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Dear Tai Chi – enthusiasts and those interested!
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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:


Looking forward! :)

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October 26, 2019 Day 1 Training

Chen Style Taijiquan Seminar

Practical Method Basics & Sabre

Notes prepared by Chan Jadoonath


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.

 I am a complete beginner. I know nothing about tai chi, the culture, the history … so attempting to write is difficult. Whatever I say will be my memory, my interpretation and may not be what Master Chen actually taught. But he knew all that when he said it. Even if writing felt illogical and impractical to me I decided to still follow his suggestion. There is no point asking for advice and not following it.

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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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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。 欢迎试课一堂。

Instructor 导师: Kelvin Ho 何家伟
Date 日期: Sundays 逢星期日
beginning on Feb 2, 2020 由2020年2月2日开始
Time 时间: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Location 地址: Agincourt-51
728 Gordon Baker Rd, North York, ON M2H 3B4
Topics 内容: Taijiquan Foundation 太极拳基本功
13-form 太极拳十三式
Fee 费用: $200 for 10 classes or $25 for a drop-in class
$200 – 10 课 或 $25 – 1 课

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Tai Chi – The Art of Precision
By Ramona Gomez


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Haiku: Yilu i

by pingwei on 2020/01/04

Yilu — by Bogna Golenko

Invisible Force

Secret Movement Inside Out

Balanced Opposites





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 extensive library of online training materials and click here for further information on our Full-Time training program.

International Liaison Officer and International Instructor Sifu James Strider teaches Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method classes and workshops at various locations across Australia and on Daqingshan, Wulian, Shandong Province, China.


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 really about. I found that it is harder to “not move” than it is to move; even becoming aware that you’re moving a part that shouldn’t be moving is a huge learning process.

Master Chen instructed me to use a wider stance, which I have started working on.

I had the opportunity to talk with almost everyone at the workshop, which I found very helpful. Thanks to 3 gentlemen and Master Chen, I was able to experience a taste of what push hands is about; in the correct position by rotating my arm just a tiny bit and moving my hip, my “attacker” fell over.

Very helpful was the instruction to read your notes out loud; also the idea to make use of devices, such as sticks and walls to train is good too.

There were many details, nicely noted elsewhere by Edward.

Thank you to all my fellow attendees and especially Master Chen for being so accessible.


Practical Method Phoenix, Ping Wei

Regular classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, from 7:30 to 8:30am at Roadrunner Park.

Foundations, Yilu, Erlu, and sword.

Call (602-373-3457) or email ( for details.


New Year’s Day Tai Chi and Brunch Hosted by Ping Wei

Practical Method Phoenix

8:30-9:30am Tai Chi at North Mountain Park (7th Street/Peoria).

9:30-, Brunch at Ping and Ross’ home, 10622 N. 8th Street, Phoenix.

RSVP by text to Ping @ 602-373-3457, or email:



Day 1

  • Double negative has to be more vertical – open below, closes up top.
  • Buttocks cannot protrude.  Kua is not open enough.  It will hurt.

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Video Pt1 – James Strider – Private Session – Jose Lobato – Perth Dec 2019

On the 4th of December I had the privilege of meeting up with Jose Lobato from East Timor whom I had met just recently at the Bali workshop. We had a great time, despite the unexpected Marsh Flies and various bugs trying to eat us!

Due to his work, Jose is in Perth every month and we found time to meet up in beautiful King’s Park for a 2hr session before 2019 comes to an end, covering the Basic Foundations and general Theory.

From this I have made a series of 6 reference videos which I thought may be of interest…

These videos and more will be available at

If you want to learn from more in depth materials, please look into the incredible database of Master Chen’s online videos here at

As always, feedback is welcome…enjoy!


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.
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
+61 423 035 857

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During her 7 day stay on Daqingshan during July, 2019, Disciple Applicant Yu Xin gave this 8minute interview with International Liaison Officer and Instructor James Strider. In it they discuss meeting Master Chen and the daily regime you will find on Daqingshan when you come to stay….


International Liaison Officer and Instructor Shifu James Strider on Daqingshan Mountain 2019




2019 Fountain of Youth Qi Taiji Event on Nov. 23, 2019

December 1, 2019

I was invited along with a number of taiji teachers in Toronto to perform at the 2019 Fountain of Youth Qi Event on Nov. 23, 2019. Each teacher first performed a routine of his choice on stage. In the 2nd part of the event, each teacher demonstrated Cloud Hands, Single Whip and White Crane (Goose) [...]

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Bali Workshop 2019 And The First Southeast Asia-Oceania Taiji Push Hands Competition Review

November 26, 2019

This time the 7th practical method workshop in Indonesia was held in Bali.  Master Chen Zhonghua together with a team of trainers i.e: Wang Kai, Ling Ziming, Ling Zili, Song Zhenhua and participants from China arrived in Bali on November 19, 2019 at midnight. James Strider arrived at the 21st of November. The next day the [...]

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Toronto Taiji Push Hands Workshop on Dec. 8, 2019

November 25, 2019

Push hands is an exercise that examines your understanding of the Taiji principle: Separation of Yin and Yang. While form training transforms your body, push hands provides an opportunity for you to apply your Taiji knowledge and skill. It has also become a popular sporting event both in China and abroad. This workshop is suitable [...]

