Chen Style Tajiquan Practical Method
Grandmaster Hong Junsheng

General Principles
o Peng
Peng has been one of the most talked about topics in Taijiquan. Hong defined Peng as having two meanings: one is the upward expanding action of ward-off and the other the overall combined expanding energy that permeates all moves of Taiji. It is the latter meaning of Peng that is most important to him. “Without Peng, there is no Taiji.” Read more

To Follow i

by webmaster2 on 2013/02/21

One part of the body always likes to follow the direction of movements of other parts of the body. This will cause tossing and collapsing. If you observe people practice Taijiquan, you will notice that this is a very prevalent problem.

When one’s own body parts follow each other, there will be no possibility for rotation in the body.

The cloud-like moves usually are the result of the mistake. It is something to be circumvented, not something to be desired.

Originally published Nov 2007

Habit 1

by webmaster2 on 2013/02/20

Paramount in human behavior is habit. Habit is the hidden addiction that controls every human. The human learning curve is a downward line as we age.

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One of the most important tasks of Hunyuan Qigong practice is to “calm down the mind of the monkey and the intent of the horse.”
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Taiji Sword is one of the most important weapons of the Chen Style Taijiquan system. The use of the sword is the same as the way energy is manipulated in the barehand form. We talk about two aspects in this lesson.

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The outsider see the fanfare. The insider see the secrets.

The fist of xingyi, feet of bagua and waist of taiji.

The punches of xingyi, the footwork of bagua and the yaodang (waist and crotch) of taiji.

Xingyi looks at the hands; bagua looks at the walk; and taiji is the gong of waist and crotch.

5 Levels of comprehension:
Personal experience

This is a saying from GM Hong Junsheng

Many people regard Taijiquan as a slow, gentle and soft art. The original principle, however, points to a different and more reasonable direction.

Guidance of a teacher is meaningless without a common experience between the teacher and the students

Any time you have a large surface of contact you are double heavy – no surface – only use a dot. The exception is when you intentionally create a large surface to counter your opponent’s particular action.

Rationalization 6

by webmaster2 on 2012/12/10

The most pervasive human behavior is rationalization. Rationalization happens after people make a mistake.

Here is an example. On our 2004 trip to China, a Chinese master was explaining a technique to Yaron Seidman. He said that his arm was so rubber-like that it was not possible for Yaron to catch it (usually catch means to render it straight thus losing ability to neutralize). Read more

Inside and Outside i

by webmaster2 on 2012/12/08

Originally written by: Allan Belsheim published Nov 2007

During one of our full time Taijiquan course sessions with Master Chen Zhonghua, we were talking about secrets. As we were all of the opinion that there are no secrets, he went along with us. However, he pointed out, “There is a difference between inside and outside.”

I had always believed that the Hong Junsheng school of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method was not for curiosity seekers. All who gravitated to Hong were serious students or masters of Taijiquan.

So much so that a certain master named Zhao was not ready to join Hong’s classes, even after observing training at Daming Lake for three days. Zhao had come to Jinan from the eastern part of the province in search of Hong Junsheng. When he saw the dedication of the students and the level of difficulty of their practice, he decided to look elsewhere. (When I spoke with him, years later, he recalled that even the old people were doing Hong’s taiji in very low stances). Read more

The Dao 9

by webmaster2 on 2012/12/06

It’s easier to know the Dao than to believe in the Dao;
It’s easier to believe in the Dao than to act on the Dao.
It’s easier to act on the Dao than to gain the Dao.
It’s easier to gain the Dao than to keep the Dao. Read more

The Rock 2

by webmaster2 on 2012/12/04

The rock in the north western corner of the Black Tiger Springs Park weighs about 30 pounds. It has special significance to me. It was the special object that told me just how strong Hong Junsheng was. Read more

“You can never do physical activity without physical activity. Taiji skill cannot be attained by reading books or talking about it. Thinking about it is only 5% of the practice.”

Collapse 3

by webmaster2 on 2012/11/30

”Collapse” is when a movement causes the loss of the original structure.

This is a common mistake in the learning of Taijiquan. Read more

Elbow Strike 1

November 10, 2012

This is a simple application of elbow strike called “Shun Lan zhou” in Yilu Number 62. Demonstrated by Chen Zhonghua and Daniel Mroz on Feb. 21, 2008 in Edmonton, Alberta. Photos were taken by Allan Belsheim.

