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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…

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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




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 lesson has begun and is followed by students who arrive earlier.  This workshop was very special because the day before the workshop which was November 22, 2019 was also held for the first time the push hands practical method match for the Southeast Asia and Oceania region.
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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 of us. Read more

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 ‘pulling’, rather than ‘pushing’ them backwards. The only way that I could move them backwards was to push from my back foot.
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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 numbered more than 100 people but there were only about 20 people who participated in taijiquan practice. Taijiquan training in the morning was only a choice of sports activities offered by the event organizer for the delegation members during stay in the hotel.
The training started at 7 in the morning and finished around 8:30 in the morning. I started the exercises with body stretching, practical method foundations, footworks and the 4 initial steps or forms in Yilu. Most participants who took part in the training were from China, southeast asian countries, Russia and Africa. They really liked the practical method of master Chen Zhonghua. I hope they will go further to find and come to the nearest Taijiquan practical method Club in their respective countries or come directly to Daqingshan to practice there. I am very grateful to Master Chen Zhonghua for all his kindness in showing me the way, teaching and instruction in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.

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 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: Friday 22nd – 1pm to 9pm
Sat/Sun 23-24th – 9am to 5pm

Location: Mercure Resort Sanur,
Mertasari St, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan,
Denpasar City, Bali 80228, Indonesia.

Workshop Price: US$200 Cash payable at the start of the workshop
Includes 2 Workshop T-Shirts – Sat/Sun Lunch – Coffee/Tea during breaks

Private Tuition with Master Chen: USD$100 for 50mins (*By appointment only & subject to availability*)

Accommodation Options: (*These will need to be booked by yourself*)

1. Mercure Resort Sanur:
(*When booking contact them directly and ask for the corporate rates listed below using the Taiji Workshop code*)
Mercure Website – TELEPHONE: +62 361 288 833

Rates Per Night: 1. Superior room IDR 1.350.000 (USD$96)
                                  2. Deluxe room IDR 1.250.000 (USD$89)
                                  3. Standard room IDR 1.000.000 (USD$71)

2. Blajong Home Stay:
Blanjong Website – TELEPHONE: +62 361 270 335
Rates Per Night: 1. Delux Room USD$29
                                  2. Standard Room USD$24

3. Various Options:
(*When booking remember to check Accommodation location against Workshop location for walking distance*) Website with Dates Entered for Sanur Area
AirBnB with Dates Entered for Sanur Area

*Once you have paid your workshop fee, please reply to: with CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT (PDF or JPEG), your FULL NAME and your T-SHIRT SIZE.*

Airport pickup can be arranged at around USD $22. Please forward flight details to arrange.

If you need any further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact me, we’re here to help!

PM workshop Dec 2019

PM workshop Dec 2019

Participants of the Vienna Workshop with Master Chen Zhonghua in 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, and then … Read more

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 Read more

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

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 rotation without movement will translate all 100 units of the body’s power.
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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 to train on and off with both Kelvin Ho and Hugo Cascoduro (depending on my work schedule), with most of this post addressing the live push hands and applications portion of the training.

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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 great thinkers.
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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 between the lid of her school desk. Somewhere along the line she must have come to peace with her crooked little fingers because she seems kind of proud that I inherited this quality from her.

Tile hand: my crooked little finger

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69108189_10218028781923968_2519197317823725568_nLast 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 to achieve Taiji movements. I have been practicing Chen style Taiji for roughly two years, but I never had the opportunity to get some in-depth understanding of the mechanics at stake in terms of physics (lines, rotations, revolution, levers etc.). So, after a little week of learning the choregraphy (13 moves) et trying to do the circles, I was on my way to Toulouse for my first immersion in Practical Method Taiji.
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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 asked him how he would counter a right cross strike (with the left foot forward). As I would find out later, he wasn’t familiar with the term “right cross” so he simply asked me to execute one at him.

With my left fist protecting my chin, I began to throw the right. Before I was able to issue the punch, Master Chen was inches away from me, the fingers of his left hand grabbing my throat and his right hand had my left in a joint lock. I was tapping-out, as the pain from the joint lock was debilitating.

I did not telegraph the strike, did not blink and did it at full speed. I could not understand how a moment of time was seemingly lost – between me initiating and him arriving. It wasn’t just speed: I’ve sparred with professional fighters and know even very fast movements can be tracked with the eye.

Having thought about this event many times since, a video with Master Chen discussing “indirect movements” caught my attention. He said Practical Method indirect movements cannot be easily detected by an opponent. It’s all in the training: do not move.

