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City     Date        More Details contact Organizer 
Vienna  June 3,4
Prague  June 10,11
Berlin June 17,18
Gdynia June 24,25

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here my notes of our class today. There was no title, so I would name it: Sequence to complete an action.

Step 1

- is totally free; there is no system

- ex.: go upstairs: one can step with the left foot our right foot first, any position thinkable

- taiji example: making contact with the hand, however and wherever

- learning this step normally takes 3 years

Step 2

- is free, as long as step no. 1 is not affected

- ex.: foot on the steps has to stay, cannot move anymore, but how you are getting the rest of the body on the stairs too, is totally free

- taiji ex.: you can move every point of the body, to come in as long as no. 1 is not moving

- learning this step normally takes 10 years

Step 3

- is free, as long as the centre of no. 2 is not destroyed

- centre can be everywhere

- centre results from size, weight, angles, speed, power etc.

- to learn this step takes normally 30 years


Chen Laoshi: “You have to put this into your yilu”, what for me is very difficult, as I am not sure about the no. 2 in every position, before going to the next one. I hope this knowledge will come to me ;)


This year we were scheduled to receive master Chen at march, but due to a few issues beyond all of us it wasn’t possible.
The problem for us locally was that by then we had already confirmed with a lot of people, teachers of other taiji styles and other arts who were attending the workshop.
Faced with having to make a decision, me and my partner Flavio Prado decided simply to conduct the workshop ourselves, best we could, and introduce everyone to Practical Method, so when Master Chen comes at a later date, everyone would be more prepared to learn taiji from him.

This is a little bit of how it went down:

We had a lot of fun and everyone was very hard working, interested and pleasant. We finally have an interested group being created which is a great step for us. Everyone in Brazil is dead serious about the martial aspect of the art, which I think benefits the practice.

Taiji is a very interesting art that has different challenges for everyone.

We covered topics ranging from basic foundations, yilu and push hands. Flavio also conducted some lessons on qigong and other general aspects of martial art. Everyone came out feeling they won something, and all of them are very excited with the prospect of being face to face with Master Chen in the future.

Hope you guys enjoy the video, all the best and keep training!

Toronto Two Person posture

Still looking for the line, working to enact the rules.

The form(s) we train, Yilu, Erlu, the Jian, and so on, are training tools. They teach us various physical technologies. For example, Yilu teaches us how to create a t-bar in our body and how to move it using the outer ends of the “T”. Yilu also teaches us how to fix non-moving points so that we can create the inch-worm movement. We use Yilu and the other forms to train our body, which is to effect a change in our body. The implication being that our shape or condition is not on the mark.
The forms are not for demonstration. Do not make your form look good. Make your form conform to the rules of Practical Method. Lock the front knee in space, elbows in, shoulders down, ming men full, kua open. The forms are not for demonstration. Do not make your form look good.
We cannot hit the ideal form. Remove that idea from your mind. Train to point yourself closer and closer to the ideal and work consistently, so that, millimetre by millimetre, you advance towards that ideal.
The form is intended for [private] training. The form was never intended for public performance. If you do public performance of the form, never forget that you are simply demonstrating a training method – not a finished product! The form is a training method like push ups, stretches, deadlifts, sprints. Perform it well – by following the rules of Practical Method – and have no concern for aesthetics, which will vary based on the observer, cannot be controlled, and are irrelevant to your training.
The form is not an opportunity to hide, it is precisely designed to unmask your flaws. Do not make your form look good.
The form precisely illuminates your requirements for training you up to the next level. If you are making your form look good you are doing something wrong.
Master Chen will let us know if we are on or off or near the mark for the standard at our level.
Keep training and keep working with this – as yet – unformed clay!


First European Practical Method meeting

The first European Practical Method meeting took place in Vienna in late winter 2017. On 17. – 19. February, people from Göttingen, Berlin and Vienna convened in this wonderful city to practice and exchange experiences.

On Saturday and Sunday, we dedicated a lot of time to practice the Yilu. Also, we worked on basic foundations and put special emphasis on progressions in partner work. Special thanks to Rick, who instructed us in these progressions in the most precise and knowledgeable way.

Altogether, it was a great meeting. I am sure that everyone had her or his very personal insights and “aha!”-moments. I myself, being relatively new to Taiji, surely learned a mountain of things. It has been really motivating to see other people with more experience practicing Taiji.

Many of us already knew each other, having met before on workshops or at Daqingshan, now having the chance to catch up on what happen since then. But many also could get to know each other for the first time. Being able to practice with many enthusiastic and committed people made the days in Vienna an invaluable experience.

Many thanks to Carlotta, Pawel, Fabian and Rick, who made the meeting possible. Thanks to your commitment, it has been a wonderful and enriching weekend. Hope to see all of you again and many more on the next meeting, which will probably be hosted in Berlin in 2018.

Best wishes, Jann

True Intention 1

by 胡歌 on 2017/04/06


water has intention

The water has perfect intention.

“The real intention is without intention.”
- Chen Zhonghua

When you make a machine, the machine can only do what it was made for.
If there is a slope and a ball at the top, the ball will roll down. That is intention. There is no thinking, there is no imagination. There is no choice. The only thing that can happen, happens.

Humans are backwards. In other words, humans will do everything but what they were made for. We have a myriad of methods that we use to avoid doing the one thing we must do to develop and learn.

In taiji, we are training to make our body like a true machine again. It can only do what it can do. There is no choice, no alternative. You either do it or break doing it.