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It’s the fourth year since we started the European Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Meet-Up Series. It continues this year close to Żywiec, Poland on September 12/13th. This years host is Damian Jagosz, who is a very dedicated student of our style.

4th European Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Meetup. This year in Żywiec, Poland.

4th European Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Meetup. This year in Żywiec, Poland.


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When we started our enrollment three years ago, our students were from a pool of students who ranked below 2400 in our county. This means none of them were university bound. Through three years of hard work between our students and staff, we achieved amazing results at this years national university exam. Read more

Qingshan School 2017.08.28

Rizhao Qingshan School is the only University Entrance Exam Preparation School in the city of Rizhao with official permission from the Rizhao Municipal Education Commission. The mandate of the school is Safety of the Students and Quality of Education. The school aims at catering to the needs of the parents and acceptance of the society. The school charter of the school is to foster students special interest and abilities for university entrance. Read more

Learning from Master Chen is a unique experience. One of the most striking things he said during our first day was I give you instructions and you don’t follow it. I didn’t take notes. I made no recording. I took no photos. I cannot describe the form or the details of the foundation drills that we practised. Would I remember anything from the workshop far less follow it? At the end as we were saying goodbye I asked his advice. He said write about the workshop. Read more

Hi Master  Chen Zhonghua,

Is it possible to contact Shen Xinpei: Shen Guanglong Sword Maker directly? I would be honored to order a sword with specifications. Moreover, if you are in contact with him I would appreciate your help. Read more

老师曾经说过
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Flip.

Student: Why can’t the cormorant swallow the eel?

Master:

A) Don’t play with your food! The cormorant should stop tickling the eel and just swallow it.
B) The cormorant is eel.
C) The cormorant can’t get behind the eel.

D) A, B, and C.

The master continued:

The truth is, the eel must have studied this video: Switching in the positive circle.

Liu Yaokun started on Feb 2, 2020, and learned move 5 to 15 and most of the foundations over weekly video-conferencing sessions.

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Hi everyone! I’m Susanna Chwang, a Toronto disciple of Master Chen. I have been training Practical Method Taiji for 8 years.  The first annual Toronto Practical Method Tournament (affiliated with the Toronto District School Board Intramural Sports Program) was held on December 19, 2019. Children of all ages and every grade participated, some as young as 4 years old!
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Yilu completed since last video: 200

Areas of focus in the last month:

  • Keeping the front kua up
  • Straightening the hips to pull the shoulder over the kua
  • Opening the kua by connecting directly to the foot and bypassing the knee

Areas to work on next:

  • Sinking shoulder into kua
  • Keeping hands on the line
  • Do not retreat with torso during elbow in

Training Log for Prior Month

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In the previous section I covered The  4 Essential Taijiquan Techniques, which included Peng, Lu, Ji & An.  I left that lesson on here for review and quick reference.  In this finial section, part 3, I will cover The 4 Corner/Auxiliary Techniques, which include Cai, Lie, Zhou & Kao.  It is located after section 2.   Subsequent information from Master Chen’s writing will also be included in the descriptions. For those that are interested, I will moderate a Zoom discussion about all 3 sections this coming Sunday July 5th at 8 am CST. If you want to attend and can’t, please message me and we can set up a private Zoom session.

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I have recently started re-reading Chen Style Taijiquan Practical method Vol. One: Theory by Hong Junsheng Shi Gong as translated by Chen Zhonghua Shifu. Not cover to cover…just browsing/scannng through while locking on to some points.

As I was doing this I noticed that I was enjoying the book more than in the past.I think one of the reasons is that as one matures in any special skill/art…understanding at a new level is achieved. And so clarity is pleasant.Of course this is an endless path. Otherwise it might not be worth the time & effort needed to aquire the higher levels.
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Since January 2017, I have been teaching Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method at Paradise Valley Community College (Phoenix, Arizona) every Monday and Wednesday as a one credit class. I started just one class per semester (Spring and Fall) plus summer session. From January 2019 on, my Tai Chi class was split into two classes. One for total beginners, the other for returning students. More important, I developed a core group of Tai Chi students we meet outside of college and consistently meet every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings (one hour) at Roadrunner Park. So, this core group of 10 students would practice at least 5 time a week. Some I know practice every day. Read more

Taiji Applications 2011 Online Video Class: Part 1 Basic Energies In Taiji Applications

June 7, 2020

  For this Online Video Class, I will be examining the contents in a segmented manner.  In this classic video, Master Chen descriptively teaches the 8 Techniques in Taijiquan.  In this 1st segment of the online video class, I will cover the Basic Energies in Taiji Applications.  In the 2nd segment I will cover The 4 [...]

