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In this video, Master Chen demonstrated how to engage with Levi the Bull, who had tremendous amount of power. Master Chen went in without letting Levi detecting and powering up, and didn’t execute the final action until the setup was complete.

Video guidance is now available. Please leave comments and questions at: http://practicalmethod.com/2018/08/iowa-2018-3-online-video-trailer/.

In this video, Master Chen talked about the Taiji trinity: Principle, Concept and Technique. He demonstrated using Six Sealing Four Closing how a technique reflected the concept. In theory, to separate, you must cut something into two halves, how can we still separate yin and yang without pulling our limbs out?

Vidoe guidance is now available. Please leave your comments and questions at http://practicalmethod.com/2018/08/iowa-2018-2-online-video-trailer/.

In this video, Master Chen Zhonghua showed clearly how he made the student feel the power at the student’s chest on the initial contact, then Master Chen switched to a different spot on the student’s body. He used the stick to illustrate that he moved something that the opponent couldn’t see.

Video guidance is now available. Please leave comments and questions at http://practicalmethod.com/2015/03/stretch-in-push-hand-online-video-trailer/.

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by Kelvin Ho on 2020/05/18

StretchInPushHand

Master Chen showed clearly how he made the student feel the power at the student’s chest on the initial contact, then Master Chen switched to a different spot on the student’s body. He used the stick to illustrate that he moved something that the opponent couldn’t see.

Please leave comments and questions at the comment section of http://practicalmethod.com/2015/03/stretch-in-push-hand-online-video-trailer/.

Taiji’s 1 and 0 1

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/05/17

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I have been a computer engineer for 24 years and work with 1 and 0s for a living. For a simple light switch, it typically has only two states, and is either on or off. By putting a lot of these switches together, a digital computer was born. Each pair of on and off, represented as 1 and 0 using high voltage and low voltage in a computer, forms a basic unit called a bit. Eight bits make one byte. For the english language, each alphabet or symbol can be represented by such a byte. It is unimaginable how the on and off states of many such switches can be turned into a device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or desktop/notebook computer, that does so many amazing things for us.

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PowerToHandTraining

Master Chen gave specific corrections to each student at the workshop for one specific move, which is called “sink the waist to press elbow” (煞腰压肘 sha yao ya zhou). Each student exhibited both common and individual mistakes that were corrected by Master Chen. This video provides a large amount of focused material for us to learn to send power to our hands.

See you online at 10 am on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at http://practicalmethod.com/2015/03/power-to-hand-training-online-video-trailer/.

DantianAndPivoting In this video, Master Chen demonstrated how dantian would rotate itself, and it would handle incoming force. This video was so important to me that I wrote two articles which main idea came from this video years later without realizing that until now.

Intent: http://practicalmethod.com/2019/11/intent/
Clarity: http://practicalmethod.com/2018/11/clarity/

See you online at 10 am on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at http://practicalmethod.com/2014/11/dantian-and-pivoting-online-video-trailer/.

SwitchingInPositiveCircle

We have heard so much about the non-moving dot, and why we need to have it.  Do you know how to use it? In this video, Master Chen demonstrated numerous examples on how the opponent fell out by going around the dot.

See you online at 10 am ET on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at http://practicalmethod.com/2014/12/go-around-the-centre-online-video-trailer/.

JointsAsAnchorPoints

In this video, Master Chen showed us the concept of stretching through the joints, what it took to stretch from end to end in the body, what the impact was by adding a point in space.  He introduced the concept of double helix, and what it could do to the opponent. He integrated all of these into our form practice.

See you at 10 am ET on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at http://practicalmethod.com/2015/01/joints-as-anchor-points-online-video-trailer/.

ChangingInPositiveCircle
In this week’s third episode of our Positive Circle series, Master Chen covers how we create splitting of energy in the three counts of a positive circle, and how switching we learned last week is used to change direction.

See you at 10 am ET on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at http://practicalmethod.com/2014/02/changing-direction-in-positive-circle-online-video-trailer/.

SwitchingInPositiveCircle

In this video, Master Chen covered the 3 main axes in the body, and how we could switch among them without tossing in the positive circle, and the analogy of a lever with different pivots. We discussed about the shoulder last week at Shoulder Movements in Positive Circle, we will continue this week regarding switching with the lower half of the body.

See you at 10 am ET on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at http://practicalmethod.com/2014/06/switching-in-the-positive-circle-online-video-trailer/

In this video, Master Chen showed us how to prevent an opponent’s incoming force from penetrating into ourselves with the 3rd count of the positive circle. It is a invaluable aspect of the positive circle.

We will have an online class based on this video using the comment section of this video at 10 am Eastern Time on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Come join us!

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Instructor: Master Chen Zhonghua
Date: Sep 12-15, 2020
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Interested in Chen Style Taiji? We are offering a beginners’ class beginning on Feb 2, 2020. We will begin with foundations, and then move on to the 13-form of Chen Style Taijjiquan Practical Method. It will enable you to practice on your own. Come try the first class for free.

