Knowledge : Learning Method

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    • John Doe Yilu on Oct. 26, 2020

…learning about adaptation vs. action…screwdrivers only engage one way…

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  1. Smart phone
  2. Tripod
  3. Notebook

The first two items allow your camera to be set at the appropriate height, distance and angle for the teacher/instructor to have an optimal view to provide feedback to the student. These items can be replaced with other equipment that can provide equivalent adjustment of the camera.  The 3rd item facilitates note taking (don’t forget to post your notes too at the website).

…GM gives Roy opportunities to try to use PM to move him in push hands…very focused session…

RoySept22-20 v2

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…one of the messages I hear, daily, from GM Zhonghua Chen is that he wants us to use our head as much as we use our body…

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…focused on Yilu corrections and body mechanics…make sure you view the video of this class…

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…what is the essential nature of Peng?  …is there room for creativity in training processes as a PM beginner?  …could be that how we answer these questions will affect the speed of our learning and our ability in PM over time, maybe…this is a speculative piece…

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…class was a part of the online Zoom ‘Make it Real’ series of lessons, focusing on the double-positive circle…be sure to check out the posted video this review relates to…

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My Yilu video started a discussion on Facebook that Taiji doesn’t look like robotic movements.
Several people tried to explain why we practice this way until we came to the term of paper tigers.
I decided to describe in a longer post why I practice this way and for me this method works. Read more

Chen Zhonghua’s Practical Method Online Lesson Morning Session on August 18, 2020.
Negative Circle procedure.
Many explanations and individual corrections.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 54 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua Practical Method Online Lesson, Morning of August 18, 2020
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We will have an online class based on this video using the comment section of this video at 10:30 am Central Time, 11:30 pm Eastern Time on Saturday, April 4, 2020. On the days that I am teaching, I have selected a series of videos that will be taught in a sequential manner. The primary emphasis will be improving your understanding of how to take an opponent’s space that utilizes the principles that are inherit to Chen Style Practical Method Taijiquan. The video’s include:
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Online practice groups are a way to support and motivate each other along our Practical Method journey.
Anyone learning Practical Method can conduct an online foundations practice group regardless of where you are in the world.

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Yilu Record Tab i

by Lou Sacharske on 2019/07/15


During a workshop earlier this year, Master Chen recommended that we utilize the “Yilu Record” tab to track our practice. As a result of starting this, I have found that it motivates me to basically do more, and to practice more consistently. Recording progress provides definitive feedback on effort and accomplishment. I have found it to be a very positive tool and extremely easy to use.

While I was still living in Hong Kong, I have started with 300 a day.  John Upshaw and I have been exchanging and we decided 3 months ago to increase it to 600 a day – 3oo per leg, and log our sets on Facebook.  We promised to do this until July 24.  This is when Master Chen will visit Iowa for their workshop.  Since then, the likes of Kelvin Ho, Tinh Thai, and Winston Wang have joined.  Even my student Simon Yau has jumped in on the action!  Every day, I look forward to my brothers giving me the thumbs up next to my “done”.
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The use of rubber cords for Practical Method training at the 2019 Italian Practical Method Seminar on March 31, 2019. Read more

Precision is a word consistently used in Practical Method Taijiquan. But what does that mean in terms of practice? One aspect during Yilu is to not only complete the movement, but to know exactly where that move is aiming towards (which is why knowledge of applications is important). It is not enough to repeat the move, but to understand the energy alignment and aim. As our training continues to develop, and we become more aware of additional body parts (ie: to become aware of the elbow, become aware of the hip, etc.), we are able to aim more pieces towards the same objective – making the move more effective as each body part compounds power on the next.

Master Chen and Josh Landau

That same exactness and consciousness of movement is required during push hands. When the foot is being moved, it’s not being moved forward or backwards, but to a very specific spot. The practitioner needs to be aware of exactly where that foot needs to be for that situation, and move it there with purpose.

Every interaction needs to move towards a goal. Too often we push to get a feeling of the other person, to practice getting in a favourable position, waiting for the opponent to make a mistake to capitalize on, etc. This is following our own familiar pattern. Within taijiquan we must be able to change the energy of the interaction without changing the shape.

Efficiency of movement is not changing the position/contact points in order to get into a place that is familiar to us. Rather, it is often to be able to capitalize on the position you are already in. Become comfortable despite being in an awkward position. You have to be able to let go of your ideas on what is a bad position in order to achieve a certain objective. It is often when we feel our body is uncomfortable that our body fights back, getting in our own way of being able to do what we need to do. The mind needs to let go first, train, and the body will follow.

