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

This is the most basic three count of the Practical Method positive circle.

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In this mini video, Master Chen Zhonghua explains how to judge the size of movements by using a point of reference.
This is part of the Sept. 8, 2020 online video of Master Chen Zhonghua
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 1 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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When you know how to rotate, you will need to have an anti-reversal lock on your body. This way, you will be able to rotate continuous forward, and won’t lose the gain of your rotation.

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Dixian,底线,bottom line,  is the most basic of the Practical Method. It refers to things that cannot be questioned, discussed or researched. They are things that must be accepted in whole. Read more

在2020年8月13日的零基础直播课上,陈中华老师着重讲解和示范了搓开这个概念。这个小视频讲解了搓开前立轴。实用拳法中身体有三个常用立轴,前立轴,中立轴和后立轴。这三个立轴是用来做腰裆转换(也就是支点转换)的。前立轴在前肩和前胯的立轴。中立轴在百汇合会阴的立线上。后立轴在后肩和后胯的立轴。

At the August 13, 2020 “Absolute Beginners” Mandarin Online session, Master Chen Zhonghua focused on the explanation and demonstration of the concept of “Cuokai”, rub to open. This mini video is on the topic of the “Rubbing Open the Front Axis”. In Practical Method, there are three vertical axis. Front, Middle and Rear. These three axis are used to perform “Switching” of the Yaodang (waist and dang), or the pivot. The front vertical axis is the vertical line from the front shoulder to the front kua. The Middle vertical line is from the Baihui point on the head to the Huiyin point in the crotch. The Rear Vertical Axis is from the rear shoulder to the rear kua.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Grind Open With A Vertical Axis August 13, 2020
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Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on August 11, 2020. This one hour lesson focused on the concept (terminology) of re-calibration in Practical Method.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 59 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson on August 11, 2020
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De-synchronization-1

Master Chen Zhonghua talked about the concept of de-synchronization in request of Paul’s inquiry.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 6 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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石碾 Stone mill

In taiji we say “Sink down to grind out”. This saying refers to the action of this device. It is called a Nian.

Sink down, is when the grinding stone goes over something, it does not float up lightly, instead, it will go over within downward sinking power. It moves forward leaving a trail of powder behind!

In addition, when we push this grinding stone forward parallel to the the ground, our forward power is converted to an vertical power through this device called Nian. This is taiji conversion!

Today we have grinders

Hong called it “gear box”

Old days they were called Xia Ta Wai Nian!

 

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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.

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.

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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

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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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Body and the mind

January 6, 2015

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 [...]

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Recalibration

January 4, 2015

In 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 [...]

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Adjust

August 13, 2014

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 [...]

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The Yilu Challenge

July 1, 2014

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.

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Perceived power

March 4, 2014

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.

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In with elbow, no hand; out with hand, no elbow

January 27, 2014

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

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Don’t Move!

January 15, 2014

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!

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Sit the wrist

January 11, 2014

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.

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The three-joint theory

January 11, 2014

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

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Range of motion

January 8, 2014

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

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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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Align

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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Down

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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Open

January 7, 2013

Open To move away from one another.

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Proportional

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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