Knowledge : Application

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

Chen Zhonghua’s single person push hand drills series.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:4/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Basic Push Hand Drills 2020-Tui (Push)
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Chen Zhonghua’s basic single person push hand drill series.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:4/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Basic Push Hand Drills 2020-La (Pull)
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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 27 min.   In: Chinese   Year: 2018  Difficulty:5/5

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Chen Zhonghua Teaching Rhythm of Push Hands 2018 (CN)
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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 of different push hand techniques. They are very exciting to watch and learn from. For people who are interested in push hands, this is a video not to be missed.

Kelvin Ho will have a class for this video at 10 am ET on Saturday, July 4, 2020, and video guidance in English will be provided by that time. Please feel free to make comments and ask questions for this video in the comment section below.

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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 make contact while matching power and move in other body parts that adhere to the Practical Method’s principle of separated and sequential movements.  In the following video, “Move into Empty Space”, several lessons were taught by Master Chen in various ways to take up the opponents space and demonstrated a few examples of applications, such as going down and adding a dimension.

In this video, Master Chen teaches additional methods of taking up space by “whatever happens, you fill in the gaps”.  It is taking out space, working with space, playing with timing, and/or playing with structure.  The information from the previous video online classes come into play.  Significant additions are made in this video that further advances ones’ repertoire on how to use ones’ structure and the intentional use of working with space as a means of building martial skills and abilities.

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We will have an online class based on this video using the comment section of this video at 10:30 am Central Time, 11:30 pm Eastern Time on Saturday, April 4, 2020. On the days that I am teaching, I have selected a series of videos that will be taught in a sequential manner. The primary emphasis will be improving your understanding of how to take an opponent’s space that utilizes the principles that are inherit to Chen Style Practical Method Taijiquan. The video’s include:
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Master Chen Zhonghua always amazes me, whether it is at the next workshop (there is always something new and amazing) or looking back — such as in this video captured during a workshop in Ottawa ten years ago… an easy, seemingly simple, and clean bounce:

What do you see in the video?

John Upshaw:  Everything is on a line. He added the right leg to the line…left arm to right leg…

Lou Sacharske: Watch his right shoulder, as he adds the right leg, there is zero deviation to telegraph the execution.

James Tam: I believe the rotation axis is the one joining Shifu’s left shoulder and front foot. And, the stick (effective energy pathway) is from his back foot to Steve’s upper back.

Push Hands Part 2 of the Chen Zhonghua 2019 Prague Workshop. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

Prague 19-Push Hands 2
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Push Hands training session of the 2019 Chen Zhonghua Prague Practical Method Workshop. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

Prague 19-Push Hands 1
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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

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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So glad to see John! And he sent a Basketball player rolling across the court!

August 28, 2016

Fresh 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 [...]

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Applications, Toronto, March 2015

June 13, 2016

Instructor: Hugo Ramiro Instructor: Brennan Toh Top/Bottom Separation, Taking Up Slack, Creating a Catch, Rotating Without Moving the Hand.

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Push Hands Practice in Toronto on June 28, 2015

June 29, 2015
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Fixed Point and Lever

June 24, 2015

This following diagram explains what is demonstrated in the video:

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“Yilu Application with Levi Sowers” Online Video Trailer

May 31, 2015

Correction and Application for move 6 – 13 Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 16 min.   In: English   Year: 2013  Difficulty:2/5

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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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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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