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Form names for the yilu, erlu, and sword

May 28, 2020

I have put together some spreadsheets with the form names listed in English and Chinese, with pinyin annotations for those interested in learning Mandarin. Yilu Erlu Sword Broadsword

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Ji Power (Perth) Online Video Class

May 20, 2020

In this short online instructional video, Master Chen teaches many essential elements that are necessary when applying Ji to an opponent and several principles inherit to Practical Method.  Ji, squeezing, is a passive action that has “water like qualities”.  Ji, like water “takes up all the space in all directions”.

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Making the knee disappear

May 20, 2020

Over the past year, I’ve worked on a number of exercises with a focus on the knees and kua. Here are a few examples and results I’ve noticed: Ensure the bottom is represented during the movement Step 2 here: How to engage the waist What it looks like: When your upper body moves, there is [...]

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“Adjust the Middle” Online Video Class

May 17, 2020

In Adjust the Middle Online video, Master Zhonghua Chen teaches how to strengthen one’s own structure and how to break your opponent’s structure and take their power away. Early on in the video Master Chen utilizes a rubber cord to demonstrate how the 2 ends are connected by pulling in the middle.  He emphasizes that the [...]

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Hunyuan Taiji Wushu Development Center Statement May 17, 2020

May 17, 2020

We hereby solemnly declare, our school is in no way or shape related to the Ma Baoguo who was KOed in 40 seconds today (May 17, 2020). Chen Style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan (Abbreviated as Hunyuan Taiji 陈式心意混元太极拳,简称混元太极拳) was founded by the late Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang, with its aim as a health exercise for human health. [...]

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Taiji’s 1 and 0

May 17, 2020

I have been a computer engineer for 24 years and work with 1 and 0s for a living. For a simple light switch, it typically has only two states, and is either on or off. By putting a lot of these switches together, a digital computer was born. Each pair of on and off, represented [...]

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Practical Method Online Class Schedule

May 12, 2020
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“Scissors Power” Online Video Class

May 10, 2020

  Click on the picture above to go to the video.  Please leave comments in the reply video section. The important components: 1.  Having 2 lines, 2. Having separation 3.  Resolve through rotation (one line is the catch or lock and the rotation provides the other action for the other line).  Click on the gif

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Practical Method Yilu 14-20 for beginners – “follow me” mirror view

May 3, 2020
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“Matching Power” Online Video Class

April 30, 2020

In this short video, Master Chen teaches key concepts and principles that are necessary in push hands and in the development of our taiji skills.  After watching the video you will gain and understanding of what it means to “match” an opponent’s power. Additionally, you will have a clear understanding of how “adding” beyond the [...]

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“Go around the centre” Online Video Class

April 30, 2020

We have heard so much about the non-moving dot, and why we need to have it.  Do you know how to use it? In this video, Master Chen demonstrated numerous examples on how the opponent fell out by going around the dot. See you online at 10 am ET on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at [...]

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Reflections On World Tai Chi Day podcast

April 25, 2020

(I originally posted this on Facebook, but was asked to also post here, so here goes. Readers shouldn’t take any of this seriously, I am a total beginner in Practical Method) I listened to the Tai Chi Day podcast interview of Master Chen, and two things struck me. First, I find it very fascinating that [...]

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Private training inEdmonton

April 25, 2020
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“Dimensions: 5 Points” Online Video Class

April 21, 2020

The “Dimension: 5 Points” online video builds upon the understanding and skills that were covered in the Step Up To Ji, Move Into Empty Space and Warping Energy 2 Online videos and classes. It allows Practical Method Taijiquan practitioners the opportunity to expand on ones’ understanding of how to use multiple dimensions to immobilize an [...]

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“Warping Energy 2″ Online Video Class

April 17, 2020

Thus far, the videos I have selected as curriculum have been focused on the functional aspects of using ones own bio-mechanical structure and the structure of the opponent to “take up space” for the gaining of strategic positioning and for martial purposes. The video “Step up to Ji” gave a basic procedure of how to [...]

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“Move into Empty Space” Online Video Class

April 9, 2020

Move into Empty Space Various Methods In this video viewers get to witness Master Chen teaching various methods of how to take up empty space along with a variety of applications. This complex video requires viewers to segment each movement in a number of lessons given.  In addition, with the direct examples demonstrated, key principles [...]

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Remember My Masters Hong Junsheng and Feng Zhiqiang 2020.04.04

April 4, 2020

Remember My Masters Hong Junsheng and Feng Zhiqiang 2020.04.04. It’s CHINESE Qingming (Memorial Day) in China today. Thinking of my two masters: Hong Junsheng and Feng Zhiqiang. Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang  

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“Shoulder Movements in Positive Circle” Online Video

March 31, 2020

In this video, Master Chen showed us how to prevent an opponent’s incoming force from penetrating into ourselves with the 3rd count of the positive circle. It is a invaluable aspect of the positive circle. We will have an online class based on this video using the comment section of this video at 10 am [...]

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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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Persevering in Practical Method Method

March 21, 2020

      I started learning practical method on 2005. I had a lesson once a week from one of Master Chen’s disciples. At that time I practiced maybe once per week.

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