Your Next Step After A Workshop

December 6, 2017

Your Next Step After A Workshop HONG KONG CHEN STYLE TAIJI PRACTICAL METHOD 香港陳式太極實用拳法·WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017 I watched master’s videos; it was the one where he demonstrated with Master Michael Calandra to be exact that got me curious. I thought, gosh, there is something very different here. He bounced and dropped people with what [...]

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Stretching and Switching Exercise on Oct. 28, 2017

October 29, 2017
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Triangle on Oct. 28, 2017

October 28, 2017

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Basic Foundations

March 27, 2017

Twisting the towel Fetch Water Six Sealing Four Closing Positive Circle Negative Circle Double Positive Circle Double Negative Circle (together) Double Negative Circle (alternate) Positive-Negative Circle (Pole shaking) Positive Circle – Moving Step Negative Circle – Moving Step Six Sealing Four Closing – Moving Step Double Positive Circle – Moving Step Double Negative Circle (alternate) [...]

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Embarassed in Iowa

March 14, 2017

  At some point one evening during the 2016 Iowa seminar, in Levi’s basement, a discussion occurred regarding the front kua and a particular orientation of it during a particular move. A statement was made about this requirement, followed by crickets chirping. Sensing that the moment was dying, I decided to wade in and stake [...]

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Kelvin Ho Yilu (First 13 Segmented Moves) Mar 2, 2017 in Toronto

March 4, 2017
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Turning Flower Out of the Bottom of the Sea

February 25, 2017

1) Maintain a non-moving vertical rod from head to left heel throughout the action. 2) Hold the right forearm in front of the chest with a fist, while the left fist is on the side of the body. 3) Throw the right fist down to the right side as hard as possible with a raising right knee to [...]

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Twisting the Towel, Fetch Water and Six Sealing Four Closing on Jan. 21, 2017

January 22, 2017

Today, we focused on the details of 3 foundation exercises: Twisting the Towel Fetch Water Six Sealing Four Closing

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Practical Method Taiji Alignment Part 1

December 4, 2016


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Stay on the line

November 19, 2016

At the Ottawa Nov. 12-13, 2016 workshop, Master Chen Zhonghua talked about when doing twisting the towel or six sealing four closing, our hands and elbows must stay on the same line. Where was that line exactly? We often just imagined where that line was. He told us to use a physical object to guide [...]

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Practical Method Toronto Class on June 11, 2016

June 11, 2016

Instructor: Kelvin Ho Topics: Footwork – Shoveling out with Front Heel, Land the Front Foot, Pull up the Rear Foot – Jumping across to cover distance Aiming – Aligning Front Hand with the Rear Foot

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Practical Method Negative Circle 101

December 12, 2015

Negative circle is likely the second thing one learns in Practical Method.  The following are some starter instructions for a right-side negative circle: The right side is considered the front side, and the left side is consider the rear side. Find a line that is parallel to your chest on the ground. Put your right [...]

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Practical Method Positive Circle 101

December 6, 2015

Positive circle is likely the first thing one learns in Practical Method.  The following are some starter instructions for a right-side positive circle: The right side is considered the front side, and the left side is consider the rear side. Find a line that is parallel to your chest on the ground. Put your right [...]

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Practical Method Practice in Toronto on Nov. 15, 2015

November 15, 2015
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How to train Yilu

November 13, 2015

I have a question regarding the training speed of Yilu. I remember Chen Laoshi saying, that doing two slow and one fast Yilu (and then again two slow, one fast) would be good. But I am not sure about the context anymore. Here on Daqinshan the „group“ prefer to do fast Yilus (like 4:30 minutes), [...]

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Learning Yilu…15,000 times and counting

October 17, 2015

When I first studied practical method in Nov. 2009, there were a few things that made a long lasting impression. They were: In with elbow no hand, out with hand no elbow. Don’t move Yilu, which is made up of only positive and negative circles. Many beginners including myself usually ask the following questions: How [...]

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Using mirror neurons to learn Taijiquan

July 21, 2015

Shifu Chen Zhonghua often emphasizes how to learn Taijiquan. This web site has a great article called 6 Methods of Learning Tai Chi. (Read this if you hav not already.) It expands and elaborates on Grandmaster Hong’s Look, Listen, Ask, practice method. I am working on a PhD in Exercise Science – Sports Biomechanics at Auburn University. A related field [...]

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Circles Practice in Toronto on July 4, 2015

July 8, 2015
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Push Hands Practice in Toronto on June 28, 2015

June 29, 2015
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Get In Hand Out Drill

March 30, 2015

1) Shovel out the front heel 2) Land the front toes and knee together 3) Extend the hands out Note: Don’t push the opponent in step 1 and 2.

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