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Introduction, Taijiquan push practice
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 20 min.   In: English   Year: 2016  Difficulty:1/5

Prague 2016-5/6
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Move the inside
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 11 min.   In: English   Year: 2016  Difficulty:1/5

Prague 2016-4
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Basic Foundations i

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/03/27

  1. Twisting the towel
  2. Fetch Water
  3. Six Sealing Four Closing
  4. Positive Circle
  5. Negative Circle
  6. Double Positive Circle
  7. Double Negative Circle (together)
  8. Double Negative Circle (alternate)
  9. Positive-Negative Circle (Pole shaking)
  10. Positive Circle – Moving Step
  11. Negative Circle – Moving Step
  12. Six Sealing Four Closing – Moving Step
  13. Double Positive Circle – Moving Step
  14. Double Negative Circle (alternate) – Moving Step
  15. Positive-Negative Circle – Moving Step

Review of negative circle
– elbow in hand on outside
– drop hand strait down
– hand out once at elbow torqueing forearm keeping elbow down

starting in front bow stance after bringing in my elbow hand on outside, I found that bringing the hand down helped keep my elbow aligned when the hand went out kelvin Ho reminded me to keep my elbow down. We also performed cross hands draping over the body. Kelvin showed me how the end position had stability by aligning the elbow with the back foot with the fist out like a punch. Kelvin’s hand wrapped my punch and pushed.

Review of Positive circle
-elbow in do not move hand or wrist
– twist waist without moving hips
– hand out do not move elbow
– do not move off the finger line to the exact spot on the opponent

starting in front bow stance after bringing in my elbow, I found that when I twisted my waist my weight moved off the front foot. Kelvin Ho corrected this by calling out when my weight incorrectly changed from my front foot. The twisting of the waist helps bring the elbow to the centerline. It requires a lot of focus to keep the fingers leading when going out torqueing the arm while not letting the elbow get away and keeping it down.

Kelvin Ho was invited to perform taijiquan during multi-cultural week at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Public School on Mar. 23, 2017.

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  • Kelvin Ho corrected me on proper formation & alignment of tile hand (palm) which I find has helped me considerably whilst performing both the negative and positive arm circles
  • In addition Kelvin re-iterated the concept of having a stick in the arms especially from the elbow to the finger tips and with the proper use of the aforementioned hand alignment while going out with the hand & in with the elbow, without deviation by  bending at the wrist which I  have been doing ,has helped a lot
  • To be clear I did not believe or at  least I did not think I was bending at the wrist during this process, however, he pointed out that I was indeed doing so as as a means of compensating for my inflexibility in bringing the elbow in to touch the waist in the proper spot.
  •  I was really pleased today that a new chap joined our class. Having just recently completed the choreography of the entire form Kelvin has at this juncture decided to return to the start of the form and systematically move sequentially forward. Now, in all probability he has explained the breakdown of the various movements using the same words he has used before (probably many times) ,however, at least in my case today, I actually understood them more clearly than ever before which I must confess made me both happy and  more inspired to continue practicing
  • What I found when breaking down the 1st part of the first move “Budda’s Warrior Attendent Pounds Mortar”  is that when required to bring the foot in before shovelling it back out on a 45 degree angle, is that the entire core muscle groups are used to “pull” the foot in. Previously I was rising to make it easier to bring the foot in & today I was told to go lower down and activate those front/back core muscles, tendons & ligaments etc….Big difference doing it this way (properly).. to be sure.

Yilu 13 Correction i

by admin2 on 2017/03/25

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