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  • 2020/09/21: Damian Jagosz on Robotic Movements of Practical Method (Facebook discussion)

    My understanding is that any solid movement is a dot. We have more dots each year.
    The more dots, the edge is smoother without sacrificing our structure.

  • 2020/09/20: Yuxin Liu on Robotic Movements of Practical Method (Facebook discussion)

    This method can give time and opportunity to find the longest line and stretch. Each move has a fixed posture, which need to be precise. So we know exactly what we are doing.

  • 2020/09/20: Edward Liaw on Robotic Movements of Practical Method (Facebook discussion)

    I had learned the yilu by following along with others at group practice and not in steps. For a long time, I practiced the yilu with this mindset of following along. When Master Chen corrected the second part of the yilu for me, I finally realized I had skipped learning the clarity of sequential movements. Although I could see the shape, it was blurry. I had missed all the details. This step is a very important one.

  • 2020/09/20: Eric Moore on Robotic Movements of Practical Method (Facebook discussion)

    I found that video very helpful, thank you!

  • 2020/09/20: John Upshaw on Robotic Movements of Practical Method (Facebook discussion)

    It’s good training to start out “robotic”‘…we call this “segmentation of movements”. It allows movements to be full, complete within itself and train for separation. Keep up the good work Damian Jagosz!

  • 2020/09/20: Kelvin Ho on Robotic Movements of Practical Method (Facebook discussion)

    Being robotic is a training method, the end result we are looking for is the ability to carry out individual actions together but independingly. It is what Master Chen calls synchronized desynchronization.

    This is not a warm-up in the sense that it is done differently than some other times for the same form. It’s the same form used for the purpose of warming up the body before the rest of the training, but the form itself is not just for warm-up.

    Real smoothness only comes from years of practice.

  • 2020/09/20: Damian Jagosz on What’s your impression of Master Chen’s ability

    Don’t care about movments.
    Trust in situation.
    Breake time.
    Freedom of movement instead of action/reaction game.
    A spontaneous demonstration of the technique in a gentle but effective manner – that’s true quality.

  • 2020/09/19: Eric Moore on What’s your impression of Master Chen’s ability

    He is Groot!

  • 2020/09/19: Doug Gauld on reflections on practice, D. Gauld, Edmonton, Tues. Sept. 15/20

    Hey Eric,
    …no fair, outsharing the oversharer, you bring a tear to my eye brother…I believe that the development of an almost filial/familial type of connection is essential to development in this art…it takes so long to get to any level of competence that you must trust your teachers, we not only put our bones in the hands of those who could break us in push hands, we also put our bodies in the hands of those who can either help us improve or leave us with training injuries, which is why I think its so important to make sure we follow our teachers ‘exact’ directions…anyway tks for the support & you guys are unfortunately stuck with me for the long haul, my ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis) isn’t likely to spontaneously reverse itself…see you in class…

  • 2020/09/19: Eric Moore on reflections on practice, D. Gauld, Edmonton, Tues. Sept. 15/20

    There’s a reason I hold those that I’ve trained with over the years so close. No matter who you explain your training to in the outside world, nobody else understands the grind, the feeling of triumph over the smallest win like those in your training circle.

    It’s a slightly different with social distancing, but when contact returns to training, there’s a bond that is formed when you train with someone. You place your life in their hands and theirs in yours. Trust is built, family is built. A happy studio feels like a happy home, where we’re all working together for the same purpose and helping each other along.

    You’re a great motivator Doug, the smile you get when something clicks is infectious. It’s even visible through your mask :) Keep going!

  • 2020/09/18: Doug Gauld on Roy Croucher private lesson review, GM Zhonghua Chen, Edmonton, Sept. 16/20

    …absolutely Eric, its doing that consistently and with increased precision that helps us balance on the wire, as GM said there are many ways to do a movement, but only 1 way that is correct according to PM…

  • 2020/09/18: Eric Moore on Roy Croucher private lesson review, GM Zhonghua Chen, Edmonton, Sept. 16/20

    A key note you mentioned and I keep hearing this week: Don’t try and analyse what MC is doing. There is no theory to wrap our head around. If he says move your knee out one inch, he means move your knee out one inch. If he says touch this spot on the wall, he means touch EXACTLY this spot on the wall.

