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:


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


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 environment for our Fulltime Training Program and where we host our large events such as our annual Daqingshan International Taijiquan Competition and workshops. Here you can experience full immersion into Taijiquan training, with all you daily needs taken care of under one roof.

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.

Master Chen Zhonghua, Disciples and students on Daqingshan


Head Instructor Chen Xu and Instructor Han Rui teach full time on Daqingshan and are the two longest serving Disciples of Master Chen Zhonghua remaining on the mountain. Under their excellent guidance you will be getting the best training offered by anyone other than Master Chen himself. We also have International Instructor James Strider and others visiting year round to help assist in teaching and translation.

Daqingshan is also Master Chen’s place of residence when in China, with week long workshops run by him personally on Daqingshan three times a year. These are excellent times to come as you will get to experience Master Chen firsthand and also meet National and International Disciples and students who flock to the mountain to train with him.

Please enquire for more details on workshop dates by emailing:  james@practicalmethod.com.au

DQS Group Aug 2019

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.

Daqingshan International Taijiquan Competition Opening Ceremony 2018


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

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

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)


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.

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

Really Don't Move2

At Rizhao we have Head Instructor Pang Chaoli and Instructor Wong Kai as our International and local student Instructors. Both are 20th Generation Disciples of Master Chen Zhonghua.

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

Coaches 2018

A typical day for those attending the Rizhao Fulltime Training Program looks like this, with the expectation being that all International 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, please esquire about our recommend hotels.

 Training Fees:

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

  • ¥900 for Weekly Training (NO DAILY DROP IN OPTIONS)
  • ¥300 for 1hr Private Tuition with a qualified Instructor of your choice
  • ¥2000 for 1hr Private Tuition with a Master Chen Zhonghua

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


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, Daqingshan 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 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).

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

    A: On DQS 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Q: Is it possible to camp on Daqingshan?

    A: Yes, although we’d highly recommend checking for the time of year (we get a lot of rain and wind), however,  fires of any kind are strictly forbidden, including smoking outside of designated areas around the hotels.


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

 Social Media

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.


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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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