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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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by admin2 on 2019/08/04

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 a better method” I thought. And, as is often the case at the country side, my neighbor helped me out.
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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
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 anchor upper body movement from the waist.
2) Make sure your move is represented on the bottom.
a. What it looks like: When your upper body moves, there is expansion in the bottom. Typically both knees expanding outwards.
b. Result: Body becomes more even, action is created from the waist (and lower) rather than entirely from the top.
3) Lock one kua, in order to turn the joint. Continuing to open through multiple movements. Creates an ‘S’ curve.
a. What it looks like: The kua acts exactly like the shoulder joint, it starts to turn then locks so the other can move.
b. Result: All movement starts from the waist, and is proportionally represented on the top and bottom.

basic_1For 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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The 2019 London Practical Method Seminar is held from March 23 to 24.

伦敦讲座London Practical Method Workshop 20190323-Group

伦敦讲座London Practical Method Workshop 20190323-Group

Spine alignment 3

by alonmas on 2019/06/09

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 maybe a little, but it seems that my spine would be able to be improved up to a point.

A straight spine is crucial for Tai chi capability… and every once in a while I get discouraged. I practice everyday, and it is a major part in my life, so I´m sure I would never stop.


Please shed some light, about the importance of spine alignment.

Every comment would be appreciated.


Thank you!



You can also see a few pictures here.

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by IVI on 2019/04/18

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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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 workshops 2-3 times per year.
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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 more information contact:

Master Chen (centre) with Paul Pryce (L) and Rory Trend (R)
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Master Chen with Paul Pryce
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Paul Pryce offers tea to Master Chen under the watchful eye of Grandmaster Hong Jungshen
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Group photo of the Sydney workshop group, along with visiting National Instructors Ling Zili and Chen XuSydney18-3 - 251

Master Chen instructing Paul Pryce and Rory Trend to pay respect to Grandmaster Hong Junsheng’s image during the Discipleship ceremony
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Rory Trend and Paul Pryce
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Disciples Paul Janssens,Rick Pietila, John Saw,Brian Chung,Rory Trend and Paul Pryce

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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 day for his first visit to China and my first Fulltime guest for 2019!

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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:

  1. Mater Chen, I did not *see* that clearly, can you please show me again?
  2. Master Chen, I did not *hear* you clearly, can you please repeat that again?
  3. Master Chen, I did not *feel* that clearly, can you please do that again?

At another previous workshop he instructed not to rephrase his words, (e.g. “so you’re saying…”). He uses very specific words and they should not be changed.

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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Jan & Feb 2019 Online Practical Method Classes – Review

February 28, 2019

What a fantastic set of online classes that Kelvin Ho has run! I was challenged in each class to bring myself back to the uncomfortable-ness of our practice.

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Practical Method wins at Phoenix Chinese Week annual Taiji Tournament

February 14, 2019

On Sunday, February 10, I had the good fortune of attending the Taiji Tournament that is always held as part of the annual Phoenix Chinese Week. This festival celebrates many aspects of Chinese culture, including history, food, art, opera performances, and- of course- martial arts. I have attended the tournament several times in the past [...]

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8th Berlin Workshop with Master Chen Zhonghua now available to register online

February 4, 2019

To anyone who’s interested in participating in this year’s Berlin workshop with Master Chen, please click here for further information and sign up: Looking forward to seeing you there Best, Sven

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Gdynia 2019 Workshop – promo video

February 4, 2019

Details coming soon!

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Ping Wei Talks about Tai Chi and Healthy Aging

January 30, 2019

On Tuesday, 1/29/2019, I was invited to the radio talk show in Phoenix, Independent Talk 1100 KFNX. The show was live streamed on Facebook, Successful Aging.

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Change in practice after Phoenix workshop

January 25, 2019

I just attended Chen Zhonghua’s Phoenix workshop last weekend.  As usual, I thought I was pretty good thanks to all the practicing I had done since last year in Iowa, and as usual, Zhonghua threw my confidence into the toilet. It was a great workshop, although overwhelming.  At least I’m more comfortable with what I [...]

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James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk2 2019

January 21, 2019

  Over the past 12 years of training under Master Chen, I can safely say that his emphasis on how to train correctly to obtain true “ability” (ie. being able to demonstrate effective martial/physical  application of the movement(s) in question) through the Practical Method are a combination of Consistency, strict Adherence to the Rules of [...]

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Phoenix seminar notes

January 20, 2019

Reference points: counting is to establish a standard for us to be able to teach and communicate Direction: must not lose the aim.  Don’t lose the 45 degree facing when practicing the foundational exercises Positive circle 3 count:  1. in elbow; back shoulder to forward foot is the axis.  2. rotate waist don’t involve spine [...]

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Taiji Materials and Relationships

January 14, 2019

It was not until I tried to follow the first of the essential videos of Master Chen when I saw the difference, and practically feel the changes in the body. Precise instructions, every time!

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Buddha’s Fingers

January 13, 2019

In 2015 I stayed one month at the Daqinshan Practical Method training centre of Master Chen’s.  One evening training session Master Chen was explaining one of the facets of the importance of the Chen Style Tall Hand Posture during all your exercises (yilu, push hands and foundations unless stated otherwise).  This account is my subjective view [...]

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James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk1 2019

January 10, 2019

James Strider – Fulltime Training Blog Wk1 2019   Having been living in Rizhao for the past 7 of the 9 months since leaving Perth, it’s high time I started my blog again!

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Sydney Classes

January 1, 2019

Sydney Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy 澳洲悉尼陈中华太极馆 Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method 陈氏太极拳实用拳法 Classes: Sunday 8:30am to 10:00am at DJKJ Kung Fu Rosebery No classes on all public holidays or long weekends Curriculum: Chen Stye Taijiquan Practical Method Foundations, Yilu (First Routine), Theory, Push Hands Location Details: DJKJ, 34 Rosebery Avenue, Rosebery NSW 2018 Instructor: [...]

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Cannon Fist Clear Power

December 27, 2018
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Abbreviations – what do they mean?

December 12, 2018

Hi everyone, I’ve been looking up and down the webpage to find out what the following abbreviations mean. In words, at least ) LFSB – ????? SWPE – sink waist press elbow SYYZ (?) -?????   All come up in the New York 2018 workshop and the vid doesn’t talk about the remaining two. I [...]

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Master Chen in Phoenix on 1/19-20/2019

December 5, 2018
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Discovering The Importance of The Set Up

December 2, 2018

I was having a discussion with my disciple brother Brennan Toh about what I have been working on with my long term students Gerry and Emily, with specific attention to Lie , one of the 8 techniques of Taiji.  At the North American Practical Method Training Camp last year Brennan was taking me down with [...]

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