Knowledge : Body & Posture

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Croucher Private 2-20200917-1

This is Roy Croucher’s second private lesson. This lesson focused on the mechanics of Fetch Water, one of the foundations exercises.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 55 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Croucher Private 2-20200917
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Practical Method requires that the elbow cannot be hyper-extended. It cannot be strange. In our special language/terminology, we open the elbow with a result that it becomes lively (活).

This exercise is designed to form a habit that the elbow is always slight bent.

 

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Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson 2020.09.17-1

Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method on Sept. 17, 2020.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 58 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Roy Croucher Private 20200916-1

This is Roy Croucher’s first private lesson in this series. In this video, he is corrected on the foundational exercise of Twisting the Towel. Many important aspects of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method are covered. A particular point in this video is how to stretch the vertical line in order to stabilize the kua. One of the kuas must be stable while the other does an opening move.  Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 54 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Jody Hall Yilu Corrections-2-20200913-2

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Yilu correction for Jody Hall. This is part two. The first part covered the first 13 moves.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 15 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Sooyeon Zacharias Yilu corrections part 2. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 16 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 15, 2020. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 63 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Sooyeon Zacharias Yilu corrections part 1.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 16 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Zacharias Yilu Corrections 1-20200914-2

Sooyeon Zacharias Yilu corrections part 1. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 16 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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This the video for Master Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 14, 2020 Online Lesson in English.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 66 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 4 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Step Back With Real Foot 20200911
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- just before class began on Friday evening GM held another instructional session at the Edmonton studio
- he instructed on several topics, I am mindful of trying not to add or delete any of his words intentionally
- he observed part of my first section Yilu and commented that I was still tensing, flexing, using my deltoid muscles when I was doing the form
- he then demonstrated how he could open his hand, create Peng energy in his hand, forearm and upper arm, entire body, while not creating any tension or flexion in the internal contractile tissues; he was totally in control of what was locked and what was moving, down to the tendon & ligament level of his body
- he further demonstrated as he asked me to grasp his forearm firmly, he moved his Kua and his arm, still with no observable tension pulled me off balance, I scrambled to my notebook to begin writing
- the main message was that I need to work towards ‘re-setting’ my entire body so that I only create expansion or Peng energy in it
- he spoke about how Taoist theory holds that for Taiji to work, for our bodies to be ready to create the conditions necessary for Peng, we need to create a centre point, a still point inside our bodies like a black hole, a kind of gyro-scope that creates a centre point around which rotations, stretches, elongations, etc. can happen properly
- I think he said that each body part, joint, fascial connection, all have to have a centre point around which I can learn to open and rotate
- he said that the act of creating Peng energy in the body must become continuous while practising, eventually
- am still not sure of the exact mechanics of how to begin to try to manifest this expanding energy within my body without engaging any of the surrounding musculatures, or even ligs/tendons that are superfluous, it seems I must take what I experienced when GM demo’d on me and try to replicate this within my body as best I can at my skill & understanding level
- a big part of this, it seems, has to do with releasing my anxiety & mental tension during practice to facilitate my ‘listening’ skill, to be able to feel the body dynamics of push hands partners I need to develop sensitivity within my own body, realizing that it is not a direct correlation, my body creating tensionless Peng expansion energy will sometimes likely outstrip my ability to feel/detect movement cues from my push hands partners
- he also demonstrated the footwork skill of using the leading leg to pull your body in the desired direction, rather than pushing off the trailing leg, using the ligaments on the inside of the legs, finishing the movement by using the trailing legs recontacting the floor to create a brake for the momentum, movement
- any errors, omissions, or plain mistakes are due to me, my old man memory, and my beginners understanding of what GM was trying to teach

Part one of yilu correction.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 17 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Jody Hall Yilu 13 Correction on 2020.09.12
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Part one of the Yilu correction.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 44 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Alex Hasenfratz Yilu 13 Moves Correction 2020.09.11
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Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 10, 2020 Online Lesson on Yilu Corrections.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 65 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Zhonghua's Online Lesson on Sept. 10, 2020
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Chen Zhonghua talks and demonstrates the weight distribution of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 2 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Master Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 7th, 2020 Online Lesson on Foundations.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 73 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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“Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson Sept. 3, 2020” Online Video Purchase

September 3, 2020

Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on Foundations. This episode is on the Pole-shaking exercise, which is a left-hand negative circle, right hand positive circle moving step combination. The exercise is designed for training without the pole. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 73 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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“Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on 2020.08.27 PM Session” Online Video Purchase

August 27, 2020

In this video, Master Chen Zhonghua mainly focused on establishing a relationship between the front hand and the shoulder. This relationship is an invisible line. Once the two points line up, there will be power and the arm movement will become a stretch. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 61 min.   In: English   Year: [...]

