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What a fantastic set of online classes that Kelvin Ho has run! I was challenged in each class to bring myself back to the uncomfortable-ness of our practice. Read more

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

I would like to give some impressions of the PM-Taiji-Training camp that took place in Italy this September.

From the 17th till the 22nd September 2018 we have had the joyful experience to live and train together in a beautiful Villa at the Bolsena lake in Italy. It is a place which is located around 100km north of the city of Rome.
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iowa-2018

For the second consecutive year the North American Practical Method Training Camp was held at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This seventy acre retreat, located in a mainly residential section of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, provided a relaxed and private location for training. While the center is an outreach ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration it is an informal center with an emphasis on ecology and  the many varieties of spirituality. It is easy to mistake the sisters for the volunteers working in the garden or helping maintain the grounds. One of the sisters, who is 80 years old and teaches Tai Chi Chih, a form of Qigong, can often be seen driving a tractor on the grounds. She took a break from her work to watch a group of us practice the First 13. Another sister told me she was happy to see our large, primarily, but not entirely, male group stay at their center, because we provided a different type of energy than is usually found there. My point in mentioning this is to suggest that the folks at Prairiewoods appeared to have enjoyed us being there

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On a Tuesday morning in Shanghai, I woke up only expecting to learn and practice some basic Tai Chi, so I went to EF Headquarter not knowing the marvels after the lesson. This was my second time taking Tai Chi at EF Wellness Center where the master is Nicholas who is the 70th Indoor Disciple of Master Chen Zhonghua.
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Note at 0:42 how Master Chen do the 47. Part the Wild Horse’s Mane on Both Sides (Yie Ma Fen Zong) move

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Master Chen Zhonghua gave a two-day workshop in Beijing at the Zizhen Taiji Academy from June 17-18 immediately after his European tour. He arrived at 6 am at the Beijing International Airport from Brussels and directly went to the workshop that started at 9 am. Read more

The 4th Poland Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Workshop was held from May 28-30, 2018 in Gdynia. It was hosted by Tomek Raganowicz of Poland. Pawel Muller of Austria came to assist me in video-taping, etc. The workshop was attended by 21 people from Poland, Austria, Germany, and Lithuania. Read more

15 years back…

luckyMeIn 2003 I moved to Berlin and started practising Taijiquan when meeting Veit Voigt who taught Wu Style Taijiquan, which he learned from Master Ma Jiangbao. In 2005 I changed to Chen Style Taijiquan, as I had been introduced to Juergen Herkt, who taught the ‘Lao Jia Yi Lu’ by Master Chen Xiaowang. Juergen Herkt died in 2009. Then, I was by myself for one year without someone guiding my training.

In 2010 my attention was brought to Michael Winkler. At that time he was just about to change his training entirely to Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method as taught by Master Chen Zhonghua. Throughout the years, Michael Winkler had been able to host Master Chen Zhonghua in Berlin once a year for workshops and private trainings which I joined, and I also took part in a summer camp in Italy with Master Chen Zhonghua in 2012.
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Address for September workshop: 33735 Essendene Ave Abbotsford BC at the Two Dragons Tai Chi Academy (Abbotsford Downtown)
For the people coming from the Vancouver area, take the Freeway over the Port Mann. No more tolls.

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First European Practical Method Meeting

April 9, 2017

The first European Practical Method meeting took place in Vienna in late winter 2017. On 17. – 19. February, people from Göttingen, Berlin and Vienna convened in this wonderful city to practice and exchange experiences. On Saturday and Sunday, we dedicated a lot of time to practice the Yilu. Also, we worked on basic foundations [...]

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Greater Vancouver Workshop February/March 2017

March 10, 2017

Like one drink sets an alcoholic back after 50 years of abstaining – so it is if we add a move (like move the hand) Bigger from the kua If you need to move the knee, fix the hip.  If you need to move the hip, fix the knee.

