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Separation of Yin and Yang

  • 先合后开 xian he hou kai – Together at first, separate later.
  • How it separates, the rate it separates can be regulated later.
  • e.g. Six Sealing Four Closing, Punch covering hand Read more

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Master Chen Zhhonghua’s online lesson on Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method on Oct. 29th, 2020.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 63 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Academy

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Going Over – We focus on this concept in several moves today.

Flash the back

  • After elbow-in, we use the kua to cause the elbow to go over, so that we can grab the opponent’s wrist on the other side.
  • The other elbow moves in this move also requires going over to break the opponent’s arm at the elbow.
  • Before turning backwards, we just lock the left hand, and bring the right foot over to the other side. Read more

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Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method on Oct. 28, 2020. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 62 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Academy

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Practical Method on Oct. 27, 2020.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 61 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Academy

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Learning Taiji is like climbing the stairs. The teacher has to grind hard on you until you see the first step and put your foot on it. Whatever is correct has to be driven into you. Read more

Correction on my form

  • Need to have 3 solids
    • There is a line at the shoulder level between the front hand and rear shoulder (first 2 solids)
    • I need to stretch the kua down to create the 3rd solid.
    • The first 2 solids form the horizontal bar of a T-bar, while the kua stretching down creates the rod of the T-bar.
    • Master Chen Zhonghua demonstrated six sealing four closing with that rod not moving. Without this part, I will not be able to rotate. With it, things start to become 3-dimensional. It was really like that there was an auger in him.
    • This may seem like a contradiction while we need to push the front kua up, we also need to stretch it down to create a solid. Read more

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Using “Twisting the Towel” exercise as a training tool for this lesson, Master Chen Zhonghua taught the method of “keeping one” while moving. This method trains the ability to create a dot in Taiji movements.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 63 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Mark

Rub foot

  • In between the two rub foot, make a pit stop. 90 degrees to your initial position.
  • Chest parallel to back wall when you kick with heel.

Fist protecting heart

  • Feet 45 degrees to back wall.
  • Don’t rush it.

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Chinese Class

We do our form in a low stance to train gong. When we use it, we don’t go so low, because it is not agile enough.

Movements need to be big and long.

The kuas need to be just a bit higher than the knees. Read more

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Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Oct. 22, 2020. This is a session on Yilu corrections.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 67 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Language

  • Using Westernized vocabulary for taiji concepts.
  • No difference. Even if you don’t know any language. Some students found they learned more when turning off the sound. The language is an interference until the language is recalibrated. Same thing applies when teaching in Chinese.

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Separation of Yin and Yang. Separate to 2 things. Yin and Yang is a relationship.
Three types to relationship:
1. Not related. A watermelon cut into two halves.
2. Positively related.
3. Negatively related. When the door is closed, it is part of the wall. When the door is open, it is separated but related. Read more

High Pad on Horse

  • Rub the torso
  • Only rotate the two shoulders and two kuas

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on Oct. 21, 2020. This is a lesson on Yilu corrections. At the beginning of the hour, there was some information on the theory of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. The general theory of Yin Yang separation.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 67 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Negative Circle

  • In-with-elbow, Zhuan Guan, Out-with-hand
  • We have get the proper ideal image in our mind, even though we can’t do it properly at this point.
  • We must be expressive in our movement during training, so the teacher/instructor can see your intent.

Rotation is when there is movement without displacement.
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Twisting towel

  • Must be clear with “in with elbow”. Appear to be going back and forth with the squeezing of the elbow.

Fetch water

  • Same thing, two squeezes on both elbows.

To grind

  • 搓 cuō, to grind. Pole, rubbing on both sides like starting a fire.
  • Other way, stretching. You force the two elbows in to prevent the stretch from forcing them out. Can also say the rubbing of the elbows creates the rotation.
  • And the rotation of the rod separates the two hands.
  • For this practice, minimize the size of the stretch to emphasize the rubbing.

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method on Oct. 20, 2020. Today’s lesson is on foundations. Master Chen Zhonghua corrected many students on typical errors while Kelvin Ho is leading the training.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 67 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Get one thing right

  • Figure out one thing and do it right. As an anchor point for further learning. Can’t say you are walking up stairs but never found the stairs.
  • Once you have the method, then you can repeat the same until the method exhausts you.