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“Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson on 2020.08.25” Online Video Purchase

August 26, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghua’s online lesson on Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method on August 25, 2020. This one hour lesson involved teaching some theory, with a focus on the idea of Daoshou, how to switch grip so that the movement can be continous, and student practice corrections. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 60 min.   In: [...]

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“Sword Negative Circle” Online Video Purchase

August 26, 2020

In this mini-video, Master Chen Zhonghua teaches the negative circle with a sword. This is a basic sword foundational exercise. It is in total congruence with the negative circle of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method foundations. Doing the negative circle with a sword further extends the arm. This in turn helps to show the [...]

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“Sword Positive Circle” Online Video Purchase

August 24, 2020

In this mini-video, Master Chen Zhonghua teaches the positive circle with a sword. This is a basic sword foundational exercise. It is in total congruence with the positive circle of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method foundations. Doing the positive circle with a sword further extends the arm. This in turn helps to show the [...]

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“Chen Zhonghua’s Online Lesson 20200821” Online Video Purchase

August 21, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghua taught and corrected the Double Negative Circle. 陈中华老师讲解和改正了学生的双反圈。 Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 61 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:2/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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“The Ten-Word Adage of Practical Method” Online Video Purchase

August 20, 2020

In this mini video, Master Chen Zhonghua explains the concept of “In With Elbow, No Hand; Out With Hand, No Elbow”. This is the famous ten-word adage by Grandmaster Hong Junsheng. Master Chen shows how this adage can be translated into actions in our Practical Method system. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 6 min.   [...]

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“Absolute Beginners Online Lesson 2020-08-17-3” Online Video Purchase

August 17, 2020

Chen Zhonghua’s Absolute Beginners Online Lesson on August 17, 2020. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 35 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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“Use the Kua to Find the Solid 2020.08.17” Online Video Purchase

August 17, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghua shows how to move and use the Kua to make a solid line against the opponent. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 3 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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“Absolute Beginners Online Lesson 2020-08-17-2” Online Video Purchase

August 17, 2020

Chen Zhonghua’s Absolute Beginners Online Lesson on August 17, 2020. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 34 min.   In: English   Year: 2020  Difficulty:1/5  At:Edmonton Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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“Tiger’s Back and Bear’s Waist” Online Video Purchase

August 13, 2020

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Toronto Workshop March 2020-1 Presenter: Chen Zhonghua Length: 13 min. In: English Year: 2020 Difficulty:2/5 At: Toronto, Canada In this video, Master Chen explained what it meant to have a tiger’s back and a bear’s waist, and how to practice it correctly. The close-up view allowed us to see his body movements, [...]

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“Warping Energy 2″ Online Video Class

April 17, 2020

Thus far, the videos I have selected as curriculum have been focused on the functional aspects of using ones own bio-mechanical structure and the structure of the opponent to “take up space” for the gaining of strategic positioning and for martial purposes. The video “Step up to Ji” gave a basic procedure of how to [...]

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Analysis of “Sink the Waist to Press the Elbow and Whip”

April 1, 2020

Master Wang Zhanjun uses the video clip “Sink the Waist to Press the Elbow and Whip” to analyze taiji in his teachings. The animation at the end was created by Xu Jingpeng. Master Wang is the son of Grandmaster Wang Xi An, one of the 4 Tigers of the Chen Village. Wang Zhanjun is also. [...]

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“31st Daqingshan Seminar-2” Online Video Purchase

February 20, 2020

31st Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Practical Method Seminar. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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“31st Daqingshan Seminar-1” Online Video Purchase

February 18, 2020

31st Daqingshan Practical Method Seminar. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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Today Seven Years Ago!

November 19, 2019

This photo was taken on Nov. 20, 2012. Thanks to Wei Ping and the Phoenix Group!

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“31st Daqingshan Seminar-5” Online Video Purchase

October 28, 2019

Chen Zhonghua’s 31st Daqingshan Practical Method Seminar video. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: Chinese   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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“31st Daqingshan Seminar-4” Online Video Purchase

October 25, 2019

31st Chen Zhonghua Daqingshan Practical Method Seminar video. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: Chinese   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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“31st Daqingshan Seminar-3” Online Video Purchase

October 24, 2019

31st Chen Zhonghua Daqingshan Practical Method Seminar. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: Chinese   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Daqingshan Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

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“TO1909-45Degrees.mp4” Online Video Purchase

September 26, 2019

Master Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Workshop on Practcal Method. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Toronto

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“Toronto 1909-1” Online Video Purchase

September 25, 2019

Chen Zhonghua’s Sept. 2019 Toronto Workshop. Presenter: Chen Zhonghua   Length: 10 min.   In: English   Year: 2019  Difficulty:2/5  At:Toronto

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