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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Speed of Taiji

August 4, 2019
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Regular Practical Method Class in Lower Austria 2019-2020

July 19, 2019

I moved out of Vienna and I‘ve been thinking how I could offer Practical Method classes here in Lower Austria. In Vienna I started a group from scratch, together with Fabian. But with three kids now and a full time job I simply have no resources to start a group this way. “There must be [...]

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European Practical Method Meet-Up 2019 in Toulouse, France

July 17, 2019

It’s the third year since we started the European Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Meet-Up Series. It continues this year in Toulouse, France in August 24/25th at the Main Garden Square or at the 3 rue du Gorp 31 400, depending on weather.

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How to engage the waist

July 13, 2019

How to engage the waist 1) Move the waist first. a. What it looks like: Have it move broadly right or left prior any movements with the arms or hands. This creates a ‘foundation’ for the move to base itself off of. b. Result: Less movement of the arms. More solid arm movement. Starting to [...]

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Healed by basic foundations exercises

July 6, 2019

For more than a year now, Sven Gusowski from Practical Method-Berlin visits us each monday at our office at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) to do fifteen minutes of basic foundations exercises. We basically do variations of the positive circle and learn movements that can be easily repeated at home or anywhere.

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Gdynia Open House 2019 – lecture and demo by Master Chen Zhonghua

June 10, 2019
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London Practical Method Seminar March 2019

June 9, 2019

The 2019 London Practical Method Seminar is held from March 23 to 24.

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Spine alignment

June 9, 2019

Hi everyone! I have been practicing Yang style Tai chi and qi gong for the past 5 years and recently have very much interest in the practical method. I practice the foundations and learn the yilu choreography. My spine structure shows major lordosis and kyphosis with forward head posture. The years of practice improved it [...]

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Poland Workshop 2019 Impressions

May 1, 2019

You can also see a few pictures here.

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First visit in Berlin

April 18, 2019

As a mechanical engineer and athlete who has been practicing Taijiquan (Yang Style 85 form) for several years, I was happy to discover Master Chen ZhongHua’s “Practical Method” on the Internet. I’m just thrilled about his martial art, humanity and kind to teach Taiji.

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One thing at a time & Don’t give up!

April 17, 2019

Greetings to all My name is Niko Papadakis.I have been practicing Chen style Tai Ji Chuan PM since Oct. 2015 .3 1/2 years of consistent practice. I started with John Dahms & Brennan Toh in Ottawa.From there I began my journey in PM as I attended my first workshop with Chen Shifu. I continue to attend [...]

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2019 International Taijiquan Competition Live Stream

April 16, 2019
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London Worksop Review – Written By Amar Shukla – 23-24th March

April 12, 2019
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Announcing new 20th Generation Disciples in Sydney, Australia! December 16th, 2018

March 28, 2019

It is with great pleasure that we announce two new disciples of Master Chen Zhonghua in Sydney, Australia! Sifu’s Rory Trend (No.334) and Paul Pryce (No.333) were both welcomed to the family on December 16th, 2018. The ceremony was held at Rory’s “Trend Training Centre” where you can find Practical Method classes every week. For [...]

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James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk5 2019

March 19, 2019

James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk5 2019 On the 24th January, just 3 days after arriving back from Perth, Australia, I got the call from Master Chen to hurry on up to Beijing and meet Massimo Giorgianni, our representative in France for the Practical Method, at Beijing airport where he was arriving the next [...]

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Workshop Q&A Etiquette

March 17, 2019

During the last Toronto workshop, Master Chen mentioned some common sense guidelines for asking questions at live workshops with him. He said there are only really three valid questions while he is instructing: Mater Chen, I did not *see* that clearly, can you please show me again? Master Chen, I did not *hear* you clearly, [...]

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James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk4 2019

March 13, 2019

James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk4 2019  PRACTICAL METHOD IS AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY! As part of my new role as the International Liaison Officer for Master Chen here in China, I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting and greeting Massimo Giorgianni from Toulouse as he arrived in Beijing for an 8 day stay in Rizhao,

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Toronto Workshop, Day 3, March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019

-I missed the first hour. To manipulate and opponent requires gradually altering the “friction” of the contact points. We need to be able to go from 10 units of friction to 8 units to 6 to 4 to 2 as we do a move, and we need to be able to do this more quickly [...]

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March 2, 2019

关于学习方法: 1、假设你处在婴儿的学习阶段。只需要听和看就够了。 2、忽略你自己的想法。 3、反复复制师傅的动作。 4、如何提问:针对刚讲解的部分,询问需要重复的动作和再次解释没听清楚的部分。

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March 2, 2019

I will attempt to recount what Master Chen shared about learning the morning of 3/2/19 at the Toronto workshop.

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