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  • 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

  • 2017/03/14: charlie wishon on “Foundations (Perth Workshop 2016)” Online Video Trailer

    I recommend this set for people looking for further instruction with foundations

  • 2017/03/14: charlie wishon on “Finish The Circle” Online Video Trailer

    This will be a something I pay attention to in my foundations training

  • 2017/03/13: charlie wishon on Taiji S Line Online Video Trailer

    Comment your thoughts on this video

  • 2017/03/13: charlie wishon on “Get into the Line” Online Video Trailer

    This is a good video to go with the new Poland video

  • 2017/03/13: charlie wishon on Daqingshan night memories

    I really enjoy people’s experiences . Thanks for sharing

  • 2017/03/13: charlie wishon on Why the Teacher is Important

    I really enjoy reading people’s experiences . Thanks for sharing

  • 2017/03/13: charlie wishon on How to train Yilu with power?

    This is a good thread for students.

  • 2017/03/13: charlie wishon on Shoulders in fetch water, positive and negative circle

    Shoulder should always squeeze into the Kua. We don’t not place attention on the shoulder blades. Only that the back doesn’t move.

  • 2017/03/13: charlie wishon on Why the Teacher is Important

    I’ve trained for many years. In these years I have attended many workshops/seminars. Every time I had expectations about am event or lesson I left disappointed in myself, and in the situation. It takes great humility to learn from a teacher. I have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the world in my time as a student. From different cultures . If the teacher only feeds you what is sweet , she or he is not teaching you. We learn most from Bitter.hope you are still progressing in whatever it is you are doing

  • 2017/03/13: bruce.schaub on Daqingshan night memories

    Looks and sounds amazing, thank you for sharing your experience.

  • 2017/03/13: John Upshaw on Greater Vancouver Workshop February/March 2017

    “Master Chen demonstrated the transfer or switching at the kua for Draping over body fist. Hard to describe in words. The switching is imperceptible to the opponent. The purpose of switching is to access the opposite foot.”~great note! Thanks~

  • 2017/03/13: John Upshaw on Daqingshan night memories

    Thanks for your story, Thanos! The pictures are phenomenal!

  • 2017/03/13: Hugo Ramiro on Daqingshan night memories

    Thanks Thanos, yes it did bring back many wonderful memories. Great food, friends, never ending training. I was totally different after my first visit on our beautiful Big Blue-Green Mountain :P :)

  • 2017/03/13: Hugo Ramiro on “Perth Workshop Application Lesson” Online Video Trailer

    One of the many things I am grateful to Master Chen for teaching me is my slowly developing ability to actually aim with the kua, just via rotation. It is also amazing to experience how that aim becomes MORE powerful and MORE precise the LESS the kua moves!! As always thank you for sharing your exceedingly pragmatic knowledge and skill with us Master Chen.

  • 2017/03/13: Kelvin Ho on Daqingshan night memories

    Thanks for your article. It certainly makes me want to go to DQS even more.

  • 2017/03/13: Kelvin Ho on Shoulders in fetch water, positive and negative circle


    I agree with Hugo. You may also consider posting a video of you doing the foundations, and more specific comments can then be provided. Thanks for posting.


  • 2017/03/13: John Upshaw on North American Practical Method Training Camp July 28 – Aug 1, 2017

    Most welcomed Hugo! I’m looking forward to training with you again!

  • 2017/03/12: Camille Lipford on Greater Vancouver Workshop February/March 2017

    Thanks for filling in my blanks!

  • 2017/03/12: Hugo Ramiro on North American Practical Method Training Camp July 28 – Aug 1, 2017

    I am very much looking forward to this workshop, thank you John and Levi for putting it together!

  • 2017/03/12: Rainbowbear on Why the Teacher is Important

    Well, how this train of thought happened was in your first email about singing and if you don’t have a good teacher you can never be brought forward and that you need to have a good teacher to show you the other side so to speak. It reminded me of my teacher who told me I was like a fly buzzing at the window, never getting thru to the other side when the window was open just a little ways away and also reminded me of the time he said breaking thru is like rubbing parchment paper, like the Japanese walls, so paper thin you can kind of see the other side but it takes time and practise to rub that hole large enough to get to the other side. The singing teacher story reminded me of that. The things is, if you are trying to learn how to box, the singing teacher cannot show you that. So pick your teachers carefully. And in the way I am just saying, be wary of teachers who you think are and are not, and please, please do not put your life in their hands. Your life is forever yours, never theirs. Some students are just pawns on the teachers chess board to bigger and better things for themselves or their families. Some students are just a way to get there and nothing else. As long as you can still learn from them and you are happy…..okay. If you are not happy….then don’t stay. There ARE lots of teachers out there. there is NEVER just one. Never believe there is just one. This is not to be this way at this time in our earth. It is not.