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Bali Practical Method Seminar 2019-1

November 19, 2019

Arrived early this morning. Some photos:

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Disciples Sven and Carlotta from Berlin visited Utrecht, the Netherlands.

November 19, 2019

In the weekend of 9 & 10 November Carlotta and Sven from Berlin came to Utrecht in the Netherlands for the Open Dutch Championship and a workshop. Sven led the workshop and Carlotta the execution of the yilu 13 section. Two of my students in Holland, Lucas and Ester took part in it, together five [...]

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Brennan Toh visits Ottawa in November, 2019

November 17, 2019

Brennan Toh, disciple of Chen Zhonghua, recently visited the Ottawa Branch of the Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy. Brennan is currently living in Regina, Saskatchewan. As we know Master Chen Zhonghua does not allow students of Practical Method to socialize. This event became a practical and teaching session!

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Pulling instead of pushing

November 5, 2019

Pulling instead of pushing … The first time I heard that statement, it made absolutely no sense at all to me. The tenth time I heard that statement, it still made no sense. I remember doing two person floor drills at Master Chen’s workshops where we were supposed to move the drill partner backwards by [...]

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A business meeting delegations practiceTaijiquan Practical Method in Bali

September 28, 2019

  By Ong, Wen Ming. Master Chen Zhonghua’s disciple from Bali Island, Indonesia. On 27, 28 and 29 September 2019, I was honored to teach the chen style taijiquan practical method to a delegations of a multi-national company based in Russia who were holding their annual meeting on the island of Bali, Indonesia.  The delegation [...]

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Master Chen Zhonghua Bali, Indonesia Workshop 22-24 November 2019

September 21, 2019

 Master Chen Zhonghua’s 2019 Bali Workshop You are duly invited to join Master Chen Zhongua’s 2019 Bali Workshop, organized by Practical Method Indonesia. This will be Master Chen’s only SE Asia Workshop for 2019, so it’s not to be missed! Please read the details below for all accommodation and payment options. Date: 22-24th November Time: [...]

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Master Chen’s Workshop in Phoenix in December

September 20, 2019

PM workshop Dec 2019

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My kua opened up at the Vienna Workshop 2019

September 16, 2019

So we were doing lots and lots of six sealings four closings exercises at the end of the Vienna Workshop. I was leading the group and counting. Then, at #476 something in my hip cracked open. A rush of pure energy run through my body and I felt like a conductor between heaven and earth, [...]

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TCAA Event in Sydney ,Australia

September 15, 2019

A few of the Disciples of Sydney ,Australia came together to represent the Chen Style Practical Method to do a Demo at the yearly event host by the Tai Chi Association of Australia to celebrate the Tai Chi Cultural 2019 Moon Festival at the Redfern Townhall on the 15 Sept 2019, Sunday,starting from 9.00AM to

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Huo Yuan Jia Competition in Bernau/ Berlin

September 15, 2019

Today we took part in the International Huo Yuan Jia Memorial Martial Arts Club Championship in Bernau, Berlin

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Notes From Toronto September ’19 Workshop – Day 2

September 13, 2019

The surface of all the joints is equal to the size of the body. The body has three dimensions: side to side, front to back, and top to bottom. If the body has a volume of 100 units, it is made up of joints whose surface is also equal to 100 when fully utilized. A [...]

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Liuzhou Seminar Interview (in Chinese) on August 31, 2019

September 8, 2019


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Initial General Thoughts of PM

September 8, 2019

I was asked to write a post about my overall experience with Practical Method up to this point, so I’ll try my best to put those experiences into words. My first live experience with Practical Method was during the Toronto seminar with Master Chen Zhonghua in March of 2019. Since then I’ve had the opportunity [...]

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Notes From Toronto September ’19 Workshop – Day 1

September 7, 2019

In taiji we are always anticipating strikes. We curve to avoid strikes, but too much curve means a loss of power. The problem with taiji is we have too much theory and not enough physical practice. The problem with other martial arts is too much physical practice and not enough theory. Great martial artists are [...]

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Tile hand and my crooked little fingers

September 7, 2019

For as long as I can remember my mother has been telling me that I have two crooked little fingers just like she has. It is nothing serious, if you look carefully, you may notice a little hump. As a young girl my mother had tried to make her little fingers straight by squashing them [...]

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2019 3rd European Meetup in Toulouse : My first Practical Method Meetup

September 7, 2019

Last week, I joined the 3rd European Meetup in Toulouse to experience Chen style Taijiquan Practical Method for the first time in my life. The experience was mindblowing. I initially discovered Practical Method a month ago via Youtube videos and I was impressed by the “scientificness” of the explanations regarding how to train our bodies [...]

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Phoenix 2017 Workshop, Right-cross Defense by Master Chen: a Lost Moment in Time

August 30, 2019

During a meal at the latest Iowa training camp, I was speaking to Mater Chen about an event that happened a couple years ago at a workshop in Phoenix. That chat prompted me to retell the anecdote now. Master Chen was demonstrating a Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method counter-attack from a right strike/right foot forward. I [...]

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North American Training Camp 2019 Review and Notes

August 8, 2019

Last week we concluded another great workshop/training camp in Iowa with Master Chen.  There was a good turnout with around 50 attendees. The vibes were good and the lessons were clear and concise.

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The Dao of Yin and Yang

August 7, 2019
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