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Student Photos of The Dragon’s Abyss on Daqingshan in 2016. Read more

Conservation of Energy

Master Chen used this term in one of his lectures.  Here is my understanding:

In an ideal closed 2 energy system, Conservation of Energy means the total energy is the same while the magnitude of kinetic energy and potential energy can vary.

Mathematically,  total energy = kinetic energy + potential energy.
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On October 20th, 2020, during an online class Master Chen Zhonghua shared and demonstrated an important action of the knee that has not been disclosed before. Prior to discussing the important action, I shall discuss some important functional and structural aspects of the knee as a means of providing a context to help the reader conceptualize how this recently disclosed information is applied in practice and applications.

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In today’s class the following students received partial Yilu corrections.

  • Sergey Schepin
  • Chris Martinez
  • Felicia Fong
  • Josh Landau
  • Jack Scott

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Master Chen Foundations Lesson Notes, 20 Oct 2020

Squeezing with the elbows

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In today’s class, the following students received Foundation corrections while the class had the benefit of watching.

  • Sven Gusowski – Fetch Water
  • Raymond Dickey – Six Sealing Four Closing
  • Tomasz Raganowicz – Six Sealing Four Closing
  • Fung Chern Hwei – Positive Circle

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莒县实用拳法讲座20201016-25th Juxian Practical Method Seminar from Oct. 17th to 18th, 2020.

Instructor: Chen Xu.
Wang Kai, Qiu Yingdong. Read more

In today’s class the following students received partial Yilu corrections:

  1. Jody Hall
  2. Paddy Hanratty
  3. Mike Menzies
  4. Yuxin Liu
  5. Paul Pryce
  6. Ong Wenming
  7. Brian Chung

The primary topic of today’s lesson was Going Over.

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Today’s class on Foundations was held on Canadian Thanksgiving.

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During this time of the pandemic, I had a very valuable opportunity to attend Shifu Chen Zhonghua’s online class. By listening, seeing and following the instructions given in the class I began to understand the principles of the Taiji practical method and apply them to yilu and push hands. All this time I thought that I understood and could do yilu well, but what I understood was wrong. Read more

 

I named this the Yilu Project because I have taken some steps to “clean up my yilu”, and this is my baseline for measuring progress or the lack thereof.  I have been attending weekly online classes with Master Chen Zhonghua.  Having access to consistent corrections on my yilu and foundations is a “once in a lifetime opportunity”!  Additionally, I have been getting feedback from my Taiji brother Kelvin, who has a very good eye for details.  Feel free to point out mistakes.

 

Respectfully,

 

John

The actions need to be precise/ accurate. There is only one way to do it right. The adaptation you can get away with it. Read more

Bevel Gear i

by Brian Chung on 2020/10/08

bevelgear

Bevel gears are gears where the rod or the rotating shafts intersect.

The shafts are often mounted 90 degrees apart, but can be designed to work at other angles as well.

They are used for power transmission between intersecting shafts.

This allows a vertical rotation to be converted to a horizontal rotation.

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  1. movement by doing or pretending vs movement as result of physical structure & rotation
  2. if you think you are executing correctly, you are not
  3. get into position>lock & rotate
  4. rotation does not normally create displacement in space
  5. core must be totally independent from other body parts
  6. when moving body must be locked
  7. reorientation is not considered movement
  8. initially all body part move together
  9.  two body parts can move if they are independent
  10. ultimately there are 18 body parts

On 7. Oct 2020′s online class, Master Chen talked about the first 2 layers of the positive circle.
The 1. layer is horizontal, with only the hand going back and forth.
The position of the hand should be slightly higher than the shoulder, and much higher than the elbow. ← →
The 2. layer adds a vertical dimension to the circle (to the above action), by moving up and down.
This up-and-down-movement can only come from the shoulder & kua.
The dropping of the front kua takes the front hand elbow with it (downwards), the dropping of the rear kua takes the front arm with it (sideways).
The rear foot pushes into the dantian. The power is from the dantian. ↓↑
Combined, the horizontal ← → and vertical ↓↑ action will display these two layers and the hand will appear to be moving, although it is not.

