Your London Tai Ji School for
Zhao Bao & Chen style Tai Chi
in Kentish Town, Camden, London, UK
When we breathe to our dantian, we breathe to our abdomen.
Enhance your health, fitness and even martial awareness by learning how to apply your tai chi training to everyday life.
Azi School of Taiji began in 2012 in a small North London house with three friends and Master Yazi Liu. By pushing the furniture back to the walls, there was just enough room for practice. Several years down the line, and with many more students later, we now have regular weekly classes and a training hall in the heart of Kentish Town.
Whether you are looking for health benefits from practising tai chi to learning the martial applications, our systematic and structured training allows you to develop at a pace that suits you. Click on the links below to find out more.
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Tai Ji (Tai chi) 太极 is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training as well as it’s health benefits. It is known for being one of the best close combat styles in martial arts.
Qi Gong 气功, literally “Life energy cultivation”, is practised for its meditative healing qualities and especially for it’s martial application in Zhao Bao Taiji.
With a firm foundation, mastering the technique, fa jin, and harnessing your qi, Master Yazi Liu will guide you through martial applications.
From Xian Yang City/Xian China, his martial arts training started at eight years of age, beginning with traditional Shao Lin Kung Fu, and progressing to Western boxing & Chinese San Da. His teacher was Master Pei Guo Qing, a Zhao Bao lineage holder & Master, both Master Yazi Liu and his Master were taught by Hou Chun Xiu (侯春秀, 1904-1985). Expanding his skill and knowledge, Master Yazi Liu studied Chen style under Master Li Tian Xiang in China.
As part of his training, Master Yazi Liu is also a skilled Tui Na masseur. Tui Na massage is used to treat pain and illness, by applying pressure mainly to the meridians, accupoints, muscles, and nerves. It works deeply to remove blockages. For more information and treatments, please contact Master Liu directly.
I have been learning Tai Chi since 1998, and during that time, I have met many teachers from around the UK and China. I started training with Master Liu in 2014, and in my opinion, his knowledge and ability in the art is of the highest level. I expect most Tai Chi teachers to be able to teach and explain the Art, however, it is much rarer to find a teacher than can explain its intricacies and nuances. It is rarer still to find a teacher who can not only talk about them, but who can also demonstrate them. Master Liu is one of those rare teachers.
I count it as a great fortune to have met Master Yazi. He is both excellent as a teacher of tai chi chuen and as a practitioner of the martial art. Classes are always good humoured, skillful and highly motivating, with crystal clear instruction and demonstration of the key principles of the art. Brilliant all round!
I learned more in the first 10 months with Master Yazi Liu than I have learnt in decades with other teachers.
Taiji Kung Fu teachers of Master Liu’s standard are extremely scarce, even in China, so to have someone like him teaching in London is remarkable good fortune.
The classes are small and friendly, the students help and support each other, and Master Liu always ensures that every student gets some one to one time with him.