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I was privileged to spend a couple of days with Master and Master Sun.  Here are my notes:

The opponent completes the circuit. When you are about to fall, that is when your power transfers. This goes back to an explanation where Master propped up two cards leaning on each other. Master said that his previous videos showing this technique received a lot of flack since it looked like he was stumbling.

The shoulder has to rotate while the Kua moves up. What is outside is outside. Inside is inside. Hand coming in is the result of failing to achieve this.

Elbow in is the only focus. Any other focus causes power to go to other parts.

Only up and down. No sideways. I have been leaning during Walk Obliquely.

Rock, Stick, Rope


Elbow in, change gear. Once the elbow is in, the power comes from the waist while the elbow continues to come in. Don’t let the power get stuck in one part. The rock is the fixed point, the stick is the extremity, the rope pulls the stick towards the rock. The arm is the stick. Once the elbow is in, the waist brings it further in towards the rock like a rope. This rope is attached to both the arm and the waist. When the waist turns, it pulls the arm.

During Warrior, the knee comes in to towards the opposite thigh. This protects the groin.

The opposing shoulder pulls back and down so that the power would connect to the ground. Master grabbed a straw on the table to push against another object. The power is the greatest when he grabbed the end of the straw. Practice this: grab your elbow from the top and use your fingers to push your forearm and biceps apart. The power comes from this spread, this relationship between the forearm and the biceps.

Knee up, Kua down is extending the line.

The body and mind must change. The way to change is to listen. Listening is doing exactly what master says free of our own bias. The less bias you have the more close you get. You might not get it at first, but you are on the right path. The obstacle, the bias, is at least removed. When the physical and mental limitations are reduced, Kung Fu will surface. Our Kung Fu’s progress is often lodged against these two limitations. The lower these limitations are the more you see and hear master.

My body needs to change more to complement my knowledge.

Adjustments can only come from the parts behind the point of contact. These parts must be in line with the point of contact, then another one following it all the way to the ground. The classics example is the front shoulder to the chest to the back shoulder then down to the back Kua then to the foot.

Treat Taiji as a Profession


We should treat Taiji as work. When we don’t practice, we are skipping work. When don’t blog, we are slacking off. When we don’t vlog, we are playing hooky. There is value in these promotions. Social media attracts attention. Viewership means attention from various bodies for funding our endeavors. Practical Method should receive more spotlight and this is a way to achieve it.







-No move, only rotate

-Rotation –> power

-Friction (feet) eventually on the opponent

-Action and Attachment

-Movement without movement

-move –> you become dead (like a top spinning, then starting to wobble, then falling over)

-Stretch –> life Read more

Day one


Moving Steps positive circle instructions


Do not involve torso, Do not lean

Torso and elbow are locked, isolate torso from hand and foot, Stretch is a must.

Use front of the torso to catch the opponent at 45 to front

And use rear Kua and elbow to throw the opponent

Elbow coming and Kua going out must be like a pair of scissors

If the elbow is on Kua it’s locked and if it’s not connected there is no bite.

Initially, do not worry about power, only direction.

Train your body to become a pair of scissors.

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The ability to lock the opponent is an important one we need to continuously to improve on in Practical Method. In order to send the opponent to the floor in what seemingly an effortless manner (in reality, it is not really effortless), we always need to lock the opponent first. However, more often than not, especially at the beginning of our learning, we use a lot of brute force to keep the opponent in certain position. However, locking the component simply means disallowing him or her to move. As long as the opponent is not moving, the objective is achieved. Read more


JAN GOULD and ROSS McLACHLAN, October 2018, Phoenix

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2018  Difficulty:1/5

New York 8-2018 8
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