Fulltime Taijiquan Training Program, FAQ’s & Payment Details – Rizhao & Daqingshan Mountain – 2019

by James Strider on 2019/01/29

Fulltime Training Program at Rizhao & Daqingshan Mountain, Shandong Province, China

 Under the lineage of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method International Standard Bearer

Master Chen Zhonghua 

(19th Generation Chen Style & 2nd Generation Hunyuan Taijiquan)

Our Lineage of Grandmasters:

Lineage Masters

With training locations based at the beautiful coastal city of Rizhao and picturesque Daqingshan Mountain, with both Chinese National and Native English speaking Internationally Certified Chen Style Taijiquan Instructors available for tuition, you can come to China and experience a fully immersive Full Time Training Program.

Rizhao (Sun City)


Daqingshan Mountain



 No previous Taijiquan training is needed to partake in this program.

In addition to the below syllabus, anyone completing 3 months or more of our full-time program will receive:

  1. Certificate of Attendance 
  2. Complimentary online access to any videos they were part of whilst here in China (workshops, private lessons etc.).
  3. Access to our WeChat Fulltime Instruction Group and groups related to your stay.

Please see the end of this post for FAQ’s or contact International Instructor & Liaison Officer James Strider at: james@practicalmethod.com.au

Master Chen Zhonghua and his qualified 20th Generation Instructors will start you right from the beginning of your Taijiquan journey if need be, helping all students work at their own pace in this safe, warm and inclusive environment.

This course is ideal for individuals or groups who wish to grow their knowledge of the authentic Chinese Martial Arts found in Chen Style Practical Method and XinYi Hunyuan Taijiquan, as well as those who simply strive to improve their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. The majority of students who undergo this program lose weight during their stay, with many reporting diminished symptoms of Asthma, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, High blood pressure & Joint issues (to name a few) as a result of their better condition.

Encompassing 12 steps, all subjects mentioned below are covered, with availability being dependent on student demand/ability, as well as available teacher specialisations, with the expectation being that you wouldn’t want to learn everything on the list too quickly as it represents a huge body of knowledge.

We always start with the daily practice and drilling of the following three steps of
Grandmaster Hong Junsheng’s Chen Style Tajiquan Practical Method:

  • Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Complete Theory
  • Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Jibengong (Foundations)
  • Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method 81 Yilu (First Form)

Head Coach Chen Xu giving Yilu corrections to Jozeph from Belgium



Once they have grasped the most important and basic aspects of Practical Method Taijiquan, students move on to the more advanced Fist/Weapon sets, Tuishou (Push Hands) and also the Hunyuan Taijiquan sets.

  • Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method 64 Erlu/Pao Chui (Cannon Fist)
  • Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Jian (Sword)
  • Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Dao (Broadsword)
  • Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Tuishou (Push Hands)

Push Hands Practice between Disciple Sunyang and International Instructor James Strider


Upon request we can also provide tuition in Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang’s Chen Style XinYi Hunyuan Taijiquan:

  • Hunyuan Qigong (Meditation)
  • Hunyuan Chansijing (Silk Reeling)
  • Hunyuan Jian (Sword)
  • Hunyuan 24 Yilu
  • Hunyuan 32 Erlu/Pao Chui (Cannon Fist)

Master Chen Zhonghua practicing Hunyuan Qigong

MC Qigong Beach



International Instructor and Liaison Officer James Strider teaching International students on Rizhao beach

Rizhao Beach


Rizhao is a beautiful coastal city located 30 minutes drive from Rizhao Airport, 2hrs from Qingdao Airport and 1.5hrs drive from Daqinshan Mountain. Rizhao was host to the water sport elements of the 2008 Olympics, with both our Rizhao Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy and Taiji Museum (or “Really Don’t Move” as its affectionately called) training centers located in the picturesque and coastal Olympic Gardens that were created for the event.

The Rizhao Chen Zhonghua Taiji Studio


As it’s right on the coast, Rizhao is blessed with fresh air and a very pleasant climate year round. The months of August/September can be wet and humid and December/January cold, but the majority of the time it’s a very habitable city.