    The keys are being handed to us on a silver platter, we just have to stop trying to analyse the composition of the keys and the design of the platter.

  • 2020/09/18: Chen Zhonghua on Custom Hand forged Damascus Oxtail Broadsword

    Yes, please contact Allan at:

  • 2020/09/18: lle on Custom Hand forged Damascus Oxtail Broadsword

    Hi Master
    I would like to ask about the Broadsword, is it possible to ship international?

  • 2020/09/15: Brian Chung on Foundation Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Mon 14 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

    Updated. Thank you Yuxin!

  • 2020/09/15: Yuxin Liu on Foundation Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Mon 14 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

    Twisting the towel
    Elbow rotates in toward the dantian, hand pushed forward by stretching the armpit.

    Xuan Guan She Qiao 玄关设窍

  • 2020/09/15: Paddy Hanratty on Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 8, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

    Thanks for these really great notes Kelvin. I hope to join Shifu’s virtual class in October, if they are still available then.

  • 2020/09/10: Fung Chern Hwei on Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 10, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

    Thank you for such a detailed note! This is awesome.

  • 2020/09/09: james tam on Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 8, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

    Excellent summary! Thanks Kelvin!

  • 2020/09/08: Edward Liaw on Positive Circle Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Mon 8 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

    Body cannot be back loaded. Else, you will need to shift forward when you want to step.

    2nd part. The elbow has to stretch out the forearm (against the finger) so that the hand does not move / follow the elbow.

    3rd part. The chest opening (down/back) enables the hand to go out. The bicep must not move.

  • 2020/09/07: Yuxin Liu on Positive Circle Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson Mon 8 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

    Second step turn with the waist/kua. The front kua needs to move from a indenting position up and then rotate back toward the back kua.

  • 2020/09/05: Chen Zhonghua on My Folder
  • 2020/09/05: sifuv on My Folder

    hello admin,

    which video/videos do you suggest i purchase first to understand the method as im a total beginner to it.

    thank you!

  • 2020/09/03: Edward Liaw on Yilu Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson – 1 Sep 2020 – Brian Chung

    Didn’t have time to post my notes on Tuesday, here they are:

    Brush knee
    * Work on not tossing the body forward when stepping. Stand on back leg from white crane and step out without body following.

    Block touching coat
    * Only horizontal when setting waist after step. For future lesson.
    * Stepping back, don’t move torso back. It can only go down, hands and foot split.

    Second closing, after fetch water
    * Step behind with right foot, tbar.

    Buddha’s warrior
    * Front elbow withdraws with foot stepping forward.
    * Don’t move hands, squeeze shoulder to drive hand up.

    After punch covering hand
    * Left hand up to right ear.

    * Lock an end creates distance and power. Lock center creates neutralization.

  • 2020/09/03: Edward Liaw on Master Chen’s Online Lesson on Sep 3, 2020 – Kelvin Ho

    I didn’t take enough notes for a full post, so I’ll put them here:

    * Front is negative circle, back is positive.

    Demo with the pole
    * First, the front hand serves as pivot (doesn’t move), back hand does a positive circle. When it does appear to move, it is the body moving.

    * Lock the hand on (like it is on a table and cannot follow your body down), body down.
    * Maintain lock on hand, use the front kua to rotate.
    * Lock the front axis (so it doesn’t follow the hand out), pull the hand out.
    * Throughout: keep the eyes fixed in line with hand.

    Notes from corrections
    * Alternating lock front and back.
    * Use a lot of body to pull on the hand.
    * Body like a screw, hand fixed.

    Perspective change
    * The distance between shoulder and hand is locked like a stick. When it rotates, the perspective/angle changes.

  • 2020/09/02: John Upshaw on “Chen Zhonghua Online Lesson 2020-0901” Online Video Purchase

    Preparation Form
    1. Jin Gang Dao Zhui (Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar)
    Correction: arm and waist turn together to step up

    2. Lan Zha Yi (Block Touching Coat)
    Correction: Right hand down

    3. Liu Feng Si Bi (Six Sealing and Four Closing)

    4. Dan Bian (Single whip)

    5. Zuo Zhuan Shen Dao Zhui (Turn Left and Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar)

    6. Bai He Liang Chi (White Crane Spreads its Wings)

    7. Lou Xi Ao Bu (Brush the Knee)

    8. Chu Shou (First Closing)

    9. Xie Xing Ao Bu (Walk Obliquely with Twist Steps)

    10. Zai Shou (Second Closing)
    Correction: after right foot stealthily steps behind, use waist (T-bar) to turn left arn into the next position.

