Kelvin Ho

Going Over – We focus on this concept in several moves today.

Flash the back

  • After elbow-in, we use the kua to cause the elbow to go over, so that we can grab the opponent’s wrist on the other side.
  • The other elbow moves in this move also requires going over to break the opponent’s arm at the elbow.
  • Before turning backwards, we just lock the left hand, and bring the right foot over to the other side. Read more

Correction on my form

  • Need to have 3 solids
    • There is a line at the shoulder level between the front hand and rear shoulder (first 2 solids)
    • I need to stretch the kua down to create the 3rd solid.
    • The first 2 solids form the horizontal bar of a T-bar, while the kua stretching down creates the rod of the T-bar.
    • Master Chen Zhonghua demonstrated six sealing four closing with that rod not moving. Without this part, I will not be able to rotate. With it, things start to become 3-dimensional. It was really like that there was an auger in him.
    • This may seem like a contradiction while we need to push the front kua up, we also need to stretch it down to create a solid. Read more

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    • John Doe Yilu on Oct. 26, 2020

Not Moving is one of the most important concepts in Practical Method. There are 3 types of Not Moving.

Absolutely Not Moving

  • Also known as: Truely Not Moving
  • This point is simply not allowed to move in any way.
  • Example: A nail on the wall. The nail is not moving in any direction.

Relatively Not Moving

  • Also known as: Structurally Not Moving
  • Between two points, a constant relationshiop is maintained.
  • Example: A passenger seating on the car going from place to place. The passenger is not moving relative to the car.

Restrictively Not Moving

  • Also known as: Staying on the track
  • This point is only allowed to move in a very specific way.
  • Example: A train can only move along the track.  It works properly only when it does not derail.

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Chinese Class

We do our form in a low stance to train gong. When we use it, we don’t go so low, because it is not agile enough.

Movements need to be big and long.

The kuas need to be just a bit higher than the knees. Read more

High Pad on Horse

  • Rub the torso
  • Only rotate the two shoulders and two kuas

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Chinese Class

Negative Circle

  • In-with-elbow, Zhuan Guan, Out-with-hand
  • We have get the proper ideal image in our mind, even though we can’t do it properly at this point.
  • We must be expressive in our movement during training, so the teacher/instructor can see your intent.

Rotation is when there is movement without displacement.
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Power Conversion 7

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/10/18

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Chinese Class

Our movements must have a horizontal one and a vertical one intersecting/interacting at the same time.

Three parallel planes

  1. Top plane at the shoulder (including extending the arms)
  2. Middle plane at the waist
  3. Bottom plane at the knees

The integrity of each plane must be maintained. There is a vertical rod that goes through the middle to connect all three planes to fix them in a particular way, but yet they are free to move any other way. Each plane is like a trampoline. This is how we convert opponent’s incoming kinetic energy into potential energy stored in the trampoline, and eventually back to kinetic energy aimed at the opponent. You can also lock any of the planes, and move a different one to create a vertical stretch. With these 3 planes, you can create a lot of variations and configurations.
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Inflection Point 2

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/10/14

Inflection points in differential geometry are the points of the curve where the curvature changes its sign. In the illustration below, it is when the tangent turns red or when the curve intersects with the X axis in this case.


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Whatever it is that you know, the truth is not like that. Whatever you don’t realize, accidentally it is the correct thing.
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Positive Circle

  • Focus on the use of front kua in Positive Circle to increase the size of the circle.
  • When going down, step the rear foot backward.
  • When coming up, step the rear foot forward.
  • Do the same on both sides.

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“Rotation is changing direction without changing direction”

What kind of confusing statement is that?

Learning taijiquan is a feat in resolving conflicts.
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Master Chen Zhonghua started with a story about the history of China and Chen Style Taijiquan. Before the first Qin emperor defeated 6 other kings and united China, there was the period of Spring and Autumn 春秋 (which has nothing to do with the two seasons). Back then, there were 800 states, each had their own cultures, and they all flourished. Today, there are different levels of governments in China: Federal, Provincial, and County. The Chinese government wanted to get rid of the county level government, but they couldn’t done. Each county turned out to map back to the old states. The Chinese government had full election for village officials, but there are large families at the county levels, with full election, these large families will gain control at the county level goverments. These families managed to get around the one-child policy themselves.
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Chinese Class

What does it mean to get something into the body?  You are able to do it without thinking about it, e.g. when you can complete a yilu talking to someone, this means the yilu movements become automatic, while your attention is in talking to that person.
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KelvinHoProfile14A leader is someone or something that others follow.  If a number of people have to go through a tunnel that is only large enough to fit a person through at a time, the first person who goes through it is the leader, whom the rest of the people just follow. If multiple people try to go through the tunnel at the same time, there will be a jam, and no one can come out the other end. Read more

  1. Smart phone
  2. Tripod
  3. Notebook

The first two items allow your camera to be set at the appropriate height, distance and angle for the teacher/instructor to have an optimal view to provide feedback to the student. These items can be replaced with other equipment that can provide equivalent adjustment of the camera.  The 3rd item facilitates note taking (don’t forget to post your notes too at the website).

