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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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Creating a lever in the leg

December 9, 2018

Recently, I had a dream where I used my thigh to push down the opponent at his thigh. Shifu came over and mentioned something that I didn’t quite understand. I then practiced that move with another student named Benz, and I got that move in the dream. When I woke up, I realized that I [...]

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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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What is Fajin?

December 1, 2018

Master Chen has stated before fajin is doing an action fast. How do we do an action fast?

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Clarity

November 30, 2018

When I first heard Master Chen Zhonghua talk about clarity, he was referring to our movements which needed to be clear, meaning that if we wanted a body part to move in a particular way, no other body part should compete or be dragged into that movement. For hand-out, the hand must clearly be the [...]

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Locking the opponent

October 21, 2018

The ability to lock the opponent is an important one we need to continuously to improve on in Practical Method. In order to send the opponent to the floor in what seemingly an effortless manner (in reality, it is not really effortless), we always need to lock the opponent first. However, more often than not, [...]

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Precision and Purpose

August 19, 2018

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 [...]

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Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy Lineage

August 7, 2018
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Nathan Heintz Accepted as Master Chen Zhonghua’s Disciple on July 28, 2018

August 7, 2018

Nathan Heintz was accepted as Master Chen Zhonghua’s disciple on July 28, 2018 at the North American Practical Method Training Camp in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The discipleship ceremony also welcomed Spencer Jones and Edward Liaw as disciples.

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Three Vertical Stretches of the Body

August 7, 2018

The three basic vertical stretches:

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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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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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Rotation: Stretching around a fixed dot

July 8, 2018
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Kelvin Ho Yilu Performance at AGOAC Tai Chi Celebration on June 23, 2018

July 1, 2018
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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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Peter Li Yilu (First 13 Moves) in Toronto on June 2, 2018

June 2, 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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Internal Rotation Yilu

March 20, 2018
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