Knowledge : General theory can set the path!

This is the second of theories that are general in nature, which means they apply to more than the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.

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.

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Practical Method Workshop Videos.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:3/5  At:Toronto

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Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Practical Method Seminar.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:3/5  At:Toronto

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Mise en place (French pronunciation: ​[mi zɑ̃ ˈplas]) is a French culinary phrase that means “putting in place” or “everything in its place”. It refers to the setup required before cooking, and is often used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients, the components that a cook will require for the menu items that are expected to be prepared during a shift.

Master Chen often has referred to “the set up” before applying power…before doing “your move”.  What are the ingredients (components) of your set up?  What needs to be in place before you do your move/apply power?  Please add ingredients!!!

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Chen Zhonghua’s 2019 Prague Practical Method Workshop videos.  Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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Chen Zhonghua’s 2019 Prague Practical Method Workshop videos.Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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Chen Zhonghua’s 2019 Prague Practical Method Workshop videos. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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Chen Zhonghua’s 2019 Prague Practical Method Workshop videos. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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Chen Zhonghua’s 2019 Prague Workshop videos. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:1/5  At:Prague

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Workshop on Practical Method.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:3/5  At:Toronto

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Rotation is the result of linear movements v2

Recently, I understand more about the statement:

“Rotation is the result of linear movements.”

Our actions are like on the tangent of a circle. The non-moving dot is the centre of the circle. Every linear action is very small. The direction changes all the time. The sequence of such actions along with non-moving dot cause the rotation. The actions are continued on top of each other, and they have a relationship with the non-moving dot. In the form, it is like dragging the flesh around some non-moving rod or dot. It is almost like someone pushes the arm on one side for elbow in, and someone else pushes the other side of the arm for hand out. This is related to the stretch that Master Chen Zhonghua showed on the inside or outside of the forearm. Another example is that if someone touches me in the front, I don’t move the front, but I stretch the back over or around that non-moving front.
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True Disciple i

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/08/04

Who is a true disciple?

A true disciple is someone who follows the teacher based on the principles of the teachings. When the teacher evolves in his understanding, a true disciple will do the same. Even if the teacher and the true disciple don’t see each other for an extended period of time, their evolutions will still head in the same direction.

Taiji Trinity i

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/08/04

Principle: Separation of Yin and Yang
Concept: Indirect Power
Action: In with elbow no hand, out with hand no elbow.

These are three ways of describing taiji. They are one and the same.

Master Chen Zhonghua discussed the above during a Q&A session at the North American Practical Method Training Camp from Jul 29 to Aug 2, 2017.

S-Curve

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A 4 videos series explaining the concept of using joint power to generate force.

Using joint power is different then muscle power because using joints keep the body in place. Muscle power often rely on momentum which can be manipulated by opponent.

In addition joint power is additive, so the more the body is open, the greater the output.

“Centered Move 1” “Centered Move 2” “Centered Move 3” “Centered Move 4”

Keeping arm joints in 45 degree so it can open when opponent want to lock it.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2014  Difficulty:1/5  At:Berlin

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Working on Stretching

November 15, 2014

At the workshop in Maple Ridge today, we worked on “Stretching”. It is important to remember that a concept must be understood at it core level. We train the basic core elements of the concept, not its derivatives, deviations, adaptations or variations of the concept. For example, the core elements of a “stretch” is a [...]

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Understanding Segmented Movement

August 2, 2014

Sometimes watching something in nature can be helpful in gaining understanding a type of movement. If you watch generally speaking you see ‘everything moving’ in a wavelike manner. But if you look more closely you will notice the movement is actually the result of a sequence of isolated actions connected by stretch. Every thing is [...]

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Hardness is a quality; softness is an action

March 4, 2014

The purpose of training is to enhance the hardness of the body in every aspect. This is a quality issue. 

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All movements are originally straight; rotations are converted results

March 4, 2014

Movements are in the bones; rotations are in the joints. All Practical Method movements are straight movements. The system requires rotations. Rotations are achieved in two ways:

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Movements must be vertical, not horizontal

March 4, 2014

The understanding of vertical movements (line) and horizontal movements (line) is vital. Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system requires that all movements must be along the vertical line, not the horizontal line. 

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The head must be suspended.

March 4, 2014

Suspended head is an important principle of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. The suspended head allows the vertical stretch of the body to take place. This creates two lines in the body: 1) head left foot vertical line. 2) head right foot vertical line. 

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Every push must be a pull

March 1, 2014

Every push in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system must be converted into a pull. This is a major concept. 

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Rotation is the result of linear movements

January 10, 2014

Rotation is the result of linear movements. There are no rotational moves in taijiquan.

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Motion Capture Fetch Water

November 5, 2013
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The Trampoline Effect

October 20, 2013

I believe that what happens to a connected person’s body when being pushed can be understood by understanding how a trampoline works.

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Hard but not stiff; soft but not collapsed.

December 29, 2012

Key words: 【硬而不僵】: Ying er bu jiang. Hard but not stiff. This is a concept in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. 松而不懈: Song er bu xie. Soft but not collapsed. This is a commonly used taiji phrase and concept.

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On being “natural”

December 13, 2012

This “natural” is not your “natural”. The master said so right at the first meeting. His explanations later on were mainly based on how to separate “self” from the objects that we observe. The “nature” taiji talks about is about the real nature out there. It is the one outside of self. Not the one [...]

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The Circle

February 23, 2012

The circle, simply put, is the basis of every move in the Taijiquan Practical Method system. Every action or movement in the form is actually a part or variation of either the negative or positive circle. Therefore, common sense would suggest that one must gain a deep understanding of the circle and its mechanics in [...]

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Quality versus Quantity

February 9, 2012

Quality and quantity are two issues that come up a lot during training and seem to be the cause of some debate amongst practitioners. Generally most people have strong opinions about these two ideals and normally have specific training habits which clearly show which catergory they fall into.

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十三勢分節 (陳鑫陳式太極拳圖說)

October 26, 2011

第一勢   金剛搗碓(1)  只一勢言太極蔭陽之理皆具

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The Balance of Taiji

October 7, 2011

Interview with Chen Stylist Chen Zhonghua

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Basic Rules of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method

September 17, 2011
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“Jiang Zhoucun Taiji Lecture on Daqingshan 2011″ Trailer

September 1, 2011

This video is 75 minutes long. English Link:  http://practicalmethod.com/2011/09/jiang-zhoucun-taiji-lecture-on-daqingshan-2011/

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Being Connected?

June 28, 2011

One concept which seems to come up in almost every lesson and principle Master Chen teaches is connection.  But what does “being connected” actually mean? How do we achieve it and what are the benefits of being connected? I think these are all important questions that any serious Chen Style Taijichuan Practical Method student needs [...]

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