• 2014年五月24-26日大青山国际太极拳大赛
  • May 24-26, 2014 Daqingshan International Taiji Competition
  • 2014年五月24-26日大青山国际太极拳大赛
  • May 24-26, 2014 Daqingshan International Taiji Competition
  • 2014年五月24-26日大青山国际太极拳大赛

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There are some English videos on the Chinese site. They might also be on the English site. As a rule, videos are first published on the Chinese site.

Please note that the Chinese site is not designed for English speakers in general. But for those who are willing to go through the pains of getting these videos, a HOW TO in English is provided.

Click here to go to the English language video discount packages.

Click here to go to the English language videos on the Chinese site. 

In this video, Master Chen Zhonghua showed clearly how he made the student feel the power at the student’s chest on the initial contact, then Master Chen switched to a different spot on the student’s body. He used the stick to illustrate that he moved something that the opponent couldn’t see.

Video guidance is now available.

Please leave comments and questions at http://practicalmethod.com/2015/03/stretch-in-push-hand-online-video-trailer/.

In this short online instructional video, Master Chen teaches many essential elements that are necessary when applying Ji to an opponent and several principles inherit to Practical Method.  Ji, squeezing, is a passive action that has “water like qualities”.  Ji, like water “takes up all the space in all directions”.

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Over the past year, I’ve worked on a number of exercises with a focus on the knees and kua. Here are a few examples and results I’ve noticed:

  • Ensure the bottom is represented during the movement
    • Step 2 here: How to engage the waist
    • What it looks like: When your upper body moves, there is expansion in the bottom. Typically both knees expanding outwards.
    • Result: Body becomes more even, action is created from the waist (and lower) rather than entirely from the top.

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by Kelvin Ho on 2020/05/18


Master Chen showed clearly how he made the student feel the power at the student’s chest on the initial contact, then Master Chen switched to a different spot on the student’s body. He used the stick to illustrate that he moved something that the opponent couldn’t see.

Please leave comments and questions at the comment section of http://practicalmethod.com/2015/03/stretch-in-push-hand-online-video-trailer/.

In Adjust the Middle Online video, Master Zhonghua Chen teaches how to strengthen one’s own structure and how to break your opponent’s structure and take their power away.

Early on in the video Master Chen utilizes a rubber cord to demonstrate how the 2 ends are connected by pulling in the middle.  He emphasizes that the outside of the 2 ends are the outside and what is between the 2 outside points is considered inside.  In the video he demonstrated this on the rubber cord and then on a student.
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We hereby solemnly declare, our school is in no way or shape related to the Ma Baoguo who was KOed in 40 seconds today (May 17, 2020).

Chen Style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan (Abbreviated as Hunyuan Taiji 陈式心意混元太极拳,简称混元太极拳) was founded by the late Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang, with its aim as a health exercise for human health. It is an excellent cultural heritage. To date, it has a history of close to one hundred years.

Ma Baoguo has violated our trademark ™ name to call his style Hunyuan Xingyi Taiji Gate (浑元形意太极门) and has repeatedly tarnished our reputation. My grandfather’s disciples have on many occasions launched lawsuit against him. Further, the Hunyuan Taiji Wushu Development Center and the Hunyuan Taiji Professional Committee under the Beijing Martial Arts Association reserve the right to take legal actions against those social media which continue to associate us with such frauds.

Gao Yuan



Taiji’s 1 and 0 1

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/05/17


I have been a computer engineer for 24 years and work with 1 and 0s for a living. For a simple light switch, it typically has only two states, and is either on or off. By putting a lot of these switches together, a digital computer was born. Each pair of on and off, represented as 1 and 0 using high voltage and low voltage in a computer, forms a basic unit called a bit. Eight bits make one byte. For the english language, each alphabet or symbol can be represented by such a byte. It is unimaginable how the on and off states of many such switches can be turned into a device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or desktop/notebook computer, that does so many amazing things for us.

In Practical Method, in-with-elbow and out-with-hand are our 1 and 0. Read more


Master Chen gave specific corrections to each student at the workshop for one specific move, which is called “sink the waist to press elbow” (煞腰压肘 sha yao ya zhou). Each student exhibited both common and individual mistakes that were corrected by Master Chen. This video provides a large amount of focused material for us to learn to send power to our hands.

