Knowledge : Workshop Notes

For this year’s Edmonton workshop we worked a lot on positive circle concepts and stretching.
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The Zurich workshop is for Tuesday and Wednesday evening only as there aren’t enough weekend on my European tour this year. 13 people came to the workshop of which 7 came from Germany.  This is expected for a first workshop. Read more

Italy Practical Method Seminar on March 29, 2019. Chen Xu and Sun Yang arrived on March 28, 2019. There was a brief tour of Venice and then training. Read more

Michael Angelo, Jiuseppe Bon, Chen Zhonghua at the airport in Treviso.

Michael Angelo, Jiuseppe Bon, Chen Zhonghua at the airport in Treviso.

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The following are highlights of my workshop notes workshop March 2 to 5th. I have tried to organize them into categories so I could better relate them.  I did not capture everything

 Workshop notes:

All Questions Should be asked in order to bring clarity: Hear It , See it, Feel It – the 3 questions you want answered

Principle – Yin and Yang separation          life – I want to be good

Concept – all moves are indirect                               education

Action – convert into action                                      use
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We are here because we’re humans, not animals.

Everything is like loose sand. Among the sand, some things might have a spark. There’s nothing wrong with sand, and nothing wrong with other ways of moving, such as other forms of martial arts or football. It just depends on what you want. Master Chen is looking for the sparks in the sand.
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My attempt to recount what Master Chen said the morning of 3/2/2019 at the Toronto workshop
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Day 0

Fetch Water

  • Put my front knee against the bench.
  • My front knee should be on top of my front heel.
  • Make my fetch water action much, much, much bigger. Only when there is size, it becomes useful. My action is way too small, Master Chen told me the same at the last workshop as well. I have not changed yet.
  • Once I am done with stretching the top, while not moving the front kua, knee, foot, move the rear foot to increase size.
  • Whatever I do, the front knee is not moving.
  • Train the whole yilu with one specific part not moving.

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At the Phoenix workshop Master Chen had someone place a pole from his hand to the arch of his back foot. In w/ elbow his and and forearm slid along the pole. He has a shorter pole placed by his front kua a slightly upward angle. His elbow followed the 2nd pole while the hand stayed on the 1st pole. He then said, it’s actually “out w/ foot” as the hand only guides the direction.
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About learning

1. “The teacher teaches the principle. You go home and practice.”

2. Follow the principle. Don’t deviate.
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2018.12.16 Sydney Workshop Day Two Notes – Brian Chung Read more

2018.12.15 Sydney Workshop Day One Notes – Brian Chung Read more

Attendees: Alex, OngWM, Flo, Chandra, Jojo
1. Twisting Towel train the Elbow to be in the Middle
2. Six Sealing 4 Closing train the Shoulder to
be in the Middle
3. Fetch Water train the Kua to be in the Middle

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爱荷华 Iowa180727 - Patty Harantty

爱荷华 Iowa180727 – Patty Harantty

*** Square brackets [ ] are used to show my own attempt to add clarity, and not necessarily the words of Master Chen


Beyond the contact point you have to stretch forward
Behind the contact point you have to stretch back
Threading…like coaxial cable…pulling dough to stretch it thin
Produce a dot
Everything behind has to line up with front finger (which is pointing at the target) and makes it’s way to the rear foot…you need every body part to complete the job Read more

Group Positive CircleWhat brings 40 people and 16 disciples to the little city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa? For over a dozen years, Master Chen Zhonghua has been visiting the American Midwest to teach Practical Method and introduce people to Chen Style Taijiquan. Students visited from New York, Texas, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Arkansas, Ohio, California, and Canada to train and learn. Read more

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The body must separate into two. For example in the opening move, part of the body faces forward and part of it rotates 45 degrees
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Notes for North American Practical Method Training Camp 2018 by Steve Doob

August 1, 2018

I’m extremely pleased at what I’ve taken away from the camp. I have a lot to work on between now and the next Master Chen Zhonghua workshop, for instance:

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Notes for North American Practical Method Training Camp 2018 by John Upshaw

August 1, 2018

Pretend to fight to find the end points. Once locked, move-in the middle point.   (Alignment) Rear fingers look for the front elbow. The rear kua looks for the rear elbow.  

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An excellent workshop given by Master Chen in Prague… again!

June 15, 2018

Review and summary of  V. workshop of Master Chen in Prague 2018.

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2017 Sydney Workshop Day Two Notes by Brian Chung

December 30, 2017

2017.12.17 Sydney Workshop Day Two Notes by Brian Chung   Coordination never occurs until there is something independent. Moving Step Positive Circle. The middle is independent. It cannot get involved. A move must be clear, don’t drag anything into it. Example of a mechanical typewriter – two keys cannot jam together. Example of a deer. Feet [...]

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2017 Sydney Workshop Day One Notes by Brian Chung

December 30, 2017

2017.12.16 Sydney Workshop Day One Notes by Brian Chung The two buttocks and tailbone splits into a tripod. It will take sixty years to train. Do not believe you can do it. Alignment is everything goes through a bottleneck. When the Horizontal and Vertical dot meets, it becomes a three dimensional force field. Peng Energy. [...]

