Knowledge : Workshop Notes

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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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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Chabar C. Private Lesson Notes

July 19, 2016

Part I (13 corrections) deeper and wider stance in general always think of elbows first in general Opening move Keep the left hand fixed in space Turn the left elbow as much as you can Keep right hand higher than its elbow Imagine holding someone’s arm at two points Buddha’s warrior attendant pounds mortar right-hand [...]

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2016 Iowa Workshop Notes – Day 2

July 17, 2016

When the elbow comes in, the finger must aim onto person. Actually, every move must aim onto person. When locked at one or two points, utilize another set of points beyond the initial set of points to go over/break out. Isolation exercise #1: partner holds your arm at the wrist and shoulder. You squeeze the [...]

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2016 Iowa Workshop Notes – Day 1

July 16, 2016

Six sealing four closing: Must be like inside a round cylinder. Muscle must rotate around bone. Don’t move. Hand must be like inside tube and body must adjust to be aimed correctly. Hand out, elbow in can only be done if front lat goes down to the rear arch and front kua rotates to curve [...]

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Iowa 2016 Private Lesson Notes

July 16, 2016

Iowa 2016 day 1; Align backward , never fight forward… feet are too close together, arms are as well. Shoulder needs to stay in the kua. Full front kua in the line, align the arm . Then open the rear kua… the front kua,is always the filler, the rear kua is always the stretcher… The [...]

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Workshop Practical Method 26-27 april 2014, The Netherlands (by Master Chen)

July 5, 2016

Workshop Practical Method Chen Style Taichi Quan push hands by Grandmaster Joseph Chen Zhonghua De Glind 26-27april 2014, Netherlands These notes are partly chronological and based on how I percieved them. I kept as close as I could to Master Chen’s exact words.   Day one The workshop started with an introduction. Underlying the art [...]

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Berlin Workshop 2016 – first notes

June 16, 2016

Most Important: Nobody can see, what Chen Laoshi is doing (except Chen Xu), when he is throwing a stone in the water and waves are appearing, everyone is asking, how to make such waves (form of the waves, etc.), but he just throws the stone first 13 moves: shovel out, waist cannot go forward, has [...]

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2016 Berlin Workshop featured Master Zhonghua Chen and Michael Winkler

June 8, 2016

Maxime Fréchet·Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Here is a little review of the workshop with Master Chen Zhonghua. I’m not in a position to explain anything so I’m just going to share my feelings and experience. Great experience! Zhonghua Chen is a kind and humble person. He often shares but not too much either. His approach [...]

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Vancouver Workshop April 2016

April 27, 2016

  Thanks to Bill Vanderhall and Steve Chan we had a great weekend of Taiji training and learning. We worked on yilu practice and corrections with some applications examples to help with training.  Some corrections were:

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Notes for Practical Method Toronto Workshop Oct. 1-3, 2015

October 9, 2015

We had 19 people attending the Toronto workshop this time. 5 of them were first timers. We started off with Master Chen talking about the positive circle, and continuously focusing on its various aspects. Here are my notes: Only move your foot forward towards the opponent, everything else does not go towards the opponent.

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Toronto October 2015 Workshop Notes

October 6, 2015

I just returned from a 3 day workshop in Toronto. I would like to thank Master Chen and all of the other participants for providing me with this learning experience. All of these notes are mental ones and I will make sure that I take down physical notes on subsequent trips. All errors and omissions [...]

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Puerto Rico Workshop Demonstration 2014

October 3, 2015
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Notes for Practical Method Iowa Workshop 2015

September 19, 2015

I attended the Practical Method Iowa Workshop 2015. Officially, the workshop was on Sep 12-13, 2015. I spent a total of 6 days there from Sep 10-15, 2015. It was the best workshop I had ever attended. We had a lot of dedicated Practical Method people there. Thanks to Levi and Christina who let a [...]

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Vancouver May 2015 Workshop

July 22, 2015

The Vancouver workshop was taught by Steve Chan and Bill Vanderhall.  Driving in from Calgary, I was able to get some good training in and meet up with the Vancouver practical method group again.

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Past, Present, Future (class notes)

February 24, 2015

June 20, 2014 (?) I’m not entirely sure if the date for these notes is correct. I believe they were from an evening class, but they may have been from a workshop. I should have posted these right away, but better late than never I suppose.

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Report on the Second Workshop (1/31/2015) in Irvine, California

February 5, 2015

After two and half month passed since my first trip to Irvine, I went back on January 31. This time, Edward came to join the group. We worked briefly on foundations. Mostly, I focused on teaching Yilu. Foundations are important. Yilu is the core. The more students know about Yilu, the more fun they can [...]

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First Practical Method workshop in Yishui, China

January 31, 2015

On the invitation of Mr. Lai Qingwen, two instructors from Daqingshan, Chen Xu and Li Xiaohui, went to Yishui, Shandong province to teach Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method as taught by Master Chen Zhonghua. They will be in Yishui from January 30, to February 3, 2015.

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Toronto Jan 2015 Workshop notes

January 24, 2015

Notes from Toronto workshop: -Make the dot longer to control where they fall. Must add 3rd dimension. Curved line automatically works in 3 dimensions. -Change of position allows the length to be changed. Do not change the angle.

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Toronto Workshop 2015.01.15 Photos

January 15, 2015

These are some of the photos at the Toronto Workshop on Jan. 15, 2015. Worked on Foundations, Yilu, and applications. Push Hands techniques are mainly based on scissors power: two lines crossing with a fixed spot on them.

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Training Together

December 10, 2014

  I always feel happy after I train with my TaiJi brothers, and today was no exception (full house – Allan, Kelvin, Brennan and the unfortunate one). We also had the pleasure of a virtual guest semi-appearance by John, hailing from the midwest of US. Our training started off with YiLu, followed by, for the first [...]

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Sydney workshop day one: Oct. 18, 2014

October 18, 2014

Today was the first day of the workshop in Sydney. After some adminstrative issues and handing out the t-shirts, Master Chen took control and started in quick sucession of static 3 count elbow in, turn waist, hand out. Soon this developed in stepping positive circles, and before everyone recovered the class was already twisting (wringing) [...]

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Greater Vancouver Workshop September 2014

September 8, 2014

Master Chen told students to be clear in yilu, either arm or body move, not both.

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Ottawa Open House and Workshop Review April, 2014

April 13, 2014

Rachel, Daniel and James did an excellent job organizing an Open House and Workshop for the Weekend of April 05-06, 2014. On a fine spring morning, more then 50 people showed up for an introduction to Chen Style Practical Method and to meet one of the system’s outstanding proponents, Master Joseph Chen Zhonghua.

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Feb 1 & 2 Greater Vancouver Workshop – Lines on the Body

February 4, 2014

On Sunday, Master Chen demonstrated how to set up multiple lines on an opponent’s body when pushing hands. The goal was to set up enough lines that the opponent finally felt like they had to jump out to escape, or they were bounced, or squeezed out.

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