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  • 2017/06/20: Lucas Brouns on Prague 2017 Workshop Photos

    Dear reader,

    The workshop in Prague have been so good.
    The practicing and instruction methods were set up nice and smooth.
    This created much space to learn from master Chen Zhonghua, from Brennan, from each other (and from your self I reckon).

    I write this review from Amersfoort, in the Netherlands. Please comment as you like. [Admin, feel free to repost this if there is a better place in the website.]

    There was a fine balance in some more intensive excersises and giving yourself a rest.
    For two items the group was split up but mostly we were all together.
    Sometimes a small group got together after one of the breaks, to start a little earlier with stories or exercises.

    In external martial arts, the muscle looks great; it is easier to practice because people will watch you. So our style is more difficult to practice..

    At the age of arount 60 human muscle and bones start declining. It’s ok to use muscle in excersising to learn Yilu. But we work towards using less muscle.

    Grandmaster Chen Zhonghua advised us: “Practice Yilu every day. Do the Foundations.” We said farewell and thanked the Master.

    After the weekend, I personally felt my bones were stronger and whatever is around my bones is more relaxed.
    I felt at home in my body and had some wonderful memories from a safe period in m childhood.
    I created an opening in a pestering little conflict with a neightbour, that had lasted for several years.
    Some excersises were hard but I skipped a few as my body condition is not so good in this period of my life.
    Still I have done things I would’t have guessed I could do.

    I wish the Master, the Disciples and everybody here good luck. Thank You and See you again!
    Thank you Lukas and Pavel for the hospitality.

  • 2017/06/18: Jossy92 on “Prague 2016-15” Online Video Trailer

    What a great online way to learn for a beginner to this style of TC!

    Watch video…practice….re-watch video….practice….re-watch….practice….Rewa…..etc.,etc.
    I try to “feel” the movement over and over until my “grasp” of it stabilizes and begins to match what the audio is saying. Probably making lots of mistakes, but I have something stable enough to correct as I practice.
    Very, very greatful for these short clips.

  • 2017/06/12: admin2 on My Folder

    The videos are fine on my computer, I sent an email to get some more info

  • 2017/06/12: allenjoshua7000 on “General theory of practical method” Online Video Trailer

    Thank you!

  • 2017/06/12: Terence2309 on My Folder

    I cannot view my purchased video online Sydney 2016 2 & 3

    Pls help

  • 2017/06/09: Todd Elihu on Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method – Athens 2016 Review

    Hi David,

    I just tried to give you a call. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Todd Elihu
    Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method – Athens

  • 2017/06/09: Todd Elihu on About Athens Class

    Hi Maurice,

    As far as I know, there are no certified instructors of the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method in the Charleston area. I recommend that you attend one of Chen Zhonghua’s North American workshops to learn the fundamentals and supplement your instruction with the many videos available through this workshop. If you are ever in Northeast Georgia, I’d be happy to arrange a private lesson with you.

    Thank you,
    Todd Elihu
    Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method – Athens

  • 2017/06/07: vivien on Calendar

    Hi, is there any workshop, instructor or student in France ? Thank you

  • 2017/06/07: admin2 on Jakarta Workshop 2015 Photo & Videos

    Jakarta contact info

  • 2017/06/07: vincent den hengst on Make your movements your own

    Very clear. It relates well in my case why it is so important to keep the principles of the body directions while dealing with opponents.

  • 2017/06/07: Dr. maurice olfus on About Athens Class

    Hi. I am Maurice,

    I live in Charleston, SC. Is there a teacher available that is close to my location?

    Thank you.

  • 2017/06/05: maurice olfus on Sydney, Australia Class Schedule

    Good morning!
    I am a Chen practitioner and I am interested in attending your workshop or lecture classes. I will arrive Sidney 10-11 February 2018 and Perth 21-22 February.
    Looking forward to learning from you.
    Thank you.

    Dr. Maurice Olfus

  • 2017/06/05: David Holcomb on Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method – Athens 2016 Review

    Dear Mr. Todd Elihu,

    Could you please contact me when you get a chance. 423-605-1534. I am developing a Martial Arts Team curriculum for our college and am interested in seeing if you could be a guest speaker. You are within driving distance of our school.

    Dayton, TN.

    Thank you,

    David Holcomb

  • 2017/06/03: admin2 on Jakarta Workshop 2015 Photo & Videos

    If you are on facebook there is Indonesia Practical Method group

  • 2017/06/02: David on Jakarta Workshop 2015 Photo & Videos

    To Whom It May Concerns,
    I want to learn and practice Taiji, is there any class in Jakarta?
    May I know where and when I can join your class?
    Best regards,
    Mobile +62-811-156-3392

  • 2017/06/02: Jules49 on Calendar

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  • 2017/05/24: enricos on “Application: Italy Private 2014” Online Video Trailer

    Just purchased this video based on comments by Bruce above. All I can say ditto on his assessment and highly recommended for detailed step by step instruction by master Chen.

