Originally written by: Lyle Little

Subject: comments

Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:41:17 -0600

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Originally written by: Vanessa Hammond
Hi Gord, 

I learned a lot and enjoyed my time. 

Camp feedback: 
The food was good, plentiful and nutritious. 
Thanks for moving the evening meal to a later time. Thanks for accommodating for the stronger coffee for those who enjoy a stronger brew. 
Rooms and bathrooms clean. 

Master Chen Feedback: 
I really appreciated the individual attention that Master Chen was able to give during the drills and practice time. 

I am looking forward to receiving the DVD and and link to the website to follow up and consolidate the learning from the week. 

Originally written by: Daniel Kahn

Hey Gord,
As I said, I had a great time. Even the weather contributed to the focus on taiji ;-)

Here are four thoughts that occur to me. All are minor.

1) laundry facilities would have been welcome.  Read more

Originally written by: Michael Iverson

Food good. 

More ilu for beginners + applications. Could prob. Split some of the teaching up – you, Jay, Ping to give people more one on one time with Master Chen. 

That’s about it. Awesome all round experience!

Originally written by: Grace Gentili
If the impressions of a complete novice can be of help, I would like to say that the one day I spent at the Taiji Traditions camp was of great benefit to me.  It was an amazing learning experience on many levels. 

It was an eye-opening experience to watch Master Chen as he demonstrated applications of the postures and then gave detailed explanations of the moves to clarify what could not  be seen at the speed of their execution. His teaching style is very compelling.  He explains the concepts  with clarity, energy, and intensity and shares such a great volume of information, at a rapid pace, that it required my very focused attention, in order not to miss anything.   By the end of the day, I had had as much of a mental workout as a physical one and I loved it.  

Furthermore,  the friendliness, warmth, encouragement and helpfulness of all the participants that I knew or had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with, made that one day at camp very special.  The experience of being surrounded by a gym full of very dedicated, hard-working and focused participants was incredibly energizing.  I look forward to going back next year.  

As I was only one day at Camp Shawnigan, all I can say is that I very much enjoyed the two meals I had on that day.  The food was delicious, the choice of items in the buffet was great and the dining area was welcoming and nicely organized.

Grace Gentili 

Originally written by: Ian Macrae

Maple Ridge Workshop July 25th and 26th, 2009

(A loose transcription of notes, not an organized article)

This month our workshop was in Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall. Our regular use of Thornhill Hall was preempted by the Disabled Games. What a nice big clean beautiful hall this was, notwithstanding that the A/C wasn’t working and it was almost too hot to do YiLu. Well, actually, it was too hot, so we didn’t work quite as hard as we usually do. Read more

Originally written by: David Rivera
Dear Joseph:
I have a slight mixup with the multiple email addresses for you and the school. If its
ok with you I will continue to use this one. I located it as you can see from your first
visit to Puerto Rico. Read more

Originally written by: Paul Hutcheson
Master Chen Zhonghua conducted a two evening workshop on July 29 and 30th, in Iowa, USA. During the day he conducted several private teaching sessions. The workshops were sponsored by John Brown. Over twenty people came to the workshop and private sessions.

Originally written by: Richard Johnson
I just spent  a long time posting my notes from the workshop.  They disappered into cyberspace when I tried to save them.  I’ll have to re-post later.

Originally written by: Jerry

It was great to come to the work shop. I am starting to really appreciate the special knowledge Master Chen has ………The special personal opportunity to study with him directly………………….to learn from such ancient traditions…………. It really is something to see him in person  ………..


The topics will include:

  1. Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Advanced Foundations.
    Moving step exercises.
  2. Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Yilu Applications.
  3. Taiji Free Applications: Sanshou.
  4. Cannon Fist 1

This year’s Hunyuan World Seminars event was relatively smaller than previous years. The highlight of the 4-day event is the special lectures on Qigong and Yiquan by Master Kenneth Cohen.


Participants to this event were quite diversified. They are seasoned Hunyuan World veterans like Charles Paoletti and David Hilburn, who have both attended all the Hunyuan World events thus far. We also have a number of new people attending for the first time, such as Hallie Bruce and Kathy Massey.


It appeared short (4 days) for people to come all the way from as far as New York or Puerto Rico. But there was something for everybody.


Smith, Jay

Yilu 73.50% More coordination and more power were shown at this performance. Needs to work on more openning and stretching.



Kong, Gary Yilu Video 2007

February 28, 2008
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Turik, Todd Yilu Video 2007

February 28, 2008

Partial Yilu in 2007 This video has the complete Yilu and already has some corrections in it. March 16, 2008 

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Hall, Jody Yilu Video 2007

February 28, 2008
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Kim Allbritain Video Comments on Chen Zhonghua 2003 Arkansas Intensive

February 27, 2008

Kim Allbritain is a 7th Dan Black Belt in Karate. He had 35 years of experience in martial arts by 2003.

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2005-11-26 Return to the Basics: Stepping in Chen Style Taijiquan

November 25, 2005

Originally written by: Ed Zolpis Date: 11/26/2005 0:00 Title: Return to the Basics: Stepping in Chen Style Taijiquan Reviewer: Ed Zolpis Organizer: James Chan Location: Ottawa Comments: Notes: Master Joseph Chen’s Workshop – Ottawa – November 26-27, 2005 Ed Zolpis Points to remember re: Circle exercise- -position of feet is so that when step to [...]

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2005 Taiji Traditions Camp

May 17, 2005

Originally written by: Michael Zimmer Date: 5/17/2005 0:00

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A Real Martial Art

December 7, 2004

Originally written by: Doug Gauld I sometimes read reviews of workshops given by masters and always view them with a ‘grain of salt’ being a somewhat critical and sceptical martial artist. I have been involved in martial arts since the early 1970′s. I’ve studied boxing, wrestling, judo, aikido, kick-boxing receiving black belt level degrees in [...]

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Ted Truscott 2004 Victoria Self Defence Workshop Review

October 22, 2004

Originally written by: Ted Truscott Date: 12/8/2004 0:00 Title: Victoria Workshop on Self Defence Organizer: Gordon Muir Location: Victoria  Link to pictures: Comments: Master Chen proved to me that his tai chi was different from the tai chi I have experienced in the past. It has obvious combat applications in both the manipulation of your [...]

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2004 Victoria Self Defense Workshop Review

October 22, 2004

Originally written by: Ian Macrae Date: 10/23/2004 0:00 Title: Victoria Workshop on Self Defence Organizer: Gordon Muir Location: Victoria Comments: Whether because it was in a karate dojo, or because quite a few of the participants had martial arts backgrounds, or for some other reason, I felt that the Victoria workshop brought home Chen style [...]

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