Paul Carlson

The subject of the lesson was corrections of yilu. Four students performed parts of yilu and received corrections.
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The subject of the lesson was corrections of yilu. Seven students performed parts of yilu and received corrections.
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The subject of the lesson was foundations/positive circle.

Master Chen provided some history of China and the development of taijiquan. He also related a story about how the Practical Method foundations were developed. Read more

The subject of the lesson was corrections of yilu. Four students performed parts of yilu and received corrections. Read more

The subject of the lesson was corrections of yilu. Six students performed parts of yilu and received corrections.
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The subject of the lesson continued working on six sealing four closing.

Master Chen said that people can train for many years but never make the change that will help them improve. They keep doing the same thing that they always have done. We often say old bottle with new wine but in China it is turned around, old wine in new bottle.
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Comments on 2019 North American Practical Method training camp

From my perspective, this year’s training camp was outstanding! I came with the thought that I had progressed a lot but after a short time I realized (as usual) I have so much to learn. I am basically a very beginner but I can see that each time I attend a function with Master Chen I can get a little better grasp of what he is teaching.
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Notes from Day 1, Phoenix Practical Method Workshop
These are pretty rough, just short statements.

Every movement needs to have intent and some reference. When we do taiji we need intent. Taiji is governed by yin yang.

We need to see what is really there. Usually we think we see but that is not what is really there.
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