• 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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Greetings to all

My name is Niko Papadakis.I have been practicing Chen style Tai Ji Chuan PM since Oct. 2015 .3 1/2 years of consistent practice.

I started with John Dahms & Brennan Toh in Ottawa.From there I began my journey in PM as I attended my first workshop with Chen Shifu. I continue to attend workshops 2-3 times per year.

It is no secret that success is largely for those who hang on the longest. And so there is no difference when it comes to success/progress at any level in the development of PM as transmitted by Chen Zhonghua Shifu.

I want to target those specifically who on occasion have certain thoughts.

-Should I continue?

-It is too difficult.

-I will never be like Shifu.

-Not enough time with Shifu as he is always traveling.

etc…

I am sure that many students have had these thoughts pass through their minds.

If one has genuinely been practicing consistently while putting forth effort both physically & mentally then you will for sure have phases of improvement in specific principles.

These phases are short lived. For one soon has the next phase of feeling like a beginner once again.It is these “feelings” that plague us throughout our journey.

I remember Shifu saying to us in one of my earlier workshops that out of X amount of students that he has had the privelege to teach over the years…that there has been quite a few that basically just gave up.

I can assure everyone that to aquire a high level in any skill,one must be singleminded and consistent in their chosen path.

I can also assure you that Chen Shifu never gave up on his commitment to this art that his teacher Hong Junsheng taught him.It is with that quality that allowed him to penetrate to the level we all see and admire today. I think we can all agree that Shifu is a treasure to us all and that he is unique.

What is important to note is that we only have access to Shifu a few times a year. as he travels so much to fulfill his duties to all PM practitioners worldwide.

The downside is that we do not have him always in person.That is why the website can help. Although there is nothing like the real thing…it is much better than nothing at all.

I am sure that Shifu acknowledges and appreciates those who invest in their practice e.g…

-Travelling expenses such as lodgings/ food/ gas/ car or plane etc…

As we know it can add up.But I strongly encourage all who are serious about their practice that they should do their very best.It is well worth it!

-Practice foundations and Yilu daily.

-If you have access to training partners ,push hands daily and safely to avoid injury .

-Look at the website daily to review what videos you already have.

-Look for new videos that are posted and choose what you need.

-Look for the next workshop coming near to you and that way you can start saving with ample time.

-Do not rush your progress.

-Stick to the method.

The last Toronto workshop that Kelvin Ho always graciously hosts,is an example to share.

One of the foundations exercises ” Twisting the towell” for me has alway been a little frustrating to execute correctly. But Shifu for the first time asked us to exaggerate the movements even if they were not correct.I must have done the movement over 300 x that morning.But by the time I drove back to Montreal,there was a significant difference in execution.Far from perfect but that “ONE THING’ connected my KUA more to the movement.

Now it is time to once again practice consistently untill next time Shifu is in town.Then of course,he will probably correct that as well.But this is exactly the process of breaking and reasessing,which ultimately moves one forward and improves.

ONE THING AT A TIME & DON’T GIVE UP!

 

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While I was still living in Hong Kong, I have started with 300 a day.  John Upshaw and I have been exchanging and we decided 3 months ago to increase it to 600 a day – 3oo per leg, and log our sets on Facebook.  We promised to do this until July 24.  This is when Master Chen will visit Iowa for their workshop.  Since then, the likes of Kelvin Ho, Tinh Thai, and Winston Wang have joined.  Even my student Simon Yau has jumped in on the action!  Every day, I look forward to my brothers giving me the thumbs up next to my “done”.
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by Kelvin Ho on 2019/04/06

DrillingDownThis week, I found myself able to drill the opponent down causing him to eventually fall vertically to the ground. Read more

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

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The use of rubber cords for Practical Method training at the 2019 Italian Practical Method Seminar on March 31, 2019. Read more

The Zurich workshop is for Tuesday and Wednesday evening only as there aren’t enough weekend on my European tour this year. 13 people came to the workshop of which 7 came from Germany.  This is expected for a first workshop. Read more

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 30 min.   In: English & Chinese   Year: 2018  Difficulty:1/5

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Italy Practical Method Seminar on March 29, 2019. Chen Xu and Sun Yang arrived on March 28, 2019. There was a brief tour of Venice and then training. Read more

“Bali 18 Theory 1/2” Online Video Trailer

March 28, 2019

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 20 min.   In: English & Chinese   Year: 2018  Difficulty:1/5

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Announcing new 20th Generation Disciples in Sydney, Australia! December 16th, 2018

March 28, 2019

It is with great pleasure that we announce two new disciples of Master Chen Zhonghua in Sydney, Australia! Sifu’s Rory Trend (No.334) and Paul Pryce (No.333) were both welcomed to the family on December 16th, 2018. The ceremony was held at Rory’s “Trend Training Centre” where you can find Practical Method classes every week. For [...]

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Arrived in Valdagno, Italy

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James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk5 2019

March 19, 2019

James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk5 2019 On the 24th January, just 3 days after arriving back from Perth, Australia, I got the call from Master Chen to hurry on up to Beijing and meet Massimo Giorgianni, our representative in France for the Practical Method, at Beijing airport where he was arriving the next [...]

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“HongKong 2017 24” Online Video Trailer

March 18, 2019

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2017  Difficulty:1/5

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Workshop Q&A Etiquette

March 17, 2019

During the last Toronto workshop, Master Chen mentioned some common sense guidelines for asking questions at live workshops with him. He said there are only really three valid questions while he is instructing: Mater Chen, I did not *see* that clearly, can you please show me again? Master Chen, I did not *hear* you clearly, [...]

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“HongKong 2017 23” Online Video Trailer

March 16, 2019

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2017  Difficulty:1/5

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Vienna – Austria! Workshop with Master Chen Zhonghua in Vienna 20./21. March 2019

March 14, 2019

Dear Tai Chi – enthusiasts and those interested! Master Chen Zhonghua is coming for the third time to Vienna to show and share his skill in Tai Chi. The workshop is made for those without any knowledge about the art as well as advanced students of Tai Chi and will grant deep insights in the [...]

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James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk4 2019

March 13, 2019

James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk4 2019  PRACTICAL METHOD IS AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY! As part of my new role as the International Liaison Officer for Master Chen here in China, I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting and greeting Massimo Giorgianni from Toulouse as he arrived in Beijing for an 8 day stay in Rizhao,

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“HongKong 2017 22” Online Video Trailer

March 13, 2019

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2017  Difficulty:1/5

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“Federick Wong Yilu Correction (First 13 Moves)” Online Video Purchase

March 10, 2019

Presenter: Kelvin Ho   Length: 28 min.   In: English   Year: 2018  Difficulty:1/5  At:Toronto

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March 10, 2019

The following are highlights of my workshop notes workshop March 2 to 5th. I have tried to organize them into categories so I could better relate them.  I did not capture everything  Workshop notes: All Questions Should be asked in order to bring clarity: Hear It , See it, Feel It – the 3 questions [...]

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“Chris Martinez Yilu Correction (First 13 Moves)” Online Video Purchase

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Presenter: Kelvin Ho   Length: 13 min.   In: English   Year: 2018  Difficulty:1/5  At:Toronto  

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