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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 at the 2019 Italian Practical Method Seminar on March 31, 2019. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Michael Angelo, Jiuseppe Bon, Chen Zhonghua at the airport in Treviso.

Michael Angelo, Jiuseppe Bon, Chen Zhonghua at the airport in Treviso.

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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 you want answered

Principle – Yin and Yang separation          life – I want to be good

Concept – all moves are indirect                               education

Action – convert into action                                      use
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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 for the sparks in the sand.
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My attempt to recount what Master Chen said the morning of 3/2/2019 at the Toronto workshop
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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 middle finger to the rear foot. The front forearm is stretched and the front shoulder is pinned down (it does not move).
  • Keep wrists straight throughout.  Read more

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. Read more

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 Bearer of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system and Dean of the Qingshan Taijiquan and Cultural Research Institute of the Rizhao Politechnic. Read more

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

https://youtu.be/r_cMS8pT_4Q

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

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 stayed on the 1st pole. He then said, it’s actually “out w/ foot” as the hand only guides the direction.
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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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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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2018 Sydney Workshop Day One Notes – Tinh Thai

December 23, 2018

About learning 1. “The teacher teaches the principle. You go home and practice.” 2. Follow the principle. Don’t deviate.

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2018 Sydney Workshop Day Two Notes by Brian Chung

December 20, 2018

2018.12.16 Sydney Workshop Day Two Notes – Brian Chung

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2018 Sydney Workshop Day One Notes by Brian Chung

December 20, 2018

2018.12.15 Sydney Workshop Day One Notes – Brian Chung

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Creating a lever in the leg

December 9, 2018

Recently, I had a dream where I used my thigh to push down the opponent at his thigh. Shifu came over and mentioned something that I didn’t quite understand. I then practiced that move with another student named Benz, and I got that move in the dream. When I woke up, I realized that I [...]

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Semi Private Morning Group Private session with Master Chen

December 5, 2018

Attendees: Alex, OngWM, Flo, Chandra, Jojo 1. Twisting Towel train the Elbow to be in the Middle 2. Six Sealing 4 Closing train the Shoulder to be in the Middle 3. Fetch Water train the Kua to be in the Middle

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What is Fajin?

December 1, 2018

Master Chen has stated before fajin is doing an action fast. How do we do an action fast?

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Clarity

November 30, 2018

When I first heard Master Chen Zhonghua talk about clarity, he was referring to our movements which needed to be clear, meaning that if we wanted a body part to move in a particular way, no other body part should compete or be dragged into that movement. For hand-out, the hand must clearly be the [...]

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Locking the opponent

October 21, 2018

The ability to lock the opponent is an important one we need to continuously to improve on in Practical Method. In order to send the opponent to the floor in what seemingly an effortless manner (in reality, it is not really effortless), we always need to lock the opponent first. However, more often than not, [...]

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Precision and Purpose

August 19, 2018

Precision is a word consistently used in Practical Method Taijiquan. But what does that mean in terms of practice? One aspect during Yilu is to not only complete the movement, but to know exactly where that move is aiming towards (which is why knowledge of applications is important). It is not enough to repeat the [...]

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Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy Lineage

August 7, 2018
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Nathan Heintz Accepted as Master Chen Zhonghua’s Disciple on July 28, 2018

August 7, 2018

Nathan Heintz was accepted as Master Chen Zhonghua’s disciple on July 28, 2018 at the North American Practical Method Training Camp in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The discipleship ceremony also welcomed Spencer Jones and Edward Liaw as disciples.

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Notes for North American Chen Style Practical Method Training Camp 2018 by Paddy Hanratty

August 6, 2018

*** Square brackets [ ] are used to show my own attempt to add clarity, and not necessarily the words of Master Chen P1: Beyond the contact point you have to stretch forward Behind the contact point you have to stretch back Threading…like coaxial cable…pulling dough to stretch it thin Produce a dot Everything behind [...]

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Big Trouble in Little Iowa

August 5, 2018

What brings 40 people and 16 disciples to the little city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa? For over a dozen years, Master Chen Zhonghua has been visiting the American Midwest to teach Practical Method and introduce people to Chen Style Taijiquan. Students visited from New York, Texas, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Arkansas, Ohio, California, and Canada to [...]

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What’s your impression of Master Chen’s ability

August 4, 2018

We are collecting people’s impressions of Master Chen’s ability in the format of a short and concise description. Is there anything that shocks you when you met him for the first time? Please add your own impression as a comment below. The following are a few examples: Wall – Kelvin Ho Spear that pokes at [...]

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