对陈式太极拳有兴趣吗? 我们从2020年2月2日开始举办初级班。 由教授基本功开始,然后到陈式太极拳实用方法十三式。 这将使您能够自己进行练习。 欢迎试课一堂。

 
Instructor 导师: Kelvin Ho 何家伟
Date 日期: Sundays 逢星期日
beginning on Feb 2, 2020 由2020年2月2日开始
Time 时间: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Location 地址: Agincourt-51
728 Gordon Baker Rd, North York, ON M2H 3B4
Topics 内容: Taijiquan Foundation 太极拳基本功
13-form 太极拳十三式
Fee 费用: $200 for 10 classes or $25 for a drop-in class
$200 – 10 课 或 $25 – 1 课
 

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Energy Alignment 2

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/01/13

Energy path is the pathway that energy travels on. There are both a physical path and a virtual path for a given setup. For any three points in the body, they can form a triangle (unless they all fall into one straight line). For this discussion, let’s use right hand, left kua and left foot as the three points. As similarly discussed in this previous article, while the right hand and left kua form one physical (solid) line, and the left kua and left foot form another physical (solid) line, the right hand and left foot form a virtual (invisible) line. While the actual energy travels along the two physical lines, it can be viewed as if it travels on the virtual line.
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Kelvin Ho’s 2019 Review and 2020 Goals

January 4, 2020
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Toronto Practical Method Experience Class

January 4, 2020

A number of Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and patients attended Practical Method experience class on Dec. 20, 2019, and some of them tried taiji for the very first time. Among the participants, there was Rachel Yi, who started studying Practical Method in 2016 in China. She is now attending university in Canada, and is continuing [...]

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Chen Style Taiji Experience Class 陈式太极体验班

December 20, 2019

  Do you have a New Year resolution to become healthier in 2020? Taiji may be your answer. On Dec. 29, 2019 at 10 am, you will have a chance to experience what taiji is like and what health benefits it may bring you at the Chen Style Taiji Experience Class to be held at [...]

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Taiji Push Hands Workshop in Toronto on Dec. 8, 2019

December 14, 2019

Push Hands Only Version   Full Version   On Dec. 8, 2019, a Practical Method Taiji Push Hands Workshop was held in Toronto. We had 10 participants, and 4 of them were new to Practical Method. Bert Desjardins drove 4.5 hours from Windsor to Toronto to attended this workshop. We also had the pleasure of [...]

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2019 Fountain of Youth Qi Taiji Event on Nov. 23, 2019

December 1, 2019

I was invited along with a number of taiji teachers in Toronto to perform at the 2019 Fountain of Youth Qi Event on Nov. 23, 2019. Each teacher first performed a routine of his choice on stage. In the 2nd part of the event, each teacher demonstrated Cloud Hands, Single Whip and White Crane (Goose) [...]

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Toronto Taiji Push Hands Workshop on Dec. 8, 2019

November 25, 2019

Push hands is an exercise that examines your understanding of the Taiji principle: Separation of Yin and Yang. While form training transforms your body, push hands provides an opportunity for you to apply your Taiji knowledge and skill. It has also become a popular sporting event both in China and abroad. This workshop is suitable [...]

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Intent

November 20, 2019

Today, there was a discussion among some of the North American disciples on intent. What is it? What does it mean? The discussion allowed me to solidfy a couple of things. In 2019 Iowa Camp, shifu mentioned: Spencer’s notes: The camp’s lessons this time were pervaded by the idea of “intention”. Intention in PM is [...]

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Notes for Toronto Workshop Sep 7-10, 2019 by Kelvin Ho

September 20, 2019

When practicing yilu: Put myself inside a fixed sized box. Pull against the sides of the box coming into dantian. Push against the sides of the box going out of dantian.

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Toronto Workshop Mar 7-10, 2020

September 12, 2019

Instructor: Master Chen Zhonghua Date: Mar 7-10, 2020

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Practical Method Toronto Open House on Sep 7, 2019

July 31, 2019
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Push Hands Demo on June 8, 2019

June 22, 2019

Push Hands was demonstrated at 2019 Canadian Cultural and Martial Arts Festival

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Practical Method Yilu Performance on June 8, 2019

June 10, 2019

Yilu Performance at 2019 Canadian Cultural and Martial Arts Festival

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Kelvin Ho Taiji Sword on June 8, 2019

June 9, 2019

Kelvin Ho performed Taiji sword at 2019 Canadian Cultural and Martial Arts Festival on June 8, 2019.

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Practical Method Class at York University

June 5, 2019

I am teaching Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method at Martial Arts Club @ York University. This is an introductory course, which will cover a taste of foundations, form, application drills and push hands. Class Info: Date: Wednesdays, June 5-26, 2019 Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Location: Room 202 of Vanier College (#56 on the [...]

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Toronto 10th Anniversary Workshop Sep 7-10, 2019

May 15, 2019
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Drilling Down

April 6, 2019

This week, I found myself able to drill the opponent down causing him to eventually fall vertically to the ground.

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Night of Push Hands: Match Schedule and Scores

March 2, 2019

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Notes for Practical Method Toronto Workshop Mar 2-5, 2019 – Kelvin Ho

March 1, 2019

Day 0 Fetch Water Put my front knee against the bench. My front knee should be on top of my front heel. Make my fetch water action much, much, much bigger. Only when there is size, it becomes useful. My action is way too small, Master Chen told me the same at the last workshop [...]

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Night of Push Hands (Tournament Style)

February 15, 2019

Night of Push Hands is an event for push hands enthusiasts to improve their skills. Matches will be run in a tournament format with different weight divisions, and winners from the weight divisions will compete in the grand championship round. There will be a referee for each match with two 2-minute rounds with a 1-minute [...]

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