PM Friday Night Practice on Dec. 4, 2020

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/12/04

Fetch water with the rubber cord

  • Step on one end of the cord to lock it on the ground, pull it with the rear hand.
  • Train opening of the front kua.
  • Find the appropriate strength in the rubber cord to be strong enough that we cannot use the hands/arms to stretch it, but weak enough that we can use the kua to stretch it.

One knee up, one knee down with rubber cord

  • Hold the cord with two hands, stretch it to form a straight line
  • Find the appropriate strength in the rubber cord to be strong enough that we cannot use the hands/arms to stretch it, but weak enough that we can use the kua to stretch it.
  • As we do the knee action, the torso drops straight down causing the shoulder and elbow to go into the line of between the two hands to stretch the cord.
  • There is no power at the hands or arms other than holding the rubber cord securely.
  • The chest stretches backwards against the outward hand.
  • The torso is one big gear that is connected to the arm at the shoulder. The arm gear and the torso are connected at a 45 degree angle. Rotating the torso causes the arm to drill outwards.

Torso goes down only

  • Sit on a chair
  • Put the front forearm on something, such as the back of another chair.
  • Torso going down will not drag the front arm downwards. It must cause the front arm to go outwards.

About Kelvin Ho

Kelvin Ho, Master Chen Zhonghua's disciple, is the instructor for Practical Method Toronto. He has been teaching and promoting the Practical Method system in Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill, Canada since 2011. He has received numerous medals in various Taiji competitions in Greater Toronto Area. He is also a vice-president of MartialArts Association Canada. Like his teacher, he feels an obligation to pass this great art onto others. Contact: kelvin.ho@practicalmethod.ca.

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Edward Liaw December 4, 2020 at 8:47 pm

Rubber cord exercises

Fetch water with cord under front foot
- Stretch should come from front kua.
- Keep the elbows tied to the dantian and the rear shoulder down. Don’t move the upper body, just make it tight.
- Keep the vertical alignment of the spine, don’t bend over.

~Twist towel-ish with cord between hands
- Keep hands in line.
- Rear knee down, torso falls into hole.
- Don’t fold front kua.
- Like Buddha’s warrior pounds mortar before coming forward.
- Ends in a position where you can stand up on front leg, so the front kua must be full.

Chair drill ~6 sealing 4 closing-ish
- Back locks against chair back.
- Chest sink raises up through the back of the neck to the top of the head. Enforce the vertical rod.
- Front kua and front shoulder squeeze vertically toward each other to rotate the rod.
- Pull elbow in to attach to the rotation.
- Keep the hand and the knee on the 45 line.
- Produces an outward stretch on the hand.

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