  • 2017/05/21: Nicholas on Peng: Is it written 掤 or 棚?

    乐 might be what is referred to as 間筆字. Prior to the existence of “simplified” characters, there were only characters. 会, for example, has a Japanese original, and it is the Japanese version of “simplified” characters. Many terms and characters are reborrowed from Japan.

    When learning a language, one should learn it for its entirety, and not go for what you feel is easier. That would be like learning another form of Taiji where they don’t do open kua exercise because it would be easier. Many Chinese scholars (ones in China) end up learning characters, they conclude that the linguistic evolution of the “simplified” characters do not make sense (as mentioned above by Frank) and inconsistent, which is the reason why it is harder to learn. And should writing a few more strokes be deemed as harder, especailly when we now punch characters in phonetically anyway?

  • 2017/05/21: alba whiteman on Is Not Moving the same as static?

    Guys had better be careful who they want to marry, especially if they send proposals by letter !

  • 2017/05/09: kalaivanan on Chen Zhonghua of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method

    An wonderful article for a beginner like me. It has aroused more curiosity in me to pursue this exotic martial art. Thanks.

  • 2017/05/03: admin2 on Way of Hunyuan Book

    Hi, you could get the e-book, and copy it to USB drive and bring it to a print shop to get hard copy. We are not planning to do a re-print currently

  • 2017/05/02: charlie wishon on Five Bows of Taijiquan

    Bai hui to hui yin is the torso bow.

  • 2017/04/30: vincent den hengst on “13 Moves Explanation (Jakarta15)” Online Video Trailer

    taiji is not meant to be slow
    slowness of movement in practice of yilu 13 is a way to check if and to learn that your power has no flaws
    love that

  • 2017/04/28: James Tam on Way of Hunyuan Book
  • 2017/04/28: James Tam on Way of Hunyuan Book
  • 2017/04/28: taibarb7 on Do You Want to Know a Secret? Ottawa Seminar 2016-11

    Thank you very much for the explanations and the Daoist background and the respective points of reference! That helps a lot to understand better.

  • 2017/04/25: barbara gehring on Way of Hunyuan Book

    i would like to buy the book: way of hun yuan qigong.
    since i don’t like to read so much on the computer i wonder, when there will be printed books available again.

    thank you for your answer and all the best


  • 2017/04/25: Michel on Practical Method Web Access Dollars

    Thank You!

  • 2017/04/24: admin2 on Practical Method Web Access Dollars

    We are in process of upgrading to https, note that payment is secure as it is handled via Paypal and Stripe website

  • 2017/04/24: Jair Diniz on Are you Learning?

    Dear Master Chen Zhonghua,My name is Jair Diniz, I live in Brazil and I am a Hunyuan Qi gong practitioner. I bought your books “Way of Hunyuan” and the book that you translated “Hunyuan Qi gong”.I would greatly appreciate your help and I am writing to you for clarification. I would like to know what is the function or intention of the “positive circle and negative circle” movements that are made early on, before the first movement of Hunyuan Qi gong.

    Thank you very much

  • 2017/04/17: Michel on Practical Method Web Access Dollars

    Why is this site not using https instead of http?
    That means that it is not secure!

  • 2017/04/16: Russell Beer on Hong Junsheng Yilu Photo Wall Chart

    Hi Master Chen,

    When will the wall charts be available again ?

    Russell ( Perth workshop )

  • 2017/04/09: Kelvin Ho on Practical Method Markham Open Class on Apr 9, 2017
  • 2017/04/07: John Upshaw on True Intention

    “The principle applies to the one thing you are working on.” ~CZH~
    The reprogramming of our bodies and neurological system requires a multitude of repetition. All of this reprogramming takes place in foundations, yilu and erlu as Hugo mentioned. Furthermore, ongoing objective feedback is required that the one principle we are working on adheres to that principle…as our minds can not be trusted…always assume you are not doing it correctly…

  • 2017/04/04: charlie wishon on On Speed

    And trusting your training…

  • 2017/04/04: charlie wishon on On Speed

    Eliminate Fear of Reactivity! Fear of reactivity creates the flinch defense mechanism. Fear of reactivity is only eliminated through proper training .

  • 2017/04/04: Pawel Mueller on On Speed

    I read this post without reading who wrote it. At some point I thought “That sounds like Brennan”. Donno why :-)
    Good article. Thanks and cheers

  • 2017/04/04: Hugo Ramiro on On Speed

    Training to invade and control an opponent’s centre using don’t retreat, don’t move and rotate is core for us, as you say. Push hands is a very important training tool for this reason.

