During this time of the pandemic, I had a very valuable opportunity to attend Shifu Chen Zhonghua’s online class. By listening, seeing and following the instructions given in the class I began to understand the principles of the Taiji practical method and apply them to yilu and push hands. All this time I thought that I understood and could do yilu well, but what I understood was wrong. Read more

…learning about adaptation vs. action…screwdrivers only engage one way…

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…GM gives Roy opportunities to try to use PM to move him in push hands…very focused session…

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…one of the messages I hear, daily, from GM Zhonghua Chen is that he wants us to use our head as much as we use our body…

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…I am seeing PM, everywhere…making lunch today and…

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25.4x60cm 200张-出照片文件

…in my experience, great teachers are the ones that do certain things…

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…focused on Yilu corrections and body mechanics…make sure you view the video of this class…

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…what is the essential nature of Peng?  …is there room for creativity in training processes as a PM beginner?  …could be that how we answer these questions will affect the speed of our learning and our ability in PM over time, maybe…this is a speculative piece…

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… I have been telling Anton and Eric that my review of their lesson with GM, above date, was already submitted to the PM website, but I can’t find it anywhere, must have made an error in saving or posting or forgot to rub my magic ring, no really guys the dog ate my homework, anyway here it is, though I suspect the original version contained some absolutely brilliant insights that would have improved your training immeasurably, c’est la vie… Read more

…class was a part of the online Zoom ‘Make it Real’ series of lessons, focusing on the double-positive circle…be sure to check out the posted video this review relates to…

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GM reviews specific elements of  ’6 sealing, 4 closing’ movement…or Roy’s body get’s adjusted, again, some more.. Read more

Feng Zhiqiang Teaching Chen Zhonghua Sword 冯志强教陈中华剑

…double-positive circles and the journey towards correct movement…

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Observations, insights, anecdotes, and some bad jokes about the content and process of  GM’s Zoom lesson on the above date.


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GM asked for 3 paragraphs on a part of the Zoom lesson, specifically, the topic of  ‘do the movement as required by GM, let everything else go’.

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- just after Roy’s 2nd private lesson with GM, it was suggested that I record his impressions about his experiences in this learning process
- I’m no journalist so bear with me here Read more

- I am beginning to understand some of the challenges in trying to describe, discuss, even think about PM in ways that pass along that information, in digestible bites to other people Read more

-so it was just myself, in back of a digital camera, watching GM teach a Zoom class, at 7:30 AM and I thought to myself, ‘Man I have to be careful of what I wish for because sometimes the fates are listening’ Read more

-two things I have been thinking about my practice in the past couple of days: 1. the new task of ‘resetting’ my body, given me by GM, is more profound than it seems, 2. the process of how you learn is as at least as important as what you learn
-the task GM has given me may be the most difficult one I’ve ever been given
-not only does it encompass a complete re-working, re-tooling, re-creation of my entire physical self it implicitly tasks me to begin to practice PM all-day long, not jibengong all day long, but finding ways to subtly inject elements of training into every action
-my body awareness and sensitivity will have to go up more than a notch, a quantum leap would be more descriptive, and my ability to accept and work with my cognitive-emotional states will have to ratchet up a notch also
-the task is to ‘re-set’ my body so that it produces expanding Peng (redundant?) energy without any observable or perhaps measurable tension in any body tissues, esp. the contractile muscles, ligaments and tendons
-this is proving to be extremely challenging and is of course affected by my psycho-emotional states, try relaxing contractile tissues while in pain (emotional or physical)
-in keeping with working on my assigned task I noticed that the class last night at the Edmonton studio was remarkable in a couple of ways
-firstly, we had a visitor, GM’s newest disciple Sooyeon Zachrias, who was a most delightful addition to our practice group
-secondly, I found myself fondly remembering my experiences at TigerClaw Gung Fu School in the ’70′s when I trained & and competed in kickboxing, we had a pretty informal competition class atmosphere and we regularly teased and joked with each other and the teachers/coaches
-our group last night was ‘playing’ with each other, there was joking, and teasing and relaxed informality
- we were all laughing out loud, but respectful, nothing out of line or intended to be anything but supportive
- Sooyeon Zachrias mentioned how she was enjoying the training experience with others as mostly she only attends workshops in MapleRidge, thank you Sooyeon for reminding me that the time I share with my brothers and sisters in this art gives me something different from the hrs and hrs I spend working on PM alone
-not saying every class has to be a stand up session or that no laughter means its not a good class, I am trying to say that the moments we share in class are precious
- we all have the physical pains of trying to grind away the rough parts of our joints and the psychological pain of removing from our souls anything that fails to make room for Peng
-hope this is an okay subject to post on PM website
-learning to live a breath at a time

D. Gauld re: GM Chen lesson, Edmonton, Fri. Aug. 11/20

September 12, 2020

- just before class began on Friday evening GM held another instructional session at the Edmonton studio – he instructed on several topics, I am mindful of trying not to add or delete any of his words intentionally – he observed part of my first section Yilu and commented that I was still tensing, flexing, [...]

