Knowledge : Words and terms can actually help you learn.

These terms in this category will help you understand the instructions and theory better in learning Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.

Jieshou i

by Chen Zhonghua on 2019/12/08

Jieshou, a Chinese word that means “accept hand”, is a term used in Practical Method. You will get an idea of what it means after viewing the video clip.

It is important to know that Practical Method does not allow head-on collision in making initial (or any other) contact with the opponent.

This is a clip of teaching video at the Dec. 2019 New York workshop.


What is Fajin? 2

by Kelvin Ho on 2018/12/01

Toronto Oct 13, 2018

Toronto Oct 13, 2018

Master Chen has stated before fajin is everything is in the correct place, add speed. How do we ad speed?
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Clarity 1

by Kelvin Ho on 2018/11/30

Toronto, Oct 23, 2018

Toronto, Oct 23, 2018

When I first heard Master Chen Zhonghua talk about clarity, he was referring to our movements which needed to be clear, meaning that if we wanted a body part to move in a particular way, no other body part should compete or be dragged into that movement. For hand-out, the hand must clearly be the leader, whereas for elbow-in, the elbow must clearly be the leader. When we practice yilu, we must learn to do it in a segmented way, like writing block letters rather than cursive. We must first establish a train track in our bodies, so our actions will cause our body parts to move along the track (in other words, according to specific principles). The opponent may be fooled by our actions, but we certainly must be very clear on what we tried to do. In practice, we must have a clear goal, so our practice is focused and can take us there.
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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.

Video on the difference of Rotation and Revolution movement in Practical Method system.

Jiaobiejin, pronounced as cheobiejin, is a special characteristic of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. Read more

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    Zheng Quan  正圈 Read more

For a person to function normally, the body and the mind must work together seamlessly. In taijiquan, this state of being is called the harmony of the body and the mind. It is also called the union of the body and the mind.

In terms of yin yang theory in taijiquan, body and mind are the opposite. They don’t always harmonize in many activities. The body mind connection becomes more and more distant as humans age. The practice of taijiquan, is said to help rebuild the body and mind connection for many people.

lilia KelIn taijiquan, we have a saying “Both hands and the heart are forgotten”, and “The body and mind are harmonized as one”. To be more direct, we say that the learning and the using are the same. Both Grandmasters Chen Fake and Hong Junsheng  said, “Practice the way you would use it”. One who can achieve this level of ability is certainly a skilled person. It is unfortunately too difficult to reach this level. Read more

Taiji can certainly be considered a form of specialized technology, and like any specialized technology, this requires special language.

That language is something we have to be very careful of because, in many cases, a word with a ‘common’ meaning often has a special, more extensive, or more precise meaning than the one we would normally attribute to it.



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The Yilu Challenge 1

by Kelvin Ho on 2014/07/01

Serious students of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method are asked to do as many Yilus as possible for a single day. This practice started in 2001 by Master Chen Zhonghua and is known today as the Yilu Challenge.  The 100 Yilu Challenge tests the students courage, endurance and power level. Read more

Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system produces power through many ways such as structure, angles and adherence. The result is that this type of power is perceived as real in the eyes of the opponent but not such in the eyes of the practitioner himself/herself. This type of power is called perceived power. Read more

This is the “ten character dictum” by Grandmaster Hong Junsheng. Read more

Don’t Move! i

by Chen Zhonghua on 2014/01/15

Don’t move! Don’t move your hands! Don’t move your torso! Don’t move your body! Don’t move your center! Don’t move your knee! Don’t move your feet! Read more

Sit the wrist i

by Chen Zhonghua on 2014/01/11

Sit the wrist is a special term used in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. It means that the wrist must be stretched open into a curved position and then locked into place. This is also part of the Tile Hand requirement.

The classic mention of this term is “understanding the three joints” (明三节). Read more

Range of motion refers to the ability to move and the extent of movements in taijiquan. It is NOT the same as flexibility. Read more

Primary movement and secondary movement

January 6, 2014

There are two types of movements in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. Primary movements.  Secondary movements.

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The Five Heads

October 28, 2013

Left hand Right hand Left foot Right foot Head These are considered the five points of the outside of the body. Everything else is considered the inside of the body.

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Stages of Practice

March 2, 2013

There are 5 stages of practice. We can also call them five stages of learning. 1. Choreography. This is the first stage. The student only learns to remember the choreography of the routines. Memory of the movements and names of the moves can be used as a method for learning. 2. Coordination. At this stage [...]

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January 15, 2013

Align Usually this means three energy points (on your own or counted with the opponent’s body part together) moving on the same straight line.

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January 15, 2013

Down Moving downwards with any part of the body without causing any other part of the body to move with it.

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January 7, 2013

Open To move away from one another.

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January 6, 2013

Proportional Same as to “meter out”. Every move must be compensated or matched by movements of all other parts of the body.

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Movement and action

November 7, 2012

We distinguish between movement, which is used for positioning, and action which facilitates rotation. Movement is horizontal in space, forward or backward, left or right. Rotation involves internal vertical adjustments and repositioning of inner space, actions required for directing power outwards, from a stable structure. originally published on 2008/03/03

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“Kua Function” Mini Lesson

October 29, 2012

The shape and actions of the kua in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.  Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2012  Difficulty:3/5  At:Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada

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“Power Up” Mini Lesson

October 24, 2012

How to produce power in the body. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2012  Difficulty:2/5  At:Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada

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“Weight Shifting” Mini Lesson

October 23, 2012

Weight shifting or weight switching is an important technical principle of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.  Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2012  Difficulty:3/5  At:Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada

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“Tile Hand” Mini Lesson

October 23, 2012

The shape of the hand in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.  The hand and fingers are shaped like an ancient Chinese roof tile. This ensures that the base is tight and the fingers span out. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 5 min.   In: English   Year: 2012  Difficulty:1/5  At:Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada

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“Yin Yang Split” Mini Lesson

October 17, 2012

On the way from China to Vancouver workshop, Master Chen has a free day to talk and demonstrate basic principle often misunderstood in Taijiquan.  Using “Six Sealing and Four Closing” to show how to split of yin and yang.   Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2012  Difficulty:2/5  At:Stanley Park Vancouver, Canada [...]

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Weight shifting in stepping

October 11, 2012

In stepping, the weight must remain in the center. This ensures balance of the body. Move the body weight to one leg. This does not mean shifting weight as in physical shape. Press the body weight onto that leg until you feel that the weight is solidly on that leg. At the same time, the [...]

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Twisting the towel

January 18, 2012

Twisting the towel is one of the basic foundation exercises of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. it is also called the four-cardinal yin yang split.

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Movement and tranquility relationships

January 18, 2012

Sometimes you move, sometimes you don’t. Some parts of the body should move while other parts must be tranquil. The correct application of these is taiji.

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January 12, 2012

Pulling energy is also called “Pull back”, or “Roll Back”. In general it is an energy pulling the opponent towards yourself. The key is that your pulling power must originate from your own dantian. It cannot originate from your hand. Here is a video clip to illustrate this point.

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