  • 2017/03/12: Rainbowbear on Why the Teacher is Important

    What I am trying to say is that one teacher may be great for one person but not another. What I am trying to say is that one person’s fantastic journey can come from the same teacher who was the teacher of a student who had the worst journey. It is important to remember that every teacher is human and in the journey the teachers has made they have made mistakes and will continue to make mistakes. No matter how knowledgeable they are. It is important for the student to hold truth to themselves above all else. It is called integrity.

    In my journey, after teaching a 2 hours session at a University with my teacher, he was so angry at me and for what I have no idea. I was still recovering from leg surgery. Anyways he yelled at me as we were leaving the building. Well, you think you have it hey!! Well you don’t!! Have what. Like really. What does that supposed to mean. I took taiji to recover from Karate (I was a black belt). What the heck I was supposed to be getting anyways. Never did explain it to me. Totally useless conversation. He blamed me for something I wasn’t even trying to attain. It just happened.

    And having your teacher tell you that your taiji is not the worse he has ever seen but close….and you were teaching his students??!! What the heck is that supposed to mean.

    I travelled to China …to Jinan actually. I had my total ACL (knee ligament) ripped by one of his senior students. One of the other martial arts masters asked his student if he could help mend my leg so that I could at least walk on it so it didn’t ruin my holiday in China. I agreed since my teacher was too busy visiting with other Chen masters – look how great he had trained white women …. they could hurt others. Great recognition. There was more than me that got hurt. I didn’t let it ruin my holiday to China, but he was pissed. Thought I was being sefish. Me!! I just got my leg ripped by his senior student, paid $1500 to go overseas, never been before. Trusted my teacher all out. Was treated like an outcast. Master Feng’s daughter would put me in front of the group while practising, soon as she left he put me in the back. I really could care less but it just added to all the things that showed that I totally wasted my money. I was warned by the senior students that I wouldn’t be included in anything he did. And I wasnt. I put up with a lot. Months and months of it. Years. What for. All I say is if it doesn’t feel right, then don’t do it. Teachers should bond by heart as well as study. If they don’t hold your best interest then who will. Many teachers say to the whites… must pay me this and do this and do that. They want respect, they want money. But this was not the way in the old days. Respect was for both teacher and student. If there is not that then there is nothing. It can never go just one way.

    Being a white woman, if I said anything nice to anyone it was presumed I wanted to screw them. Like really? Yeah like I don’t have ANY integrity. For Pete’s sake!! But it was okay for men who went on the China tripped to go see a prostitute for some “massage” during dinner break.

    So my experience was one of never being included, always being put down, always struggling, helping and the only way to get more teaching was to say I wanted to compete. I never really wanted to compete but I found I got better instruction, because I am white, because I am a woman. And it was true.

    Yet so many others learn so much and are so grateful. Just be aware that to everything, teachers included there are 3 sides to every coin. As long as you can practise in the realm of student with the teacher – no problem, but only as long as you keep your integrity. The moment you do not do that, you are no longer the student but a monkey of the teacher. Believe it or not, this same teacher taught me that.

    My integrity just didn’t work with my teacher’s. And I am stubborn. And I do persevere within my own. Perseverance does not end when you leave a teacher. My perseverance belongs to me. It never belonged to him.

    Just saying that train as hard as you can, with an open mind, with an open heart but keep your strength to you. I have learned over the years to accept teachers as being everyone. I have learned that when I train with a teacher, if he cannot treat me with respect then he is not a good teacher. I have learned that there are teachers out there who are not very moral but they still have something to teach. As long as they do not cross my boundaries, my integrity and teach me with respect – I can honour them as they honour me. Personal is personal. Each to his own. As long as both can see and respect that. If that cannot be….then I will leave….and I have.

    Oh and don’t clean toilets for any teacher. they can do it themselves. It builds their character :)

    Best of wishes.

  • 2017/03/11: Kelvin Ho on Why the Teacher is Important

    I am rather confused by what you stated, and am not sure what you trying to say.

  • 2017/03/11: Samvanity on Greater Vancouver Workshop February/March 2017

    Thanks Camille for the notes. The person nicknamed monkey is Tian Xiu Chen (1917-1984)
    Here is a video clip showing Tian perform Yilu

  • 2017/03/10: Hugo Ramiro on Why the Teacher is Important

    Hi Pawel! Thanks for the instructive story. I can really feel the danger in not being able to change. In order to make progress we must be literally different from what we were before. Inability to move forward and be different is the failure. It’s great news that now you see one example of the door. One step at a time! Keep it up :)

  • 2017/03/10: bruce.schaub on Using Different Dimensions – Taiji Applications

    Very good lesson !

  • 2017/03/10: Rainbowbear on Why the Teacher is Important

    After 15 years, still a little bitter. Probably take that one to the grave. But I am good with it. Right choice for sure :)

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