Knowledge : Application

This category contains posts related to push hands, applications and techniques of Taijiquan.

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

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

20181222_113920During 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 one by one. One student observed that when I showed how to move in, the opponent always appeared to have stopped his arm movement as soon as I started to move in. Others would struggle to fight at the upper body or the arm with the opponent. I found that being an interesting observation. Another student commented that he didn’t react or do any subsequent action when I moved in because there was no feedback/trigger to tell him to do anything, and he would just “watch” me coming in. I further demonstrated what they tended to do, which was to push his hand/arm forwarded as they moved the body forward, in which case, the opponent would respond immediately and stop me from coming in possibly using different methods. There should be no push at any time. Read more

Lever In The Leg

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 learned something.
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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, especially at the beginning of our learning, we use a lot of brute force to keep the opponent in certain position. However, locking the opponent simply means disallowing him or her to move. As long as the opponent is not moving, the objective is achieved. Read more

Get out of the way i

by Kelvin Ho on 2018/05/26


During push hands practice, Master Chen Zhonghua often says, “Get out of the way”. The result is that the opponent falls right into a hole (to the ground). I had a recent understanding of this phrase. Whose way that I need to get out of? It’s opponent’s path to the ground, and I am right in the middle blocking it. In theory, if I can remove myself from that path, the opponent will happily (or not so happily) reach his/her destination (the ground).

In more practical terms, I need to lure the opponent into using me for support without him realizing it, I then put a lid above/behind him. Without losing the lid, I get out of the way to remove my support for him. With no further pushing, he will fall right into where my support was originally. A differential is created at that time. A related article on differential: Opening the trap door from below.
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Equal and Opposite 2

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/09/17

This video describes in taiji what we do is equal and opposite to the result we desire.
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Take out Space i

by admin2 on 2016/10/17


14138127_1225470587484056_3943916346075667431_oFresh new Mr. accountant John and I had a catch up today and celebrated. Despite his absence, he has been keeping up with the basics and was able to develop new moves on the basketball court. Yeah, he sent a guy rolling across the court when pushed from behind. I am impressed! And, John didn’t know what had happened except for not moving!



Instructor: Hugo Ramiro
Instructor: Brennan Toh

Top/Bottom Separation, Taking Up Slack, Creating a Catch, Rotating Without Moving the Hand.

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Correction and Application for move 6 – 13

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 16 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:2/5

Yilu Application with Levi Sowers
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Push Hand Teaching – Demonstration

May 21, 2015
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“Partner Exercise: Three Direction Move” Online Video Trailer

May 19, 2015

Two person exercise to practice three directions move Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 11 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:1/5  At:Berlin Theory of three directions move video: link

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“Drive the posture through” Online Video Trailer

May 6, 2015

Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 5 min.   In: English   Year: 2015  Difficulty:2/5  At:Toronto

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Gigi Push Hand Applications on youtube

January 25, 2015


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Michael Calandra demonstration in London 2014

January 24, 2015
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Grab, Root and Push

January 19, 2015

At the four-day workshop on Toronto from Jan. 15-19, 2015, I taught the basic principles of push hands action again. It is to:

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Get in, get stuck, turn the waist.

January 7, 2015

Master Chen says that we need to get in, get stuck, and then turn the waist. However, people do not like the feeling of being stuck. We think that we need to move around looking for any opportunity to do something. The reality is that every move is an opportunity.

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Self align and align with opponent

December 28, 2014

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Taijiquan Application: real or illusion?

September 13, 2014

A youtube viewer of video below asked: Master Chen, how will know if can be used when we can practice 100%? How would we know if it is real or an illusion of our ability?   Please comment on this good question

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Hugo and Xavier Training

February 10, 2014
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Two person constant pressure training

December 25, 2013

This is a very beneficial training method that focuses on sticking your energy and connecting to an opponent while you are in movement.

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Chen Xu Push Hands in Singapore 2013

December 10, 2013
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Chen Zhonghua and Gary Kong Push Hand Instruction Video Trailer

July 10, 2013

Push Hand demonstration and instruction. ‘ front hand and rear foot line up’ , ‘Linking and sinking power” principles in action. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 5:34 min.   In: English   Year: 2009  Difficulty:3/5  At:Maple Ridge  

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Han Yue Push Hands Practice Video Purchase

July 10, 2013

Han Yue multiple ShanDong Province champion conducting push hand practice with full time students 2011. Presenter: Han Yue  Length: 9 min. In: Chinese & English Year: 2011 Difficulty:4/5 At:Daqingshan

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Sun Xiaohong vs Han Rui

June 16, 2013

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“Toronto Workshop September 2012 Volume 2” Online Video Trailer

February 13, 2013

1. Rotation and movements. 2. Fetch water exercise. 3. Loose and tight. 3. Breathing. 4. Connected spiral. 5. How to touch. 6. Alignment and energy movement. 7. Chen Zhonghua demo of Yilu 13-21. 8. In with elbow. 9. Sinking involves a stretch. 10. Taiji movements are not normal.

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“Toronto Workshop September 2012 Volume 1” Online Video Trailer

February 8, 2013

1. Moving without movements. 2. Add one. 3. Full movements. 4. Stretches of the legs. 5. Revolution with rotation. 6. Hand and foot connection in circles. 7. foundations exercises. 8. Dot coming out.  Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 44 min.   In: English   Year: 2012  Difficulty:4/5  At: Toronto, Canada

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“Front Trick” Application

February 4, 2013

This is a simply application of “Front Trick”. Chen Zhonghua: checkered shirt. Daniel Mroz: black pants. Photography: Allan Belsheim.

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Rules for the Knee

February 2, 2013

When you are stepping, which is a global move called revolution, you are free to move your knee. Once you finish this move, in which case, you have landed your foot and fixed your foot as an anchor, your knee should also be fixed.

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San Shou applications of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method

January 23, 2013


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