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  • 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

  • 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!

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