26.01.19: Chen Taijiquan 19 Step Form workshop with Shifu Liu

Chen 19 Part Form with Shifu Liu Quanjun

26 January 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 last workshop for the 19 Part Form to be given by Tai Ji Circle this year, so is an opportunity to revise or learn 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

20.10.18: TJC London Push Hands Seminar with Grandmaster Zhu Changhai

Unique Tai Ji Quan Tui Shou, Push Hands and Applications: London Seminar training with Grandmaster Zhu Changhai with Master Liu Quanjun.

Tai Ji CIrcle is excited to welcome back Grandmaster Zhu Changhai for this workshop, he is ranked 8th Duan Wei by the Chinese Wushu Association for high personal achievement and worldwide contributions in promoting and developing Chen Style Taijiquan, and is also a disciple of Chen Xiaowang, the 19th Generation Lineage Holder of Chen Family Taijiquan.

GM Zhu is a four-times Push Hands Champion for the whole of China and is renowned for his approach to tai ji push hands and applications. This will be a classic tai ji seminar suitable for all levels and will broaden the experience of those attending.

Grandmaster Zhu is also the Chairman of the Irish National Martial Arts Association, and President of the Northern Ireland Wushu Association.

Advance Seminar Fee: £55.00 member, £65.00 non member

Drop-in Fee: £60.00 member, £70.00 non member (cash only)

Book a place below through Eventbrite or with Chris: [email protected]

Venue: St Paul’s Church Hall, London, NW1 9XG

All workshops have refreshment breaks

1 October 2018: Groundbreaking Ceremony Chenjiagou

Shifu Liu with Chris, Michael and Darrell  from TJC were fortunate and honoured to be able to witness the spectacular groundbreaking ceremony for the new Chen Xiaowang Taijiquan Art Museum in Chen Village, China. We will put up some gallery images in due course from the day of celebrations.

15+22.09.18: Chen Old Frame, Taijiquan Workshop with Shifu Liu

In this double 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 two parts, the first on 15 September, the second on 22 September.

For those who aren’t familiar with the form, 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 interdispersed 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 will teach the routine with posture and movement correction, covering different aspects and techniques of the form. There will be refreshment breaks and the opportunity to ask questions.

Suitable for all levels

Dates: 15 + 22 September

Times: 13:30 – 17.30

Seminar Fees:

Single workshop £65 (non-member), £50 for TJC Members

Double Workshop £125 (non-member), £95.00 TJC Members

Advanced booking on Eventbrite only available until 15 September.

email us with any queries: [email protected]



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

New Tai Chi Class for those with Parkinson’s

Chris is teaching a new tai ji class at the Edgware Community Hospital. We will concentrate on relaxation, help build strength, flexibility and improve coordination and balance. The session will contain warm-ups, and part of the Tai Chi Qi Gong 18 set, we finish with relaxing seated meditation. All welcome. If interested please book through Tai Ji Circle.

Thursdays Tai Chi for those with Parkinson’s Disease, at the Edgware Hospital
TIME: 14:30-15:30
VENUE: The Parkinson’s Unit, Edgware Community Hospital, Edgware, HA8 0AD
FEE: £5.00 per session

1 September: Free Tai Ji with Shifu Liu

We had a great session with Shifu Liu in our free tai ji in the Park. We trained in standing practice to develop good posture, silk reeling exercises and some of the applications from the movements. With Shifu Liu’s usual attention to posture correction and detail.

Next and last MeetUp session will be 3 November as we will be away in China early October and TJC will be closed.


Chen Foundation Taijiquan London workshop with Shifu Liu

Tai Ji Circle’s third and last Beginners Chen tai chi Foundation workshop of 2018.

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 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

11 August 2018: Bagua Zhang workshop with Shifu Liu

Catch this rare opportunity to learn the internal martial art of Bagua Zhang from Master Liu Quanjun.

Formulated in 1860 by Ding Haichuan in Beijing, Bagua Zhang’s movements employ the whole body with smooth coiling and uncoiling actions, utilizing hand techniques, dynamic footwork, and throws. Rapid-fire movements draw energy from the center of the abdomen. The circular stepping pattern also builds up centripetal force, allowing the practitioner to manoeuvre quickly around an opponent.

One of the three major internal martial art styles, Bagua Zhang uses Yi Jing theories. A key requirement is the  practice of circle walking, using the eight direction of the compass. During practice you continuously change direction without stopping to build skill and speed.

Suitable for all levels

All workshops have refreshment breaks.

Lunch will be 12:45 – !3:15

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

4 August 2018: Chen Eyebrow Staff Form workshop with Shifu Liu

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.

Practitioners should pay attention to the combined use of the body and staff, also known as the Principle of Unity of Person and Staff. This the way that each movement is applied, making adjustments for weight, length, feel, and balance to allow the staff to follow the body naturally and to let the body follow the staff.

For more details about the creation of the form and Master Chen Ziqiang, see the Kung Fu magazine article:-

Suitable for 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

Join us for Free Tai Chi in Camden Square with Shifu Liu

Free Tai Chi In The Park

Time: 12.00 noon – 13.15pm
(on the first Saturday of the month)

Come and join us in Camden Square on Saturday afternoons, 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 up on the first Saturday of each month, 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.

Any queries please contact us on the link below.

Venue: Meet 12 noon at St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, London, NW1 9XG 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)