In today’s lesson the following students received partial Yilu corrections:

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The subject of the lesson was corrections of yilu. Six students performed parts of yilu and received corrections.
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Yilu Class Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Wed 30 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

October 1, 2020

Today, the following students received partial Yilu corrections. Sergey Schepin Candra Lo Chris Martinez Felicia Fong Gora Nebulana & Zeela

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Foundation Class Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Mon 28 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

September 28, 2020

Today we completed a set of Foundations led by Kelvin Ho. Master Chen provided instructions on Double Negative Circle (symmetric, and alternating) as well as Turning Flowers and Playing with Sleeves from Erlu. – We have to ignore the details and do the Taiji we want to do. To copy without any technical things. Then add [...]

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In Search of the Dantian

September 25, 2020

“The movements of the body are in the Dantian and nothing leaves the dantian. Only power gets out of the Dantian.” The quote above from Master Chen Zhonghua and his assigning me to write on the dantian sent me on a journey of understanding…and to be forthright, I got stuck. I over thought things and [...]

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Beauty in Taiji

September 24, 2020

Beauty is a chrysanthemum bud opening up until it reaches it’s maximum, then withers away.  If it gets disrupted, it withers away prematurely.  Beauty in taiji is being fully expressed.  We can’t be deficient, not reaching our maximum; nor can we be over extended…  

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Producing The Central Vertical Line

September 24, 2020

The Central Vertical Line The central vertical line (CVL) is an internal stretch that exists between the bau hui to the hui yin. I have heard Master Chen refer to this as a “rod” in the body. It should be present whether we’re doing foundations, form or push hands. When I’m starting with students that [...]

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Yilu Class Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Wed 23 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

September 24, 2020

Today Master Chen covered the Double Positive Circle and 29. Upper Cloud Hands in Yilu. Double Positive Circle

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Creating Power with Size and Restriction

September 22, 2020

In learning Taiji, Master Chen would often say that we create power with size and restriction. He would also say that we must develop the ability to separate every single part of our body. This includes left and right, top and bottom, front and back, and inside and outside.

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson for September 21, 2020 by John Upshaw

September 21, 2020

I entered into class late and saw everyone doing double positive circles. He instructed us to do it in a higher stance with our elbows attached to our waist. 

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Foundation Class Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Mon 21 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

September 21, 2020

Today Master Chen covered the Double Positive Circle.

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Some Practical Method Training Photos of Sept. 2020

September 21, 2020

Some Practical Method Training Photos of Sept. 2020.

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Zhenbudong Push Hands Training 20200916

September 18, 2020
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European Practical Method Meet-Up 2020 in Żywiec Poland

September 16, 2020

Participating in the European Practical Method Meet-Up 2020 in Żywiec in Poland was a great joy for me.

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Foundation Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Mon 14 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

September 14, 2020

Today, Master Chen covered Foundations and provided corrections on Twisting the Towel.

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Sooyeon Zacharias Became Chen Zhonghua’s 372nd Disciple

September 13, 2020

On Sept. 13, 2020, Sooyeon Zacharias became Master Chen Zhonghua’s 372nd disciple in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method lineage.. Because of various reason including Covid-19, her discipleship ceremony was postponed several times. Finally on Sept. 12, she drove 14 hours from Litton, BC. to Edmonton, Alberta. The next day, she was inducted as Master [...]

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Learning taiji in the new world

September 10, 2020

Due to Covid-19, cities are locked down and travel is restricted. Practical Method workshops by Master Chen Zhonghua have been cancelled sihce Mar 2020. When there are new problems, there are new solutions. Master Chen Zhonghua is now offering Zoom online classes, which fill a large part of the gap when workshops are not possible. [...]

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Yilu Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Wed 9 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

September 9, 2020

Today Master Chen provided partial Yilu corrections. Edward Liaw Bruce Van Slyke Carlotta Viviani Raymond Dickey Steve Doob Winston Wang (I missed noting some others)

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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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Positive Circle Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Mon 8 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

September 7, 2020

Master Chen demonstrated the Positive Circle today.

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Practical Method Online Class Registration

September 7, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghua is offering zoom online classes with different session times on Foundation and Yilu. The schedule is as follows:

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Queenstown area Practical Method Chen Style Taijiquan Classes Sept. 2020

September 7, 2020

Practical Method Chen Style Taijiquan Classes around Queenstown

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