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John Saw at Sydney Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy - 8 March 2020

John Saw at Sydney Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy – 8 March 2020

John Saw – My journey from a hotelier, gambler and Qigong Master to a faithful and loyal disciple of Master Chen Zhonghua.
I was born in Burma in 1935. I lived there till I was 29, had to leave everything behind as the country was taken over by the military. I swam across the Mekong river to Thailand in 1964. Started work at the Bangkok Hilton and after 6 years, decided to migrate to Australia.
In June 1970, I arrived Sydney with my wife and infant son and started work in a motel. In no time I got involved in gambling. Life was easy and had so much fun that by the time I was 60, I suffered a stroke due to smoking, bad diet and not enough sleep.  My left side of the body was affected, my speech was slurred and I lost my balance.  Through Qigong, I gained back my health, and I recovered fully after years of hard work.
After 20 years traveling around the world spreading our Qigong system, I felt restless, something missing. Even though I was an International Master of Lohan Qigong, I just couldn’t figure out what’s missing in my life.
Throughout my travels, I’ve met many great Masters and practitioners in Qigong and Taiji, and became friends but nothing really impressed me.
Then in December 2014, I was invited to attend a lecture by Taiji Master Chen Zhonghua at the UTS. I went along as I was free at that time and also curious as to what’s there for me to see. The first time I saw Master Chen, I was impressed by his demeanor, he was a humble man with twinkling eyes.  When he started talking about his style called Chen Style Taiji Practical Method, I was a bit hesitant. I thought another Master promoting their style. The minute he explained the technique and showed us why it’s called Practical Method, I was blown away.
Mind you, I’ve travelled a fair bit and met many skillful Masters, but what Master Chen did with one slight movement of his body was incredible, seeing is believing I should say. He let people touch him and let them feel that he didn’t move his muscle. I was very impressed and decided to join his workshop that weekend. There again, I was amazed with his skill but most importantly, it’s his willingness to share his knowledge without withholding anything, thats got me hooked.
Since then, I’ve been to Daqingshan many times and attended his seminars yearly without fail.
I was accepted as a disciple in 2017 and my number is 257.
I went to Bali last Nov 2019 to join his workshop and again in February 2020 in Sydney. Master Chen never stop to amaze me with his willingness to share and spread this wonderful system.
The last day of the workshop in Sydney was my 85th birthday. Master Chen was kind enough to join my family and friends with some disciples to celebrate this special occasion with me.
Thank you Shifu.
Your disciple,
John Saw #257
John Saw - Burma Days

John Saw – Burma Days

John Saw - Burma Days

John Saw – Burma Days

John Saw - Gambling Days

John Saw – Gambling Days

John Saw - Qigong Days

John Saw – Qigong Days

John Saw with Master Chen Zhonghua at Daqingshan

John Saw with Master Chen Zhonghua at Daqingshan

John Saw with Master Chen Zhonghua at Zhenbudong Rizhao Taiji Acacdemy

John Saw with Master Chen Zhonghua at Zhenbudong Rizhao Taiji Acacdemy

John Saw Discipleship Photo in Sydney with Master Chen Zhonghua

John Saw Discipleship Photo in Sydney with Master Chen Zhonghua

Daqingshan Competition Torch Bearer

Daqingshan Taiji Flame Torch Bearer 2018

Chen Zhonghua Practical Method Workshop Sydney 2020 February

Chen Zhonghua Practical Method Workshop Sydney 2020 February

2020.02.12 悉尼笔记锺百豪 (英文) Sydney Notes by Brian Chung (English)

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Sydney Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Sydney Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy 澳洲悉尼陈中华太极馆

Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method 陈式太极拳实用拳法

Master Chen Zhonghua has been coming to Sydney, Australia to conduct annual workshops since 2012. First established by disciples Paul Janssens and James Strider, the Sydney group has now grown to over ten disciples.

