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People in Taijiquan in the past and present: masters, teachers and students.

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Sun Yang wins Muay Thai Gold Belt 20190222

Top New:News just came from Thailand that Sun Yang has won the 67 kg Golden Belt after many rounds of hard fights at the Golden Belt Finals under the auspice of the Thailand Muay Thai Federation. Sun Yang is a disciple of Master Chen Zhonghua, International Standard Bearer of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system and Dean of the Qingshan Taijiquan and Cultural Research Institute of the Rizhao Politechnic. Read more

Tinh Thai and disciple Brian Chung (June 2018)

Tinh Thai and disciple Brian Chung (June 2018)

Isn’t it incredible how life gives you the things that you need when you need it?

I wanted to learn Chinese martial arts since I was a little girl. Read more

While tumbling to the ground, I have made up my mind to study from Master Chen.

Back in 2003, after watching Master Chen’s Youtube videos, I sent him an email asking if I could observe his class. Among the videos, his demonstration with Michael sticks out. Despite a much more petite statue, tossing Michael around seemed effortless for Master. Later on, I found out that Michael isn’t only a 9th-degree black belt, but he is also a cop who has caught over 200 thieves. Simply put, he is no slouch.

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circleMy name is Benjamin Benefiel and I live in Phoenix, Arizona, USA with my wife and two young daughters. On January 21, 2018, I became Master Chen Zhonghua’s 259th disciple along with taiji brother Winston Wang. I grew up near Chicago, Illinois before moving to Phoenix area for graduate school in 1999. My appreciation of martial arts began as a child with karate lessons and a love of ‘kung fu cinema’. During my 20s and early 30s, I studied various styles of martial arts intermittently (including Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, and Deng family Sengmenquan, as well as a very small amount of experience with Yang style Taiji which was taught only as a health exercise). Chen style Taijiquan always held a strong fascination for me, but I was never fortunate enough to find a teacher. Read more

Heintz DiscipleNathan 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. Read more

My name is Vincent den Hengst. I am from the Netherlands, Utrecht, where I started practicing Hunyuan taiji under James Fletcher in 2007. From the beginning, I kept exercising daily. In 2013 I stepped over to Practical Method. In 2014 and 2015 I went to Daqinshan for two months in total and observed several workshops since 2013. I regard Practical Method taiji as taught by Grandmaster Chen as the highest possible region of martial art, so I feel lucky and happy I finalized my life’s queeste to find the one martial art.

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Todd Elihu

Todd Elihu

I am Todd Elihu, 20th generation disciple of Chen Style Taijiquan under Master Chen Zhonghua. I am very happy to be here at the 2018 North American Practical Method Training Camp and to have the opportunity to learn from Master Chen, as well as practice and exchange with my disciple-brothers who are present and the other participants of the camp this year. I am very grateful to my brothers Levi Sowers and John Upshaw for organizing these camps and all the hard work that they have put into making such a special event. Read more

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 Fake, Hong Junshen, Chen Zhonghua follows very clear instructions to establish the taiji movements. In the end there should be no fight anymore, one is just walking through the opponent without knowing.
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I was born in May 1973 in the south of Romania. When I was a kid in the Communist era, I saw a Chinese martial arts movie in the theater.
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Background

In 2001, I started studying Kung Fu. My teacher also taught Chen Style Taijiquan from Chen Quanzhong. Watching my teacher perform Taiji at one of our demonstrations, I thought it was fantastic. I read “Chen Style: The Source of Taijiquan” by Davidine Sim and David Gaffney and thought I should really switch to Taiji, but I chose to continue down the path of Kung Fu since I had already started it. Read more

Master Chen Zhonghua visiting Pawel Müller in Vienna, Austria.

After becoming a disciple last year I solidified my plans about my future with Practical Method. One result is the foundation of an official association in Austria. After some back and forth with the responsible officials regarding the association rules we, Fabian K. and Pawel M. got the permission to begin our association activities.

Our association is registered as acting globally and not only in Austria. This opens new possibilities for the European community which is emerging now, since people from other countries can become members, too, benefiting from our services.
An association allows us to act as an official entity, like a company. We can now easily access public training space and be official partners for schools, companies and other projects.

It’s exciting. We are eager to begin our work and establish our association in Austria and abroad. It’s a long way, but so is learning Practical Method which equipped us with the right set of tools already through our training: continuous work and time.
We are preparing materials for marketing new events now. There will be new courses in and around Vienna and we’re planing events to promote Practical Method.

Who wants to be part of it? Just send us an email to pawel.mueller@gmail.com.

 

And the name of our association

Practical Method Taijiquan Österreich

Verein zur Förderung der traditionellen chinesischen Kampfkunst „Practical Method Taijiquan“ in Österreich 

 

In English, please

Practical Method Taijiquan Austria

Association for promoting the traditional Chinese martial art “Practical Method Taijiquan” in Austria. 

 

 

Mark Hanley i

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/04/22

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Name: Mark Hanley
Class: Richmond Hill
Practical Method Start Date: Oct. 15, 2016
Martial Art Experience: Karate Black Belt, and practiced Yang Taiji previously

Bruce Robinson i

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/04/22

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Name: Bruce Robinson
Class: Richmond Hill
Practical Method Start Date: May 23, 2015
Martial Art Experience: Practiced Aikido and Yang Taiji previously.

Kewei Sun i

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/04/22

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Name: Kewei Sun
Class: Richmond Hill
Practical Method Start Date: May 23, 2015
Martial Art Experience: Practiced Iron Shirt when he was young.

