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Since January 2017, I have been teaching Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method at Paradise Valley Community College (Phoenix, Arizona) every Monday and Wednesday as a one credit class. I started just one class per semester (Spring and Fall) plus summer session. From January 2019 on, my Tai Chi class was split into two classes. One for total beginners, the other for returning students. More important, I developed a core group of Tai Chi students we meet outside of college and consistently meet every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings (one hour) at Roadrunner Park. So, this core group of 10 students would practice at least 5 time a week. Some I know practice every day. Read more

Tai Chi – The Art of Precision
By Ramona Gomez

Haiku: Yilu i

by pingwei on 2020/01/04

Yilu — by Bogna Golenko

Invisible Force

Secret Movement Inside Out

Balanced Opposites



Hello, my name is Adarsh Khalsa, a 67-year-old woman retired almost two years now. I began studying PM (Practical Method) with Ping Wei at the beginning of 2019 and this was my first workshop (December 2019). One of the main things for me was how it exponentially increased my understanding of what this practice is really about. I found that it is harder to “not move” than it is to move; even becoming aware that you’re moving a part that shouldn’t be moving is a huge learning process.

Master Chen instructed me to use a wider stance, which I have started working on.

I had the opportunity to talk with almost everyone at the workshop, which I found very helpful. Thanks to 3 gentlemen and Master Chen, I was able to experience a taste of what push hands is about; in the correct position by rotating my arm just a tiny bit and moving my hip, my “attacker” fell over.

Very helpful was the instruction to read your notes out loud; also the idea to make use of devices, such as sticks and walls to train is good too.

There were many details, nicely noted elsewhere by Edward.

Thank you to all my fellow attendees and especially Master Chen for being so accessible.


Practical Method Phoenix, Ping Wei

Regular classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, from 7:30 to 8:30am at Roadrunner Park.

Foundations, Yilu, Erlu, and sword.

Call (602-373-3457) or email ( for details.


New Year’s Day Tai Chi and Brunch Hosted by Ping Wei

Practical Method Phoenix

8:30-9:30am Tai Chi at North Mountain Park (7th Street/Peoria).

9:30-, Brunch at Ping and Ross’ home, 10622 N. 8th Street, Phoenix.

RSVP by text to Ping @ 602-373-3457, or email:



PM workshop Dec 2019

PM workshop Dec 2019

On Tuesday, 1/29/2019, I was invited to the radio talk show in Phoenix, Independent Talk 1100 KFNX. The show was live streamed on Facebook, Successful Aging.

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Tai Chi workshop 2019

Tai Chi workshop 2019


JAN GOULD and ROSS McLACHLAN, October 2018, Phoenix

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My name is Ramona. I started practicing    Practical Method Tai Chi with Ping Wei approximately one year ago at Paradise Valley Community College. I have always liked martial arts and was curious about Tai Chi. The promise of strength, balance, and brain power intrigued me so I decided to give it a try. After all, what can I lose? After a year of steady practice I have improved, or so my teacher tells me, and he should know. After all he has been practicing for many years.
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Welcome New Disciples to Our Practical Method Family

January 22, 2018

     During Phoenix Practical Method workshop on January 21, 2018, Master Chen Zhonghua accepted Winston Wang and Benjamin Benefiel as his indoor disciples.

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Happy Holidays and Ready for Master Chen’s Phoenix Workshop in January

December 6, 2017 Discounted early registration closes on January 10. A workshop T-shirt will be awarded to people who register early.  

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Practical Method Workshop in Las Vegas by Ping Wei on December 5

November 15, 2017

Ping Wei will teach a private workshop in Las Vegas on December 5, Tuesday from 10am to 5pm. The workshop will be on foundations and Yilu. It will prepare people for Master Chen’s workshop in Phoenix in January.  

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Practical Method Workshop in Irvine California by Ping Wei

November 15, 2017

Ping Wei will teach a workshop in Irvine California on December 3, Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. The workshop will be on Cannon Fist.

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Master Chen’s Phoenix Practical Method Workshop, January 20 & 21, 2018

September 22, 2017

Practical Method Workshop in Phoenix, Arizona By Master Chen Zhonghua January 20 and 21 (Saturday and Sunday), 2018

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Ping Wei’s Teaching “Draping Over Body Fist”

September 14, 2017
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Master Chen’s Phoenix Practical Method Workshop 1/20-21/2018

August 6, 2017

We are excited to announce that Master Chen Zhonghua will return to Phoenix in January 2018 to give Practical Method workshop. The dates, January 20 and 21 (Saturday and Sunday), are confirmed. Save the dates and don’t miss this exciting opportunity. The workshop will focus on Gongfa (foundations) and Quanfa (forms in Yilu and Cannon [...]

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Practical Method Tai Chi Class Notes at Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix (1)

January 30, 2017
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New Year’s Day Open Practice and Brunch in Phoenix

December 8, 2016

RSVP to Ping Wei, 602-373-3457, New Year’s Day Practical Method Open Practice 8:30 to 9:30am, North Mountain Park, Phoenix, AZ

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Ping Wei’s Irvine Workshop on January 16, 2017

December 3, 2016

Ping Wei will teach a full day Practical Method workshop in Irvine, California on January 16, 2017 (Monday, MLK Day).

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Student’s comments on Master Chen’s Phoenix Workshop

October 6, 2016

Master Chen’s Practical Method workshop and private lessons in Phoenix, Arizona, October 1-4, 2016.

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Practical Method Phoenix, AZ Workshop Oct 1- 2, 2016, Review by Chris Liu

October 4, 2016

Practical Method Phoenix, AZ Workshop October 1, 2016 – October 2, 2016 by Chris Liu on 10/4/2016 When I discovered the Practical Method, I started watching a lot of Master Chen’s videos. This led me to read more in depth about Taiji and its rooted philosophy in Taoism. I watched, and read, and thought about [...]

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Chen Zhonghua: Q&A on How the Kua Function in Taiji (Part I)

September 1, 2016

*This article was originally published in T’ai Chi, the International Magazine of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Vol. 29, No.5, October 2005. ISSN 0730-1049, Wayfarer Publications, Los Angeles, CA 90039.

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Balance, Strength, Brain Power–Tai Chi for Seniors

August 3, 2016

The following is my proposal for teaching Tai Chi at Paradise Valley Community College (Phoenix, AZ). It was accepted and the class will be scheduled for the Spring 2017.

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More about the Kua

July 29, 2016

Let’s do an experiment. Find a stick about a foot long. Put a mark on the center point. Use fingers of one hand to hold one end of the stick in horizontal position. Now, try to rotate the stick horizontally, and make the center point of the stick as the rotation center, and try your [...]

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Stepping Forward and Finishing the Form

July 19, 2016

There are some small details in stepping forward and finishing the form that I have been focusing while doing Yilu. I’d like to share here and hopefully generate some discussion. In Practical Method, we first (1) shuffle one heel out when we step forward. Then (2) we move the knee forward and the body is [...]

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