People : Chen Zhonghua

Master Chen Zhonghua is a 19th generation master of Chen Style Taijiquan under Grandmaster Hong Junsheng
He is a second generation master of Hunyuan Taiji under Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang.

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Dear Master Chen Zhonghua,
I started following you and Taiji practical method in the middle of 2016, after my friend and teacher Ong Wenming, who we practiced together deferent styles of  kongfu, introduced me to your school. Read more

…one of the messages I hear, daily, from GM Zhonghua Chen is that he wants us to use our head as much as we use our body…

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…in my experience, great teachers are the ones that do certain things…

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Sooyeon Zachrias discipleship Group 2020.09.13

Sooyeon Zachrias discipleship Group 2020.09.13

On Sept. 13, 2020, Sooyeon Zacharias became Master Chen Zhonghua’s 372nd disciple in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method lineage..

Sooyeon Zachrias discipleship Sitting 2020.09.13

Sooyeon Zachrias discipleship Sitting 2020.09.13

Because of various reason including Covid-19, her discipleship ceremony was postponed several times. Finally on Sept. 12, she drove 14 hours from Litton, BC. to Edmonton, Alberta. The next day, she was inducted as Master Chen Zhonghua’s 372nd disciple in a simple ceremony in Master Chen Zhonghua’s Headquater in Edmonton.

Sooyeon Zachrias discipleship Certificate 2020.09.13

Sooyeon Zachrias discipleship Certificate 2020.09.13

Sooyeon started learning the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system in 2018, joining the Maple Ridge practice group. She has not missed one single workshop since then. In 2019, she participated at the 7th Annual Daqingshan International Taiji Competition.


Master Chen Zhonghua always amazes me, whether it is at the next workshop (there is always something new and amazing) or looking back — such as in this video captured during a workshop in Ottawa ten years ago… an easy, seemingly simple, and clean bounce:

What do you see in the video?

John Upshaw:  Everything is on a line. He added the right leg to the line…left arm to right leg…

Lou Sacharske: Watch his right shoulder, as he adds the right leg, there is zero deviation to telegraph the execution.

James Tam: I believe the rotation axis is the one joining Shifu’s left shoulder and front foot. And, the stick (effective energy pathway) is from his back foot to Steve’s upper back.

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


My name is Edward Liaw; I currently reside in San Diego, California.  I was accepted as Master Chen’s 283rd disciple during the 2018 North American Practical Method Training Camp in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, alongside Nathan Heintz and Spencer Jones.  Every day, I am grateful for being a part of a passionate and supportive community of practitioners, students, and teachers.

Taiji changed my life completely.  Up until the day I graduated from college, I was an awkward and introverted person.  I rarely exercised and spent most of my time in front of the computer.  When I was 22, I began to have migraines with aura.  As the migraines became more frequent and intense, I realized that this was not a wise lifestyle choice, so I sought to be more physically active.  I began with yoga, then light running, and then I joined a taiji class at the university I was working at.  While I enjoyed learning the form, I sought a little more.  I joined a local push hands meetup and quickly I realized that I lacked a good foundation and understanding of what taiji really was.  However, I could not understand the abstract terms that were often used to teach taiji.  I experimented with another local group that practiced Wing Chun, before I found the Practical Method Youtube videos.  What made this method unique was that the theory was logical and every exercise had meaning.  It gave me a process to understand my body.  I believed that to make real improvements requires a period of dedicated study and practice, so I arranged to leave my job and study full time at Daqingshan for 3 months.  It was an opportune time for me, as I had few responsibilities and enough savings for a year of practice.


Master Chen often remarks that when I came to the mountain, I was so loose and weak, like a bunch of noodles.  Looking back at some of the videos from DQS at the time, I can only agree.  I was incredibly uncoordinated.  My head was hunched forward from sitting in front of the computer all day.  In the push hands ring, I would spend more time on my back than on my feet!  Within the 3 months, I was able to gradually work up to doing 20 yilus a day, and listening to Master Chen and the other students helped to solidify the theories of Practical Method in my head.  3 years later, everyone that knows me from before can see that I’ve changed incredibly, and for the better.  I practice 5 yilus a day, 2 erlus, and about 100 repetitions of all the foundation exercises.  I attend many of Master Chen’s seminars in the US, as well as Ping Wei’s seminars in Irvine.  I hope to share Practical Method with the community in San Diego and anyone who is willing to learn.  I hope that it can benefit others as much as it has benefitted myself.

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

  1. Introduction of Emcee
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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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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深山里的国际范The video is in Chinese. Qilu network video reports on Chen Zhonghua’s taijiquan on Daqingshan, China.


邯郸学院 - 33On 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. Read more

  • 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.  Read more

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Ceremony conducted at Perth Workshop.

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Gerry Gebhart, Matt Landau, Dean Mayo, Laura Samuels, Michael Winkler are among the new disciples

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The big gathering of disciples currently at Daqingshan

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by Todd Elihu on 2013/05/17

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 of the chosen point. Read more

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









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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.

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. Read more

upshawdisciple-3In a simple ceremony at the Seishinkan dojo in New York, John Upshaw was accepted as Master Chen Zhonghua’s disciple in the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. Other disciples present at the event: Michael Calandra and Todd Elihu. Read more

Massimo Neresini of Italy is accepted as Master Chen Zhonghua’s 91th disciple. The ceremony was witnessed by disciples Giuseppe Bon from Italy,Pavel Codl from Prague, and Steven Chan from Canada

During a weekend workshop in Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada on Dec. 18, 2011, Gino Nasato of Victoria, B.C. Canada became Master Chen Zhonghua’s latest disciple in the lineage of Hong Master Hong Junsheng’s Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system. Gino is Master Chen Zhonghua’s 90th disciple.

The ceremony was attended by 16 people from Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Seattle, Vancouver Island and Philadelphia.

In a simple ceremony in Toronto on Sept. 25th, 2011, Nick Mann of Guelph, Ontario became Master Chen Zhonghua’s 89th indoor disciple. Read more

Master Lai Fengjing is a Yiquan and Taiji master from the city of Linyi, Shandong, China. This interview is in Chinese language only.

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做为一个没入门的太极拳爱好者,我很长时间以来,一直经常在网络上看陈中华老师的一些文章和教学视频,对陈老师独特的理论和精彩表演感到非常好奇。此次借出差之机,途经大青山,得见陈中华老师,并体验了他神妙的太极功夫。 Read more


2009年10月,第一次上大青山,认识了陈老师,初次领略了实用拳法的奥妙,前已为文记之。下山时,便许下愿心,日后有机会定当再次上山。其实,这想法自然不过。我在大青山上遇见的拳友,没有不被陈老师的为人和功夫所折服的,几乎所有人上山都不止一次。 Read more


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In a simple ceremony in the evening of April 20, 2011 in the Hunyuantaiji Academy in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Master Chen Zhonghua inducted Rion Swanson of Edmonton to the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method lineage. The ceremony was officiated by Chen’s earlier disciple Allan Belsheim. Belsheim is also the head instructor of the Edmonton branch. Read more

Some photos of Jesus and Hilda’s discipleship ceremony in San Juan. The ceremony was held at the training location which is the Puerto Rico Sport Center. We had to make do with what we had: no chairs or tables. It was the thought that counts. Both Jesus and Hilda are serious students of Practical Method and are sincerely people. I am very happy to have accepted them on the recommendations of Raul, Xavier and Rafael.

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On Feb. 3, 2011, Chinese New Year, Levi Sowers of Iowa City, Iowa, USA became Master Chen Zhonghua’s 80th indoor disciple in a ceremony in Bentonville, AR. USA.   Read more