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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.

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

Kua Function
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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

Power Up
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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

Weight Shifting
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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

Tile Hand
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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

Yin Yang Split
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Master Chen says that separation of yin and yang is rotation in today’s terms. He also mentions that stretching is an instance of separation of yin and yang. Today, I came to a realization that when the circle becomes infinitely small, rotation and stretching are really one and the same. The key is that the setup needs 3 points, and one action, which is the rotation, at the centre or the pivoting point or the fixed point. The rotation at the centre is the only thing I can do to ensure that the other 2 points are opposites but of the exact same size. For example, if I just move the hands in opposite directions, since there is no relationship between them (no 3rd point linking the two together), there is no guarantee that their actions are the same in size. At the beginning, I can visualize how the dantian acts the centre and modulates the other 2 points (hand and foot). Hopefully in the future, I can place the centre/fixed point anywhere inside or outside of the body as desired like Master Chen said.

In order to materialize this theory in practice, more training in foundation and yilu will be the way to go.

http://practicalmethod.com/2012/10/yin-yang-split-online-video-trailer/

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 other leg is empty and is pushed out by the pressing leg. Anchor the leg that steps out. Pull your original leg close to the newly anchored leg. Read more

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.

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. Read more

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.

Rotation is the driving force of all taiji movements. Rotation is movement without displacement of space. Here is a video clip of a rotation. It is similar to the concept of hinge and axis. Read more

The energy on the body must sometimes be connected and other times disconnected. Here is a video example of how the energy can be connected.

The body must be trained to have multiple axis and they must be in multiple dimensions. One of them is the VERTICAL AXIS. Vertical axis acts exactly the same way as a door hinge. Read more

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This term refers to the attempt to engage in rotation without the ability to maintain one’s center. This flaw results in destabilization of structure and balance, and loss of power as a consequence. 

In Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method “tossing” is considered one of the ills of the practice, a weakness to be overcome if progress is to occur.

http://practicalmethod.com/2010/11/tossing-online-video-trailer/

  1. displace, displacement: to move physically out of position <a floating object displaces water> Read more

To adjust to or keep in proper measure or proportion, e.g. to modulate your force appropriately. Similar concepts include proportional movements, adjust while moving, etc.

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Grind 4

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Rotation with just enough pushing force. A good example of this type of energy or action is when screwing. The turning and the pushing that makes the screw go in is “grinding”. Otherwise there would be only turning, or pushing. This type of energy is highly stressed in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system.

In Chinese pinyin: Nian.

Timing: The activity and force that is caused by the utilization or manipulation of time or lack of time.

Momentum: inertia of force. In taijiquan practice, momentum force simply means movement that cannot be stopped.

Popping: One part of the body moving outside of the restricted area. Size and area restriction is a central key in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. Mostly common body part that pops is the shoulder.

Powering Up: To increase size, length or compression within a fixed area.

Extension: Stretching of a part or point to make it longer. The original point/position must be maintained.

peng jin:The movement away from the center in all directions. The center must be maintained to be considered an expansion.

  1. Sinking
  • With the baihui point fixed, the movement downward of all or some other parts of the body.
  • Any part of the body can be split into yin and yang. When one part is fixed and the other part goes away from the fixed part, it is also called sinking. Therefore, sinking does not have to have a downwards direction.

Split 2

by admin2 on 2008/02/10

  1. Split:  The action of two (or more) parts of the body moving away from each other. The key is that there must be a fixed spot (does not mean a real physical spot) in this action. This fixed point is also the center of the action.

Sink down to grind out: It is a special term used in Chen Style Taijiquan. It was first used by Chen Xin in his “Illustrated Book of Chen Family Taijiquan.” Simply put, this is term that refers to the use of a vertical (upper and lower body) lever in taiji applications. Normally it refers to sinking the rear kua down while grinding the front hand out.

The case of having two or multiple centers of gravity at the same time, causing the body to lose balance. It is an ill in Taijiquan. To avoid the state of Double Heavy, one needs to learn to separate yin from yang.

Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method employs 5 dimensions in its actions. 5 dimensions will comprise a Chen Style Taijiquan Spiraled movement. The definition of a dimension is different from that of the scientific definition. The word dimension here is more like “plane” in English. The five dimensions are:

  1. Dot
  2. Line
  3. Surface
  4. Full
  5. Movement

Direction: It refers to the body part alignment direction and the force direction. It is an important part of the trinity of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. The other two are timing and speed. Angle is used synonymously with direction.

The space between two points of action. The distance between two points is regarded as a space that can be manipulated in taiji actions.