Brian Chung & Paul Janssens, Master Chen Zhonghua’s disciples, are the instructors for the Sydney Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy.

Classes and Practice Sessions:
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Instructors: Master Chen Zhonghua
Date: Feb 15-16, 2020
Time: 8:30am to 11:30am2:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: DJKJ Kung Fu Academy
34 Rosebery Avenue, Rosebery NSW 2018
Topics: Theory, Foundations, form (Yilu), applications and push hands
Fee: $380 for 2 days, $220 for 1 day.
Register: http://bit.ly/PM2020Sydney
Suggested preparation for first-timers, get yourself familiar with the following:
  1. Positive and Negative Circles: Two Circles of Taiji
  2. Yilu First 13 Moves: Chen Style Yilu 13 Moves
For further information, contact:
Brian Chung
practicalmethodau@gmail.com
+61 423 035 857

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Sydney Classes i

by Brian Chung on 2019/01/01

Sydney Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Sydney Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy 澳洲悉尼陈中华太极馆

Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method 陈氏太极拳实用拳法

Classes: Sunday 8:30am to 10:00am – Brian Chung
Wednesday 6:30pm to 8:00pm – Paul Janssens
No classes on all public holidays or long weekends
Curriculum: Chen Stye Taijiquan Practical Method
Foundations, Yilu (First Routine), Theory, Push Hands
Location Details: DJKJ, 34 Rosebery Avenue, Rosebery NSW 2018
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Instructors: Brian Chung & Paul Janssens
Fee: 1 class per week: $200 for 10 weeks
Contact: For more information and registration, please contact:
Brian Chung
practicalmethodau@gmail.com
+61 423 035 857Sydney Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/291120944836265/
Sydney Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/practicalmethodsydney/

About learning

1. Give it enough time. The secret is time.

2. Give yourself enough time to find the shortcuts.

3. Progress comes from holding yourself. Don’t overshoot yourself. Don’t use power.

4. Train the rail – first, you will not get the line. 3-months later, the trajectory is imprinted on the body [with practice]. You’ll see the line.
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About learning

1. “The teacher teaches the principle. You go home and practice.”

2. Follow the principle. Don’t deviate.
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2018.12.16 Sydney Workshop Day Two Notes – Brian Chung Read more

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Instructors: Master Chen Zhonghua, Instructor Chen Xu, Instructor Ling Zili
Date: Dec 15-16, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 5:30pm
Location: DJKJ Kung Fu Academy
34 Rosebery Avenue, Rosebery NSW 2018
Topics: Theory, Foundations, form (yilu), applications and push hands
Fee: $380 for 2 days, $220 for 1 day.
Suggested preparation for first-timers, get yourself familiar with the following:
  1. Positive and Negative Circles: Two Circles of Taiji
  2. Yilu First 13 Moves: Chen Style Yilu 13 Moves
For more information and registration, please contact:
Brian Chung
practicalmethodau@gmail.com
+61 423 035 857

Tai Chi Day @ Yagan Square
TAIJI in the Square
Leading West AUSTRALIAN community, Ging Mo Academy encourages and supports well being through Daily Practice.
Daily Practice in the  ancient art of TAIJI maintains wellness, reverses the effects of illness and builds a strong constitution. Protecting the body from sickness.
Early this morning, Sunday 23rd February, Si Fu Gawain Siu and his team provided a perfect opportunity for the people of PERTH to experience the Healing effects of Chen Style TAIJI Practical Method at Yagan Square.
For more information on ongoing weekly classes contact the team at www.gingmo.com.au
If you’d like a Tai Chi Day in your community, simply contact Si Fu on sifu@gingmo.com.au

The rule of 10,000 i

by Gawain Siu on 2018/07/23

What’s the best part of my day?

Being with my little girl and her classmates at an all day excursion to Whiteman Park. Kangaroos, native australian birds, bush land, native trees and plants, wild flowers, bugs, big orange ants that bite, native bees (I was stung on my neck), spiders (a couple of kids were bitten), snakes (lucky nobody met one in person)…….the list goes on and on.

