What is neutralization in Taiji?

We hear the cliche often: “when the opponent uses yang, we use yin.” In another word, when the opponent is strong, we must be weak, or yield. Nothing wrong with that. The logic is sound. It has been accepted by students, masters and grandmaster for ages. Read more

Master Chen Zhonghua conducted a series of teaching sessions in Puerto Rico on this trip, including a weekend workshop at the Zen center, evening lessons for the San Juan group of Raul Pujol and private lessons. At the Zen Center weekend seminar, Master Chen taught the Hunyuan Qigong system at the beginning. He instructed on all the 12 forms and then gave a step by step detailed instruction of the movements of each form.


Master Chen also gave a brief introduction to the Daoist theories in order to enhance student’s understanding of the lectures. The main portion of the time was devoted to the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system foundations. Master Chen was assisted by Humberto Pomales (New Jersey) and Raul Pujol in his teachings of the foundational exercises. Master Chen paid a great deal of attention to the positive and negative circles as they are fundamental to the entire Practical Method system. Each action was explained in angles, weight distribution, application and intentions.

I teach the two systems for two reasons:

  1. Personal bias. You can also call this respect for my two masters. I am a disciple of both systems and therefore, I find in my heart that I must teach both systems. This does not mean that I always teach both Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method and Hunyuan Taiji at the same time. Read more

I cannot tell you THE most important thing to pack. Here is a list from past graduates (no particular order):

  • chocolate
  • lots of socks
  • really good hiking shoes

Sorry we have not included any information on this subject. It will be very easy to live as a vegetarian on the mountain. We are growning our own vegetables this year. If you decide to go, let us know as soon as you can, we will start planting things that will suit you. Lots of soya bean products. We make our own tofu on the mountain too!

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