    11. Qian Tang Ao Bu (Wade Forward with Twist Steps)

    12. Yan Shou Hong Chui (Fist of Covering Hand and Arm)
    Corrections: Turn left with waist in the double negative circles. Put right fist into position with left hand underneath before the punch. *lock right elbow, front shoulder and rear shoulder the turn with waist (T-bar).

    13. Jin Gang Dao Zhui (Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar

    Main theme to correct is turn the waist, T-bar, lock the middle and turn the 2 ends.

  • 2020/09/01: Yuxin Liu on Master Chen’s online lesson on August 31st- Front axis rotation in positive circle

    Eyes fixed to 45 degree, head in fixed position.

  • 2020/08/31: Chen Zhonghua on “Relationship Between the Two Hands” Online Video Purchase

    Looking into this… Don’t know what happened here.

  • 2020/08/31: buddhafist on “Relationship Between the Two Hands” Online Video Purchase

    Hi, are you charging shipping costs now for online videos? :) Maybe this can be corrected? Thanks and all the best

  • 2020/08/29: Kelvin Ho on Practical Method Online Class Schedule

    The bottom of the calendar shows the time zone.
    Mine shows “Events shown in time zone: Eastern Time – Toronto”

  • 2020/08/28: Albert Chung on Practical Method Online Class Schedule

    The class time for September 1 & 3 classes are mountain time?

  • 2020/08/27: Pete on Peng: Is it written 掤 or 棚?

    According to wiktionary (, 掤 in Middle Chinese was pronounced (/pɨŋ/) and in Old Chinese like (/*pɯŋ/), which is basically like the modern “peng” sound. See this audio IPA chart for reference (
    But in searching Chinese websites, many people propose that it was an error due to oral transmission.

  • 2020/08/27: Edward Liaw on PM Power Hour Classes(3 classes per week)

    Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar
    1. In with elbow.
    2. Out with hand and rotate to face forward.
    3. Close left foot in to face forward.
    4. Shift to stand on left foot. Don’t move hands.
    5. In with elbow and right foot forward.
    6. Lift knee and squeeze hand up.

    Mistakes I’m making
    * On point 5, the head should not move.
    * Practice standing on left foot and doing this move in front of mirror.
    * Then practice transition 4-5.

  • 2020/08/25: Edward Liaw on PM Power Hour Classes(3 classes per week)

    Fist Draping Over Body
    * Hand-elbow-shoulder triangle does not change, only it’s angle changes.
    * Hand stays out, elbow stays in.
    * Rotate kua, rotate don’t turn torso. Shoulder maintains a fixed point.

    Fist Covering Hand
    * Set the hands facing 45 left.
    * Kua opens upward and shoulder opens downward to drive fist out. Much like the twisting towel kua exercise.
    * Hand stays on the line.
    * Don’t turn elbow out. Must stay pointing down.
    * Left kua must maintain axis. Don’t let it sag and fall back.

  • 2020/08/24: nick tangri on “TOMAR20-3 Yin and Yang” Online Video Purchase

    Thanks Kelvin, all good

  • 2020/08/23: Kelvin Ho on “TOMAR20-3 Yin and Yang” Online Video Purchase

    I have added an alternate location. You should be access it from that page.

  • 2020/08/23: Kelvin Ho on “Tiger’s Back and Bear’s Waist” Online Video Purchase

    I have added an alternate location. You should be access it from that page.

  • 2020/08/23: nick tangri on “TOMAR20-3 Yin and Yang” Online Video Purchase

    Kelvin, i cannot see this one either.

  • 2020/08/23: nick tangri on “Tiger’s Back and Bear’s Waist” Online Video Purchase

    Kelvin, i can access the site but can’t see any videos there. The videos are a bit cheaper there, might have to learn some Mandarin.

    I can see all the Shopmaster videos, but not these two.

