Chen Taijiquan Laojia Seminar Series

Hawkes Bay Qigong (Sifu Jennifer Leaf) has hosted a series of seminars teaching the traditional Chen long form ‘Laojia’ taught by Sifu Cynthia Shaw. The next seminar will be held in the Cornwall Park Community Room in Hastings on Saturday 10 June. Beginners are welcome and will learn at their own pace. Contact Sifu Leaf 021 298 6740 or Sifu Shaw 021 613 081 for more information. See flyer on Hawkes Bay Qigong website and Wellington Qigong Facebook page.

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2020 Seminars with Master Tse – Postponed to July

Unfortunately the advertised programme for Master Tse’s visit to New Zealand has had to be postponed because of the Coronovirus situation.  It is currently scheduled to take place in the week 7-13 July.  Information will be published closed to that time.

We look forward every year to his seminars in a range of martial arts and Dayan Qigong.  Not only is this an opportunity to learn from the amazing teaching offered by Master Tse, but getting together with other students across New Zealand and Australia is enriching and great fun.

New Zealand Programme

The New Zealand programme this year will include  two evenings of 13 Grabstick – which has been hugely popular the last two years.  This is open to anyone whether you have studied in the Chun-Yuen syllabus or not.  Sticks will be available to purchase but give us plenty of warning if you are new to this form so we can ensure a supply of sticks.  We need your height to cut the stick correctly for you.

Hard Qigong Level 1 continues from previous years and is open to current active members of the Tse Qigong Centre who have studied for at least one year.

The weekend seminar this year continues with Plum Blossom Gong.  Again this is open to new and existing members. This is a beautiful form from the Level 2 Dayan Qigong syllabus.

There will be a shared dinner on Saturday evening.

Monday morning Master Tse will continue teaching Tui Shou / Pushing Hands for Chen Taijiquan students – this should not be missed by Taijiquan students.

And Monday evening wraps up the programme with polishing and reviewing forms taught the previous days or other forms that might be requested for polishing.

Detailed programmes and registration forms will be available by early May.  They can be requested from your Sifu if a current member or email .



Change of venue from Clyde Quay School Term 1 2020

Clyde Quay School is refurbishing the hall so classes have to be relocated for Term 1.  Classes will be held in the Hataitai Bowling Club, 157 Hataitai Rd.  This venue is just along from the Hataitai shops so not far on the other side of the Mt Victoria tunnel.  Classes resume 28 January:

6pm Chun Yuen style Shaolin or Chen style Taijiquan

6.30 – 7.30 Dayan Qigong

Welcome to new and returning students.  See you soon!




Chen Taijiquan Seminar October 19 – open to beginners and continuing students

I have been running a series of seminars  since 2017 teaching the first forms of Chen style Taijiquan to senior students.  Generally there have been three seminars a year and include lecture material, new learning and polishing of old learning.  Recently we have also practised basic Tui Shou (Pushing Hands) training and we look forward to more of that when Master Tse returns to New Zealand next February. There was a break this year as I  was overseas for a few months however the next seminar is October 19th at Te Horo Hall 12pm – 4pm.

I have decided to open up the seminar series to beginners who may wish to begin their Chen Taijiquan journey (or may have recently started) and through and through an intensive 3-4 hours learning get a good head start.  They may then follow up in classes or wait until the next seminar later this year probably.

These seminars have been great fun and as Sifu, I have been impressed by the focus and learning exhibited by the students – and their enthusiasm!  As Master Tse Wei Jing often comments, practising Chen Taijiquan is addictive – it is such a good feeling that comes from the spiral movements.  And of course, although a martial art, it is also very good for your health.

Go to the Taijiquan page on this website for more information.  Contact Sifu Cynthia Shaw on 021 613 081 if you are keen to attend this seminar and have not yet  been sent a registration letter.



Term 4 classes Wellington and Te Horo : Dayan Qigong, Shaolin Fist, Chen style Taijiquan

Classes recommence for Term 4 Tuesday October 15 in Wellington and Wednesday October 16 in Te Horo.

Shaolin Fist (Chun Yuen Quan) classes are held 11am Tuesdays in Karori, 6pm Tuesdays at Clyde Quay School and 6pm Wednesdays in Te Horo.  Traditional Shaolin forms adapted and passed down through the Beijing Opera include bare fisted forms for training postures, energy, balance etc and weapon forms including Damo staff, straight and broadsword forms and short staff forms.

Wild Goose (Dayan) Qigong classes are held 11.30 – 12.30 Tuesdays at Karori, 6.30 – 7.30 pm at Clyde Quay and 6.30pm at Te Horo.  This is one of the most famous Qigong traditions, passed down to my Tai Sigong Yang Mei Jun and from her to Master Tse who founded the Tse Qigong Centre in the UK where he teaches a range of martial arts as well as Dayan Qigong. Wild Goose Qigong trains the body to allow freer circulation of Qi – for self healing, relaxation, improved balance and energy.

Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi) classes and seminars are taught in Te Horo, Wednesdays 7 – 8 pm and through seminars held every few months on the Kapiti Coast. The next seminar is Saturday 19th October and is open to beginners.  See following post.  Chen Taijiquan syllabus begins with short forms developed by Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang in Chen Village and progresses to longer forms as well as short weapon forms.

Beginners are welcome any time at all classes.  Please contact the Sifu, Cynthia Shaw, if you intend to attend a class.



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Master Tse seminars a huge success


Students in New Zealand and Australia have had a veritable feast of new learning and polishing of older learning over an intensive two weeks – first in Brisbane then on the Kapiti Coast.  It’s great that students and teachers travel to support each country’s programme and to show hospitality both sides of the Tasman.

The New Zealand programme kicked off with the highly popular 13 Grab Stick – a North Shaolin / Chun Yuen form that is great fun to learn and practice.  In Brisbane we started learning a form new to us in the Chun Yuen syllabus, Miju Quan – quite a contrast to the weapons forms or even the more vigorous bare-fisted forms of Xing Shou and Dabei.  I really enjoyed it. Back in New Zealand more Hard Qigong training brought further clarity and then a day of the Dayan Qigong form of Plum Blossom Gong.  Instructor training on the Sunday featured testing in Wild Goose Qigong, Chen style Taijiquan and also Wing Chun. On Monday a group of Chen students were introduced to the skill of Pushing Hands, or Tui Shou and the two hours whizzed by. Polishing night was well attended and students much appreciated the polishing / reminding of new learning in 13 Grab Stick, Plum Blossom Gong – even Taiji Broadsword!

But these intensive work days are well balanced by copious eating and socialising in the evenings.  We had a wonderful ‘pizza party’ at Sifu Belinda Hadfields home one night, and a BBQ amazingly well provided for and organised by the Australian men at Old Hautere Rd the next night – a great relax after the stresses of Instructor training and testing.

Many many thanks to Sigong, Master Tse for the stimulating and patient teaching and to Sifu Belinda Hadfield who organised the New Zealand programme this year. All venues were on the Kapiti Coast for the first time and there was great spirit throughout. Now for the digesting and practising ….


Chen style Taijiquan classes starting in Te Horo


From Wednesday March 13 Sifu Shaw will be teaching Chen Style Taijiquan classes at Te Horo Hall from 7pm – 8pm.  Sifu Shaw has responded to strong local interest in establishing this class.  Dayan Qigong classes continue as advertised but this is a new class and is likely to attract beginner students – or students who have tried another style of Taijiquan in the past.

Chen style Taijiquan developed in Chen family village in the province of Henan during the Ming dynasty.  Founder Chen Wang Ting (b.1580) brought together elements of his family martial skill, Shaolin kung fu, Daoist philosophy and knowledge of Qigong and and traditional medical knowledge to create the forerunner of a powerful internal martial art.  Tradition tells us that Yang Style and others such as Wu style all came from the Chen family skill.

Chen style Taijiquan is distinguished from other styles by its lower stances and silk reeling / spiral energy to deflect attack and create powerful energies for defence and attack.  It includes several weapons forms as well as ‘bare fist’ long and short forms.

While Taijiquan features in Wushu competitions and includes some spectacular ‘fast and furious’ forms, most people practise for the health and stress releasing benefits it brings.  Improvements to balance, co-ordination, posture and greater flow of ‘qi’ cirulating through the body are all experienced if correct and regular practice are followed.  There is also a lot of fun learning together – and of course learning something new is very good for the brain!

Please leave a message on this site or text to 021 613 081 if you are interested in joining the class.


2019 Seminars with Master Michael Tse


Once again New Zealand (and Australian) students are looking forward to the annual visit of Master Michael (Wei Jing) Tse from the Tse Qigong Centre in the UK.  The Australian programme begins on February 20th and includes a form new to students and instructors, Miju Quan, a closed fist form in the Chun Yuen (North Shaolin) syllabus.  More of the intricate Enlightenment Gong form will also be taught and Wing Chun students will also have an opportunity to polish their skills.

In New Zealand the highly popular 13 Grab Stick continues over two evenings on 27th and 28th February at Paraparaumu College and Plum Blossom Gong continues at Paraparaumu Memorial Hall.  A new skill being introduced is Tui Shou / Pushing Hands in the Chen Taijiquan syllabus and something for everyone is offered at the Polishing seminar that concludes the programme on 4 March.  For programme details and registration contact Sifu Belinda Hadfield at – or leave an enquiry on this page.

Master Tse is an internationally acclaimed teacher of Wild Goose Qigong and a range of martial arts.  No wonder we are getting excited as his visit approaches!