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  • 2020/01/25: Pawel Mueller on Generous Discounts on Workshops in Europe 2020

    Sure! Just check Shifus calendar. Discount is for all the European workshops. They Start in London on 13th-14th of March.

  • 2020/01/25: Paddy Hanratty on Generous Discounts on Workshops in Europe 2020

    Sounds great. Do you have any dates and locations yet?

  • 2020/01/24: vincent den hengst on Generous Discounts on Workshops in Europe 2020

    Great news and indeed very generous. Thanks so much!

  • 2020/01/22: Rick on Energy Alignment

    It took me a while to understand what you were saying in your article (Energy alignment) but when when I was showing a friend how to apply it on me I suddenly found myself accelerating toward the ground. I was astounded how effective it was. Thanks for sharing your insight.

    Rick

  • 2020/01/20: meadeb on “The Triangles” Online Video Trailer

    I found this video very valuable to me, for better understanding how to perform yi lu, and how to use the tai chi structure for a practical use in a two persons confrontation.

    I also practice Wing Chun, and this video was very helpful also for improving my Wing Chun forms.

    Finally, I find that the quality of explanation provided by Master Chen Zhong Hua is without equivalent to me, particularly if you want to apply it in practice (during Wing Chun sticking hands, in my case).

    Many thanks for sharing this knowledge, and for such a clarity in providing explanations on “how to make it work”.

  • 2020/01/14: vincent den hengst on Energy Alignment

    Even though I can follow what you are reasoning and thinking to understand it, I am not able to apply all in my most of actions in random push hands / partner exercises. I have been watching the fantastic 4 energy alignment videos (for those who know the yilu 81 already: BUY this series! This is a must) about ten times each and still not ready to remember all the details. I am still working on the details in my yilu in order to know the energy lines. I have to practice smaller bits like:
    creating the rods,
    always shovel out when stepping in the 1,2,3 sequence,
    trying to use the body parts right in every yilu move,
    applying ‘don’t move’, ‘rotate’ and ‘open the kua’ and
    knowing where the lines are.
    By reading this article I get some insight from how you combined interlocking aspects of the theory and how my efforts could benefit from our insight.

    Thanks for this great article, Kelvin!

  • 2020/01/12: John Upshaw on “Cooking up Something Good”

    One of my ingredients is “fullness”. Some examples include the three basic vertical stretches: 1. Hold the head to sink the shoulders. This stretches the neck. 2. Hold the armpit to sink the Dantian. This stretches the torso. 3. Hold the front of the thigh to stretch the opposite shoulder. This stretches to kua. There are other areas I stretch as well.

  • 2020/01/12: John Upshaw on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    On the 2nd day of the camp we are planning on a pig roast! The pig will come from Levi’s farm that raises the Mangalitsa pig, a breed from the mid 19th century from Hungary.

    https://www.facebook.com/oaksavannafarms/

  • 2020/01/12: Kelvin Ho on “Cooking up Something Good”

    Set up a lever in a way that is ready to tip over with the slightest touch.

    - Create a non-moving needs as the pivot
    - Create a solid rod as the lever arm.
    - Fix the entire lever, so it does not move itself.
    - Put the opponent on one end of the lever.
    - The pivot can be placed at different points of the solid rod to change opponent’s position on the lever without moving the opponent himself/herself.
    - If the opponent is on the long end, remove the stopper holding up the long end, so he/she will fall down.
    - If the opponent is on the short end, push up the long end to cause the short end to go down.

  • 2020/01/10: Tinh Thai on Real or Fake

    Thank you, Kelvin. The diagrams and the exercises provided with this link are great demonstrations.

  • 2020/01/09: John Upshaw on Real or Fake

    Keep on “track”! See you in July!

  • 2020/01/09: Travis Knaub on Real or Fake

    Awesome link!

  • 2020/01/09: Kelvin Ho on Real or Fake
  • 2020/01/09: Tinh Thai on Real or Fake

    The bi-fold door is a fantastic explanation of keeping on the track. Thank you for posting, Travis.

  • 2020/01/09: Travis Knaub on Real or Fake

    Thank you!

  • 2020/01/08: Kelvin Ho on Real or Fake

    Good breakdown of the movements. Clear elbow-in and hand-out. Thanks for posting.