  • 2020/08/22: Kelvin Ho on “Tiger’s Back and Bear’s Waist” Online Video Purchase


    Do you have trouble accessing as well?


  • 2020/08/22: nick tangri on “Tiger’s Back and Bear’s Waist” Online Video Purchase

    Hi Kelvin, have purchased these two videos but am getting “The requested video is not found.” Never had any trouble before?

  • 2020/08/21: Kelvin Ho on “TOMAR20-3 Yin and Yang” Online Video Purchase

    0:07 Our movement must be divided into yin and yang. We must lock up our body, and the movement must not be part of that body, and yet it is not phyaically outside.

    1:29 Here comes Joseph Chen vs Chen Zhonghua. Joseph Chen pushes the kua, Chen Zhonghua’body is affected. When Joseph Chen stops pushing, Chen Zhonghua goes back to the original position.

    2:58 Within the same physical body, the action is a movement, the structure has no movement.

    Master Chen gave two examples about same but not the same.

    3:50 1st example of a hand holding a screw driver: The hand is holding a screw driver. The hand and the screw driver handle become one. The hand is not considered outside of the handle, and yet it is not part of the screw driver.

    4:42 2nd example of a steel bar vs a steel cable: The steel cable are made of multiple steel threads twisted together, and it is not the same as a solid steel bar.

    5:20 Back to the screw driver example, the hand turns the screw driver, the action is at the hand, but the result is on the screw driver. Without the screw driver, the same action on the hand is not meaningful, and none of that action comes from the screw driver itself.

    5:50 Our body needs to move 100%, but none of that comes from us. Currently, the problem is that we move the body ourselves.

    6:48 Exercise: Master Chen locked right shoulder, right kua, and middle of the torso. He used his left kua to cause movements of those three points, while those three points did not change relative to each other.

    8:13 Student 1 was trapped among the legs of a chair that is placed horizontally across his body. Master Chen and Student 2 pulled on the legs of the chair. The chair was moved, and so did Student 1. This happened because the chair absolutely did not move.

    9:30 The action is the yin part, while the structure is the yang part (the not moving part).

  • 2020/08/21: John Upshaw on “In With Elbow Details 2020.08.19” Online Video Purchase

    I participated in 2 of the online Zoom lessons with Master Zhonghua Chen this week. On Monday we covered the negative circle. The initial procedure starts with “in with elbow”. The front hand stays fixed in space. 3 joints are involved, power coming from the kua, elbow going in and shoulder that needs to adjust. I had decent range/power from the kua, however I had difficulties with my elbow coming in and keeping my hand fixed. I sorted out the lesson a bit with Kelvin Ho. Then I “unexpectedly” came accross this video…it told me what I needed to do. Early this morning I had a discussion with Pavel Codl about this same issue…he told me to do what was in this video without knowing I had reviewed this video. This morning in a the online lesson with Master Chen on the double circle, I again struggled hit fixing the hand and elbow in, which, as you may already know, told me to do what is in this video!!! It is odd when what needs to happen becomes this clear!!!

  • 2020/08/20: Steve Doob on “Grind Open With A Vertical Axis August 13, 2020” Online Video Purchase

    Very clearly shown and very useful. The same rotation is done most everywhere in Yilu. Just like when you wring out a towel, the two ends move toward each other.

  • 2020/08/20: sooyeon on PM Power Hour Classes(3 classes per week)

    August 19th
    Twist Towel
    1. Lock elbow, movement come from kua
    2. Internet was not smooth only part of it I heard… had to do with hand but not sure
    3. When I issue power my shoulder forward… make sure shoulder down

    Power training from single whip
    1. My chest moved with elbow which is double heavy
    2. Elbow come in with line like negative circle
    3. When elbow come in front kua up
    4. Back elbow point back foot

  • 2020/08/18: Ravi Mohan on “Absolute Beginners Online Lesson 2020-08-17-1” Online Video Purchase

    This video starts with some tai chi theory related to conversion of energy, and the importance of structure in Practical Method, then goes on to demonstrate exercise for kua, and how to cultivate the kua shoulder connection, and demonstrating many beginner mistakes, (e.g “double heavy” with respect to the relation between elbow and kua), and also successive refinements from very large to very subtle.