In the past couple of years the majority of the Practical Method training has now moved to Rizhao due to an increase of demand, excellent training and daily living facilities, along with an ease of access from Qingdao and Rizhao airports for National and International students to come and get a taste of real Taijiquan.

Students training at the Taiji Museum (“Really Don’t Move”)

Really Don't Move2


At Rizhao we have Head Instructor Chen Xu, International Instructor James Strider, Instructor Pang Chaoli and Assistant Instructor Wong Kai as our International and local student Instructors. All are 20th Generation Disciples of Chen Zhonghua and together bring decades of Chen Style Taijiquan experience to the classes held in the Sunshine City.

L-R: Instructors Wong Kai, James Strider, Chen Xu and Pang Chaoli

Coaches 2018

We always try to train outdoors whenever possible, with the Olympic Square and outside of the Really Don’t Move space (see above photo) by the Rowing Lagoon being two favourite spots for the first (6-7am) and last (7.30-9pm) classes of the day. Otherwise we practice in the Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy or the Taiji Museum.

A typical day for those attending the Rizhao Fulltime Training Program looks like this, with the expectation being that all students attend two to three of these sessions a day at least:

  • 06:00 1st Training Session
  • 7:00 Breakfast Break
  • 09:00 2nd Training Sessio
  • 11:00 Lunch Break/Siesta
  • 15:00 3rd Training Session
  • 17:30 Dinner Break
  • 19:30 4th Training Session
  • 21:00 Finish

 Sunrise training at the Olympic Square


Cost of Rizhao Fulltime Training Program

All Letters of Acceptance and Accommodation are processed by International Liaison Officer James Strider.

Stays of longer than 3 months are available but are limited to 60 or 90 day stay limits  – Please enquire for more details at:


As we do not currently have our own accommodation and catering in Rizhao, we recommend you stay at the Hotel Inn Plus on Heze Road, Rizhao and eat from any of the delicious food outlets found throughout Rizhao.

 Training Fees:

(Year round the daily class times above are available for you to train)

  • ¥900 for 7 Days per Week
  • ¥150 for 1 Day Pass
  • ¥300 for 1hr Private Tuition with a qualified Instructor of your choice


        We now have two recommended hotels for you to stay at:

  1. The Hotel Inn Plus – Prices vary according to season
  2. CWI Hotel Accommodation – Minimum 1 month stay


  1. Hotel Inn Plus: (15mins walk from our Rizhao training facilities and very close to all city amenities)
  • +/- ¥1300/¥641  per Week Double Occupancy - (Prices vary according to week & can be King Double or Double Single beds – includes unlimited breakfast & coffee. Room share upon request and only when the option is available.)

 A standard double room at the Hotel Inn Plus


2. CWI Hotel Accommodation: (Located in the same building as our Rizhao training facilities in the scenic Olympic Park with lagoon views, 15mins from the city)


  • ¥1050/¥525 per Week Double Occupancy (King Double or Double Single beds - breakfast & lunch extra ¥20pp)
  • ¥1400 per Week Family Room - (Features sofas and jacuzzi with King Double - breakfast & lunch extra ¥20pp)

Double Occupancy Room at the CWI



A Family Room at the CWI




Food and Drinks

(Available all over the city)

  • ¥16 (¥224p/w) – ¥40 (¥560p/w) per Meal per Day (with the p/w calculations being based on 2 meals a day as breakfast is covered by the hotel)
  • Free Water at Hotel Inn Plus and CWI! (1L of bottled water is provided by Hotel Inn Plus every day and there is a filtered water tap in the en-suit to refill. Filtered water is also available in the CWI at our indoor training locations for free as well)

 Approximate Totals for Fulltime Training in Rizhao

(Includes meals, tuition and accommodation – correct at January 2019)

Total per Week for Training + Hotel (shared pp) + Food: Approx ¥2100

  • 3-Month Full Time Training Program: Approx ¥25200
  • 2-Month Full Time Training Program: Approx ¥16800
  • 1½-Month Full Time Training Program: Approx ¥12600
  • 1-Month Full Time Training Program: Approx ¥8400
  • 3-Week Full Time Training Program:  Approx ¥6300
  • 2-Week Full Time Training Program:  Approx ¥4200
  • 1hr-Additional Private Tuition: ¥300

