert feedback.


These assessments are intended for regular Tai Ji Circle students, but if you feel you are not ready for assesment yet, or are not one of our regular students but would like to come along join in and watch you are welcome to buy a ticket and come along.


Format
Students will demonstrate forms together in groups.  Shifu Liu will provide each student a mark and feedback after each assessment.  Students may participate in as many Chen taiji form assessments they like.


Assessment order
Foundation: silk reeling, 9 form
19 Form
38 Form
Lao Jia Yi Lu


Senior students may request assessment in any other hand form/weapon form that Shifu Liu teaches.  (Please notify Chris & Shifu Liu in advance by email to arrange).


TJC Assessment Training Prizes 2019 – to be used in Term One 2020
1st Prize: 5 x class weekly pass for Term One
2nd Prize: 2 x class weekly pass for Term One
4th Prize: 8 class pass for Term One
5th Prize: Free Workshop in Term One


Those TJC students who have improved most will win our awards.  Awards should be used during Term One. (Disciples are not eligible for prizes). Please note that 2020 membership will be required to use your award.


Fees
• £10.00 ticket includes participation in Foundation Class and Assessment if required or a watching ticket
• £10 for each Chen Form assessed
Payments by cash only on the day.


The Assessment prizes will be awarded at our special AGM, with Chen Taijiquan Performances and Xmas Party on Saturday afternoon 14 December, from 13:30, to be held at St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, NW1 9XG. 


9+16+30.11.2019: Xinjia Yi Lu, 3 Chen Taijiquan workshops with Shifu Liu

Tai Ji Circle’s three Xinjia Yi Lu workshops with 6th Duan Shifu Liu are a rare opportunity for in-depth study of the lively 1st Chen New Frame routine, created and structured on Laojia Yi Lu (the oldest Chen hand form) by Chen Fake, Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang’s grandfather.

Shifu Liu will teach the whole Xinjia routine over three workshops. It contains skilful circular movements rooted in silk reeling theories and energetic fajing practice. Shifu Liu will correct your body posture and movements, and we hope that you will gain a better understanding of the requirements and the underlying principles of advanced tai ji training, the particular fajin or energy releases, and applications found within the Xinjia form.

It is best to wear lose comfortable clothes, flat shoes, and not to eat a very heavy meal just before training.

These workshops are in three parts, each a four hour workshop, there will be refreshment breaks and the opportunity to ask questions.

Suitable for those with Chen-style experience of the 38 Form or Laojia Yi Lu

Workshops on 9+16+30 November (the Eventbrite booking link will be closed after 9 November 2019)

Times: 1.30 – 5.30 pm

Advance Workshop Fees per day:
Non-members £65
Tai Ji Circle Members £50

Advance Workshop Fees for three workshops:
Non-members £150
Tai Ji Circle Members £135

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

Any queries email: [email protected] or contact us through Eventbrite.

38 Form Tai Chi Demo

Chris was invited to perform a solo Chen routine for the students of Long River Tai Chi with their teacher Richard Selby, at the Ewen Hall in Barnet. It was a lovely occasion with all Richard’s students taking part performing a mix of Yang style and qi gong routines. And it was really wonderful to perform the 38 Chen Form created by GM Chen Xiaowang to live music on the Guzheng (Chinese zither, an instrument with a history of 2.500 yrs) played by Ms Yuet Ho Mok.

2.11.19: Chen Foundation Tai Chi: London workshop with Shifu Liu

Tai Ji Circle’s last Beginners Chen Tai Chi Foundation workshop of 2019


6th Duan Shifu Liu, will work with standing, and silk reeling exercises which are the basic essentials and foundation for Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) training. Specifically improving the standing and stepping silk reeling exercises and some martial applications, or teaching a short form if there is time.


Standing practice, (called Zhan Zhaung), begins the process of internal discovery, relaxes, realigns and strengthens the body to improve your posture. Silk reeling exercise training improves coordination and leads you to sense the energetic changes that take place in the body through the accurate alignment, placement and movement of the body, as well as reflecting the martial, medical and philosophical aspects of the training such as weight changing and the exchange of yin yang in movement (eg. light/heavy or open/close). If there is time we will also teach a short Chen Form or practice some martial techniques during the workshop.


This will be a practical workshop, Shifu Liu will correct your body posture and movements, and we hope that you will gain a better understanding of the requirements and the underlying principles of Chen tai ji training.


It is best to wear lose comfortable clothes, flat shoes, and not to eat a very heavy meal just before training.


As it is a four hour workshop, there will be refreshment breaks and the opportunity to ask questions.


Suitable for all levels and new students to Chen Taijiquan.


Workshop Fees:
Drop-in Fee: £55 Members, £70 Non-Members   (Cash or cheques only on-the-door)


Paid in advance: TJC Members: £50,   Non-members: £65


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