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.

Lever 4

by Kelvin Ho on 2021/01/15


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Adjust Yourself, Not Your Opponent

First you make contact, then you adjust yourself, in the end you defeat your opponent. This process is what we generally call “Adjust yourself, not your opponent”.

On making the initial contact, Peng must be present. As soon as you touch your opponent you must establish superiority over him/her. You must be lose advantage.

If you succeed in dealing with the initial contact, you already have won half the battle. Where you make the contact, do not move it. You can only make some minor adjustments. The key to success is whether while holding (Peng) your opponent, you can adjust yourself. Beside the point of contact, adjust the rest of your body to the most advantageous position.

At this point, you can beat you opponent any way you chose to. If it is not the case, your first two steps were not done right.

We hear those things often. In this article I‘ll give an overview of what that means and also write a little bit of how to implement it into your body.

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Taiji is 3 i

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/11/24

WaterPuzzle

Suppose you have only a 4 liter container and a 9 liter container. The containers have no measurement lines on either of them. How could you measure exactly 6 liters of water using only those containers assuming you can have as much extra water as you need?

After I solved the above puzzle, I had a realization on the statement “taiji is 3″.
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The video showed 3 moves of the Practical Method Straight Sword form, namely, Left cut wrist, Right cut wrist and Sweep down one thousand soldiers. Read more

Not Moving is one of the most important concepts in Practical Method. There are 3 types of Not Moving.

Absolutely Not Moving

  • Also known as: Truely Not Moving
  • This point is simply not allowed to move in any way.
  • Example: A nail on the wall. The nail is not moving in any direction.

Relatively Not Moving

  • Also known as: Structurally Not Moving
  • Between two points, a constant relationshiop is maintained.
  • Example: A passenger seating on the car going from place to place. The passenger is not moving relative to the car.

Restrictively Not Moving

  • Also known as: Staying on the track
  • This point is only allowed to move in a very specific way.
  • Example: A train can only move along the track.  It works properly only when it does not derail.

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Power Conversion 7

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/10/18

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Inflection Point 2

by Kelvin Ho on 2020/10/14

Inflection points in differential geometry are the points of the curve where the curvature changes its sign. In the illustration below, it is when the tangent turns red or when the curve intersects with the X axis in this case.


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“Rotation is changing direction without changing direction”

What kind of confusing statement is that?

Learning taijiquan is a feat in resolving conflicts.
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KelvinHoProfile14A leader is someone or something that others follow.  If a number of people have to go through a tunnel that is only large enough to fit a person through at a time, the first person who goes through it is the leader, whom the rest of the people just follow. If multiple people try to go through the tunnel at the same time, there will be a jam, and no one can come out the other end. Read more

两手关系1

This is Master Chen Zhonghua’s official teaching version of the relationship between the two hands in all taiji moves. This mini video was taped on August 25, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Read more

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Online lesson on August 27, 2020. This lesson focused on the following topics:
1. The rear foot, rear kua, front kua, front elbow, front hand will form a straight line 45 degrees upwards. This line does not connect to the upper body. This is an essential part of body postural change.
2. The shoulder cannot move forward with the arm.
3. The front kua pushed the front vertical line up all the way to the head, while the front shoulder pushes downward to form two opposite vertical lines: one up and one down.

This lesson also corrected many students online.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 71 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua's Online Lesson on 2020.08.27
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Chen Zhonghua’s Absolute Beginners Online Lesson on August 17, 2020.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 36 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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InAndOutofDantian-1

In this video, Master Chen Zhonghua explains the concept of energy going into the Dantian and coming out of Dantian. This is a governing concept for the control and movement of energy in the body. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 7 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy 加拿大埃德蒙顿陈中华太极馆 Read more

Chen Zhonghua teaches how to kick in Practical Method. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

How To Kick 2020.07.21
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Chen Zhonghua teaches to details of the move after “Wild Horse Parts Its Mane”. This is requested by Spencer Jones of Chicago.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Mechanics Of Pole Shaking 2020.07.21
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Chen Zhonghua teaches how to produce a rod or rods in the body. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 6 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Rod In The Body 2020.07.21
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This is an Answer by Chen Zhonghua to Spencer Jones’ question on synchronization and de-synchronization.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:4/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Spencer Jones:

In the past I’ve heard you talk about the top half and lower half being two different rhythms. I was aimlessly trying to incorporate that into this move. This explanation is very clear. Now i just have to watch your movements in slow motion a few hundred times. Thanks again.

Chen Zhonghua:

Best way is to look at how the car moves. Wheels rotate and the body of the car moves forward. We normally assume that the car body movement and wheel movement are the same, are synchronized or are directly related. They are not. They are very indirectly related! If they are directly related, the car jerks!

Spencer Jones:

That is helpful. Thanks. I’ll send you a video of my progress once I’ve worked on it some.

Chen Zhonghua:

Another aspect of this de-synchronization can be observed in an old bicycle. In the old no gear bicycle, you pedal to power the bicycle. You pedal hard and fast to make it move faster. But you have the choice of stop pedaling and let the bicycle coast on its own. This means that there is a clutching and de-clutching process involved. Without it, you will have to pedal all the time and when the bicycle is going fast downhill, you might break your legs because you can not follow the speed of the pedals rotation!

The clutching and de-clutching, in our taiji terms, the synchronization and de-synchronization, is the yin yang union and yin yang separation.

This video describes the type of moves in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method under the concept of Sink the Waist to Press the Elbow. Taught by Chen Zhonghua and videotaped by Allan Belsheim.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 9 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Skype class will be held at http://skype.practicalmethod.ca for this video at 10 am ET on Saturday, July 25, 2020. If you would like to join, please leave a message below.

Sink the Waist to Press the Elbow Category of Movements
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FistOfLiftingAndBlocking

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!!!

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

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.