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I have put together three spreadsheets with the form names listed in English and Chinese, with pinyin annotations for those interested in learning Mandarin.

Yilu

Erlu

Sword

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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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 expansion in the bottom. Typically both knees expanding outwards.
    • Result: Body becomes more even, action is created from the waist (and lower) rather than entirely from the top.

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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 outside of the 2 ends are the outside and what is between the 2 outside points is considered inside.  In the video he demonstrated this on the rubber cord and then on a student.
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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. It is an excellent cultural heritage. To date, it has a history of close to one hundred years.

Ma Baoguo has violated our trademark ™ name to call his style Hunyuan Xingyi Taiji Gate (浑元形意太极门) and has repeatedly tarnished our reputation. My grandfather’s disciples have on many occasions launched lawsuit against him. Further, the Hunyuan Taiji Wushu Development Center and the Hunyuan Taiji Professional Committee under the Beijing Martial Arts Association reserve the right to take legal actions against those social media which continue to associate us with such frauds.

Gao Yuan

郑重声明,今天被40秒KO的马保国和本门无关!陈式心意混元太极拳简称混元太极拳,由一代宗师冯志强先生所创办,致力于造福百姓健康,为优秀的非物质文化遗产。发展至今,已经近百年历史。马保国是山寨碰瓷我心意混元,起名为浑元形意太极门,屡次败坏我们混元太极门派盛名,曾多次被我外公的弟子起诉。另如再有自媒体不注重事实,妄自菲薄。混元太极武术文化发展中心,北京武协混元太极拳专业委员会将保留追究其法律责任的权利。

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Taiji’s 1 and 0 1

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/05/17

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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 as 1 and 0 using high voltage and low voltage in a computer, forms a basic unit called a bit. Eight bits make one byte. For the english language, each alphabet or symbol can be represented by such a byte. It is unimaginable how the on and off states of many such switches can be turned into a device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or desktop/notebook computer, that does so many amazing things for us.

In Practical Method, in-with-elbow and out-with-hand are our 1 and 0. Read more

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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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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 contact point requires yin yang separation, which is an inherent principle to Practical Method Taijiquan.
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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 http://practicalmethod.com/2014/12/go-around-the-centre-online-video-trailer/.

(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 Hong Junsheng’s ‘feel’ (sorry I don’t know the right technical term) is very different from master Chen’s.

Master Chen said he had 3 distinct sources of skills (1 from his specific physique, 1 from Hunyuan, 1 from ‘Hong style’) so what we feel when we get instruction is very different from master Chen is often a composite ( at least that is what I understood, I could be wrong) so for example we feel that master Chen has a strong grip – I’ve felt it, like talons of steel, -  this apparently comes from his work with the Hunyuan system- , whereas Master Hong Junshen didn’t ‘grip’ and had a completely ‘empty’ feel, so when you fell down you’d think it was something wrong you did, and not something he did. I find the idea of each master developing a personal ‘feel’ very intriguing. Read more

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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 opponent much like a spiderweb does to ensnare a moth helpless.

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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 make contact while matching power and move in other body parts that adhere to the Practical Method’s principle of separated and sequential movements.  In the following video, “Move into Empty Space”, several lessons were taught by Master Chen in various ways to take up the opponents space and demonstrated a few examples of applications, such as going down and adding a dimension.

In this video, Master Chen teaches additional methods of taking up space by “whatever happens, you fill in the gaps”.  It is taking out space, working with space, playing with timing, and/or playing with structure.  The information from the previous video online classes come into play.  Significant additions are made in this video that further advances ones’ repertoire on how to use ones’ structure and the intentional use of working with space as a means of building martial skills and abilities.

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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 inherit to practical method are embedded throughout the video.
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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 Hong Junsheng Portrait

Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang
Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang
Chen Zhonghua with Grandmaster Hong Junsheng

Chen Zhonghua with Grandmaster Hong Junsheng

Chen Zhonghua with Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang

Chen Zhonghua with Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang

 

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 Eastern Time on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Come join us!

Practical Method Video Classes

March 29, 2020
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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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Creating a Community

March 13, 2020

Dear fellows, I also want to announce it here, especially as our Taijiquan is a very central part of our life, that we are up to create a new community within the international township of Auroville, South India. This should become a self-sustainable project, including training facilities, farming and all sort of arts, music, handcrafts [...]

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Move the Middle 20300310

March 11, 2020

Move the Middle (fix the two end and move the middle). Fixed the thigh contact; fix the hand elbow contact; use the kua movement to complete the action. The last day of the 2020 March Zhonghua Chen Toronto Practical Method Workshop. By Chen Zhonghua and David Dahms. trim.AE6448C1-9753-40F7-8BCA-726811436891

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Toronto workshop 9 March notes

March 9, 2020

This is that (concept) i.e. brush the knees Step 1 Remove slack Step 2 Train to lock angle so that 1) hand is shoulder 2) hand is kua 3) hand is foot Translation is 1:1 Distance and angle cannot change Distance is in perception, if opponent has no perception there you can cut through distance [...]

