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De-synchronization-1

Master Chen Zhonghua talked about the concept of de-synchronization in request of Paul’s inquiry.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 6 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Chen Zhonghua gave Anton some corrections on his Yilu 13 Postures.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 4 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Anton 13 Posture-Corrections 2020.08.05
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InAndOutofDantian-1

In this video, Master Chen Zhonghua explains the concept of energy going into the Dantian and coming out of Dantian. This is a governing concept for the control and movement of energy in the body. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 7 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy 加拿大埃德蒙顿陈中华太极馆 Read more

Chen Zhonghua’s 2020 version of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Broadsword instructional video. This video contains 5 clips (each clip is a section).
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 21 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:加拿大Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua's 2020 Practical Method Broadsword Instructional Video
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FistOfCoveringHand

The individual six sections are sold for 70 dollars. You can purchase them as a full package for 40 dollars.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  In: English   Year: 2015  Difficulty: 1/5  At: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Yilu Detailed Instructions All Six Sections, 2015
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Chen Zhonghua explains where the power is in the form of the first 13 movements of the Yilu form.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 7 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:4/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Webex class will be held at http://webex.practicalmethod.ca for this video at 10 am ET on Saturday, Aug 1, 2020 to practice these moves together. If you would like to join, please leave a message below.

Yilu First 13 Moves Power Points 20200717
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石碾 Stone mill

In taiji we say “Sink down to grind out”. This saying refers to the action of this device. It is called a Nian.

Sink down, is when the grinding stone goes over something, it does not float up lightly, instead, it will go over within downward sinking power. It moves forward leaving a trail of powder behind!

In addition, when we push this grinding stone forward parallel to the the ground, our forward power is converted to an vertical power through this device called Nian. This is taiji conversion!

Today we have grinders

Hong called it “gear box”

Old days they were called Xia Ta Wai Nian!

 

In China, old can mean a few thousand years, can also mean less than a hundred years. Read more

First Impressions 2

by MikeLV on 2020/07/23

Recently, I attended a Practical Method seminar with Master Chen, hosted by Ping Wei in Phoenix Arizona.  In preparing for the seminar, I “learned” the first thirteen moves of Yilu form so that I could follow along as much as possible.  I believe the seminar was supposed to be regarding the first thirteen moves of Yilu form and foundations. Read more

Chen Zhonghua teaches how to kick in Practical Method. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

How To Kick 2020.07.21
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Chen Zhonghua teaches to details of the move after “Wild Horse Parts Its Mane”. This is requested by Spencer Jones of Chicago.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Mechanics Of Pole Shaking 2020.07.21
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Grinding stone

 

Chen Zhonghua teaches how to produce a rod or rods in the body. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 6 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Rod In The Body 2020.07.21
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This is an Answer by Chen Zhonghua to Spencer Jones’ question on synchronization and de-synchronization.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:4/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Desynchronization20200721
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Spencer Jones:

In the past I’ve heard you talk about the top half and lower half being two different rhythms. I was aimlessly trying to incorporate that into this move. This explanation is very clear. Now i just have to watch your movements in slow motion a few hundred times. Thanks again.

Chen Zhonghua:

Best way is to look at how the car moves. Wheels rotate and the body of the car moves forward. We normally assume that the car body movement and wheel movement are the same, are synchronized or are directly related. They are not. They are very indirectly related! If they are directly related, the car jerks!

Spencer Jones:

That is helpful. Thanks. I’ll send you a video of my progress once I’ve worked on it some.

Chen Zhonghua:

Another aspect of this de-synchronization can be observed in an old bicycle. In the old no gear bicycle, you pedal to power the bicycle. You pedal hard and fast to make it move faster. But you have the choice of stop pedaling and let the bicycle coast on its own. This means that there is a clutching and de-clutching process involved. Without it, you will have to pedal all the time and when the bicycle is going fast downhill, you might break your legs because you can not follow the speed of the pedals rotation!

The clutching and de-clutching, in our taiji terms, the synchronization and de-synchronization, is the yin yang union and yin yang separation.

Moments of Taiji Connection

July 20, 2020

Some of my own thoughts on Taiji Practical Method after mountain biking.

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John Upshaw Practical Method Sword 2020.07.19

July 19, 2020
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“Sink the Waist to Press the Elbow Category of Movements” Online Video Purchase

July 17, 2020

This video describes the type of moves in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method under the concept of Sink the Waist to Press the Elbow. Taught by Chen Zhonghua and videotaped by Allan Belsheim. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 9 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy Skype class will [...]

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Zhuang Ying Yilu (First 15 Moves) in Toronto on July 5, 2020

July 5, 2020

Zhuang Ying started on Feb 2, 2020, and learned move 5 to 15 and most of the foundations over weekly video-conferencing sessions.

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Mark Hanley Yilu (First 13 Moves) in Toronto on July 5, 2020

July 5, 2020

Mark Hanley started in Oct 2016, and has done over 2800 yilus.

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Peng Li Yilu (First 15 Moves) on July 5, 2020

July 5, 2020

Peng Li started on Feb 2, 2020, and learned move 5 to 15 and most of the foundations over weekly video-conferencing sessions.

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Chen Zhonghua Teaches the Rhythm of Push Hands-Trailer (2018)

June 29, 2020
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“Chen Zhonghua Teaching Rhythm of Push Hands 2018″ Online Video Class

June 29, 2020

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 27 min.   In: Chinese   Year: 2018  Difficulty:5/5 This video is in chinese. This video is packed with action. Master Chen Zhonghua taught several instructors advanced push hands moves. The moves were executed at much faster pace compared to other instructional push hand videos, and it included a lot [...]

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“Warping Energy 2″ Online Video Class

April 17, 2020

Thus far, the videos I have selected as curriculum have been focused on the functional aspects of using ones own bio-mechanical structure and the structure of the opponent to “take up space” for the gaining of strategic positioning and for martial purposes. The video “Step up to Ji” gave a basic procedure of how to [...]

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Bees, Bubbles and Taiji

April 10, 2020

Bees, Bubbles and Taiji What’s common between all the above entities? You guessed it – Emergence! Observing their behaviour shows how distinctly order emerges out of what looks like chaos when looked at superficially. From work of bees in beehives and work of ants in colonies to swarming of birds or school of fish almost [...]

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The Magic of Taiji

April 4, 2020

Ever wondered why Taiji is so magical especially at the hands of true masters? I first experienced that magic when I met Master Zhonghua Chen in Daqingshan on a warm July evening of 2012. Ever since that moment I have developed a fixation of sort to figure out what is behind that magic – it [...]

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Analysis of “Sink the Waist to Press the Elbow and Whip”

April 1, 2020

Master Wang Zhanjun uses the video clip “Sink the Waist to Press the Elbow and Whip” to analyze taiji in his teachings. The animation at the end was created by Xu Jingpeng. Master Wang is the son of Grandmaster Wang Xi An, one of the 4 Tigers of the Chen Village. Wang Zhanjun is also. [...]

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