  • 2017/04/02: charlie wishon on 2017-04-01 Richmond Hill Class – Fetch Water

    1. Front hand is a stretch. Don’t say open.
    2.establish the line. Move all parts to the line.
    Open the KUA into the line.the stretch is from the front foot to the rear shoulder. On your #2
    Think of the hand/front arm as the guide for the rope. The rear shoulder pulls the rope pulling the pale. Reset is a ratchet action. Meaning the rope never has slack. It never releases the pale. ALL in all I like your notes Mark. Think about the description. In your notes the words you use make some things seem unclear. Thank you for them . Keep up the good work!

  • 2017/03/31: charlie wishon on Using Different Dimensions – Taiji Applications

    Good lesson. Don’t move the back very hard

  • 2017/03/31: charlie wishon on “Taiji Applications 2011” Online Video Trailer

    Will be mine as well.

  • 2017/03/30: Hugo Ramiro on “Taiji Applications 2011” Online Video Trailer

    19:30 Ji/Take out space
    “According to Hong’s explanation to me, according to the practicality [...] in terms of which one is important for us to train, squeezing energy is number one. The reason is because everybody has some peng energy, which is “strength”. Everybody has some lu energy, which is “try to get away”. But [...] nobody is born with the ability to take out space. So in our learning, if you spend a lot of time learning how to take out space, you progress faster.”

    There are so many worthwhile points in this video that it is one of my application reference mainstays, revisited regularly.

  • 2017/03/29: vincent den hengst on Progress stages

    personally i get a lot of tai chi strength benefit from push the wall exercise and man, you need motivation for it

  • 2017/03/29: charlie wishon on Progress stages

    Great article

  • 2017/03/29: charlie wishon on 5 Learning Stages

    By segmenting movements and becoming proportional.

  • 2017/03/27: Kathy Rath on Embarassed in Iowa

    Thank you Hugo. I appreciate how you wrote such deep truth; delivered succinctly, honestly, and with a wonderfully vivid example. You give hope and encouragement to all of us, no matter where on the path. Thank you also to John Dahms, who planted the seed at this workshop for the need to “surrender the armbar”….and to the tireless John Upshaw, who continues to teach me the “letting go”, of being honest with myself and others. Not an easy task. And thank you, Master Chen, for the enlightenment at the workshop.

  • 2017/03/27: Michael Winkler on International Living on Daqingshan

    I just added a Question & Answer section at the end of the post, right on top of the picture gallery. Please have a look.

  • 2017/03/24: kumarajiva on “Basic Foundations 2013” Online Video Trailer

    This is amazing stuff. I am not a Taiji practitioner. I have trained mainly in Pak Mei (白眉)and Wuzuquan (五祖拳). In the the two arts that I train in we focus a lot on the concepts of float, sink, swallow, spit. The basic foundations movements on this video really made me understand the concepts of float, sink, swallow, spit. In fact I feel these are the best exercises to understand these concepts that I never found in my own art. My Wuzuquan teacher also keeps tells us ‘not to move’ and I feel that master Chen explained this concept really well.

  • 2017/03/24: sammyckp on “Ping Wei 2012 Yilu Correction ” Online Video Trailer

    It is an excellent video for learning. I really eager to purchase the remaining video of Ping Wei (22 – 81) yilu correction.
    Thank you.

  • 2017/03/23: bruce.schaub on “Prague 2016-5/6” Online Video Trailer

    Excellent lesson in the foundational concept underlying Body Method. One body part can only perform one function, and the relativity of ‘ Don’t Move ‘. This is really an explanation of why isolation must be trained into the body, to remove our normal habits of using one local body part to try to do everything. Second video gives details and corrections on 2 person drill. ‘ Hands not long enough, it comes from the foot ‘

  • 2017/03/21: Paddy Hanratty on Toronto Workshop Notes (Twist Towel)

    Thanks for the video reference Bruce. I find that I usually miss something in my note taking which makes me reluctant to share. For this reason I invite additional information, in this case in the form of physical demonstration, as a means of further clarification, or by way of filling in the blanks.

  • 2017/03/21: Octavio Mellado on Yilu 13 Moves 2016

    Great video, amazing explanation!!

  • 2017/03/19: Gene Hess on Greater Vancouver Workshop February/March 2017

    Thanks for the great notes Camille!
    I would like to add a few other things too.

    In moving foundations, the bottom has three beats. (1.) Step, (2.) Settle, (3.) Step. Same process for both moving forward or backwards.

    There is only one peak … the hand must be higher than the elbow and shoulder, before the hand has power.

    Bow power: The end points are fixed and a point in between moves.
    Lever power: Two end points are moving and a point in between does not move.