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Vancouver Workshop Feb 2017 Photos

March 2, 2017

Dinner at Mike’s (Disciple #3) in Abbotsford with Zhang YanPing who moved to Abbotsford from Jinan. Three new student attended, so Master Chen went over foundation and application of Yilu first move. Fetch water application is getting in for a strike with shoulder, that’s the purpose of moving the arm down. After many corrections, I [...]

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Perth Workshop 2016 Open House

February 14, 2017
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2017.02.01-07 Daqingshan 21th Practical Method Seminar

February 6, 2017

At the moment Master Chen is giving the 21th Practical Method Seminar on Daqinshan. More then 80 peoples are participating and there are both advanced (beneath them many disciples) and beginners. I want to give you a brief insight of this event.

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Vancouver Workshop Jan-2017 Photo

January 21, 2017

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Hong Kong 2016 Workshop Photos

December 27, 2016

 

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Sydney Workshop 2016 Notes

December 17, 2016

Notes by Brian Chung on day 1 of the workshop with Master Chen Zhonghua and Chen Xu. Notes 2016-12-10 Sydney Workshop Day 1 1. Practical Method consists of Gongfa (jibengong), Quanfa (yilu, erlu, jian, dao, waxwood pole), Yongfa (tui shou, san shou). 2. We start with only the physical. In the end, there is nothing [...]

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Do You Want to Know a Secret? Ottawa Seminar 2016-11

November 16, 2016

Disciples Rachelle B., James T. and Daniel M. once again organized a great Practical Method seminar in Ottawa. Participants from Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal and Petawawa gathered to train in the ancient act of Taijiquan under the personal attention of Master Joseph Chen. James have already posted a summary of this event. Over the [...]

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Vancouver Workshop Oct 2016

October 20, 2016

We did a lot 13 Yilu repetition with counting. The idea is to be clear in each step of each move. Master Chen mentioned once student learn the choreography, it is helpful to break down each move to understand it better, then latter perform it together again. This sequence of breaking and putting it back [...]

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Camille Notes from Maple Ridge Workshop

October 20, 2016

All actions are rigid (yang); all adaptations are soft. (yin) Qi gong and 3 levels of taiji progression: ”The truth is naked”,  People can’t take the truth because they are not naked.  We are always covering up. When all moves arise from the biting and catching of the gears, there will be proportionality.

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Todd notes from Maple Ridge Workshop

October 20, 2016

Saturday: 1. Gear box / Bite: Don’t add extra moves.  With twisting of towel you need to grind elbows on ribs.  Everything is proportional and nothing is loose or it will break at higher speeds (like an engine).  In this way, nothing leaks out. 2. A rock cannot have a relationship with itself; it needs [...]

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Dina Notes from Maple Ridge Workshop

October 20, 2016

Maple Ridge Workshop With Chen Zhonghua October15/16, 2016 It was windy and raining in Maple Ridge last weekend, but in our cozy hall, Master Chen was telling us once again what he has been telling us for sixteen years: elbow in, hand out, move one thing at a time, observe your opponent, where his energy [...]

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Toronto Workshop Photos 9-2016

October 16, 2016
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Puerto Rico Workshop Photos 2016

October 14, 2016

Javier Jaime became Master Chen disciple.  

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Master Chen in Houston, Texas

October 14, 2016

Taiji enthusiasts in Houston, Texas were treated to an unexpected treat, a visit from Master Joseph Chen due to a flight layover.  Master Chen’s disciple in Houston, Jeff Clevenger, arranged for a get-together with Master Chen which included breakfast, a training session at a local park followed by lunch at a good BBQ restaurant, before [...]

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Phoenix Workshop Photos 2016

October 13, 2016
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Student’s comments on Master Chen’s Phoenix Workshop

October 6, 2016

Master Chen’s Practical Method workshop and private lessons in Phoenix, Arizona, October 1-4, 2016.

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