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Energy Alignment 2

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/01/13

Energy path is the pathway that energy travels on. There are both a physical path and a virtual path for a given setup. For any three points in the body, they can form a triangle (unless they all fall into one straight line). For this discussion, let’s use right hand, left kua and left foot as the three points. As similarly discussed in this previous article, while the right hand and left kua form one physical (solid) line, and the left kua and left foot form another physical (solid) line, the right hand and left foot form a virtual (invisible) line. While the actual energy travels along the two physical lines, it can be viewed as if it travels on the virtual line.
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Mise en place (French pronunciation: ​[mi zɑ̃ ˈplas]) is a French culinary phrase that means “putting in place” or “everything in its place”. It refers to the setup required before cooking, and is often used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients, the components that a cook will require for the menu items that are expected to be prepared during a shift.

Master Chen often has referred to “the set up” before applying power…before doing “your move”.  What are the ingredients (components) of your set up?  What needs to be in place before you do your move/apply power?  Please add ingredients!!!

Real or Fake 7

by Travis Knaub on 2020/01/08

     Up until the 2019  seminar in Iowa I did not know my moves were fake. My moves imitated the real thing but were not real. They still are not what I want them to be, but now I have the tools to get me closer to the real thing. Master Chen showed me how to find the line.

      There is a line to be found in all Practical Method motions. The hand and elbow has to stay on track. A good way of understanding this is comparing the motion to a bi-folding door. There is a fixed end that does not move, the handle and the end that moves on the track. The shoulder is the fixed end, the elbow is the handle and the hand is the end that is on the track. The handle pulls the door open and pushes it shut. The end on the track does not perform the action. The elbow pushes and pulls the hand on the track. The hand never moves. This concept should eventually spread throughout the body. Master Chen explains this the best on the “Sydney 2014 Workshop 1” Online Video. This video contains a lot of valuable information.

     Currently I am working this concept in my yilu. I am also working on not moving the mid-line of my body as well as keeping a knee fixed during transitions. I have a long way to go, however thanks to Master Chen and the disciples at the Iowa summer training camp, I have the tools to get me where I need to be for the next time we meet up.

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Albert’s private lesson with Master Chen, Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019, Phoenix, AZ.

“Ji” (Squeeze, 挤) is one of the eight hand techniques in Tai Ji Quan – peng, lu, ji, an, cai, lie, zhou, kao.
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Jieshou i

by Chen Zhonghua on 2019/12/08

Jieshou, a Chinese word that means “accept hand”, is a term used in Practical Method. You will get an idea of what it means after viewing the video clip.

It is important to know that Practical Method does not allow head-on collision in making initial (or any other) contact with the opponent.

This is a clip of teaching video at the Dec. 2019 New York workshop.

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I was invited along with a number of taiji teachers in Toronto to perform at the 2019 Fountain of Youth Qi Event on Nov. 23, 2019. Each teacher first performed a routine of his choice on stage. In the 2nd part of the event, each teacher demonstrated Cloud Hands, Single Whip and White Crane (Goose) Spread Its Wings of his style. Over generations of transmission, there are many variants of these moves. Many thanks to Sharon Liu, Founder of Fountain of Youth Qi for the invitation and organization of such event.

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Intent i

by Kelvin Ho on 2019/11/20

Today, there was a discussion among some of the North American disciples on intent. What is it? What does it mean?

The discussion allowed me to solidfy a couple of things.
In 2019 Iowa Camp, shifu mentioned:

Spencer’s notes:
The camp’s lessons this time were pervaded by the idea of “intention”. Intention in PM is what we call “to lead”. For example, in the positive circle, the elbow in is the “lead” Intention has no meaning in itself, but it changes everything. I am starting to realize this is one of the reasons Master Chen’s form looks so much different than mine and I can never figure out why. Your eyes can only see movement. The act of leading translates to intention, and when intention is used, the action is different. In with elbow, turn at waist, out with hand… You have to be clear about those intentions. Say them aloud! When the intention is clear, you produce a very thin line. From one large thing, you pull out one dot. This is the concept of silk reeling. Read more

This photo was taken on Nov. 20, 2012. Thanks to Wei Ping and the Phoenix Group!

Chen Zhonghua in Sedona 2012

Chen Zhonghua in Sedona 2012

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Push Hands Part 2 of the Chen Zhonghua 2019 Prague Workshop. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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Push Hands training session of the 2019 Chen Zhonghua Prague Practical Method Workshop. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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Chen Zhonghua’s 2019 Prague Practical Method Workshop videos.  Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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Chen Zhonghua’s 2019 Prague Practical Method Workshop videos.Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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Chen Zhonghua’s 2019 Prague Practical Method Workshop videos. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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Chen Zhonghua’s 2019 Prague Practical Method Workshop videos. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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Chen Zhonghua’s 2019 Prague Workshop videos. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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http://pyadmin.singlewhip.org/static/video_images/31DQS-5-full.jpgChen Zhonghua’s 31st Daqingshan Practical Method Seminar video. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Ottawa Broadsword Seminar on Oct. 26, 2019.

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渥太华讲座场地20191026 - 1 This is where we held our first Ottawa Practical Method Seminar in March 1998.

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This is where we held our first Ottawa Practical Method Seminar in March 1998.

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Front of the building of the Legion Hall on Montgomery.

“31st Daqingshan Seminar-4” Online Video Purchase

October 25, 2019

31st Chen Zhonghua Daqingshan Practical Method Seminar video. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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October 24, 2019

31st Chen Zhonghua Daqingshan Practical Method Seminar. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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October 23, 2019

31st Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Practical Method Seminar. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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October 22, 2019

31st Daqingshan Practical Method Seminar. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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October 21, 2019

Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Practical Method Workshop videos. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:3/5  At:Toronto

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October 18, 2019

Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Practical Method Seminar. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:3/5  At:Toronto

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October 17, 2019

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Practical Method Workshop Videos. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:3/5  At:Toronto

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October 16, 2019

Question and Answer part two of the Chen Zhonghua Sept. 2019 Toronto Practical Method Workshop. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Toronto

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October 15, 2019

Question and Answer session at the Sept. 2019 Chen Zhonghua Toronto Practical Method Workshop. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Toronto

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October 14, 2019

Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Workshop Video. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Toronto

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Guitar String

October 12, 2019

Recently at a 2019 Toronto CA workshop hosted by Kevin Ho, Master Chen Zhonghua demonstrated and taught the participants a training drill that requires the starting position to have the rear heel off the floor and both hands in a double push position, chest high. While going over this drill and teaching to the finer [...]

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Notes for Toronto Workshop Sep 7-10, 2019 – By Mark Hanley

September 30, 2019

Gears on either side of spine move in opposite direction The gears twist on either side of the spine and your intention along with where you are looking can send power in any direction you want. You can also add better control by also changing the percentage of each lever. with straight spine hold with front left [...]

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September 27, 2019

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Workshop on Practical Method. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:3/5  At:Toronto

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September 26, 2019

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Workshop on Practcal Method. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Toronto

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September 25, 2019

Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Workshop. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Toronto

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