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> 27 April 2013
Chinese Qi Gong For Health, Workshop with Professor Yang
We line up for the group photo, Professor Yang Bai Long (second from left) and collegue from Beijing beside Master Tary Yip and Master Liu after the 5 hour workshop. Professor Yang led us through the seated postures of the 12 Pieces of Brocade Qi Gong, with explanation about the health benefits, the meridians, and breathing techniques. A fascinating and informative day.
> 21 March – 8 April 2013
Tai Ji Circle Student Trip to Chenjiagou, China
Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang with Liu Quanjun and Chris Jones and Tai Ji Circle students and friends at the end of a momentuous week of training in Laojia yi Lu, the 9 Step Form, Chansi gong, and Push Hands, held in the Chen village school in Henan province China. While we were there Chris recieved discipleship from Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang, there was a duan wei testing from the Wushu association and after Chen Vllage we left to see more sites such as the Longmen Caves (bottom pic), incredible buddhist sculptures carved into the rock face. We also visited Taikang and the historic city of Kaifeng before heading back to Beijing for the last few days. Everywhere we found a park to practice and often joined many others in their early morning exercise routines.
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> 16 March 2013
Liu Quanjun gives a TEDx talk at Loughborough University
Liu Quanjun was invited to give a TEDx talk about the influence of Chinese culture and practices, such as the Tao, Buddhism, martial arts, qi gong and Chen style taijiquan on his life
> 9 March 2013
Free Qi Gong and Tui Na seminar with Liu Quanjun
To celebrate Mother's Day and Liu Quanjun's mothers 80th birthday, Tai Ji Circle held a free seminar, teaching healthy qi gong exercises, followed by Shifu Liu giving spontaneous Tui Na treatments to those who wanted it... the mothers had first priority!
Congratulations to Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang from Liu Quan Jun, Chris and all the students at Tai Ji Circle!
Award ceremony photos © CCTV
Chen Xiao Wang has come second place in the China Beacon award as one of the top ten Chinese artists promoting Chinese culture throughout the world, with approximately 350,000 votes. The award ceremony was shown on China Central Television (CCTV 1) on 17 January 2013. There was six months from nomination to final awards decision and the candidates ranged from a well known chef to movie stars.
As one of his many students watching the award ceremony on my computer at home, it was very moving to see him receive this great honour, a deserved recognition and reward for his selfless dedication to a lifetime's work in sharing with us the life-changing benefits and joy of Chen-style Taijiquan practice.
See below for more details and the link to watch the ceremony:-
CLASS NEWS: 2013
• NEW Beginners Foundation Course with Shifu Liu starts 27 January 2013
• NEW Venue for Wednesday evenings Foundation Tai Ji and Qi Gong classes located
near Euston Station at St Pancras Parish Church Hall, 1 Lancing Street, London NW1 1NA
Terms for 2013
21 March to 10 April - 3 weeks for China trip
26-29 May - Spring Bank Holiday
Lam Rim Buddhist Centre Retreat with Shifu Liu. To be confirmed
11-24 August Summer Break
> 12 November
Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang's Push Hands Seminar
Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang watches carefully as Shifu Liu and partner move through the double push hands routine, an honour and priviledged to be able to attend.
> 10 November
Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang's weekend of London Seminars
Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang with Shifu Liu and Tai Ji Circle students after the first morning of GM Chen's inspiring workshop on Zhan Zhuang and Chansi Gong, silk reeling exercises, the basic foundation for learning the routines and martial applications of the Chen style.
> 27 October
Food and Chinese Nutirition Seminar with Shifu Liu
Shifu Liu chopped, diced and cooked an interesting array of different Chinese vegetables for us to try, to enhance winter health, from millet congee with red dates to eat for a warming breakfast, to lotus root sliced for a salad, and tasty white radish, tofu and many different things to help balance the yin yang of the body.
> 8 September
Meridian Qi Gong (Hard Qi Gong) Workshop with Shifu Liu
Shifu Liu's workshop on a form of Ying (Hard) Qi Gong, using a combination of breathing techniques with movements to 'push' energy down towards the dantian (energy centre) for it to then circulate around the meridians, it was very powerful!
> 26 July
Highbury Fields, Islington Torch Relay Celebration Demonstration
Shifu Liu on stage at Highbury Fields with the Tai Ji Circle student team performing
Shifu Liu holds the UK Olympic torch with Islington Torch bearer Terry Hudson
> 22 July
Fairlop Waters Torch Relay and Camden New Town Festival Demonstrations
The torch has left Fairlop Waters and we pose by the lake side
Tai JI Circle's team with Shifu Liu Quanjun finally perform at Fairlop Waters early on Sunday morning and later in the day at the Camden New Town Festival in St Paul's Camden Square.
Tai JI Circle's team have been working hard and putting in much practice, here in a dress rehearsal for the Olympic Torch performances at Fairlop Waters on 22 July and in Highbury Fields on 26 July.
> 22 July Demonstrations
> 20-21 June Chen Taijiquan Push Hands Seminar with Chen Ziqiang
It was a great honor to welcome Chen Ziqiang the son of Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing. Chen Ziqiang is a 20th generation direct descendant of the Chen Family Taijiquan, and is the Chief
> June 2012 Lam Rim Retreat with Shifu Liu
Morning meditation begins our day at the Lam Rim Buddhist Centre in South Wales, after a hot porridge breakfast, followed by work known as Karma Yoga to help in the house or gardens. Despite the weather a wonderful weekend, calm, deep internal work, delicious meals and good companionship. We would like to thank very much Margaret and Edita and especially the Venerable Geshe Damcho Yonten, and those who came to help them, to enable us to practice and eat and relax in such a beautiful space.
> April 2012 Shifu Liu's birthday supper in China Town with students
It was a scrumptious birthday meal followed by home made cake... the best!
> March 2012 SIlk Reeling workshop
Stepping exercises challenge both coordination and balance
> February 2012 Tai Ji Circle Classes begin with Shifu Liu
Old and new friends come together to share the Chen style
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