Lucas Lu i

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/04/22

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Name: Lucas Lu
Class: Richmond Hill
Practical Method Start Date: June 27, 2015

Peter Li i

by Kelvin Ho on 2017/04/22

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Name: Peter Li
Class: Richmond Hill
Practical Method Start Date: Mar. 25, 2017

Master Chen Zhonghua accepted Charlie Wishon as a disciple on July 17, 2016.

Master Chen Zhonghua accepted Charlie Wishon as a disciple on July 17, 2016.

On July 17, 2016, Master Chen Zhonghua accepted Charlie Wishon as his 201st disciple at the workshop held in Iowa City. Todd Elihu emceed the ceremony and many other disciples were present including Levi Sowers, John Upshaw, John Dahms, Brennan Toh, Kelvin Ho, Hugo Ramiro, Xavier Santiago, Jeff Clevenger, Bruce Schaub, Erwin Ramthun, and Chris Dusek. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Master Chen briefly spoke about the privileges, responsibilities, and ethics of being one of his disciples.

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Instructor: Hugo Ramiro
Instructor: Brennan Toh

Top/Bottom Separation, Taking Up Slack, Creating a Catch, Rotating Without Moving the Hand.

GM Hong Junsheng Memorial Pavilion Dedication Ceremony

March 31, 2015

GM Hong Jun Sheng’s grave was relocated to this new site in Jinan. Carved around the statue are the names of the disciples

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John Intervalo Discipleship Application Sept 22, 2014

September 22, 2014

John Intervalo <john.intervalo@gmail.com> Sep 20 (2 days ago) 

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International Master in a mountain

July 29, 2014

The video is in Chinese. Qilu network video reports on Chen Zhonghua’s taijiquan on Daqingshan, China. 深山里的国际范儿太极 http://v.iqilu.com/wdy/wcp/2014/0704/4095036.html

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GM Hong Yilu Photo on Google+

July 3, 2014

Master Chen has a google+ account with old photos Click thumbnail to go to album. Google+

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Visiting Professor Chen Zhonghua of Handan College

June 10, 2014

On the 10th of June, 2014, Master Chen Zhonghua became visiting professor of Taiji at the Handan Colledge in Handan, Hebei Province in China at a simple ceremony held by Prof. Ma Jibin, president of the College. He was also named the official representative of the college for Canada and the United State.

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2013 Daqingshan International Taiji Competition Masters Demonstration

March 5, 2014
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Disciple Privileges and Responsibilities

March 3, 2014

Privileges Disciples are automatically authorized to teach. Disciples in good standing can represent the Master and the school. Disciples have the right to establish their own schools under the Master’s lineage. Responsibilities All disciples are obligated to promote the system of the Master. A disciple must try to visit the Master annually to upgrade his/her [...]

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Discipleship requirements

March 2, 2014

A personalised application letter (paper form or electronic) must be submitted.  A letter of reference from one of the disciples must be submitted. A letter of reference from someone of repute who has known the applicant for more than five year is required from those who do not know anyone in Master Chen Zhonghua’s Practical Method system. 

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New Discples at Daqingshan

May 29, 2013

Full Disciple List http://practicalmethod.com/2010/05/chen-zhonghuas-disciples/

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Suspended Head

May 17, 2013

In 2009 on Daqingshan, Master Chen Zhonghua instructed me to keep one point on my body stable and fixed during push hands practice. The location of the point was up to me; I could make it be the lower back, rear foot, etc. However, the most important thing was to maintain the integrity and stability [...]

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Chen Style Tajiquan Practical Method of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng

March 10, 2013

Chen Style Tajiquan Practical Method of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng General Principles o Peng Peng has been one of the most talked about topics in Taijiquan. Hong defined Peng as having two meanings: one is the upward expanding action of ward-off and the other the overall combined expanding energy that permeates all moves of Taiji. It [...]

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Ketong Lin

February 20, 2013

Also known as KT, KT Lin. Male. Born in 1953. Now live in Hong Kong. Studies Wu Style Taijiquan briefly from Grandmaster Ma Changxun in early 1980s. Started to learn Practical Method from Master Chen Zhonghua since October 2009 and became an indoor disciple of Master Chen in May 2011. Visited Daqingshan once a year [...]

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Chen Zhonghua accepts new disciples in Toronto!

January 19, 2013

Master Chen Zhonghua accepted three more new disciples today in Toronto, Canada!                

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Mr. Hong Junsheng’s Taijiquan Science and Philosophy (a translation)

January 8, 2013

Hong Junsheng Taijiquan Philosophy – As I See it By Zhang Yanhai 张延海 (Translated from http://chenzhonghua.cn) Mr. Hong Junsheng (1907-1996) of Yu County, Henan Province was an indoor Taijiquan disciple of Mr. Chen Fake for 15 years and as the result has received true transmission of the art. After many years of inheriting the tradition [...]

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Michael Koh accepted as disciple

October 26, 2012

Michael Koh was accepted as Master Chen Zhonghua’s disciple in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. The ceremony was attended by Master Hong Sen and Master Xu Jinge. Other disciples present at the event: Tim Duehring and Nicholas Fung.

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Wang Long, Su Lei, Chen Xu discipleship on Oct. 4, 2012 on Daqingshan

October 7, 2012

Wang Long, Su Lei of Rizhao, Shandong Province, and Chen Xu of Yiyuan, Shandong Province, became master Chen Zhonghua’s disciples at a simple ceremony on Daqingshan on Oct. 4, 2012. The ceremony was chaired by master Hong Sen and attended by all participants of the 7th Daqingshan International Taijiquan Seminar.

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