The following people received Yilu correction from Master Chen Zhonghua:

  1. Josh Landau
  2. Frederick Wong
  3. Jack Scott
  4. Mark Hanley
  5. Kevin Chen
  6. Sven Gusowski
  7. Kerstin Frotscher-Kummle

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The importance of note-taking

October 6, 2020
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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Oct 6, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

October 6, 2020

Today, shifu emphasized on how to learn. The first thing about learning is to listen to instructions and then to copy. Some people tried to copy without listening to the full instructions, and that won’t be a success copy either. To copy, it’s to do everything exactly the same by definition.

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Turning Flowers and Playing with Sleeves

October 2, 2020

On Monday, Sep 28, 2020, Master Chen Zhonghua instructed on the move “Turning Flowers and Playing with Sleeves” from Cannon Fist during the online class. The requirement was to jump off the left foot, rotate 360 degrees in the air, and land on the right foot. I had so much difficulty doing it during class.  [...]

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Sep 30, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 30, 2020

Master Chen started today’s class with a story and a method people used to remember things precisely. The story was about how the Secretary was corrected by an old person on the details of an event. The Secretary referred his speech to a document. However, it turned out that the document was incorrect, and the [...]

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Sep 29, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 30, 2020

Chinese Class Master Chen Zhonghua introduced Wild Horse Parts Its Mane as a foundation exercise. If space is available, we can do it as a line drill.

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Sep 28, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 30, 2020

We started with the various foundations. Master Chen Zhonghua mentioned that we must be able to copy the external shape first, e.g. he must be able to recognize which foundation we were attempting to do.  If we were doing the yilu, others must recognize that we were doing a Chen Style Yilu, and then a [...]

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Sep 24, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 24, 2020

Several students’ yilu were corrected today: Sooyeon,Carlotta,Raymond,Karen,Gerry

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Sep 22, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 22, 2020

“Make it real” Series Exercise 1 Open the kua to cause a horizontal rotation. Lock the top by using one hand to the hold the wrist on the other side. Stretch the fingers. Where the middle finger is pointing at changes as the rotation caused by the kua happens. Open the right kua to turn [...]

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Sep 21, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 21, 2020

We started with double positive circle. We used a rubber cord to tie to elbow to the waist, so that the elbow does not move by itself.

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Learning taiji in the new world

September 10, 2020

Due to Covid-19, cities are locked down and travel is restricted. Practical Method workshops by Master Chen Zhonghua have been cancelled sihce Mar 2020. When there are new problems, there are new solutions. Master Chen Zhonghua is now offering Zoom online classes, which fill a large part of the gap when workshops are not possible. [...]

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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 10, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 10, 2020

Today, Master Chen corrected the following students’ partial yilu: Karen Mattox Gerry Gebhart Albert Chung Single Whip Master Chen used the foot shovelling out in single whip as an example to talk about the concept of using a stick to pry open something. We shove the stick into a crack, then the front end of [...]

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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 8, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 8, 2020

Six Sealing Four Closing 六封四闭 Grandmaster Hong Junsheng studied the names of each move.  He looked into the origin of these names, and how the pronounciation might have changed when the information was passed down based on the dialect of the region.  The dialects in China can be so different that people from one region [...]

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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 3, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 3, 2020

Master Chen demonstrated the foundation exercise Moving-Step Shake the pole, which is the positive and negative circle. He held a real pole to begin with to show the idea behind the foundation exercise. He locked his fron hand, which was holding the pole as a pivot. The rear hand moved the pole.

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“TOMAR20-4 Yin and Yang” Online Video Purchase

September 3, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Toronto Workshop March 2020-4 Presenter: Chen Zhonghua Length: 9 min. In: English Year: 2020 Difficulty:2/5 At: Toronto, Canada Master Chen performed a magic trick. No one saw what he did. Once he told us, we could then see it. Would you like to see it too?

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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 2, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 2, 2020

Master Chen corrected a few people’s partial yilu today. Each person should remember himself/herself the stopping point, and so it can be continued from that point in future lessons when it is that person’s turn for correction again. To stretch, we need to so find anchors on the two ends. Empty means solid, it means [...]

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Toronto Area Cannon Fist Class beginning on Sep 12, 2020

August 29, 2020
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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on August 27, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

August 27, 2020

Six Sealing Four Closing Hands don’t move. Create a line between the front hand and rear foot.

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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Aug 25, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

August 25, 2020

Moving Step Positive Circle Hold your head up, tuck the chin. Each body part performs its own duty. Don’t merge together. Factory workers work, not everyone does the same job, but at the same time. Example: Move the feet back and forth by themselves, keep the central axis upright, move your hand out and elbow [...]

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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Aug 21, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

August 21, 2020

Two ways to do Double Negative Circle: Double Downward Squeeze Fist Drape Over Body

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“TOMAR20-3 Yin and Yang” Online Video Purchase

August 20, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Toronto Workshop March 2020-3 Presenter: Chen Zhonghua Length: 9 min. In: English Year: 2020 Difficulty:2/5 At: Toronto, Canada Movement is yin, and structure is yang. Master Chen demonstrated what that meant in this video. There were also other discussions on yin-yang theory, which requires constant practice and understanding.

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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Aug 18, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

August 18, 2020

Morning Session 1-2-3 in general means that we must have a method, and there is a procedure. We have to listen with our eyes.  We can’t just close our eyes and say that we are listening.

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