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Ottawa Workshop Notes Nov. 18-19, 2017

November 19, 2017

Thank you for Rachelle Bergeron and James Tam for organizing the Ottawa workshop and their hospitality. It was always great fun to attend the Ottawa workshop. A lot of important aspects of Practical Method was shown and covered by Master Chen Zhonghua. What is Practical Method about? Practical Method was based on a fight system [...]

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Powerful distractions in Taiji, Part 1

October 17, 2017

In the late afternoon of the first day of my first workshop with Master Chen, a wave of remorse and sadness swelled up in me, seemingly out of nowhere. Earlier in the day, two other workshop participants talked to me about decisions they were faced with that reminded me of a difficult period in my [...]

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What to Expect from Master’s Workshops

October 6, 2017

A potential participant of our upcoming November 28th, 29th, 30th Hong Kong workshop posed the following questions. Sifu suggested that I pose the answers here so that everyone, especially newcomers, would benefit:

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North American Taiji Training Camp 2017 Notes

August 9, 2017

Dates: July 28th – July 31st Hiawatha Iowa Hosts: John Upshaw and Levi Sowers

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Notes for North American Practical Method Training Camp 2017

August 7, 2017
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Beijing Workshop 2017.07.05 Trailer

July 26, 2017
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Vienna Workshop June 3-4, 2017

June 5, 2017

Vienna, June 3-4, 2017    Host: Pawel Muller. Assistant: Brennan Toh

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Hong Kong – Sunday Class of Nicholas Fung – 12.2.2017

February 13, 2017

Yesterday I could attend the class of Nicholas Fung, situated in the middle of Hong Kong. We have been five students and trained for two hours, which passed by surprisingly quickly. 1) Content – First we did fetch water with yoga blocks. We did fifty each side, break and another fifty. – Then we focused [...]

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Toronto Workshop Notes (Twist Towel)

February 1, 2017

By Patrick Hanratty **Due to my computer crashing these notes have been recompiled using my original written notes, which are somewhat incomplete. As such there are some blank spaces, which I’ve indicated with an asterisk. I would very much appreciate anyone filling in those blanks, as I don’t feel confident enough to do so myself. Taking [...]

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Teaching Notes for Richmond Hill Class on Jan. 14, 2017

January 16, 2017

Ken Lang joined the class for the first time. He started learning about twisting the towel.  He has been doing taiji for 10 years, and went to study at Chen Village for 6 weeks.  His initial impression was that the Practical Method elbow-in was similar to what he learned in Chen Village. His teacher there [...]

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Chen Tai Chi Practical Method Class on December 10th, 2016

December 27, 2016

Bruce Robinson Notes: Exercise to lock Knee whilst doing 1st move of cloud hands • In Single whip posture advised by Kelvin Ho to stretch out both arms as far as possible & elbows are to face down, front hand stretched out (to vermillion palm) fingers extended & rear hand forms beak

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Note from Toronto class – Sat Dec 10, 2016

December 14, 2016

1. Yilu tips on “Lower Cloud Hands” – Lower Cloud Hands on first 4 movements: a. the left hand movement should be clear and accurate – either positive circle or negative circle; b. ensure the movement is complete without short cut.

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Notes for Ottawa Workshop Nov. 12-13, 2016

November 20, 2016

This is the first time I attended the Ottawa Workshop. Great group! Thanks Rachelle, James, and Daniel for organizing the workshop, and Rachelle for my stay at her place. Here are my notes: Move the feet. When we train, we fix the feet. When you push hands, we move the feet. Our feet are often [...]

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Winston’s notes for Master Chen’s 2016/10/1-2 Phoenix workshop

October 7, 2016

I don’t know if it’s accurate, but I tried my best to record all I’ve heard and saw in the two-day workshop.   Change “一” shape structure to ” V ” shape to get a 3D structure If there’s a V shape structure with ABC points as joints. A Taiji movement would be: A as [...]

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Practical Method Phoenix, AZ Workshop Oct 1- 2, 2016, Review by Chris Liu

October 4, 2016

Practical Method Phoenix, AZ Workshop October 1, 2016 – October 2, 2016 by Chris Liu on 10/4/2016 When I discovered the Practical Method, I started watching a lot of Master Chen’s videos. This led me to read more in depth about Taiji and its rooted philosophy in Taoism. I watched, and read, and thought about [...]

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To control of both Kua, rotate, move in, press the shoulders down, correct at different level

September 22, 2016

Master Chen’s disciple Ping Wei recently wrote an article regarding how to rotate the Kua and create a stable center (pivot point). The idea is simple: the center will never be stable if you try to control it by only one Kua, you have to have good control of both Kua, and move them both [...]

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Review on Ping Wei’s Practical Method Workshop in Irvine on August 21

September 2, 2016

By Winston Wang

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