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 “You are all so clever, you’re stupid!”

These words, uttered by Master Chen (with his usual impish grin and mischievous glint in his eyes!) at his premier European workshop way back in 2006 when he came to Holland, have since been heard by many others around the globe. As the room was full of grown Dutch men in this instance, a nation that prides itself on being pragmatic, logical and individualistic, they did not go down well! Read more

In the night from 19th to 20th of August, I arrived on Daqingshan. After I slept of my jetlag, there’s been an early morning gathering for some radio station interview on the 21st. Read more

The 6th Daqingshan International Competition

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Daqingshan Mountain from the Pagoda

The start of my stay in China coincided with the 6th International Daqingshan Competition (April 28th to 30th this year), a yearly gathering that Master Chen started to promote both Taijiquan forms (a series of choreographed movements particular to each Family style) and also to provide a stage for a large scale Push Hands (a means of practicing Taiji techniques whilst trying to unbalance your opponent) tournament.

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James Strider on Daqinshan, shandong Province, May 2018

James Strider on Daqinshan Mountain, Shandong Province, China – May 2018

My name is James Strider and since meeting Master Chen in Holland way back in 2006 I have been pretty much obsessed with the Practical Method. Having started my journey with Chinese Martial Arts, in this case classical WuShu, in 1987 at the age of 14, I was envious of the few students who could go with our Sifu back then to China for up to 3 months at a time to study. They would return with colourful stories (mostly about the lack of toilet paper and milk!) and I would see their skills increase significantly each time. It was then that I promised myself that I would one day make it to China and stay for at least 3 months. Read more

20160823_162906-1024x576Background: I’m Harshil Meraiya, age 32, from Pune, India. I learnt Yang style Taichi from August 2011 to Jan 2014. I had no other Martial Art background. I was introduced to Practical Method by Sandeep Desai in Jan 2014.

During next 6 months I learned choreography and basic foundations from Videos and Skype sessions with Kelvin Ho and John Upshaw. I started accumulating lots of PM brothers as friends on Facebook providing me feedback, guidance etc on my yilu videos I posted…

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DanTian Rotation i

by admin2 on 2016/09/23

Recorded by Harshil Meraiya

 

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DQS 2015 - Practical Method Germany 2Since Aug, 1st we are here on Daqingshan for Fulltime Training with Master Chen and all fellow students and disciples. Below some more pictures of these days.

We had plenty of opportunities  to improve our Taiji, there were lots of lessons with Master Chen, sceduled ones but also the “little things” in between – just as I was used to experience it on DQS. Very nice, that though the whole thing here is getting bigger, the main spirit did stay the same. Read more

Calligraphy Lesson, Rizhao Beach trips

Meeting with Rizhao PracticalMethod group

Meeting with Rizhao PracticalMethod group

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Video and photos by John Ho

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May 1: More students are coming up to the mountain to learn from Master Chen.
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Thoughts: When teacher teaches us a principle, we quickly “interpret” into something we already know. This is not learning. This is teaching ourself. We lost the real teachings. The right way is to take notes verbatim. Don’t need to understand right away. Follow the method.

May 2: Touch more points. It is like typing on a typewriter with all your fingers instead of typing with one finger.

Each movement requires a non-movement to support.

Dont Move is absolute in space. Don’t Move is relative. Don’t Move is also directional. Read more

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More students has arrived for the competition

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Daqingshan Hike Photos i

by admin2 on 2015/04/16

There are long hiking trails around Daqingshan mountain where visitors can explore
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Our first foreign students of the year have arrived. Thanos is from Greece and his wife Carolina is from Mexico.

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Videos of Lillia Kel of Germany, Jody Hall and Janet Ho, and others

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Zhao Yuan Competition i

by admin2 on 2014/08/27

This is form-only competition, there were 1000 people doing Hunyuan and Simplified 24 Form. Master Chen was invited to give demonstration.

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Push Hand Demonstration in Zhao Yuan

August 26, 2014
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Weifang Martial Arts Festival 2014

August 19, 2014

Chen Xu won gold on Adult 65 kg push hands Ling Zili won gold on Adult 60 kg push hands Han Rui won gold on Adult 80 kg push hands Hugo Ramiro won silver on Adult 65 kg push hands Michael Winkler won gold on traditional taiji form (8.46) Tim Duehring won gold on taiji [...]

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Morning Training at Da Qing Shan

August 12, 2014

From time to time there is this dense fog on the mountain. Actually that the clouds. So you could say we were in heaven. For all interested going there: Most days during my stay were sunny, even in march. But this fog was great, too. So mysterious. Sometimes you couldn’t see more than 10m. Ask [...]

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Daqingshan July 2014 Workshop Photo

July 30, 2014

This workshop was attended by over 80 people.

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New Daqingshan International Hotel

July 20, 2014

First two levels are now open.  

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My visit to Daqingshan

June 17, 2014

By Marjorie C It was cold, wet and grey when I arrived on Daqingshan in May. Under my cold, cold breath I cussed Singapore friends who told me to pack short-sleeve tees. And oh, the stairs! Stairs to Wangting hotel, stairs to Changxing training hall, and more stairs to the condo. Surely the three weeks [...]

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Daqingshan Photos June 2014

June 8, 2014
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Push Hand Tournament Training

June 4, 2014

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John first visit to Daqingshan

May 29, 2014

I have just come back home from a month training on Daqingshan. I enjoyed it immensely and wanted to write a bit about my experience in hopes of convincing others who are thinking about going to go. I must admit from the experience I have only one regret, that I wasn’t able to stay longer.

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2014 Daqingshan International Taiji Competition TV Coverage

May 26, 2014
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Daqingshan Fulltime Program 2014

May 18, 2014

We have more than fifteen student from outside China arrriving from Singapore, United States, Canada, Poland, Germany, India, Poland, Australia, Belgium. Last night, Lilli Keller gave us a preview of the fire dance she will perform during our Conference and competition next weekend.

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First Month Daqingshan Impression

April 11, 2014

By Pawel Müller Regarding DQS: I like it very much. I’m not practicing so much (only 4-5 hours daily) because I also try to learn chinese. Last weekend I become a cameraman and recorded some scenes for a short

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Chen Zhonghua Practices Yilu with Students on Daqingshan 2010

April 1, 2014

Video by Michael Winkler. New stabilized re render from Youtube

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Daqingshan as vacation/training destination

February 23, 2014

Reasons to make Daqingshan your 2014 vacation/training destination (details for 2014 on this page) Constant feedback, feedback in term of  practicing with other students together. Daily class with Master Chen, if you have questions you can go directly to him for clarification. No distraction, only there to learn and practice. Motivation and direction for daily practice. [...]

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Daqingshan Morning Class Clip

August 24, 2013
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Daqingshan Future Twin Warriors

August 23, 2013

I am impressed with how much work these boys put into practice everyday, and I can see their progress. They have finished learning Yilu and sword choreography and now learning the details

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Clear Morning Sky

August 20, 2013

Lesson and demonstration of stick and rope that was previously covered in this video Hand-Foot Connection Online Video, then we did group photo under the clear morning sky

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Afternoon class at Daqingshan clip

August 20, 2013

Around 4 pm there is some shaded area where we practice before dinner. Video below

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