    Overall *very* useful to beginners. I look forward to the following videos.

  • 2020/08/18: Steve Doob on Dixian 底线 Bottom Line Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson – 14 Aug 2020 – Brian Chung

    Yes, Brian. Very clearly stated. My take is that the dixian has to be assumed before your learning can really begin. If you question the tai chi bottom line you’ll be speculating that something else is correct and you’ll be wasting time, because your speculation as a tai chi novice has no value. You should decide what you want to assume before you do anything else. Once you’ve decided what to assume, you can proceed with your learning while always having that assumption as your bottom line.

  • 2020/08/18: Winston Wang on Negative Circle Procedure Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson – 18 Aug 2020 – Brian Chung

    Provide my note witten before I read Brian’s as a comparison, hopefully will make it more clear:

    Negative circle

    1. The front hand stays in the air, adjust the elbow, shoulder and kua. The movement is from the Kua.

    2. Everything above the waist doesn’t move, stays in the same places related to each other. Only turn the kua back.

    3. Whole body stays in the same place, only drop the forearm until there’s a line created from the shoulder to the middle finger.

    4. Rotate that line from the shoulder.

    **Each body parts only does it’s own movement without mixing with each other. In combination, it creates an illusion of a smooth movement.

    **Flow is the idea, tong(通) is what it’s actually doing. Tong means a total transfer of the movement from one end to the other end.

    **An object move from A to B is called a revolution. This object flips by itself is called a rotation.

  • 2020/08/17: Edward Liaw on PM Power Hour Classes(3 classes per week)

    Mistakes I’m making
    * Intent on the hand: the hand is anticipating the movement and moving on its own.
    * It has to be dead but solid not loose.
    * Especially when doing it with speed, the hand’s gear must be locked into the kua and not pop off on its own.
    * Shoulder tensing / locking, preventing the arm from staying on the line.
    * Makes the hand follow the kua.
    * Shoulder needs to match / adjust to kua to make the upper arc.
    * Ratio needs to favor the bottom arc.
    * Kua starts out with not enough room / too open already.
    * Sit back and give the kua space to open, otherwise the movement will be too small – everything else has to be relative to that movement.

    Kua drills:
    * Twisting towel
    * Buddha’s Warrior Pounds Mortar
    * When powering up, I tense up my upper arm and move my hand. All the movement has to be on the kua.
    * Single Whip
    * In the second move, I didn’t have the connection to my elbow. I had to bring the elbow back to the position in twisting towel and give more room to my kua.

  • 2020/08/14: Edward Liaw on Dixian 底线 Bottom Line

    My notes:


    Theory must be independent of what you do.

    Triangulation. When you have two lines, there is a point where they join.

    At the beginning, when you pinpoint on something you cannot have distraction.

    Even though you think you have changed, other people will know you haven’t. Habits die hard.

    Continuing last class. 校对 Recalibration. Another element: adapt and retune your mind and body to something. Not against, with.

    On a rifle, there is sights and a piece on the barrel, that you line up against a third point far away. Needs to be fine tuned so that the two line up properly. The gun has to be recalibrated before you can use it. Aiming is against an object. Calibration is done against a fixed target, the standard.

    What are you calibrating against, or according to. Standard. The bottom line. 底線. Dixian. Basic premise. Foundation of the entire system, or else you cannot even continue.

    You will realize that your assumption is not that accurate, but may not be 100% wrong. For example in with elbow, out with hand. Cannot question it because it is not something to discuss, it’s just something to learn. For example the letter A, don’t need to know why it is written that way, just that it is.

    That’s why certain questions shouldn’t be asked. Why some questions are good / others a waste of time. When you ask questions relating to the standard, to the bottom line, you are wasting your time thinking about it. Like asking why is a yard x long?

    Three points, that all support each other. First is recalibration, second is dixian.

    Memorize the word so that you have that concept. If you understand it, you can tell in the questions that are asked.

    A matter of following the instructions. The system is a system of shortcuts. To understand things in a much quicker way instead of spending a lifetime relearning. By copying and reproducing so that knowledge can accumulate.

    Various standards that can be changed, improved. If it is more correct it is more complex. Such as need to go to school to learn it because there’s a lot of concepts that need to be built up.