See you online at 10 am on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at http://practicalmethod.com/2015/03/power-to-hand-training-online-video-trailer/.



Click on the picture above to go to the video.  Please leave comments in the reply video section.

The important components: 1.  Having 2 lines, 2. Having separation 3.  Resolve through rotation (one line is the catch or lock and the rotation provides the other action for the other line).  Click on the gif


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DantianAndPivoting In this video, Master Chen demonstrated how dantian would rotate itself, and it would handle incoming force. This video was so important to me that I wrote two articles which main idea came from this video years later without realizing that until now.

Intent: http://practicalmethod.com/2019/11/intent/
Clarity: http://practicalmethod.com/2018/11/clarity/

See you online at 10 am on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at http://practicalmethod.com/2014/11/dantian-and-pivoting-online-video-trailer/.


In this short video, Master Chen teaches key concepts and principles that are necessary in push hands and in the development of our taiji skills.  After watching the video you will gain and understanding of what it means to “match” an opponent’s power. Additionally, you will have a clear understanding of how “adding” beyond the contact point requires yin yang separation, which is an inherent principle to Practical Method Taijiquan.
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We have heard so much about the non-moving dot, and why we need to have it.  Do you know how to use it? In this video, Master Chen demonstrated numerous examples on how the opponent fell out by going around the dot.

See you online at 10 am ET on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at http://practicalmethod.com/2014/12/go-around-the-centre-online-video-trailer/.

(I originally posted this on Facebook, but was asked to also post here, so here goes. Readers shouldn’t take any of this seriously, I am a total beginner in Practical Method)

I listened to the Tai Chi Day podcast interview of Master Chen, and two things struck me.

First, I find it very fascinating that Hong Junsheng’s ‘feel’ (sorry I don’t know the right technical term) is very different from master Chen’s.

Master Chen said he had 3 distinct sources of skills (1 from his specific physique, 1 from Hunyuan, 1 from ‘Hong style’) so what we feel when we get instruction is very different from master Chen is often a composite ( at least that is what I understood, I could be wrong) so for example we feel that master Chen has a strong grip – I’ve felt it, like talons of steel, -  this apparently comes from his work with the Hunyuan system- , whereas Master Hong Junshen didn’t ‘grip’ and had a completely ‘empty’ feel, so when you fell down you’d think it was something wrong you did, and not something he did. I find the idea of each master developing a personal ‘feel’ very intriguing. Read more

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“Dimensions: 5 Points” Online Video Class

April 21, 2020

The “Dimension: 5 Points” online video builds upon the understanding and skills that were covered in the Step Up To Ji, Move Into Empty Space and Warping Energy 2 Online videos and classes. It allows Practical Method Taijiquan practitioners the opportunity to expand on ones’ understanding of how to use multiple dimensions to immobilize an [...]

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“Joints as anchor points” Online Video Class

April 21, 2020

In this video, Master Chen showed us the concept of stretching through the joints, what it took to stretch from end to end in the body, what the impact was by adding a point in space.  He introduced the concept of double helix, and what it could do to the opponent. He integrated all of [...]

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“Warping Energy 2″ Online Video Class

April 17, 2020

Thus far, the videos I have selected as curriculum have been focused on the functional aspects of using ones own bio-mechanical structure and the structure of the opponent to “take up space” for the gaining of strategic positioning and for martial purposes. The video “Step up to Ji” gave a basic procedure of how to [...]

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“Changing Direction in Positive Circle” Online Video Class

April 14, 2020

In this week’s third episode of our Positive Circle series, Master Chen covers how we create splitting of energy in the three counts of a positive circle, and how switching we learned last week is used to change direction. See you at 10 am ET on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at http://practicalmethod.com/2014/02/changing-direction-in-positive-circle-online-video-trailer/.

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Bees, Bubbles and Taiji

April 10, 2020

Bees, Bubbles and Taiji What’s common between all the above entities? You guessed it – Emergence! Observing their behaviour shows how distinctly order emerges out of what looks like chaos when looked at superficially. From work of bees in beehives and work of ants in colonies to swarming of birds or school of fish almost [...]

