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In today’s class, the following students received partial Yilu corrections. The focus of the class was going over.

  • Louis Sacharske
  • Tomek Raganowicz
  • Kerstin Frotscher-Kummle
  • Kevin Chen
  • Travis Knaub
  • Yuxin Liu
  • Paul Pryce

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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

Recorded Oct 28, 2020 in Panama. Started PM mid Sept 2020

Master Chen is showing us something that we cannot do. So, if we fake it, we are not learning. It is something we cannot do. The learning is to show us our deficiencies not our efficiencies.

It is very important that we never become comfortable. We must be in that position that we are uncomfortable, and stay in that position. We need to stay in that state of uncomfortable without changing our structure. This will allow our us to re calibrate.
In yilu, we must do it one move at a time until we reach our fullest extent and then reset. Master Chen is trying to bring back the original idea, not continuous. Train each move separately.

The stretch from knee to kua the thigh lengthens. We need to go into the uncomfortable position that we are about to fall down or we do fall down.
We need a clear net gain without changing shape. This net gain can only be created with the stretch and no rotation. This needs to be applied in push hands and in practice. To train this you cannot have wobbly moves. If the opponent creates a net gain during push hands and you don’t that goes into you and you lose. Net gain equals net distance.

 

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. Read more

Master Chen Zhonghua’s private lesson for Anton Phipps on Oct. 27, 2020.Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 45 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji 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

Today we worked on isolating a movement and twisting the towel. During previous training sessions we did it to feel the trajectory and range. Now we do it with a restriction. The restriction that we did it with was not to move the knee. The main action we were training was twisting the towel with a stretch, not a rotation. Read more

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    • John Doe Yilu on Oct. 26, 2020

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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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Master Chen Zhonghua’s private lesson for Anton Phipps on Oct. 26, 2020. This lesson focused on the finding of the two points that forms the line. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 54 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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Presenter: Kelvin Ho   Length: 69 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty: 2/5  At: Toronto and Iowa

John Upshaw Yilu Correction Series – White Crane Spreads Its Wings
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Not Moving is one of the most important concepts in Practical Method. There are 3 types of Not Moving.

Absolutely Not Moving

  • Also known as: Truely Not Moving
  • This point is simply not allowed to move in any way.
  • Example: A nail on the wall. The nail is not moving in any direction.

Relatively Not Moving

  • Also known as: Structurally Not Moving
  • Between two points, a constant relationshiop is maintained.
  • Example: A passenger seating on the car going from place to place. The passenger is not moving relative to the car.

Restrictively Not Moving

  • Also known as: Staying on the track
  • This point is only allowed to move in a very specific way.
  • Example: A train can only move along the track.  It works properly only when it does not derail.

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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

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Oct. 21, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

October 21, 2020

High Pad on Horse Rub the torso Only rotate the two shoulders and two kuas

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October 21, 2020

Positive circle and beyond. Sound was captured by camera, not wireless mic. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 64 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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October 21, 2020

Chen Zhonghua’s Private Lesson for Roy Croucher on Oct. 21, 2020. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 43 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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“Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson 20201021” Online Video Purchase

October 21, 2020

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 [...]

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on Oct 20, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

October 20, 2020

Chinese Class 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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October 20, 2020

FF47089F-F20D-4BEB-8997-473ECAE8233B Master Chen Zhonghua’s Private Lesson for Anton Phipps on Oct. 20, 2020. This is the last (6) section of the Yilu. 58DF5DEC-E5AF-473E-9AD4-206F9EA8BF23 Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 40 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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October 20, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Private Lesson for Anton Phipps on Oct. 19, 2020.  Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 47 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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October 20, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghu’s Private lesson for Roy Croucher on Oct. 20, 2020. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 56 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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October 20, 2020

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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Master Chen Foundations Lesson Notes, 19 October 2020 — Raymond Dickey

October 19, 2020

Remember to lock one body part to do stretching.   Find one thing and do it right.  Once you have the method, you can repeat it until it exhausts you.

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October 19, 2020

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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Power Conversion

October 18, 2020
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“John Upshaw Yilu Correction Series – Turn Left and Pound Mortar” Online Video Purchase

October 18, 2020

Presenter: Kelvin Ho   Length: 19 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At: Toronto and Iowa

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5th Juxian Practical Method Seminar Photo 2020.10.17-18

October 18, 2020

5th Juxian Practical Method Seminar from Oct. 17th to 18th, 2020. Instructor: Chen Xu. Wang Kai, Qiu Yingdong.

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“John Upshaw Yilu Correction Series – Single Whip” Online Video Purchase

October 16, 2020

Presenter: Kelvin Ho   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At: Toronto and Iowa

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“In With Elbow Usage 20201016” Online Video Purchase

October 16, 2020

A few simple “in with elbow” applications. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 1 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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October 16, 2020

Please note: The video was recorded without external microphone. The sound was from normal camera sound capture. It is audible. This is Master Chen Zhonghua’s correction for Anton Phipps for section four of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Yilu. At the end of the correction, Master taught a method/concept of how to create a [...]

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“In With Elbow Drill 20201016” Online Video Purchase

October 16, 2020

A simple drill to train “In with Elbow”. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 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 Oct. 15, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

October 15, 2020

Chinese Class Our movements must have a horizontal one and a vertical one intersecting/interacting at the same time. Three parallel planes Top plane at the shoulder (including extending the arms) Middle plane at the waist Bottom plane at the knees The integrity of each plane must be maintained. There is a vertical rod that goes [...]

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October 15, 2020

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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October 15, 2020

This is the last section (section 6) of the Yilu corrections for Roy Croucher by Master Chen Zhonghua. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 42 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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