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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 each time I attend a function with Master Chen I can get a little better grasp of what he is teaching.
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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 is really there.
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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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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 – have someone hold onto your kua from the rear.  Add stepping – connect it to your elbow and don’t let the elbow move.
  • Learning – have to make ideas based on physical reality, not on ideas.

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Yilu Record Tab i

by Lou Sacharske on 2019/07/15

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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 to be a very positive tool and extremely easy to use.


Taken in June 2019


Taken in June, 2019

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Taken in June 2019

DougGauld

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 the ’80′s. It became so bad at one point I was bed ridden for almost 2 years. It causes difficult symptoms in multiple body systems. I have had to get steroids injected into my eyes a few times to bring down inflammation. The disease primarily fuses the spinal vertebrae together, which of course reduces, restricts and eventually collapses the vertebral separations so they cannot move normally, or at all. I have tried physio, multiple drug therapies, meditation and exercise all with no or next to no improvement in my symptoms.
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For this year’s Edmonton workshop we worked a lot on positive circle concepts and stretching.
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Yilu Performance at 2019 Canadian Cultural and Martial Arts Festival

Kelvin Ho performed Taiji sword at 2019 Canadian Cultural and Martial Arts Festival on June 8, 2019.

While I was still living in Hong Kong, I have started with 300 a day.  John Upshaw and I have been exchanging and we decided 3 months ago to increase it to 600 a day – 3oo per leg, and log our sets on Facebook.  We promised to do this until July 24.  This is when Master Chen will visit Iowa for their workshop.  Since then, the likes of Kelvin Ho, Tinh Thai, and Winston Wang have joined.  Even my student Simon Yau has jumped in on the action!  Every day, I look forward to my brothers giving me the thumbs up next to my “done”.
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Drilling Down 1

by Kelvin Ho on 2019/04/06

DrillingDownThis week, I found myself able to drill the opponent down causing him to eventually fall vertically to the ground. Read more

The use of rubber cords for Practical Method training

April 3, 2019

The use of rubber cords for Practical Method training at the 2019 Italian Practical Method Seminar on March 31, 2019.

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First Zurich Practical Method Workshop on April 2, 2019

April 3, 2019

The Zurich workshop is for Tuesday and Wednesday evening only as there aren’t enough weekend on my European tour this year. 13 people came to the workshop of which 7 came from Germany.  This is expected for a first workshop.

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Italy Practical Method Seminar on March 29, 2019

March 29, 2019

Italy Practical Method Seminar on March 29, 2019. Chen Xu and Sun Yang arrived on March 28, 2019. There was a brief tour of Venice and then training.

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Arrived in Valdagno, Italy

March 27, 2019
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March 2 to 5th Workshop Notes

March 10, 2019

The following are highlights of my workshop notes workshop March 2 to 5th. I have tried to organize them into categories so I could better relate them.  I did not capture everything  Workshop notes: All Questions Should be asked in order to bring clarity: Hear It , See it, Feel It – the 3 questions [...]

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Toronto Workshop, Day 2, March 3, 2019 – Mike’s Notes

March 3, 2019

We are here because we’re humans, not animals. Everything is like loose sand. Among the sand, some things might have a spark. There’s nothing wrong with sand, and nothing wrong with other ways of moving, such as other forms of martial arts or football. It just depends on what you want. Master Chen is looking [...]

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Open and close the kua

March 2, 2019

My attempt to recount what Master Chen said the morning of 3/2/2019 at the Toronto workshop

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Notes for Practical Method Toronto Workshop Mar 2-5, 2019 – Kelvin Ho

March 1, 2019

Day 0 Fetch Water Put my front knee against the bench. My front knee should be on top of my front heel. Make my fetch water action much, much, much bigger. Only when there is size, it becomes useful. My action is way too small, Master Chen told me the same at the last workshop [...]

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Jan & Feb 2019 Online Practical Method Classes – Notes

February 28, 2019

Foundations corrections Positive circle correction (3-count): Before I start the first positive circle the middle finger of the front hand must concentrate on a dot. The front middle finger is no higher than the eyebrow. The elbow and palm of the front hand are directed towards the floor. There is a stretch from the front [...]

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Jan & Feb 2019 Online Practical Method Classes – Review

February 28, 2019

What a fantastic set of online classes that Kelvin Ho has run! I was challenged in each class to bring myself back to the uncomfortable-ness of our practice.

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Sun Yang wins Muay Thai Gold Belt 2019.02.22

February 22, 2019

Sun Yang wins Muay Thai Gold Belt 20190222 Top New:News just came from Thailand that Sun Yang has won the 67 kg Golden Belt after many rounds of hard fights at the Golden Belt Finals under the auspice of the Thailand Muay Thai Federation. Sun Yang is a disciple of Master Chen Zhonghua, International Standard [...]

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Kelvin Ho Chinese New Year Taiji Performance 2019

February 12, 2019

Kelvin Ho was invited to perform at Yee Hong Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb. 12, 2019.

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81 Yilu With Full Movement Names – International Coach & Liaison Officer James Strider, Perth December 2018

February 12, 2019

https://youtu.be/r_cMS8pT_4Q 81 Yilu With Full Movement Names – International Coach & Liaison Officer James Strider, Perth December 2018

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Kelvin Ho Straight Sword on Feb 10, 2019

February 10, 2019
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Stay on the line

January 27, 2019

At the Phoenix workshop Master Chen had someone place a pole from his hand to the arch of his back foot. In w/ elbow his and and forearm slid along the pole. He has a shorter pole placed by his front kua a slightly upward angle. His elbow followed the 2nd pole while the hand [...]

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Don’t power up at the top

January 19, 2019

陈中华老师曰:《手上要松,脚下要攻。》 Master Chen Zhonghua said, “Don’t power up the top, attack from the bottom.”

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Ling Zili Sydney Push Hands Workshop 3-4 Jan 2019 Photos

January 4, 2019

 

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Taiji Power Secrets

December 30, 2018

It is not opening/closing but rather coiling/uncoiling and compressing/releasing. It is not about using no force but using enormous amount of forces to maintain the rigidity of the structure, the integrity of the core and the efficiency of the move. It is not about balance but balanced forces. It is not about flexibility but the [...]

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5 levels

December 28, 2018

Hi, I wonder if someone can help me out: all the videos carry a classification “x/5″ what exactly does “level x” mean? I asked once but I forgot all except the first … grumble. level 1 = structure (meaning the clip is mostly about structural issues) Thanks in advance!

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Learning – My taiji journey continues…

December 28, 2018

Back in 2011, I wrote about how my taiji journey got started: http://practicalmethod.com/2011/10/how-did-my-taiji-journey-get-started/. 7 more years passed by quickly on this journey, and it is now 2018. Much of the time was spent learning how to learn. In this article, rather than talking about taiji principles or concepts, let me share Master Chen Zhonghua’s teachings [...]

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Creating a shell around myself

December 25, 2018

Today, I trained with John Dahms. We discussed about creating a shell around ourselves to prevent ourselves from moving. Creating such a shell is only half of the equation, the other half is that we must stretch/expand the inside as much as possible. This is like a fight between containment and breakout. It is a [...]

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Opponents stop moving when I move

December 24, 2018

During practice on Dec. 23, 2018, we were practicing how to move in after making contact with the opponent. The particular exercise involved the two right forearms touching at one point. One person attempted his best to prevent the opponent from coming in, including moving his arm around. Everyone did this exercise against the others [...]

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