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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 10, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 10, 2020

Today, Master Chen corrected the following students’ partial yilu: Karen Mattox Gerry Gebhart Albert Chung Single Whip Master Chen used the foot shovelling out in single whip as an example to talk about the concept of using a stick to pry open something. We shove the stick into a crack, then the front end of [...]

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impromptu training with GM

September 9, 2020

Wed Sept 9, Edmonton, Alberta; approx 8 PM local time Impromptu training with GM…how to move…

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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 8, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 8, 2020

Six Sealing Four Closing 六封四闭 Grandmaster Hong Junsheng studied the names of each move.  He looked into the origin of these names, and how the pronounciation might have changed when the information was passed down based on the dialect of the region.  The dialects in China can be so different that people from one region [...]

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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 3, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 3, 2020

Master Chen demonstrated the foundation exercise Moving-Step Shake the pole, which is the positive and negative circle. He held a real pole to begin with to show the idea behind the foundation exercise. He locked his fron hand, which was holding the pole as a pivot. The rear hand moved the pole.

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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 2, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

September 2, 2020

Master Chen corrected a few people’s partial yilu today. Each person should remember himself/herself the stopping point, and so it can be continued from that point in future lessons when it is that person’s turn for correction again. To stretch, we need to so find anchors on the two ends. Empty means solid, it means [...]

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Toronto Area Cannon Fist Class beginning on Sep 12, 2020

August 29, 2020
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Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Aug 25, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

August 25, 2020

Moving Step Positive Circle Hold your head up, tuck the chin. Each body part performs its own duty. Don’t merge together. Factory workers work, not everyone does the same job, but at the same time. Example: Move the feet back and forth by themselves, keep the central axis upright, move your hand out and elbow [...]

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Edmonton Practical Method Sword Customized Swords

August 15, 2020

Edmonton Practical Method Taiji Academy Customized Sword Sales Our Edmonton Studio has another function other than teaching Taiji and Qigong – we do sword sales, but more importantly we do customizations so the sword you buy from us is unique. The sword shown here is the latest completed Damascus Jian. Because of having to limit the [...]

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“Tiger’s Back and Bear’s Waist” Online Video Purchase

August 13, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Toronto Workshop March 2020-1 Presenter: Chen Zhonghua Length: 13 min. In: English Year: 2020 Difficulty:2/5 At: Toronto, Canada In this video, Master Chen explained what it meant to have a tiger’s back and a bear’s waist, and how to practice it correctly. The close-up view allowed us to see his body movements, [...]

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Toronto Workshop Sep 12-15, 2020 (Cancelled)

August 7, 2020

We are sorry to announce that this workshop will be cancelled due to covid-19.

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PM Power Hour Classes(3 classes per week)

August 1, 2020
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Edmonton Practical Method Taiji Academy reopens July 15

July 8, 2020

Edmonton Practical Method Taiji Academy is opening Wednesday, July 15 at 10am for regular classes. We will be following our regular scheduled classes from that time forward. Covid-19 is not over and we must take stringent precautions to protect staff and students. MASKS inside the Studio are mandated. If you have a respiratory problem a [...]

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“Chen Zhonghua Teaching Rhythm of Push Hands 2018″ Online Video Class

June 29, 2020

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 27 min.   In: Chinese   Year: 2018  Difficulty:5/5 This video is in chinese. This video is packed with action. Master Chen Zhonghua taught several instructors advanced push hands moves. The moves were executed at much faster pace compared to other instructional push hand videos, and it included a lot [...]

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Class notes from Students in Phoenix, June

June 19, 2020
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Switching in the Positive Circle Online Video Class

April 5, 2020

In this video, Master Chen covered the 3 main axes in the body, and how we could switch among them without tossing in the positive circle, and the analogy of a lever with different pivots. We discussed about the shoulder last week at Shoulder Movements in Positive Circle, we will continue this week regarding switching [...]

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The Magic of Taiji

April 4, 2020

Ever wondered why Taiji is so magical especially at the hands of true masters? I first experienced that magic when I met Master Zhonghua Chen in Daqingshan on a warm July evening of 2012. Ever since that moment I have developed a fixation of sort to figure out what is behind that magic – it [...]

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Spring is here! What’s in a bounce?

March 22, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghua always amazes me, whether it is at the next workshop (there is always something new and amazing) or looking back — such as in this video captured during a workshop in Ottawa ten years ago… an easy, seemingly simple, and clean bounce: What do you see in the video? John Upshaw:  Everything [...]

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