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Yilu Performance at 2019 Canadian Cultural and Martial Arts Festival

Kelvin Ho performed Taiji sword at 2019 Canadian Cultural and Martial Arts Festival on June 8, 2019.

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I am teaching Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method at Martial Arts Club @ York University. This is an introductory course, which will cover a taste of foundations, form, application drills and push hands.

Class Info:
Date: Wednesdays, June 5-26, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Room 202 of Vanier College (#56 on the map)

If you are interested, please contact Huy Huynh at huynh.h@live.com.

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Drilling Down 1

by Kelvin Ho on 2019/04/06

DrillingDownThis week, I found myself able to drill the opponent down causing him to eventually fall vertically to the ground. Read more


Presenter: Kelvin Ho   Length: 28 min.   In: English   Year: 2018  Difficulty:1/5  At:Toronto

Federick Wong Yilu Correction (First 13 Moves)
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The following are highlights of my workshop notes workshop March 2 to 5th. I have tried to organize them into categories so I could better relate them.  I did not capture everything

 Workshop notes:

All Questions Should be asked in order to bring clarity: Hear It , See it, Feel It – the 3 questions you want answered

Principle – Yin and Yang separation          life – I want to be good

Concept – all moves are indirect                               education

Action – convert into action                                      use
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We are here because we’re humans, not animals.

Everything is like loose sand. Among the sand, some things might have a spark. There’s nothing wrong with sand, and nothing wrong with other ways of moving, such as other forms of martial arts or football. It just depends on what you want. Master Chen is looking for the sparks in the sand.
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Drill
#Yilu move 1 Jin Gang Dao Dui

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My attempt to recount what Master Chen said the morning of 3/2/2019 at the Toronto workshop
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#Foundation instructions
3 count positive circle
-maintain equal size in all 3 counts

-initially how you feel and shape doesn’t matter

-count 1 & 3 is easy, 2nd is difficult
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KelvinHoVsMichaelLamberti

Day 0

Fetch Water

  • Put my front knee against the bench.
  • My front knee should be on top of my front heel.
  • Make my fetch water action much, much, much bigger. Only when there is size, it becomes useful. My action is way too small, Master Chen told me the same at the last workshop as well. I have not changed yet.
  • Once I am done with stretching the top, while not moving the front kua, knee, foot, move the rear foot to increase size.
  • Whatever I do, the front knee is not moving.
  • Train the whole yilu with one specific part not moving.

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Kelvin Ho was invited to perform at Yee Hong Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb. 12, 2019.

MarkHanleyAndKelvinHo

In Kelvin Ho’s article “Opponents stop moving when I move” written Dec 24 2018; I was one of the opponent’s who was not moving when he came in. I agree with his statement ‘there was no feedback/trigger’. I felt like a deer in the headlights when he came in. The definition says:

“Someone caught in a state of paralyzing surprise, fear, or bewilderment. Likened to the tendency of deer to freeze in place in front of an oncoming vehicle”.
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ChenZhonghuaAndKelvinHo2013Back in 2011, I wrote about how my taiji journey got started: http://practicalmethod.com/2011/10/how-did-my-taiji-journey-get-started/. 7 more years passed by quickly on this journey, and it is now 2018. Much of the time was spent learning how to learn. In this article, rather than talking about taiji principles or concepts, let me share Master Chen Zhonghua’s teachings on learning.
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20181222_113920During practice on Dec. 23, 2018, we were practicing how to move in after making contact with the opponent. The particular exercise involved the two right forearms touching at one point. One person attempted his best to prevent the opponent from coming in, including moving his arm around. Everyone did this exercise against the others one by one. One student observed that when I showed how to move in, the opponent always appeared to have stopped his arm movement as soon as I started to move in. Others would struggle to fight at the upper body or the arm with the opponent. I found that being an interesting observation. Another student commented that he didn’t react or do any subsequent action when I moved in because there was no feedback/trigger to tell him to do anything, and he would just “watch” me coming in. I further demonstrated what they tended to do, which was to push his hand/arm forwarded as they moved the body forward, in which case, the opponent would respond immediately and stop me from coming in possibly using different methods. There should be no push at any time. Read more

Toronto Workshop Mar 2-5, 2019

December 22, 2018
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Creating a lever in the leg

December 9, 2018

Recently, I had a dream where I used my thigh to push down the opponent at his thigh. Shifu came over and mentioned something that I didn’t quite understand. I then practiced that move with another student named Benz, and I got that move in the dream. When I woke up, I realized that I [...]

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What is Fajin?

December 1, 2018

Master Chen has stated before fajin is doing an action fast. How do we do an action fast?

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Clarity

November 30, 2018

When I first heard Master Chen Zhonghua talk about clarity, he was referring to our movements which needed to be clear, meaning that if we wanted a body part to move in a particular way, no other body part should compete or be dragged into that movement. For hand-out, the hand must clearly be the [...]

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Locking the opponent

October 21, 2018

The ability to lock the opponent is an important one we need to continuously to improve on in Practical Method. In order to send the opponent to the floor in what seemingly an effortless manner (in reality, it is not really effortless), we always need to lock the opponent first. However, more often than not, [...]

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Toronto Workshop Oct 22-25, 2018

August 7, 2018
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Beauty of Taijiquan

April 22, 2018

More and more I find that the beauty of the Taijiquan lies in its simplicity.

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Opening the trap door from below

April 8, 2018

In the Ottawa Mar 24-25, 2018 workshop, Master Chen Zhonghua re-emphasized the importance of creating a differential. He mentioned that steam would always rise up through an opening in a pot, and water would always run down a fall. These are examples of having a differential. We don’t force the steam up or push the [...]

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Group Yilu at Richmond Hill on Dec. 7 , 2017

December 10, 2017
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2017 Martial Arts Festival in Toronto

December 4, 2017

Practical Method was invited to participate in 2017 Martial Arts Festival in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. Shaolin martial arts from China were the main attraction for the event. Many local martial arts school were also invited to showcase their talents. Kelvin Ho leading Bruce Robinson, Kevin Sun, Lucas Lu and Mark Hanley performed a yilu demonstration. [...]

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Stretch (To Go Over a Non-Moving Dot)

November 26, 2017
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Don’t push, don’t move the hand.

November 20, 2017

We have always been told by Master Chen not to push, not to move the hand. If that is the case, what can we do?

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