What’s the worst part of my day?

Being powerless to her help when she was bitten and scratched by bugs and then when her eyes were swollen and itchy from the pollen on the air (it’s spring).

What have I learnt about myself?

That I love detail.

 

In my practice, detail is very important. I might even go as far as saying critical.

Imagine walking through a forest without a map or having any idea where you want to go. Lost right?

Well practicing my Yilu is exactly the same. Without the detail of principles, theories and methods I can pretty much do anything.

It’s just like as if I was to drive off in my car without a map or destination in mind. Just meandering around, burning fuel.

Detail such as:

Don’t move
In with elbow no hand, out with hand no elbow
Rotate
Fix the point
Keep the centre
Yin Yang separation (splitting)
Eat bitter
and many many more.

My current personal challenge is to test the theory of 10,000.

My master, Chen Zhonghua said to me that my body will change after 10,000 Yilus. Apart from stipulating 20 Yilus daily, he didn’t recommend whether I would benefit from this theory if I was to spread out my practice over 10 years or whether it had to be done consecutively.

So I made it mean consecutively.

It takes me approximately 1 hour to complete 10 Yilus.

I’m in week 37, so after completing this week I’ll have 6300 Yilus to complete.

So what’s your journey?

Can you apply the rule of 10,000 to your craft or discipline?

 

Reach out and let me know.

On target, 20 Yilus today.

 

Thanks for sharing.

Talk to me on: gawain.siu@gingmo.com.au

Checkout other blog posts on my Medium:  https://medium.com/@gawainsiu

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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Practice with Power i

by admin2 on 2018/03/01

Sydney Australia 2017 Workshop Photos

January 1, 2018

more photos on facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1783023181716986&type=3

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2017 Sydney Workshop Day Two Notes by Brian Chung

December 30, 2017

2017.12.17 Sydney Workshop Day Two Notes by Brian Chung   Coordination never occurs until there is something independent. Moving Step Positive Circle. The middle is independent. It cannot get involved. A move must be clear, don’t drag anything into it. Example of a mechanical typewriter – two keys cannot jam together. Example of a deer. Feet [...]

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2017 Sydney Workshop Day One Notes by Brian Chung

December 30, 2017

2017.12.16 Sydney Workshop Day One Notes by Brian Chung The two buttocks and tailbone splits into a tripod. It will take sixty years to train. Do not believe you can do it. Alignment is everything goes through a bottleneck. When the Horizontal and Vertical dot meets, it becomes a three dimensional force field. Peng Energy. [...]

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Live Interview with Mitchell Chiew from Perth

October 16, 2017
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Sydney Workshop 2016 Notes

December 17, 2016

Notes by Brian Chung on day 1 of the workshop with Master Chen Zhonghua and Chen Xu. Notes 2016-12-10 Sydney Workshop Day 1 1. Practical Method consists of Gongfa (jibengong), Quanfa (yilu, erlu, jian, dao, waxwood pole), Yongfa (tui shou, san shou). 2. We start with only the physical. In the end, there is nothing [...]

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Sydney 2016 Push Hands

December 15, 2016

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Perth Open House Video

April 29, 2016
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Taiji Seminar Tour Daqingshan China August 2016

March 25, 2016

August 2016 Taiji China Seminar Tour. This trip is organised to coincide with Master Chen Zhonghua’s seminar for Chinese and International students. The 7 days seminar will focus on Push Hands applications, but there will be ample opportunity to improve your form and or to learn a Chen style sword form (Straight Sword or Broad [...]

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Perth Push Hand Workshop March 2016 (Chen Xu)

March 18, 2016

Chen Xu is on a 3 weeks teaching trip in Australia. Below are photos from Perth courtesy of Gawain Siu

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Perth 2015 Workshop Photo

December 20, 2015
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