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Find one point does not move to create the stretch.
In learning we have to find one thing as an anchor point. Repeat and exhaust yourself until you can move to the next anchor point. Read more

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Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Practical Method on Oct. 19, 2020. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 66 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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The subject of the lesson was corrections of yilu. Four students performed parts of yilu and received corrections.
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The subject of the lesson was corrections of yilu. Seven students performed parts of yilu and received corrections.
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Chinese Class

Our movements must have a horizontal one and a vertical one intersecting/interacting at the same time.

Three parallel planes

  1. Top plane at the shoulder (including extending the arms)
  2. Middle plane at the waist
  3. Bottom plane at the knees

The integrity of each plane must be maintained. There is a vertical rod that goes through the middle to connect all three planes to fix them in a particular way, but yet they are free to move any other way. Each plane is like a trampoline. This is how we convert opponent’s incoming kinetic energy into potential energy stored in the trampoline, and eventually back to kinetic energy aimed at the opponent. You can also lock any of the planes, and move a different one to create a vertical stretch. With these 3 planes, you can create a lot of variations and configurations.
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Gerry

Cloud hands

  • Need to rotate torso to give the appearance of the hands moving.

Getting stuck

  • Issue is that you were able to “do” things since the beginning. Able to mix instructions with something you were already able to do.
  • Need to be stuck unable to do it, so that it forces you to do something totally new. Never went through a time where you couldn’t do it. If there is no difficulty why would there be change?

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Knowing

  • Daoist idea, Humans made correctly but the abilities we have deter us from learning.
  • Gained the ability to make things up in our heads.
  • Everything Master Chen learned are afterthoughts / accidental.
  • Don’t know when you get it, and when you think you get it, you don’t.
  • A dog is just what it is, but we make up this view of what they should look like.
  • Whatever it is, you don’t know it. And whatever you know it isn’t what it is.

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method on Oct. 15, 2020.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 77 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy 埃德蒙顿陈中华太极馆

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Whatever it is that you know, the truth is not like that. Whatever you don’t realize, accidentally it is the correct thing.
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Going over

  • Going over the shoulder: have to go around the shoulder.
  • Like the gear shifter, has to actually change gear.
  • One movement that continues to the other side (normal).
  • Go halfway and change to the other side to go down (switching).
  • (腰裆转换 Yao dang zhuan huan). Waist and dang (half circle, horseshoe) switching. That half circle has to be locked – the shape locks.

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Positive Circle

  • Focus on the use of front kua in Positive Circle to increase the size of the circle.
  • When going down, step the rear foot backward.
  • When coming up, step the rear foot forward.
  • Do the same on both sides.

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Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on 20201014. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 85 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy 埃德蒙顿陈中华太极馆

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on 2020.10.13. This lesson is on foundations. Master Chen taught how to focus on the kua while doing the positive circle. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 63 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy 埃德蒙顿陈中华太极馆

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Master Chen Zhonghua started with a story about the history of China and Chen Style Taijiquan. Before the first Qin emperor defeated 6 other kings and united China, there was the period of Spring and Autumn 春秋 (which has nothing to do with the two seasons). Back then, there were 800 states, each had their own cultures, and they all flourished. Today, there are different levels of governments in China: Federal, Provincial, and County. The Chinese government wanted to get rid of the county level government, but they couldn’t done. Each county turned out to map back to the old states. The Chinese government had full election for village officials, but there are large families at the county levels, with full election, these large families will gain control at the county level goverments. These families managed to get around the one-child policy themselves.
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Using Six Sealing and Four Closing to focus on Conversion: Converting a vertical rotation to a horizontal rotation

  • You should not exist. Just a pure rotation
  • Torso rotation. The arms are not moving
  • At the beginning the hand is facing 45 degrees downwards
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Master Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method on Oct. 12, 2020. This lesson was on how to use large moves of the kua to create a positive circle. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 48 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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The subject of the lesson was corrections of yilu. Four students performed parts of yilu and received corrections. Read more

Action vs adaptation

  • Only worry about that particular action. We don’t care much about the adaptation. Once the screwdriver fits with the screw, there is only one thing you can do. You can get away with whatever for the adaptation, but the action must be what it is to have power. Must identify that action.

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson of Practical Method on Oct. 8, 2020.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 64 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on Practical Method on Oct. 7, 2020.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 23 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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