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Tian Qiuxin on connections

March 17, 2008

Tian Qiu Xin used to recite the following verses: Since the beginning movement the spiral rises, and the force comes from the feet. One after the other it passes through all joints, therefore all the body being a unity. The belly is like the sea, and the form like the tide. When changing the movement, [...]

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Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Sanshou Applications by Chen Zhonghua

March 14, 2008

At the 2008 Hunyuan World Seminiars in GA, USA, I spent several hours one night after the evening class to work with several disciples on taiji fighting. I will not go into details of what we did, as there is no way to explain it with simple words. We didn’t make any videos of the [...]

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Chen Cake

March 14, 2008

Originally written by: Tim Duehring Chen Cake Chen Cake is a variation on the children’s game of Patty Cake. Here is how we play it. The participants will stand facing each other with their arms outstretched in front of them. The wrists will be bent and the fingers pointed at the ceiling. They will adjust [...]

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Classification of Moves: Detailed List

March 13, 2008

This is a detailed list of the classification of moves of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method forms of Yilu and Cannon Fist. Hong Junsheng’s Taijiquan Practical Method Movement Classifications:

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Elbow to the Ribs

March 3, 2008

Elbow Sticks to the Ribs “Elbow Sticks to the Ribs” is a principle that is shared by all martial arts, not only Taijiquan. It’s a pity that most martial artists only pay lip service to this age-old aphorism. This is indeed a secret training method to higher levels of martial attainment. Chen Style Taijiquan Practical [...]

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Wuwei

March 3, 2008

Wuwei Wuwei is “none doing”. It is a concept that sometimes in life the action required is “not to do anything”. This is very different from don’t do anything in a normal sense. This concept is stressed very heavily in the Daoist philosophy because the Daoists perceive a reality that has both action and non [...]

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To Lengthen and expand

March 3, 2008

So the objective is to “lengthen”, to expand (not collapse) from our central balance point. We create a line, which intersects our center, from two longer points. For example, a line might be drawn from a shoulder point near the neck, to connect with a point on the bicep above the elbow. This opens the [...]

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It’s Difficult to Be Confused!

February 28, 2008

The famed Zheng Banqiao (one of the Seven Poets of the Bamboo Forest) wrote: It’s difficult to have a clear mind It’s not easy to be confused It’s even harder to transform from clarity to the state of confusion. He wrote this at an era of no hope for the people. Indeed in his time, [...]

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There are no complete ROTATIONS!

February 25, 2008

One of the terms we hear often in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system is “Rotation”. This term relates to silk reeling, spiral, circles, turning, etc. It is an inseparable part of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. In dealing with this concept, one must keep in mind the following: There are no [...]

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Speed in Taiji

February 25, 2008

Hong’s form of taiji has no ‘rehearsal movements’ or pre-movements, its just the useful stuff. Don’t load your taiji with rehearsal movements and unimportant movements.

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Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Cannon Fist

February 23, 2008
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The four extremeties

January 29, 2008

Hair is the tip of blood; Tongue is the tip of flesh; Teeth are the tips of bones; Nails are the tips of ligaments.

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Six Harmonies

January 29, 2008

Internal harmonies: Heart and Intent; Intent and qi: qi and force. External harmonies: Hand and foot; elbow and knee; shoulder and kua.

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The Dao has no shape

January 29, 2008

The Dao has no shape. Everybody lives it without knowing it. 大道无形。人在道中却不知。

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Qi and gong

January 29, 2008

strong will beat weak Big will beat small Technique will beat force Gong will beat technique Qi will beat gong Intent will beat Qi

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One inch long; one inch strong

January 29, 2008

Longer will in the end beat the shorter. Length can be equated to strength.

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What is mind-intent?

January 4, 2008

Mind-intent is one of the most important ideas in Chen Style Taijiquan learning and practice. It is also one of the most confusing concepts. Let’s take a look at this concept from a simple point of view to facilitate learning. The learning of Taijiquan requires that the student have correct mind-intent because Taiji is an [...]

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Taiji Lineage Poem

January 4, 2008

Originally written by: Ha Lezhi By Ha Lezhi On the occasion of Brother Chen Zhonghua honored as Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method International Standard Bearer Summer 2004

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Jiao Bi Shou Kuai

December 28, 2007

The Foot is Faster Than the Hand. —Hong Junsheng Many people regard Taijiquan as a slow, gentle and soft art. The orginal principle, however, points to a different and more reasonable direction. “The two hands are just two doors. The fight is done by the feet”—martial adage. “The hand is there but not the foot. [...]

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5 Learning Stages

December 11, 2007

1. Choreography. 2. Coordination. 3. Clarity and Energy. 4. Application. 5. Flow. Notice that most people follow this: 1. Choreography. 2. Flow. 3. Clarity and Energy. 4. Coordination. 5. Application. Slight change in order but big difference in the end.

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Chen Pu

December 6, 2007

Chen Pu In the year of 1374, Chen Pu moved to a place in today’s Henan province from Hong Tong of today’s Shanxi[1]. Later, this place was named Chen Pu village in memory of his contribution. From this village, the Chen clan moved on to another more suitable habitat a few miles away. It was [...]

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Know thyself

November 30, 2007

Those who know others are intelligent. Those who know themselves are wise. Those who win over others are forceful. Those who conquers themselves are strong. Those who are content are rich. Those who force their way ahead have strong will. Those who do not lose what they have will last. Those who die without losing [...]

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Chest of Steel

November 26, 2007

It was a hot summer day in the practice hall of the Wah Lum Temple in Orlando. A young Danny Abrahms was trying to learn Chen Style Taijiquan from master Li Enjiu. Danny had been a student of the Wah Lum system for many years. He was quite eager to learn this new system but [...]

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2005-12-3 Winnipeg

December 3, 2005

Roy Dawson Date: 12/3/2005 0:00 Title: Nov. 3 and 4 Winnipeg Chen Style Taiji Workshop Organizer: Roy Dawson Location: Winnipeg Comments: Master Chen finally came back to Winnipeg after more than two years. At this workshop we went back to the basics. We reviewed the positive and negative circles and did a stepping exercise.

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