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’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.


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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

Opening within 45 degree
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Chen SittingAt 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 locked point and a moving point. A variation is two moving points. Read more

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 NOT moving at the same time. There is an energy flow through the segments.

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

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: Read more

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.  Read more

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.  Read more

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

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

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:

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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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DQS Clip: Incoming force is like water

May 30, 2011

“If I move, force will come to me, if I don’t toss, force will pass” “Force is like water, it will affect parts that move”

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Application of Three Way Split

May 2, 2011

Clip from Three Way Split Lesson Three way split will create an unmoving fulcrum point, so the principle of lever can be applied.

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Principle for movements

March 24, 2011

Just arrived in Helsinki, Finland. It is much colder here than in Iceland yesterday. Checked into Scandic Hotel downtown. Had a brief private with Tomi after supper. Here are the main points on basic movements. I am trying to set the rules out for the initial Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method workshop in Helsinki.

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“New York 2011 Workshop Online Video 2” Online Video Trailer

February 24, 2011

This is the private section of Chen Zhonghua’s Feb. 2011 Workshop in New York. It was meant to be a private teaching session for Michael Calandra and Dean Mayo. This video showed some higher level taiji skills and techniques and lots of training tips for students. Author: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 30 min.   In: [...]

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“Maple Ridge Taiji Workshop on Feb. 19-20, 2011” Trailer

February 22, 2011

Push Hands practice, the meaning of “Don’t Move” Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 23min.   In: English   Year: 2011  Difficulty:1/5  At: Maple Ridge

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Trigrams in shoulder and kua

February 15, 2011

Hi, just some thoughts here i actually wanted to post on the specific category, but that is not possible anymore. It deals with shoulder and Kua and the connections between the trigrams.

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Connection to the ground

February 8, 2011

Just one brief observation i made sunday during PH with Martin – i think he will attend the WS in Freising too, since he is starting to appreciate your Taiji-wisdom. First, i led him push with both hands my pelvis-bones and i could resist his push by cennecting both contact-spots to my feet.

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