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Toronto March Workshop Day 2, March 8, 2020 – Notes

March 8, 2020

–I missed a good deal today, especially right after lunch, but these are the notes I took– Foundation practice and Yilu are to warm up the body. The body must be separated into Yin and Yang, structure and action. The body has to completely lock up with the exception of one piece. Then an action [...]

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Toronto workshop 7 March 2020 afternoon session notes

March 7, 2020

Tiger’s back and Bear’s waist (doesn’t have) Stretch removes indentation and protrusion. Movements create indentation and protrusion . Exercise 1 Shoulder as reference and chest goes back or chest is reference and shoulders come forward (Hands in forward) Exercise 2 Tear the center of chest (i.e.single whip) _____ Humanity point(center of the chest in front) [...]

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Toronto workshop 7 March 2020 Morning session notes

March 7, 2020

1) sequence of learning- learn Form (overall structure), stretch (no fight),  and how to stretch 2) step in on moving positive circle.  Elbow comes in, leg goes out in same direction no deviation 3) bypass/ turning over – there is no direct connection of 2 body parts as if there is you can not connect [...]

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Practical Method Yilu 1-13 for beginners – “follow me” mirror view

March 1, 2020

The intro, instructions and outro are in Polish, but you can turn on English subtitles. I am curious about usefulness of this video for PM students around the world – if you think it is helpful enter your city name in the comment (on YouTube). Enjoy the practice!

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Austria – Vienna! Master Chen Zhonghuas 5th Workshop

February 21, 2020

Dear Tai Chi – enthusiasts and those interested! Please use this link to register: www.practicalmethod.at/vienna-2020

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9th Berlin Workshop with Master Chen Zhonghua now available to register online

February 5, 2020

This year, with Master Chen Zhonghua’s 9th Berlin workshop, we’re celebrating 10 years of the Practical Method in Germany. Anyone who’s interested in participating in this anniversary workshop, please click here for further information and sign up: http://www.practicalmethod.de/angebote/anmeldung-czh-in-berlin/ Looking forward!

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Gdynia 2020 Workshop – promo video

February 1, 2020

Details coming soon! www.practicalmethod.pl/en

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Notes Day 1 SabreTraining October 26, 2019, Ottawa

January 31, 2020

October 26, 2019 Day 1 Training Chen Style Taijiquan Seminar Practical Method Basics & Sabre Notes prepared by Chan Jadoonath Introduction 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. [...]

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Generous Discounts on Workshops in Europe 2020

January 23, 2020

I’ve just spoken to Shifu and I‘m happy to announce, that there will be discounts on the 8 European workshops this year (2020). It’s simple: First workshop: Full price Second workshop: 25% off Third workshop: 30% off Fourth and further workshops: FREE

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Practical Method Beginner Class

January 19, 2020

  Interested in Chen Style Taiji? We are offering a beginners’ class beginning on Feb 2, 2020. We will begin with foundations, and then move on to the 13-form of Chen Style Taijjiquan Practical Method. It will enable you to practice on your own. Come try the first class for free. 对陈式太极拳有兴趣吗? 我们从2020年2月2日开始举办初级班。 由教授基本功开始,然后到陈式太极拳实用方法十三式。 这将使您能够自己进行练习。 [...]

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Tai Chi – The Art of Precision

January 12, 2020

Tai Chi – The Art of Precision By Ramona Gomez  

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Utrecht, The Netherlands Workshop – Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method & Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan Workshop – 17+18 March 2020

January 6, 2020

 Contact, information and registration: Email: vincent.denhengst@gmail.com

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Haiku: Yilu

January 4, 2020

Yilu — by Bogna Golenko Invisible Force Secret Movement Inside Out Balanced Opposites    

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Shifu James Strider – 1st 13 Moves of Yilu – Daqingshan, Shandong Province, China – September 2019

December 30, 2019

    Shifu James Strider demonstrating the 1st 13 moves from the Practical Method Yilu during his 18 month full time sabbatical on Daqingshan, Wulian, Shandong Province, China – September 2019 This is purely a video of reference material. If you wish to learn from the International Standard Bearer Master Chen Zhonghua, go to his [...]

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Hello, my name is Adarsh Khalsa

December 30, 2019

Hello, my name is Adarsh Khalsa, a 67-year-old woman retired almost two years now. I began studying PM (Practical Method) with Ping Wei at the beginning of 2019 and this was my first workshop (December 2019). One of the main things for me was how it exponentially increased my understanding of what this practice is [...]

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