    English: You entire thought process must be combinations of these 26 letters and punctuation. Until this is too primitive; and we work with

    Chinese basic element: 64. In their system, human intelligence is based on 64. In the past, with the Yijing, it became a technique of fortune telling instead of a philosophy.

    In Taijiquan, the bottom line is more complex than in boxing. With 3 or 4 basic punches, you can quickly become good. Taiji based on 13. Upper body 8; lower body 5.

    When your base is very big, it takes longer to proceed, but also the potential is higher.

    In the positive circle, 9 steps, but usually doesn’t demonstrate all of them. 8 and 1 settle (adjust). Only teach 3 because this is the basic. If you know 8 of them, the yilu becomes too complex, because every movement needs to be broken into 8.

    3 types: Principle, concept, action.

    What are the dixian, guiding principles:
    • Principle: Yin yang
    • 虛領頂勁 xulingdijin. Suspended head
    • Action: 13 moves. Your alphabet for movements.
    • e.g. why doing taiji without the choreography, the direction is wrong. Look at the floor. In certain moves the center does not move. Without it, basically means you don’t know.
    • Concept: Center. 中定 zhongding

    When you know it, it is a science. It’s not random. It is a collection of rules of how things are.

    Recalibrate your mind to dixian.

    Use this concept to look at taiji anew.

    Your understanding of the data is considered intelligence / knowledge. Meaning. Commit to memory. Relate things you know to why.

    During the learning process you do not know the whole system. Learning is starting from not knowing the whole picture. No top no bottom. Only after you’ve learned it, you identify top and bottom.

    The sequence is a method to get it more effectively.

    参照物 canzhaowu reference points

    校对 jiaodui recalibration

  • 2020/08/14: James Tam on Dixian 底线 Bottom Line Notes – Master Chen Zhonghua Online Zoom Lesson – 14 Aug 2020 – Brian Chung

    Thank you Brian Chung for a quick and excellent summary of today’s Zoom meeting (Lesson 2) by Master Chen Zhonghua! (2020.08.14)

  • 2020/08/14: Xavier Santiago on Dixian 底线 Bottom Line


    Dixian means bottom line. We need to have the bottom line clear to learn.

    The dixian questions are not about right or wrong. It has a meaning, but we don’t discuss the meaning.

    Three concepts:




    We can learn bottom line by memorizing it.

    Learn to copy and reproduce this knowledge.

    Never think of right or wrong when learning.

    What are the dixian? Yin/yang is dixian. The basic rules of taiji. When you ask a question and Shifu cannot answer that it is because it is dixian. The 13 postures are the dixian. 3 categories; one principle, the other concept, and other action. The 13 movements are our alphabet.

    There are 8 movements in the circle, but you need to start learning the 3 moves first.

    13 postures. 8 techniques of hands and 5 directions of the feet. Proper taiji choreography your feet must move in 5 directions. Center does not move is requirement of zhong ding.

    Once you understand bottom line you will decipher the movements and choreography. It is not random. It is science because it has a method.

    Recalibrate you’re mind to di xian

    Principle, concept and action are the three di Xian. There is no sequence. Commit this to memory. There is a sequence, but into is a method to ensure you will get it more effectively. You don’t understand until you understand. When learning you start from not having knowledge.

  • 2020/08/14: Sevastianos Maillis on “Tiger’s Back and Bear’s Waist” Online Video Purchase

    Very useful video for all Practical Method practitioners, on how to incorporate the whole upper body movement while at the same time training the torso not to move.
    Another great video! Thank you Master Chen!

  • 2020/08/13: Jeff Calcagni on PM Power Hour Classes(3 classes per week)

    Thank you for providing this class opportunity Kelvin. I enjoy deepening my understanding of the initial 13 moves in this fashion. Your instruction, when combined with the video segments you indicated we should look at, really clarifies some of the potential applications and proper body structure. You have a great teaching style as well — appreciate your taking the time to make individual corrections (very hard to do in this format) and asking students for their questions during the class.

  • 2020/08/13: James Tam on Re-calibration: August 11, 2020 Zoom Lesson

    Great notes! Thank you Susanna Chwang for sharing! Also, thank you to Master Chen Zhonghua for such an illuminating lesson. Rather than looking around for outside/external assistance/info, simply practice, plod on, and follow Shifu’s guidance. The focus is on recalibrating the internal with lots of copying, corrections, and practice.

