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Notes from Grandmaster Zhonghua Chen Workshop on Sept. 14 & 15, 2019, Edmonton, PM Studio

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Participants of the Vienna Workshop with Master Chen Zhonghua in 2019
So we were doing lots and lots of six sealings four closings exercises at the end of the Vienna Workshop. I was leading the group and counting. Then, at #476 something in my hip cracked open. A rush of pure energy run through my body and I felt like a conductor between heaven and earth, and then … Read more

TO 190909 Group PhotoFirst I had to not push the opponent and just find the wall with my back. When it wasn’t working so well it was because I was too far from the wall. It got a little bit better, but I was hitting the wall too straight so my stretch wasn’t as long as it could have been. Once that was fixed by lowering more to hit the wall, my fingers were not angled correctly towards the opponent and extending past the demarcation line. Once all those things were corrected, I was able to push better. Read more

 

EdmontonWorkshopGroupPhoto20190914Positive circle steps. There are two steps and one modification. They are in, turn and out. Read more

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Comments on 2019 North American Practical Method training camp

From my perspective, this year’s training camp was outstanding! I came with the thought that I had progressed a lot but after a short time I realized (as usual) I have so much to learn. I am basically a very beginner but I can see that each time I attend a function with Master Chen I can get a little better grasp of what he is teaching.
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Notes from Day 1, Phoenix Practical Method Workshop
These are pretty rough, just short statements.

Every movement needs to have intent and some reference. When we do taiji we need intent. Taiji is governed by yin yang.

We need to see what is really there. Usually we think we see but that is not what is really there.
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This morning was my first post-training camp workout, and it was awesome. My mind was flooded with all the great corrections and insights Master Chen gave us. There was a virtual wooden TV tray on my head during the yilus (private lesson reference).
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Day 1

  • The kua has to come out (draw a line forward with the kua).  Don’t move anything but the kua.
  • Partner exercise: partner sets a dot a few inches in front of the kua; you have to get your kua to touch it.
  • Add speed – do it 5 times fast.  Add power – have someone hold onto your kua from the rear.  Add stepping – connect it to your elbow and don’t let the elbow move.
  • Learning – have to make ideas based on physical reality, not on ideas.

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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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Ling Zili Sydney Push Hands Workshop 3-4 Jan 2019 Photos

January 4, 2019

 

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2018 Sydney Workshop Day One Notes – Tinh Thai

December 23, 2018

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 Sydney Workshop Day Two Notes by Brian Chung

December 20, 2018

2018.12.16 Sydney Workshop Day Two Notes – Brian Chung

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2018 Sydney Workshop Day One Notes by Brian Chung

December 20, 2018

2018.12.15 Sydney Workshop Day One Notes – Brian Chung

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Semi Private Morning Group Private session with Master Chen

December 5, 2018

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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Notes for North American Practical Method Training Camp by Kelvin Ho

August 6, 2018
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Notes for North American Chen Style Practical Method Training Camp 2018 by Paddy Hanratty

August 6, 2018

*** Square brackets [ ] are used to show my own attempt to add clarity, and not necessarily the words of Master Chen P1: 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 [...]

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Big Trouble in Little Iowa

August 5, 2018

What 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 [...]

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Notes for North American Practical Method Training Camp 2018 by Edward Liaw

August 2, 2018

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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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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