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Kua too short

November 9, 2012

In many cases, when people move, they always render their kua too short in consideration of the opponent’s position. In the following photos, one shows that the kua is too short (the one that has an overall bent body) and one shows the correct kua.         originally published 02/22/2008

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Movement and action

November 7, 2012

We distinguish between movement, which is used for positioning, and action which facilitates rotation. Movement is horizontal in space, forward or backward, left or right. Rotation involves internal vertical adjustments and repositioning of inner space, actions required for directing power outwards, from a stable structure. originally published on 2008/03/03

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November 7, 2012

Learning Taiji is to solve a set of contradictions. Neither over-extended, nor deficient. Anything that exists is the resolution of a contradiction. Therefore, when you see a contradiction in a matter, you have not resolved the issue. When you have, you will not see the contradiction any more. In taiji, you must reach a stage [...]

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A spiral is a stretched rotation

October 7, 2011

A spiral in the taiji sense is not a physical spiral object, or a shape you draw with your body when doing taiji. A spiral requires two actions simultaneously. A rotation on the body while another part of the body stretches it.

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"Forget your perfect offering/There are cracks in everything/That’s how the light gets in" -Leonard

May 19, 2009

“Forget your perfect offering/There are cracks in everything/That’s how the light gets in” -Leonard Cohen

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August 30, 2008

One of the characteristics of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method System is the technique to bounce the opponent out. In this short video clip, Master Chen Zhonghua taught Nicholas Fung and Alex Nay to follow a simple procedure to start the bouncing sequence: Make sure that you make contact with your opponent. Always back [...]

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More on the Use of Rubber Bands in Taiji Training

August 15, 2008

Originally written by: John Brown … I have been working with the bands, focusing on the instructions you have given me.

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What is an Effective Teacher?

May 20, 2008

What is an Effective Teacher? by Jan Fisher You hear a lot these days about the effective teacher. It is the subject of many books and countless journal articles. Television documentaries and radio talk shows bounce the topic around with great frequency. The Washington Post has headlines on a regular basis proclaiming they have the [...]

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The story of the eagle

May 9, 2008

The story of the eagle Story Recommended by Brad Hindle The eagle has the longest life-span of its’ species.

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Use What’s Outside Video

May 4, 2008

Here is a clip that shows how to use the energy on the outside of your body to counter.

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Leg Arch and Foot Video

May 3, 2008

How to Arch the Lower Body Video  

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Always Use What is Outside, not Inside

April 24, 2008

You should always use what is outside of contacting point, not inside of it.

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April 16, 2008

A common mistake is that after you have taken up the slack and are in and have an action on O, you then let go to attack somewhere else. Once you are on, and your attack is there, don’t retreat or change anything, just continue to apply that action, and then ad another element (most [...]

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Zheng Manqing: Swim on land!

March 24, 2008

Originally written by: Zhang Zhaoping On the chapter on Taijiquan being agile and connected, Zhang Zhaoping quoted Zheng Manqing as saying that it is like “Swimming on land.” -Zhang Zhaoping. On Taijiquan. p. 25. Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang said taijiquan is like “Swimming in the air.” -Chen Zhonghua

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Zhang Zhaoping on Slow

March 24, 2008

Originally written by: Zhang Zhaoping “Internal skill” is achieved within slow actions. “Effective result” must be enhanced in slow training. -Zhang Zhaoping. On Taijiquan. p. 23.

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Nurturing the Heart

March 24, 2008

“Why do we require that the eyes follow the index finger? I.E. wherever the index finger goes, the eyes go. Simply put, this is the nurturing of the heart. -Zhang Zhaoping, On Taijiquan. p. 20.

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Liu Xiheng on Zhong Ding

March 24, 2008

“Zhogn Ding, to put it simply, is the placement of the center of gravity. It is also the kungfu of Sinking the Qi to the Dantian. This placement of the center of gravity of the Dantian, is eternally not easy. It is not gain or lost at an instant.” -Liu Xiheng. On Taijiquan. p. 17.

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Zheng Manqing on Zhong Ding

March 24, 2008

“Center of gravity is the Zhong Ding of Taijiquan” -Zheng Manqing, On Taijiquan. p. 17.

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Win Or Lose

March 24, 2008

Yang Chengpu said, “When dealing with an opponent, there are only two possible outcomes: win or lose”. -On Taijiquan p. 15.

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The Shape Cannot Change

March 23, 2008

“One mother gives birth to nine children. The nine children have nine different hearts” p. 187, On Taijiquan; Lun Taijiquan, by Zhang Zhaoping and Du Feihu Comments: This quote was used in this book to reinforce the commonly held idea that “the outer appearances or forms can change but not the principles behind them”. In [...]

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