  • 2020/08/12: Edward Liaw on PM Power Hour Classes(3 classes per week)

    Started class with 180°, such as the fifth move of Walk obliquely in twist step
    * This move is used in other parts of the yilu and in the erlu.
    * Axis is right shoulder to right kua.
    * Don’t turn the torso.
    * In with right elbow.
    * Open right kua so that leg turns >90° to the right.
    * Don’t drop the right kua.
    * Open through the left side of the body so that it rotates around the axis.

    Second closing
    * First move:
    * Both hands hold a stick that aims 45° down. As though holding onto a shovel. Don’t move the hands.
    * Left knee does not move forward or backward. On top of the heel.
    * As though left arm passes through a hole that is next to the left knee. As though using a shovel.
    * Don’t drop the left kua / don’t protrude the butt behind the left kua / maintain the rod to the heel.
    * Left shoulder cannot reverse and come forward. It turns over the joint from the end of fetching water.

  • 2020/08/12: Chen Zhonghua on Recalibration Online Lecture Notes August 11, 2020
  • 2020/08/12: Tinh Thai on Recalibration Online Lecture Notes August 11, 2020

    Thank you very much for your concise notes, Edward. It was great to read.
    Thank you very much Master Chen Zhonghua for the class and all the wisdom contained in your teaching.

    I believe recalibration requires humility, no matter how long one has been learning or training. At class and private training I may look like I’m struggling while shaking my head at my inability to perform what is being taught or practiced. This is required for me and is part of the challenge that I love about learning. I know that I am learning something new and will, with practice, make progress. The open encouragement of Practical Method disciples and students is also a great motivation. Thank you for this platform.

  • 2020/08/12: Adarsh Khalsa on Recalibration Online Lecture Notes August 11, 2020

    Thank you Edward

  • 2020/08/11: John Upshaw on Recalibration Online Lecture Notes August 11, 2020

    Thanks for the notes Edward! Very concise! Many things stood out. Follow Shifu’s instructions…he will take me to the door, teach/show me what I need to do, it is on me to do it. This is necessary if I, we, are to recalibrate our bodies and minds to really do Taiji.
    When we recalibrate the mind and body, and it becomes one, this is referred to as harmonizing.

    They are problems to overcome in order to recalibrate our bodies and minds. For me and many of us, we may think that we are following his instructions or the principles, and that may be totally in our heads. Not real. Another barrier is we are told of an issue or something that needs to be recalibrated, and we do nothing about it…we let it slide.

    Personally, when Shifu gives me a correction, I write It down. It becomes a Taiji practice goal. I have a small list of goals, which I train one at a time. I record videos to see visible progress or share with others. Some of these goals have taken years to improve. Shifu will tell me…he remembers year to year. My Taiji brothers will notice progress or a lack of progress asbwell. It’s not easy to recalibrate our minds and bodies…if it was, I would find it dull and boring!

  • 2020/08/11: Kelvin Ho on “Tiger’s Back and Bear’s Waist” Online Video Purchase


    1:30 Master Chen showed that the chest should be indented and the back should be protuded. Indentation and protrusion always come in a pair. The common position is to have a big and protuded chest, an indentation (a valley) at the back. When that happens, the buttocks also protrude, that’s really bad. Once we cave in the chest, the back will stick out, and we also need to create a top-bottom stretch at the back.

    1:50 In Six Sealing Four Closing, our chest often protrudes. We need to cave it in, so that we create a separation between the chest and the elbow. The back also opens up.

    2:34 The back is the governing body, and the front is the functioning body. The back is rounded and provides the structure. This kind of back is called the Tiger’s Back. What does that mean? It means that a tiger does not have a back. A Bear’s Waist means that a bear does not have a waist.

    3:55 Tiger’s Back and Bear’s Waist actually indicate that our upper body should be like a cylinder, and the hands/arms can still move without the pushing the chest forward.

    4:30 We can either train by 1) lock the shoulders, and cave in the chest, or 2) don’t move the chest, and move the shoulders forward. Shoulders and chest do not move together.