  • 2017/03/19: Michael Winkler on International Living on Daqingshan

    For everybody who is curious about this project, this information might be of interest. The circumstances for foreigners who want to live in China seems to get better in terms of visa. Have a look:

  • 2017/03/19: Michael Winkler on 2017.02.01-07 Daqingshan 21th Practical Method Seminar

    Dear Luis,

    All information on the full-time training can be found here:

    About the procedure to sign-up I can add: when you made up your mind when to come you just send me an e-mail (Hugo already posted the actual one below, but actually the one you used before should also still work for the next month …).
    Next you need to wire a deposit of 500,- USD (like mentioned in the post), for that I will send you the bank dates via e-mail. Once this come in I will issue two letters to you, Hotel Reservation and Acceptance, and with those you go and apply for your visa (usually done within a few days).
    Then you just let me know your final arrival dates, so that we can send a driver to pick you up. Thant’s it.

    Please let me know when you want to book, and in any other case please contact me via e-mail to mail(at)practicalmethod(dot)de.

    Kind regards and see you soon,

  • 2017/03/17: Kelvin Ho on Toronto North York Taiji Class on March 9, 2017

    left hand palm open rests on left hand -> right hand palm open rests on left hand.

  • 2017/03/17: Thanos on Daqingshan night memories

    Thank you guys for your kind words! :) Here is the link for the timelapse video,for those who haven’t seen it :

  • 2017/03/17: Hugo Ramiro on 2017.02.01-07 Daqingshan 21th Practical Method Seminar

    Luis, as listed in both articles I cited, the email to reach Michael is:
    mail [at] practicalmethod [dot] de

    By the way, those dates are perfectly fine.

  • 2017/03/17: James Tam on 2017.02.01-07 Daqingshan 21th Practical Method Seminar

    Luis, while waiting for an official answer from Michael Winkler, you can find some information by searching previous posts on this website. For example, have you visited this link:

  • 2017/03/17: James Tam on Daqingshan night memories

    Great time-lapse photos, Thanos! Vivid images appear as I read your experiences in the dark starry nights on Daqingshan. I can feel it, like the great thunderstorm that came as suddenly as it left when I was there those few short weeks on the Young Green Mountain. You feel Nature in close embrace.

  • 2017/03/17: James Tam on My Taiji Evolution

    Nice write-up. Glad you found Taiji. Your dedication shows. Enjoy your young family too! :)

  • 2017/03/17: luis lanca on 2017.02.01-07 Daqingshan 21th Practical Method Seminar

    Dear Michael
    I’m a basic level chinese language student in Lisbon and a yang taichi practioner for some time.
    I’ve been looking with interest master Cheng videos and there is an opportunity for me to travel to China next July on a two week vacation.
    How would you advise me to enroll for a trainig period on your school? Is that even posible around those dates?
    What steps and what cost would be necessary to organise it?
    I’ve been going through the website but it’s hard to have a clear picture of the necessary steps to go through.
    Could you help me or point me to the right the information?
    thanks in advance
    Luis Portugal
    ps. I sent an email to and it camed back.

  • 2017/03/17: enricos on “Yilu Detailed Instructions Section 1, 2015” Online Video Trailer

    Every time I view this video something not seen nor heard comes up which adds to my study of the
    Practical Method. This video along with ” The longest part of the body structure ” filmed in Poland and the Ping Wei private detailed instruction video have help me work on the many many details I need to do properly.

    The Ping Wei video is in Chinese which I do not understand, however I get the jest of what is going on and that is of great value as Master Chen repeats words/phrases several times which has piqued my interest.

    Thanks to Kelvin Ho for pointing out in his comment the first 2 minutes of the vid which I appreciate.

  • 2017/03/16: Hugo Ramiro on 2017.02.01-07 Daqingshan 21th Practical Method Seminar
  • 2017/03/16: luis lanca on 2017.02.01-07 Daqingshan 21th Practical Method Seminar

    Do you have already dates for the 2018 week seminar?
    Can someone share their experience in the best way to travel to and from Daqingshan?

  • 2017/03/15: charlie wishon on “Yilu Detailed Instructions Section 1, 2015” Online Video Trailer

    The pattern on the floor give clarity to the angles, and placement of the footwork.

  • 2017/03/15: Octavio Mellado on “Yilu Detailed Instructions Section 1, 2015” Online Video Trailer

    Great web site.

  • 2017/03/14: John Upshaw on Embarassed in Iowa

    “Invest in loss”…a good article by Hugo Ramiro about the psychological mindset that required in learning Practical Method. This is a humbling art…letting go of ego and preconceived beliefs reduces barriers to learning…I have been humbled many times…and times to come…

  • 2017/03/14: charlie wishon on Embarassed in Iowa

    Love this.

  • 2017/03/14: charlie wishon on “Dot” Online Video Trailer

    Crucial video

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