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“Move into Empty Space” Online Video Class

April 9, 2020

Move into Empty Space Various Methods In this video viewers get to witness Master Chen teaching various methods of how to take up empty space along with a variety of applications. This complex video requires viewers to segment each movement in a number of lessons given.  In addition, with the direct examples demonstrated, key principles [...]

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Bhargav Khaund Resume

April 7, 2020

Bhargav Khaund I am an engineer by training, and I work in an energy and chemical company in a senior managerial role within the Supply Chain and business development function covering the Asian region.

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Switching in the Positive Circle Online Video Class

April 5, 2020

In this video, Master Chen covered the 3 main axes in the body, and how we could switch among them without tossing in the positive circle, and the analogy of a lever with different pivots. We discussed about the shoulder last week at Shoulder Movements in Positive Circle, we will continue this week regarding switching [...]

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The Magic of Taiji

April 4, 2020

Ever wondered why Taiji is so magical especially at the hands of true masters? I first experienced that magic when I met Master Zhonghua Chen in Daqingshan on a warm July evening of 2012. Ever since that moment I have developed a fixation of sort to figure out what is behind that magic – it [...]

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Remember My Masters Hong Junsheng and Feng Zhiqiang 2020.04.04

April 4, 2020

Remember My Masters Hong Junsheng and Feng Zhiqiang 2020.04.04. It’s CHINESE Qingming (Memorial Day) in China today. Thinking of my two masters: Hong Junsheng and Feng Zhiqiang. Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang  

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Analysis of “Sink the Waist to Press the Elbow and Whip”

April 1, 2020

Master Wang Zhanjun uses the video clip “Sink the Waist to Press the Elbow and Whip” to analyze taiji in his teachings. The animation at the end was created by Xu Jingpeng. Master Wang is the son of Grandmaster Wang Xi An, one of the 4 Tigers of the Chen Village. Wang Zhanjun is also. [...]

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“Step Up To Ji”

March 31, 2020

We will have an online class based on this video using the comment section of this video at 10:30 am Central Time, 11:30 pm Eastern Time on Saturday, April 4, 2020. On the days that I am teaching, I have selected a series of videos that will be taught in a sequential manner. The primary [...]

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“Shoulder Movements in Positive Circle” Online Video

March 31, 2020

In this video, Master Chen showed us how to prevent an opponent’s incoming force from penetrating into ourselves with the 3rd count of the positive circle. It is a invaluable aspect of the positive circle. We will have an online class based on this video using the comment section of this video at 10 am [...]

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Spring is here! What’s in a bounce?

March 22, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghua always amazes me, whether it is at the next workshop (there is always something new and amazing) or looking back — such as in this video captured during a workshop in Ottawa ten years ago… an easy, seemingly simple, and clean bounce: What do you see in the video? John Upshaw:  Everything [...]

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Persevering in Practical Method Method

March 21, 2020

      I started learning practical method on 2005. I had a lesson once a week from one of Master Chen’s disciples. At that time I practiced maybe once per week.

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Conducting an online Practical Method Foundations practice group (Process)

March 15, 2020

Online practice groups are a way to support and motivate each other along our Practical Method journey. Anyone learning Practical Method can conduct an online foundations practice group regardless of where you are in the world.

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December 2018 – Sydney Workshop Review

March 15, 2020

This is a post I found drafted but had not published. I thought I would finally share what I had written two years ago in 2018. It’s now March 2020. ………. The value that you get from Master Chen Zhonghua’s Practical Method workshop is immeasurable. This is was my fourth workshop and I cannot explain [...]

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Creating a Community

March 13, 2020

Dear fellows, I also want to announce it here, especially as our Taijiquan is a very central part of our life, that we are up to create a new community within the international township of Auroville, South India. This should become a self-sustainable project, including training facilities, farming and all sort of arts, music, handcrafts [...]

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Master Chen Workshop notes March 7-11 2020

March 12, 2020

Summary Basically, once again I will combine the 4-day seminar into a summary by grouping what I call related items. It was a great environment to get corrections from others or better understanding of push hand drills. Great bunch of people.

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“Ben Private Lesson 3/3” Online Video Trailer

March 12, 2020

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 9 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5

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