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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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What’s your impression of Master Chen’s ability

August 4, 2018

We are collecting people’s impressions of Master Chen’s ability in the format of a short and concise description. Is there anything that shocks you when you met him for the first time? Please add your own impression as a comment below. The following are a few examples: Wall – Kelvin Ho Spear that pokes at [...]

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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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My experiences with Taijiquan – Practical Method

July 29, 2018

I started taijiquan practical method in 2011. In 2016 I became disciple of Master Chen. Taiji – the separation of ying and yang and having both at the same time – is a part of my daily life and I am very happy about it. 1. Practical method This style in the lineage of Chen [...]

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Brennan Yilu

July 16, 2018

Observe Brennan leg movement in this video, an important part of form practice is to train the bottom half.

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Pre Foundations

June 18, 2018

Something to keep in mind when practicing Yilu, if there is a principle to follow then that principle has to be applied in all moves. Please comment on what principle you are currently focusing in Yilu practice

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Carlos Hanson Yilu June 11, 2018

June 15, 2018
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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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Full Time Blog – James Strider

June 10, 2018

The 6th Daqingshan International Competition Daqingshan Mountain from the Pagoda The start of my stay in China coincided with the 6th International Daqingshan Competition (April 28th to 30th this year), a yearly gathering that Master Chen started to promote both Taijiquan forms (a series of choreographed movements particular to each Family style) and also to [...]

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How did the founder of Tai Chi found all of this?

June 9, 2018

Someone asked a question in the Youtube comment of Master Chen video. This is what I wrote back: A: Taijiquan is structural power, from long time practice, you can find out the most efficient way to generate this power from joints relationship Q: But how did the first founder of Taichi knew in the first place that [...]

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Taijiquan at 30,000 Feet

June 4, 2018

I’m writing this at about 30,000 feet on the plane from Munich, Germany to Toulouse, France. Master Chen Zhonghua is sitting next to me, it’s late evening and we are both tired from traveling shortly after noon. On the last flight, from Danzig, Poland to Munich Master Chen gave me another lesson about rotation. Some [...]

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Bruce Robinson Yilu in Toronto on May 27, 2018

May 28, 2018
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Get out of the way

May 26, 2018

During push hands practice, Master Chen Zhonghua often says, “Get out of the way”. The result is that the opponent falls right into a hole (to the ground). I had a recent understanding of this phrase. Whose way that I need to get out of? It’s opponent’s path to the ground, and I am right [...]

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Beauty of Taijiquan

April 22, 2018

More and more I find that the beauty of the Taijiquan lies in its simplicity.

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Opening the trap door from below

April 8, 2018

In the Ottawa Mar 24-25, 2018 workshop, Master Chen Zhonghua re-emphasized the importance of creating a differential. He mentioned that steam would always rise up through an opening in a pot, and water would always run down a fall. These are examples of having a differential. We don’t force the steam up or push the [...]

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Kelvin Ho Positive Circle Correction on Jan. 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

Master Chen’s comments:

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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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Group Yilu at Richmond Hill on Dec. 7 , 2017

December 10, 2017
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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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Stretch (To Go Over a Non-Moving Dot)

November 26, 2017
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Health and Physical Benefits of Practical Method

November 23, 2017

I have fascia problems that limit and sometimes interfere with certain movements originating from a car accident and then being pushed on my tailbone 15 years ago. In October, my physio-therapist told me that my hips are opening and to continue with whatever exercises I was doing. I simply said that I am doing a [...]

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Don’t push, don’t move the hand.

November 20, 2017

We have always been told by Master Chen not to push, not to move the hand. If that is the case, what can we do?

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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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Understanding rotation is the result of linear movements

November 15, 2017

Recently, I understand more about the statement: “Rotation is the result of linear movements.” Our actions are like on the tangent of a circle. The non-moving dot is the centre of the circle. Every linear action is very small. The direction changes all the time. The sequence of such actions along with non-moving dot cause [...]

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Use yi (intent) and not force

November 12, 2017

Yi (intent) is not just a thought. In my current understanding, yi describes an ability for your body to do a precise action as you command it to do. In other words, your body listens to your brain. It takes training to get to that state. Master Chen Zhonghua has said before, “the real intent [...]

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