PUBLIC CLASSES • PERSONAL TRAINING • WORKSHOPS
COMPETITION COACH & JUDGE • DEMONSTRATIONS
Tai Ji Circle runs public London classes and workshops in Chen Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) hand and weapon forms, push hands and martial applications and Tai Chi Qi Gong (the chi kung of tai ji). Chen Tai Ji can be practiced for general fitness, improvements to health and for internal martial arts training. Master Liu also teaches privately Da Bei Qi Gong which is a meditative practice and we also run a specialist course in Hard Qi Gong (steel jacket training).
Tai Ji Circle was founded in 2004, by Christine Jones (Trustee, Manager and Instructor) under the guidance of Shifu (Master) Liu Quanjun who has been its full time Martial Arts and Executive Director and Senior Instructor since 2005. They are both disciples of 19th generation Chen Taijiquan lineage heir, Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. In February 2012 we changed the company status to Tai Ji Circle Ltd as a not-for-profit, and on 25 March 2013 Tai Ji Circle was awarded charity status.
Tai Ji Circle is fortunate to have wonderful support from it’s trustees and student volunteers.
• To spread the benefits and promote the understanding, education and practice of the ancient Chinese systems of health preservation
• To provide a high standard of tuition in Tai Chi, (Chen Taijiquan), to enable students to reach their personal best, to achieve better health, strength and coordination, self-fulfillment and to be able to study at the highest level
• To offer free tai chi or qi gong classes to the chronically ill who are able to participate
• To help the local community by providing a wide range of classes for everyone at reasonable prices
Tai Ji Circle are members of:
The Chen Xiao Wang Worldwide Taijiquan Association,
The Chenjiagou Taijiquan Association,
The BCCMA, (the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts) and
The Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.
Tai Ji Circle team
Liu Quanjun, has studied traditional Chinese martial arts, tai ji quan (tai chi chuan), gong fu (kung fu) and qi gong (chi kung) since childhood, and began teaching in China in 1991. Since 2002 he has been teaching in London. While in China he extensively studied Chen Taijiquan (as therapy, martial arts, philosophy), underwent intense Hard Qi Gong training, Shaolin Gong fu and qi gong before his studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He taught martial arts in schools and ran a TCM clinic, as well as teaching tai ji to the elderly, won medals for Chen Taijiquan and Sanda (freeform gong fu) in national competitions and was a national competition tai ji judge in several provinces of China before coming to live in the UK.
Since living in London Shifu Liu has studied with and subsequently become the disciple of 19th generation lineage heir of Chen style Taijiquan, Chen Xiaowang (a foremost Grandmaster of Chen Taijiquan in the world today). Shifu Liu has achieved a 6th Duan Wei grading from the Wushu Association of China and is 20th generation teacher of the Chen style taijiquan as well as being a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a specialist in Dian Xue Tui Na treatments, (acupuncture point and traditional Chinese medical massage).
Shifu Liu is the only authorised member of the Chenjiagou Taijiquan Association teaching permanently in London.
Shifu Liu’s trains students to very high levels and over the years they have achieved many gold and other medals in national competitions. Shifu Liu and his students regularly perform at public events and Shifu Liu has judged at several national tai chi and martial arts competitions held by the BCCMA and the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.
Christine Jones with a background in traditional yoga, first began to learn Shaolin gong fu and martial qi gong in 1998, before the study of Chen Taijiquan and Qi Gong with Liu Quanjun in 2002. In 2004 she founded the Tai Ji Circle in London, and is a trustee and manager of the charity. In 2008 she achieved 3rd Duan Wei in the Czech Republic under Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, and in 2016 received a 4th Duan certificate from the Wushu Association of China in Northern Ireland. Chris has a 2nd level Coaching and a Judging certificate from the BCCMA and was very honoured to became a disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang in Chenjiagou in 2013. She assists with teaching Chen Taijiquan to students and has taught tai ji and qi gong in a variety of places from Triyoga in London, to a P&O cruise ship. She has taught a weekly day-time class for the elderly for five years in conjunction with Age UK, which is supported by MIND in Enfield, through the Big Lottery fund. In 2015 Chris completed an NHS recognised course ‘Tai Chi for Rehabilitation and Falls Prevention’ and has set up Living Tai Chi to extend her work in developing tai ji for those who are less able. In 2016 she also completed a Practitioner Course in NLP, and received certification from The Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Chris is teaching Community Classes on Tuesday lunchtimes in St Pauls’ Church, Camden Sq, at the Meritage Centre on Thursdays, and a Friday morning class run by Kensington & Chelsea Older Peoples’s Forum in Notting Hill.
Lai Marsh and Justin Schlosberg (qualified TJC Chen Taijiquan teachers), are great supporters of Tai Ji Circle as well as being long-term students and disciples of Shifu Liu. They have been awarded TJC Teaching Certificates as well as independently winning gold and other medals in Chen Taijiquan at the Oxford and London Tai Chi Championships. Lai Marsh received 4th Duan Wei Certification from the Chinese Wushu Association in 2016. Lai and Justin also travelled with us to train at GM Chen Xiaowang’s 2013 seminar in Chenjiagou, China.
Tai Ji Circle is a registered charity: Number 1151369
For information in London contact: [email protected]