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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Toronto

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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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by Rick Pietila on 2019/10/12

Master Chen showing Rick Pietila how to align the rear elbow with the front hand

Master Chen showing Rick Pietila how to align the rear elbow with the front hand

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 more precise details, he offered that we students feel his back leg starting positions with our hands. One hand was to be placed on the ankle while the other on the inside thigh to feel the active tendons and muscles. He suggested that students pull or rake across these two areas to gain a better understanding of the physical requirements for the drill.  When I took my turn, pulling across these areas, something registered with me to the feeling of the amount of tension in the leg as well as what precisely for this move was being used to generate such great power, and speed.
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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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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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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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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Practical Method Workshop in the Toronto area.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Toronto

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Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Workshop in Toronto.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 5 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Toronto

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:3/5  At:Toronto

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When practicing yilu:

  1. Put myself inside a fixed sized box.
  2. Pull against the sides of the box coming into dantian.
  3. Push against the sides of the box going out of dantian.

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Notes from Grandmaster Zhonghua Chen Workshop on Sept. 14 & 15, 2019, Edmonton, PM Studio

埃德蒙顿2019.09.14讲座合影。本文作者是右四(后)。 Read more

Participants of the Vienna Workshop with Master Chen Zhonghua in 2019
So we were doing lots and lots of six sealings four closings exercises at the end of the Vienna Workshop. I was leading the group and counting. Then, at #476 something in my hip cracked open. A rush of pure energy run through my body and I felt like a conductor between heaven and earth, and then … Read more

TO 190909 Group PhotoFirst I had to not push the opponent and just find the wall with my back. When it wasn’t working so well it was because I was too far from the wall. It got a little bit better, but I was hitting the wall too straight so my stretch wasn’t as long as it could have been. Once that was fixed by lowering more to hit the wall, my fingers were not angled correctly towards the opponent and extending past the demarcation line. Once all those things were corrected, I was able to push better. Read more

 

EdmontonWorkshopGroupPhoto20190914Positive circle steps. There are two steps and one modification. They are in, turn and out. Read more

Taiji is a “scientific” way of moving your body that the ancient Chinese believed was good for the body and good for fighting. Taiji is the art of yin and yang. Chinese culture was founded on this fundamental understanding of opposites. It’s not about right and wrong. It is about adapting to nature. Taiji is an exercise designed to make the body last longer. Read more

Power comes from restriction.
—Chen Zhonghua at the Sept. 2019 Toronto Workshop. Read more

Foot Hand Separation Exercise 2019.09.09 in Toronto, Canada.

Hand/Foot Separation Video

With 6 sealing 4 closing, the forward fingers poke forward and the rear elbow pulls backward, and there is a straight line from the front finger to the rear elbow that stretches.

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Toronto Workshop on Sept. 8, 2019

September 8, 2019

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Tile hand and my crooked little fingers

September 7, 2019

For as long as I can remember my mother has been telling me that I have two crooked little fingers just like she has. It is nothing serious, if you look carefully, you may notice a little hump. As a young girl my mother had tried to make her little fingers straight by squashing them [...]

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Comments on the North American Practical Method Training Camp 2019

August 6, 2019

Comments on 2019 North American Practical Method training camp From my perspective, this year’s training camp was outstanding! I came with the thought that I had progressed a lot but after a short time I realized (as usual) I have so much to learn. I am basically a very beginner but I can see that [...]

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2019 Day 1 Phoenix workshop

August 5, 2019

Notes from Day 1, Phoenix Practical Method Workshop These are pretty rough, just short statements. Every movement needs to have intent and some reference. When we do taiji we need intent. Taiji is governed by yin yang. We need to see what is really there. Usually we think we see but that is not what [...]

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First day after Midwest Practical Method Workshop 2019

August 1, 2019

This morning was my first post-training camp workout, and it was awesome. My mind was flooded with all the great corrections and insights Master Chen gave us. There was a virtual wooden TV tray on my head during the yilus (private lesson reference).

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Turn Left and Pound Mortar on July 21, 2019

July 21, 2019
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Class Yilu Correction on July 14, 2019

July 21, 2019
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San Francisco Practical Method Seminar 2019 Notes

July 21, 2019

Day 1 The kua has to come out (draw a line forward with the kua).  Don’t move anything but the kua. Partner exercise: partner sets a dot a few inches in front of the kua; you have to get your kua to touch it. Add speed – do it 5 times fast.  Add power – [...]

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Yilu Record Tab

July 15, 2019

During a workshop earlier this year, Master Chen recommended that we utilize the “Yilu Record” tab to track our practice. As a result of starting this, I have found that it motivates me to basically do more, and to practice more consistently. Recording progress provides definitive feedback on effort and accomplishment. I have found it [...]

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Wild Horse Parts Its Mane

July 1, 2019

Taken in June 2019

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Paul Carlson Yilu (First 13 Moves) on Jun 24, 2019

June 25, 2019
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How Practical Method has helped my arthritis

June 18, 2019

I am 64 years old and have been on long-term disability for over 10 years due to a form of arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). I previously studied and practiced several external martial arts and they all eventually made my AS symptoms worse. I have had the disease my whole life but only diagnosed in [...]

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Edmonton Workshop June 8-9 Notes

June 10, 2019

For this year’s Edmonton workshop we worked a lot on positive circle concepts and stretching.

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Practical Method Yilu Performance on June 8, 2019

June 10, 2019

Yilu Performance at 2019 Canadian Cultural and Martial Arts Festival

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