Tai Chi for Health • Martial Arts • Relaxation
We reopen on Monday 8 January.
> TJC Membership for 2018 Membership is available from our Members Page to obtain cheaper class passes, affiliation with the BCCMA and reduced prices for all our workshops.
> Tai Ji Circle’s class and Term One begin on Monday 8 January. You can sign up for Membership and Term One Class Passes now
> NEW BEGINNERS CHEN TAI CHI COURSES IN NORTH LONDON, booking NOW, with Shifu Liu. Next Foundation Course starts on 14 January, attend 2 Foundation classes a week for 4 weeks to build your understanding and skill of Chen Taijiquan.
> 3 February: Free Tai Ji in The Park: 12:00 to 13:15 in Camden Square Gardens, London NW1, with Shifu Liu, join the MeetUp group or just come along. We have been running the free sessions in the park for over a year and to help us maintain this class we are now asking for a voluntary donation of £5.00 towards our running costs.
> 2018 TJC’s Chen Tai Ji Calendar… See all our great Workshops, Saturday classes and Free tai ji sessions and special events coming up with Tai Ji Circle in 2018.
> For friends and family: Tai Ji Circle Gift Vouchers are available, so buy your partner or friend a class, or workshop straight from our website, on the drop-down Menu from our Members/Class Fees page.
Tai Chi is both an internal martial art and a form of meditation through flowing circular movements that help strengthen and balance the body and mind. The mental and spiritual focus required to perform it correctly, frees the energies of the body to flow naturally. Tai Chi Qi Gong practiced in Foundation classes is meditative and relaxing and is also suitable for those with health issues who cannot stand for long.
Tai Ji Circle is a north London school and charity dedicated to sharing and promoting Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) and qi gong (chi kung) practice. Classes are directed and taught by Liu Quanjun and assisted and managed by Christine Jones, both disciples of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, the 19th generation lineage heir of the Chen family, who originated modern Tai Chi taught worldwide today.
We are also very fortunate to have regular guests from China, such as Master Chen Ziqiang, nephew of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, and the son of Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing. Chen Ziqiang is a 20th generation direct descendant of the Chen Family Taijiquan, and is the Chief Coach of the Chenjiagou Taijiquan School in Henan Province, China. Master Ziqiang is a multiple national martial arts champion of China.
Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan is the Cantonese spelling) Tai Chi (Taijiquan of the Chen style) is practiced as a sequence of slow or dynamic movements or forms, that combine ‘soft’ and ‘hard’, with ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ actions. It is performed in a relaxed, balanced and natural way that adheres to the philosophical Daoist (Taoist) principles of Yin Yang, the Chinese theory of opposites. Chen style Taijiquan has bare hand and weapon routines suitable for beginners to advanced levels, push hands and martial applications and techniques. It can be practiced meditatively and slowly in a high stance, or faster in a lower stance for increasing stamina and power, (which makes it different from other tai chi styles) but also makes it suitable for different age groups to practice.
“In the beginning use the body to move the ‘energy’ – much later you can use the ‘energy’ to move the body!” Liu Quanjun
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. See video link of Chen family Taijiquan in action!
Tai Ji Circle is a registered charity: Number 1151369 For information about London classes contact: [email protected]
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