Last week’s free session in Camden Square was great fun, and the sun came out for the hour of our training with Shifu Liu, we covered some of the important Foundation training, standing and silk reeling practice followed by the very first of the martial applications for defence and attack as you raise your arms up to shoulder height…
Double workshop of Chen Single Sabre and Tai Ji Ball forms with Shifu Liu Quanjun.
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.
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
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
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 first 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
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
Tai Ji Circle’s first 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 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.
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
TJC are expecting a return visit to London in 2019 from the inimitable Master Chen Ziqiang from the 8-15 April, so put the dates in your diaries for a special series of workshops over the weekend 12-14 April.
The son of Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing, Master Chen Ziqiang is a 20th generation direct descendant of the Chen Family Taijiquan, the Chief Coach of the prestigious Chenjiagou Taijiquan School and is a renowned tai ji champion in China and he teaches extensively around the world.
Details to be announced soon. Please email to express your interest and to book a place.
To learn more about the impressive Master Chen and the power of Chen Taijiquan read the very informative article from Kung Fu Magazine by Mark Wasson
Welcome back to Tai Ji Circle and our schedule of Chen Taijiquan classes workshops and events.
Tai Ji Circle Timetable & Calendar
All classes begin on Monday 7 January at the Islington Chinese Association. See the timetable link below for more details. Please note that there are a few changes to classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In addition to the regular TJC classes, Shifu Liu will be teaching a private Da Bei Qi Gong Class on early on Sunday morning before the regular Foundation Course/class. We have a new Calendar of workshops planned for 2019 and an exciting visit from Master Chen Ziqiang in April. See all workshop details on the Calendar.
Memberships & Classes Passes
Becoming a Tai Ji Circle member enables you to buy class passes at a cheaper rater, so that you can train more regularly, it also gives reduced fees for all workshops, membership and insurance from the BCCMA, and free training if you are a member of the TJC Performance Team.
If you bought your membership at the end of the year then you can renew for 2019, any couples can apply and save money with a family membership. Easy purchase or renewal of memberships and class passes, can be done by Credit Card or Paypal from the website on the links below. There are no additional charges when paying this way and TJC are notified, so it is our preferred payment method.
Foundation Students of 2018
We would encourage students to join our membership to get the maximum benefit from taiji practice, and hope that you would like to continue your training with us by attending the Foundation course classes again, and trying the 19 Form Class. This will help to expand and deepen your experience of the Chen practice. it takes time to assimilate the postural and technical requirements but once you have memorised the movements it is easier to learn the longer forms at the heart of the Chen style of taijiquan. Persistence and perseverance are required, the true meaning of gong fu practice.
New Students to Tai Ji Circle
We have our new Chen Taijiquan Foundation Courses starting on Sunday 13 January
Each new Beginners’ Foundation Course offers eight classes taught by Shifu Liu with Chris and Darrell, and require regular attendance twice a week for four weeks on Sundays and Thursdays. This helps new students have time to assimilate and reinforce the principles of the training. If you are unable to attend twice a week you can use the 8-class pass to attend other Foundation classes within the 15 week term.
Tai Ji Circle’s winter health workshop with Shifu Liu was insightful, varying from advice on diet, to using Qi Gong sounds to warm us up, with a visit from Torben Hersberg an ace osteopath and colleague of Shifu Liu’s from Central London Osteopathy Clinic. The AGM preceded the Assessment awards, and food preparations in the kitchen took place while we practiced Chen Foundation and performances of hand and weapon forms. Gary broke a concrete block, he made it look easy, but don’t try this at home!… he keeps up his training in the powerful Ying (hard) Qi Gong of Shifu Liu. Everyone was incredibly generous bringing all sorts of delicious party food. One of our students sang accompanied by Shifu Liu on the harmonica and they also sang Chinese songs together. Shifu Liu’s powerful voice soared out with a beautiful love song from his homeland Xinjiang, dedicated to his wife. Michael told us stories and we even learnt the first moves of Salsa. Great time.
Congratulations to the students who despite their nerves took part in and won 2019 training prizes at TJC’s Chen Assessments, awarded by Shifu Liu at the AGM and the following day in class for those who couldn’t make the party.
2018 was a good training year and Shifu was very happy with the progress on his students and this was a full and wonderful way to finish off; with students, families and friends. Thank you all for you support and help with clearing up… and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year in 2019.
After a fabulous year of training with Shifu Liu, Tai Ji Circle are having a free Winter Health Workshop, our AGM, Perfomances of Chen Taijiquan and Christmas party for everyone to enjoy before the winter holidays.
Charity AGM: TJC present our plans for 2019 and look forward to student feedback and views on changes.
Presentation of the 2019 Assessment Awards from Shifu Liu to TJC students.
Maintaining Winter Health, Seminar with Shifu Liu
Different healing methods:
1. Food Therapy – acidic and alkaline body constitution
According to different types of illnesses, you use different combinations of food to alter and rebalance the body’s condition, in order to achieve a healthy body.
2. Qigong Therapy
There are different types and different methods of Qigong practice, or a combination of different practices will be used, to suit an individual’s body requirements, to adjust and rebalance the body condition.
3. Dianxue Tuina and Bone Correction Tuina (massage)
According to the requirements of different health conditions, these are different methods of healing.
4. Skin Scraping (Gua Sha) – It is a simple practice, and health maintenance therapy.
5. Chinese herbal medicine
6. Taiji Quan – different practice methods for different treatment, it is also best for maintaining a healthy body.
Performances: Learn more about the progression of skill and techniques of Chen Taijiquan displayed in the forms from our syllabus. Enjoy dynamic excerpts from XInjia Er Lu, Chen Fan and more… and come and join in with the Foundation practice to start us off.
Christmas Party: Family and friends are welcome to join us for the performances and come and eat, sing, dance and perform your favourite party piece for everyone to enjoy… and hear Shifu Liu’s remarkable voice!
Please bring easy food and drinks to share, with Chris’s hot mulled apple juice.
FREE Entry by Eventbrite ticket for each person – thank you
13:30-14:30 TJC AGM – new plans for 2019
14:30-15:45 Presention of Assessment Awards
15:00-17:30 Winter Health Workshop with Shifu Liu
17:30-18:15 Tai Ji Performances
18:15-20:00 Christmas Party
Everyone welcome, timings approximate!
15 December, 13:30 – 20:00
>> St Paul’s Church Hall, Camden Square, NW1 9XG <<
Don’t miss TJC’s end-of-year celebrations…
Health & Wellbeing Workshop with Shifu Liu, a specialist in Chinese medicine therapies: learn about, and try his great tips for staying well this winter. With advice on food, gi gong, tai ji therapy, Chinese massage and much more.
Family and friends of every age are welcome to come along
AGM: TJC present our plans for 2019 and look forward to student feedback and views on changes.
Presentation of the 2018 TJC Assessment Awards
Taiji Performances from Shifu Liu and TJC students.
Learn more about the progression of skill and techniques of Chen Taijiquan.
Christmas Party Come and make merry, eat, sing, dance and perform your party piece!
Everyone welcome, timings approximate!
Please bring food and drink to share