Durham, New Hampshire

by Chen Zhonghua on 2011/09/21

Taught private lessons in the morning and afternoon. Three hours of workshop at the New Hampshire Hall of the University of New Hampshire in the evening.

I have been blessed with the good fortune of having good students every where I teach. No exception here. Linlin did a good job organizing the events here. I am so glad to meet so many nice people. They are good students. What I noticed here is that the students have very steady movements. Virtually no students with excessive or tossing movements in their forms. This is a big for me. It will be very easy to teach, correct and make improvements.
Many thanks to Linlin, Dianne, David, Ben, Tracy and everybody else who helped in so many ways.

About Chen Zhonghua

Chen Style Taijiquan 19th generation disciple. International Standard Bearer of the Practical Method system of Hong Junsheng. Second generation master of Hunyuan Taiji. Been teaching internationally since 1985. Educated in the West with a Master's Degree in Education. Highly accomplished through the lineage of two great masters. Disciplined, precise and powerful. He teaches a complete system of taiji based on the principle of yin yang separation; indirect power as a core concept; movement and tranquility as the source of action. In both theory and practice, his taijiquan deals with the problems of double-heavy. He is a real treasure of the heritage of taijiquan.

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David Cedarholm September 22, 2011 at 11:48 am

It was such an honor for me to meet and spend quality personal time with Master Chen. I learned a tremendous amount about some crucial details of the yilu that I know will stay with me for a very long time. Thank you! David

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CraigW September 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Thank you so much for coming here. I think we also need to mention that you are now a confirmed Boston Red Sox fan (with photographic evidence). Looking VERY forward to seeing you again. We have much work to do until then.
Best regards and wishing you safety in all your travels,
Craig

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Claire Gauthier September 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

It truly was an honor to participate in these workshops with Master Chen. Also many thanks to our instructor Lin Lin who has shared her experiences in the Practical Method of Yi Lu during her trip to China.
Although I have learned such a small portion of the Yi Lu, I hope to continue through this enduring process of going to the end as long as I am able to.

Thank you,
Claire

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Jay & Beth Nagy September 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Thank you Master Chen for coming to New Hampshire and conducting the workshops.
It was truly a pleasure for us to meet you and have you provide instruction on the Basic Foundations and Yilu. We have so much to continue to learn and you have given us many things for us to think about and practice. We look forward to seeing you in the future. Thanks again.

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Rosemary Wang September 23, 2011 at 6:42 am

It was a wonderful experience to meet and learn from Master Chen. He taught us not only the fine details of the moves of circles in Yilu but about tai chi in relations to the universe and beyong. It mades me think how we live everyday life yet not really living. Master Chen’s view on taoism and philosophy of life is inspiring and motivating. I am thankful for the chance to meeting you, Master Chen. Your influence on us will stay forever.

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Nancy Wood September 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Thank you, Master Chen, for such enlightening sessions. I appreciated your discussions of theory and philosopy and space and solid. I have more of a sense of where one can go with Yilu. I look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes for you and all your students.
Nancy

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better.balance September 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Master Chen. In appreciation of your time here in NH. I am practicing the Hunyuan movements and the workshop was beneficial for nurturing the seeds of knowledge. Thank you to Lin Lin for the invitation.
Suzanne

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richardlacourse September 26, 2011 at 6:05 am

Thank you Master Chen. I was both inspired and humbled by the experience you provided here in NH. It was very encouraging to hear about some of your older students! The level of mastery they were able to achieve lends some hope to those of us that feel it may be too late to begin learning a new way to move through our lives. I look forward to our next meeting! Also thanks to Lin Lin for her generosity and dedication to showing us the way.
Rich

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Ben September 26, 2011 at 7:21 am

I really don’t know what I expected when we met last week, but I got something very useful. Instead of just going over the first 13 moves of Yilu and the circles we practiced splitting Yin and Yang. Both the concept and philosophy behind it as well as practices for us to begin to experience it. I don’t even remember all the different practices but I have been working on;
A) Pulling myself forward with the lead foot instead of pushing from the rear.
B) Dropping straight down as I rotate instead of moving forward
C) Don’t let my body be pulled in by my hand.
D) When projecting the forward hand always moves forward and the back hand is on the back of the centerline and always moves back, there is always Yin and Yang.
E) Focus on the basics, don’t use muscle power
You left us with a lot to practice. I look forward to seeing you next year.

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Ted October 5, 2011 at 2:42 am

Master Chen — your approach is very different from anything I have seen. I admire your advanced skill level but I really appreciate your ability and willingness to work with students down at my level. You gave me a new understanding of body elements working separately but in a coordinated way. The concept of separating rotation and lateral movement is very helpful to me. The circles and exercises have a whole new meaning for me and the Yilu moves make much more sense. I am looking forward to your visit next year.

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