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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


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 Essential Taijiquan Techniques, which include Peng, Lu, Ji & An.  In the last segment I will cover The 4 Corner/Auxiliary Taijiquan Techniques, which include Cai, Lie, Zhou & Kao.

This video is definitely worth taking the time to thoroughly investigate and gain an understanding of the techniques of Taijiquan.  I will moderate a Zoom group session during the last segment for those that purchased the video as a means of solidifying the material taught by Master Chen.

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





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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Taiji’s 1 and 0 1

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/05/17


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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“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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“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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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:

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