    4:55 The shoulders should be like the sleeves of a jack hanging on a coat hanger. They should be in front, and not on the side of the torso.

    5:54 The back should be stretching. We should not bend at down at the waist. When we stretch, we iron out the indentations and protrusions. When we bend, we create indentations and protusions.

    7:22 Master Chen helped a couple of students in the video make the chest cave in and pull up the back.


    3:05 Tear the middle of the chest open horizontally. Master Chen demonstrated how to add this little bit when practicing single whip.

  • 2020/08/10: Edward Liaw on PM Power Hour Classes(3 classes per week)

    Started class with the fajin exercise posted yesterday.
    * Lock front hand on line of the rear forearm.
    * Don’t move the hands.
    * Use the front kua
    * Moving step version:
    * Tie the front foot to the hand.

    Walk obliquely in twist step
    * Fourth move (Double Negative Circle):
    * Don’t move the hands.
    * Lock a point on both arms that cannot be raised or lowered. As though there is a hula hoop around your arms that should not be moved.
    * Sinking the kuas and shoulders squeezes out the hands.
    * Don’t turn torso.
    * Move is like opening an umbrella.
    * Fifth move (Fetch Water):
    * Don’t move hands, front hand stays on the line of front hand to rear elbow.
    * Link elbows to the body.
    * Maintain line from front foot to the rear shoulder.
    * Front heel is free to rotate.
    * Use the front kua.

  • 2020/08/10: Dina Kerr on “Yilu Detailed Instructions All Six Sections, 2015” Online Video Purchase

    I just looked at the first section of the form. After 20 years there was still so much to the first thirteen moves. These videos are great. Such body control and how good it feels to attempt it. Thankful to have these videos.

  • 2020/08/09: Chorche on My Folder

    Hello Admin,
    when trying to play video Yilu Detailed Instructions Online from my folder, there is a failure message Video not found.
    Could you please fix it?

    Kind regards, Chorche.

  • 2020/08/09: Liu Yuxin on PM Power Hour Classes(3 classes per week)

    Thank you for the notes!!

  • 2020/08/06: Kelvin Ho on PM Power Hour Classes(3 classes per week)

    * First move: kick with the underside of the thigh, not the front of the knee.

    Kick with the heel and stretch the underside of the knee is stretched and straight.

    * knee and elbow in opposition

    Elbow comes in, while the kua goes out in opposite direction.

    * Attach elbow to torso and rotate torso.

    Attach elbow to torso, rotate from the bottom, make sure the top does not move at all.

    * Make sure to rotate fully until elbow goes over the line.

    Make sure to rotate fully until right elbow folds into the line as marked by the left forearm.

  • 2020/08/05: Edward Liaw on PM Power Hour Classes(3 classes per week)

    Notes from today:

    Brush Knee
    * Third move: Left shoulder and kua come together.
    * Don’t let the head go down.
    * Right hand don’t toss left. In with elbow.
    * Fourth move: When right hand goes out, don’t toss the shoulder right.

    Initial Closing
    * First move: bring elbows into line.
    * Second move: Elbow comes in, opposition to front kua which goes out.
    * Back doesn’t move forward or back.
    * Elbow hits the dantian and bounces back on the line through the fist.

    Walk Obliquely in Twist Step
    * First move: kick with the underside of the thigh, not the front of the knee.
    * Knee and elbow in opposition.
    * Second move: Left forearm on the line.
    * Attach elbow to torso and rotate torso.
    * Axis is the center of the body.
    * Make sure to rotate fully until elbow goes over the line.

  • 2020/08/05: Kelvin Ho on Practical Method Online Class Schedule

    I checked with the instructor. The class is not running anymore.

  • 2020/08/04: Kelvin Ho on “Rod In The Body 2020.07.21” Online Video Purchase

    Combining telescoping action and rotisserie action is a drilling action creating a spiral.

  • 2020/08/04: Kelvin Ho on “Rod In The Body 2020.07.21” Online Video Purchase

    Regarding the rotisserie action, think about a rod as a T-bar or a hand drill, which has something that sticks out from a rod. Another way to think about (a) as Lock the inside, move the outside, and (b) as Lock the outside, move the inside. Auger vs Rattle Drum.

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