Please enquire for more details by emailing  james@practicalmethod.com.au


 Opening ceremony of the 2018 DQS International Taiji Competition


Daqingshan Mountain (Holy Green Mountain) is located in a remote area of Shandong Province, 1.5hrs drive from Rizhao and 20mins to Wulian. Since its inception and foundation in 2006, Master Chen Zhonghua has grown and developed this incredible site of pristine beauty into the perfect large event hosting and full time training environment.

Over the past couple of years there is little to no full time training on DQS as it has all moved to Rizhao. Students are welcome to stay on DQS of course but must be aware that Instructors are not often there outside of competition time or weekends.

With 3 hotels, ranging from a basic, en suit shared dormitory set up, to an experience of 4 Star International standard luxury, you also get to enjoy locally sourced, organic, beautifully cooked cuisine.

Servicing Wulian and Daqingshan we have Head Instructor Han Rui as our Fulltime Instructor, with the majority of attendees on DQS now being native  Chinese students who are following a complete lifestyle change to recover from health issues or wanting to increase their martial skills. As our Wulian schools are growing, we are finding Han Rui has less and less time to attend DQS.

Head Coach Han Rui leading the class with Jibengong (Foundations) during competition time


During our annual DQS International Taiji Competition, the mountain can get fully booked out, as we receive hundreds of National and International Disciples, students and competitors for this two-day event.

For more info on the 2019 Daqingshan International Taiji Competition Click HERE

A typical day for those attending the Daqingshan Mountain Resort Fulltime Training Program looks like this, with the expectation being that all students attend at least two to three of these sessions a day:

  • 06:00 1st Training Session
  • 7:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 2nd Training Session
  • 11:00 Lunch Break/Siesta
  • 15:00 3rd Training Session
  • 17:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 4th Training Session
  • 21:00 Finish

Master Chen Zhonghua on DQS


Due to the clean, fresh and invigorating mountain air, training is always held outside unless the weather Gods decide otherwise (4 seasons in one day!). Practice then moves indoors into the training hall in the International Hotel, where we can easily host 150+ people practicing Taijiquan at the same time.

Training in the main hall of the International Hotel

Main Room DQS2

Cost of Daqingshan Fulltime Training Program

As already mentioned, most Full-time training has moved to Rizhao and therefore training on DQS is only by request.

All Letters of Invitation and Accommodation are processed by International Liaison James Strider.

Stays of longer than 3 months are available but are limited to 60 or 90 day stay limits – Please enquire for more information at:


(Includes all meals, tuition and accommodation)

  • 3-Month Full Time Training Program: US$3600
  • 2-Month Full Time Training Program: US$2600
  • 1½-Month Full Time Training Program: US$2000
  • 1-Month Full Time Training Program: US$1600
  • 3-Week Full Time Training Program:  US$1150
  • 2-Week Full Time Training Program:  US$800
  • 1hr-Additional Private Tuition: US$45 p/h
  • 1-Day Drop In rate: US$65 (unless around Competition Time when fees may be higher and rooms scarce) 


Jospeh Sword Master Chen Zonghua: 

The opening ceremony of our Qingshan International Taiji Research Institute at Rizhao Polytechnic University

Polytechnic Opening1

Holding workshops at Rizhao, DQS and Internationally, you can follow his teaching availabilities by clicking on his CALENDAR.

 Visit www.practicalmethod.com for more information on the Practical Method &

 Follow International Instructor & Liaison Officer James Strider on his journey into Full Time Study in China!


20th Generation Chen Style Practical Method Taijiquan
Disciple of Master Chen Zhonghua
International Instructor & Liaison Officer
WeChat ID: PracticalMethodPerth
Skype: james.strider
Tel: (Australia)+61 4477 99 515 / (China)+86 187 6633 5391


Fulltime Taijiquan Training Program FAQ’s:


1. Q: When moving between DQS and Rizhao how am I billed?

    A: All billing is done on a day by day basis, with payments between the two locations kept separate.


