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Full time and local classes in the Edmonton Studio on Chen Style Taijiquan and Hunyuan Taiji. [More Info]

…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…

RoySept22-20 v2

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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

- 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, using my deltoid muscles when I was doing the form
- he then demonstrated how he could open his hand, create Peng energy in his hand, forearm and upper arm, entire body, while not creating any tension or flexion in the internal contractile tissues; he was totally in control of what was locked and what was moving, down to the tendon & ligament level of his body
- he further demonstrated as he asked me to grasp his forearm firmly, he moved his Kua and his arm, still with no observable tension pulled me off balance, I scrambled to my notebook to begin writing
- the main message was that I need to work towards ‘re-setting’ my entire body so that I only create expansion or Peng energy in it
- he spoke about how Taoist theory holds that for Taiji to work, for our bodies to be ready to create the conditions necessary for Peng, we need to create a centre point, a still point inside our bodies like a black hole, a kind of gyro-scope that creates a centre point around which rotations, stretches, elongations, etc. can happen properly
- I think he said that each body part, joint, fascial connection, all have to have a centre point around which I can learn to open and rotate
- he said that the act of creating Peng energy in the body must become continuous while practising, eventually
- am still not sure of the exact mechanics of how to begin to try to manifest this expanding energy within my body without engaging any of the surrounding musculatures, or even ligs/tendons that are superfluous, it seems I must take what I experienced when GM demo’d on me and try to replicate this within my body as best I can at my skill & understanding level
- a big part of this, it seems, has to do with releasing my anxiety & mental tension during practice to facilitate my ‘listening’ skill, to be able to feel the body dynamics of push hands partners I need to develop sensitivity within my own body, realizing that it is not a direct correlation, my body creating tensionless Peng expansion energy will sometimes likely outstrip my ability to feel/detect movement cues from my push hands partners
- he also demonstrated the footwork skill of using the leading leg to pull your body in the desired direction, rather than pushing off the trailing leg, using the ligaments on the inside of the legs, finishing the movement by using the trailing legs recontacting the floor to create a brake for the momentum, movement
- any errors, omissions, or plain mistakes are due to me, my old man memory, and my beginners understanding of what GM was trying to teach

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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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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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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How Practical Method has helped my arthritis

June 18, 2019

I am 64 years old and have been on long-term disability for over 10 years due to a form of arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). I previously studied and practiced several external martial arts and they all eventually made my AS symptoms worse. I have had the disease my whole life but only diagnosed in [...]

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Edmonton Class Schedule 2019

May 15, 2019

Location: 5222-86 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Phone: 780-413-0454

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Practical Method Taiji Academy, Edmonton – holiday class changes

December 10, 2015

The Edmonton Academy will be closing Monday and Tuesday classes from Dec. 14, 2015 until Jan. 12, 2016 inclusive as the instructor for those days is on medical leave and I will be in Japan. Wednesday am and pm, Thursday, and Friday classes will all run as per our usual schedule. I encourage those who [...]

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Edmonton April 2015 Workshop photos

April 23, 2015

Fantastic first day with applications, foundations and basic “don’t move” information. Great progress was demonstrated by all attendees showing how an extended concentrated learning situation can boost the body and understanding to grow. Grandmaster Chen’s instructions and guidance was as usual extraordinary. More Foundations and Yilu for the second day as well as a disciple [...]

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Showcase April 26 Report

May 26, 2014

I finally got the few photos I have access to sorted and edited so this is quite a late posting of the Edmonton International Qigong/ Taiji Day Showcase from April 26, 2014. There was quite a good turnout with over 30 students and guests attending. We started with a brief introduction to Tai Chi and [...]

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EDMONTON 7 DAY SEMINAR, June 29 to July 5

May 28, 2013

The annual 7 day Edmonton Seminar with Grandmaster Chen Zhonghua and Master Allan Belsheim will be held at the Hunyuantaiji Academy 5222- 86 street, Edmonton Alberta from Saturday June 29 to Friday July 5 (9 am to 4:30 pm daily). The Seminar will focus on Yilu corrections, Foundations, Push Hands,  Broadsword corrections and Theory. This is a major North [...]

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Edmonton Open House Jan. 12 and 13 10 am to 1 pm (2013)

December 23, 2012

Hunyuantaiji Academy, 5222-86 street, Edmonton will be having our New Year’s Open House on Saturday January 12 and Sunday January 13 from 10 am until 1 pm. Join a Free lesson and  find out what our Academy can do for you to help you become fit, healthy and able to develop both brain and body [...]

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Edmonton Full Time Training September 24 to December 21,2012

July 31, 2012

The Edmonton Full Time Training session will be held September 24 until December 21, 2012 so let me know soon if you will be attending.  Edmonton, the Home of  Grandmaster Chen Zhonghua,  has a reputation as being able to give you an incredible amount of instruction for the time you are here. We specialize in [...]

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Edmonton Full Time Training 2012

June 23, 2012

I would like to remind everyone (and invite those interested) that on September 24, 2012 Edmonton Full Time training will start and continue until December 21. This would be an excellent time for those who would relish this type of training and a North American location to visit Edmonton. Edmonton has few distractions to interrupt [...]

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Edmonton Spring Seminar and Open House March 17 and 18

February 28, 2012

The Edmonton Hunyuantaiji Academy at 5222 – 86 street will be hosting a Seminar and Open House on March 17 (Saturday) and March 18 (Sunday) . The Seminar will start at 9 am to 4:30 pm both days and the Open House portion will take place between the hours of 10 am and noon.

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On Fulltime Edmonton 2011

December 5, 2011

Allan has asked me to share my experience, so here are some of my impressions:

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Edmonton Seminar and Open House Jan 14 and 15, 2012

October 31, 2011

Edmonton Hunyuantaiji Academy is having a Seminar and combining it with an Open House this year. The Seminar covers Foundations, Yilu and corrections, Theory and Push Hands as well as the possibility of Broadsword review. Seminar starts at 9 am and ends at 5 pm. Open House is from 10 am to 1 pm.

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Edmonton June 2011 Workshop

July 1, 2011

I wanted to share my experiences of the June 2011 workshop in Edmonton. It was amazing as always. As a group we decided to focus ont Yilu and fundamentals during the time I was there. We sweated a LOT and did Yilu again and again and again.

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April 16 and 17, 2011 Sword workshop

April 11, 2011

Saturday April 16 and Sunday April 17 there will b a Sword Workshop presented by Master Chen and Master Belsheim in Edmonton, Alberta. The focus will be on the sword form and its applications.

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Edmonton Seminar Feb 14 to 18, 2011

February 4, 2011

There will be an Edmonton Taiji Seminar starting Monday February 14 to Friday Feb. 18. Topics covered will be Foundations leading to certification, Yilu corrections and Push Hands Drills. This is an excellent opportunity to get expert Taiji instruction during the cold winter – warm up your brain and body! This Seminar is suitable for [...]

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2011.1.8-9 Tai Chi Class Open House in Edmonton

January 9, 2011
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Edmonton Fee Schedule Jan. 1/2020 to Dec. 30/2020

January 2, 2011


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Edmonton Full Week Nov. 15-21, 2010

September 30, 2010
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Masters: Chen Zhonghua and Allan Belsheim Dates: November 15-21, 2010 Location: 5222-86 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada phone: 780-413-0454

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