2. Q: When will I be billed for my full time program and how can I pay?

     A: An initial deposit of US$500 is asked to secure your place on our Full-time course (payable via Bank Deposit -see below for details).


3. Q: Following the initial downpayment, what other payment methods are available in China?

    A: On DQS (where you are charged in US$’s) you can pay with your usual credit card or local currency, whilst in Rizhao (where you are billed in Chinese RMB) you can pay via cash or Bank Deposit.


4. Q: Is there wifi on DQS/Rizhao?

     A: On DQS there is wifi available pretty much everywhere, whilst in Rizhao you will have coverage in our training facilities and in your hotel room. We will happily help you get a local sim plan set up and an average data plan costs around ¥70-¥90 per month.


5. Q: Are International students able to access their Western online banking, Email accounts (Gmail) or Social Media (Facebook/Instagram/WhatsApp) whilst in China?

    A: Online banking is not a problem so long as you’re not using a Yahoo or Google (Chrome) search engine.


Below is a list of what’s NOT available online in China (current at March 2019):



Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, Picasa, WordPress.com, Blogspot, Blogger, Flickr, SoundCloud, Google+, Google Hangouts, Hootsuite.



Google Play (this means that without a VPN you won’t be able to download any apps from Google Play), Whatsapp, Messenger, Viber, Telegram, Line, Periscope, KaKao Talk, Discord.


Search Engines

Google (both Google.com and the majority of local versions like Google.com.hk, Google.fr, etcetera), Ask.com, Duck Duck Go, Yahoo, various foreign versions of Baidu.


Video Sharing

Youtube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, Nico Video.



The New York Times, Finacial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Independent, LeMonde, L’Equipe, Google News, many pages of Wikipedia, Wikileaks.


Streaming Platforms

Netflix (no service, website accessible), Amazon Prime Video, Hulu (no service, website accessible), Twitch, BBC iPlayer, Spotify, SoundCloud, Pandora Radio.


Work Tools

Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail, Google Calendar (generally all Google services), Dropbox, ShutterStock, Slideshare, Slack, iStockPhotos, WayBackMachine, Scribd, Xing, Android, and many VPN sites.


Below is a list of what IS available online in China (current at March 2019):


Calls and video calls:

FaceTime, Skype (not very reliable).


Instant Messaging:

Message, WeChat.


Streaming Platforms:

HBO (sometimes it has been blocked temporarily).


Search Engines:

Bing, Yandex.


Email services:

Yahoo mail, Hotmail.


A VPN seems to be the only solution, with Express VPN having been tried and tested and the only one we can recommend (even if it does go down on occasion), with a free 30 day trial available HERE after which you have to pay for a plan. It’s also best to pre load the app before getting to China!








PHONE NUMBER: +866338328279


ACCOUNT NUMBER: 6217 0022 4001 0088 601

CHINESE NATIONAL ID NUMBER: 211226197309083227



We hope these FAQ’s have helped but always feel free to contact International Instructor & Liaison Officer James Strider at james@practicalmethod.com.au should you have any more questions.


Main Square 2 


About James Strider

James is a Practical Method and Hunyuan Taijiquan practitioner and International Instructor & Liaison Officer for Master Chen Zhonghua. James was taught Chen Style XinYi Hunyuan Taijiquan by the late Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang himself in 2004 in Holland and met Master Chen Zhonghua in 2006 via his then Master Chen Liangsheng. James has studied with Master Chen Zhonghua in the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Singapore, China and Australia, becoming his official Disciple in 2013. In April 2018 he started a full time training schedule with Master Chen in China at both Daqingshan and Rizhao. James now resides between Perth, Australia, Daqingshan International Training Centre and Rizhao, China, working and teaching full time for Master Chen Zhonghua as the schools International Instructor & Liaison Officer. You can contact him on WeChat ID: PracticalMethodPerth Email: james@practicalmethod.com.au Tel: Australia: +61 447799515 - China: +81 18766335391

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