  • 2020/01/01: Gerry Hopkins on Phoenix Practical Method Seminar 2019 Notes

    There are excellent, Edward. Thank you.

  • 2020/01/01: Kelvin Ho on What is “Ji” ?

    Thank you for the clear explanation.

  • 2019/12/30: James Strider on Hello, my name is Adarsh Khalsa

    Thanks for your insight…and welcome to the frustrating but rewarding world of Practical Method!

  • 2019/12/26: John Upshaw on Angelo Gee’s Foundation Correction Purchase

    Newer students are fortunate to have increased accessibility to Master Chen’s Authorized Instructors. Kelvin does a good job giving verbal instructions along with experience teaching methods for the student to get a “physical understanding” of the biomechanics that accompany the foundational exercises. Kelvin is able to convey the biomechanical functions and how it is related to the goal of each foundation.

  • 2019/12/20: Rick Pietila on Phoenix Practical Method Seminar 2019 Notes

    Great notes Ed!

  • 2019/12/16: nick tangri on Taiji Push Hands Workshop in Toronto on Dec. 8, 2019

    Really enjoyed this video. Thanks for sharing.

  • 2019/12/12: hapegei on S-curve is really the circle

    Kelvin,

    “If the kua is open, then it is not limited to a 2-D action”….this is a very good point. Thanks for your reply.
    Peter

  • 2019/12/12: Kelvin Ho on S-curve is really the circle

    Peter,

    Thanks for your question. It is difficult to put in words for the specific actions.

    In terms of performing positive circle, Master Chen has previously shown me different variations of a circle in terms of using different axes. For example, right shoulder-to-right kua, central vertical axis (head-to-tail bone), left shoulder-to-left kua. The above is attempting to describe one case. It is like you can mix and match which axis to use in either half of the circle. However, regardless of which axis is used, nothing appears to move externally.

    I had the same confusion at the beginning when Master Chen said there was no reset in the circle. How was it possible to turn the waist without going back in a circle? If the kua is open, then it is not limited to a 2-D action (like open or closing a door). I find that the two kuas can open in different directions in a circle to allow what was described above.

    Hopefully, you will meet Master Chen or someone from Practical Method, who can demonstrate to give you a better idea.

  • 2019/12/12: 胡歌 on S-curve is really the circle

    Hi Peter!
    Students writing articles is an activity of study for those individuals, and a method of producing a record for later comparison with themselves and their (changing) understanding. It is a contribution of participation for our community.
    We, as students, read each other’s articles for interest, support and motivation, and we may pick up tidbits here or there, but we are all studying from our teacher, Master Chen Zhonghua. We have so little time, we need to review and rework (train) his material as much as possible.

    When studying, a clear dinstinction must be made between theoretical discussions and practical training. This also applies when writing an article; we must know and state when we are drawing out an idea (hypothesis) versus actually doing and describing a movement (that we can do). Making things up about something that is real and measurable is anathema to our method.

    The above article is the author’s understanding at the time of writing. We can not expect it to be correct. In fact, Master Chen asks us to recognise that we are studying (physically) *because* we are incorrect. As students, we mainly write (as we do the yilu routine) to expose our flaws. If we do not expose them, we cannot improve.

    Resources of Master Chen instructing on learning and the S-line (highly recommended!!):
    —————————————————————————————-
    http://practicalmethod.com/2013/02/6-stages-of-learning-tai-chi/

    http://practicalmethod.com/2015/05/learning-practical-method/

    From the above video:
    “I basically don’t teach, in the conventional sense.”
    “Number one is the principle, but there are different methods.”
    “I don’t want to specify what method, but you must understand the principle. If you don’t understand the principle, you don’t know what you are doing and whatever you do is a waste of your time.”
    (There is also a big secret at the end of this video!)

    http://practicalmethod.com/2010/12/taiji-s-line-demonstration/

    http://practicalmethod.com/2010/11/taiji-s-line-online-video-trailer/

    Hope this helps! Train lots! *First* physical understanding *followed by* mental understanding!

  • 2019/12/11: hapegei on S-curve is really the circle

    Hallo Kelvin,
    I always like to reread this post and think about your statements. But I feel I haven’t understood everything you mentioned yet, so I feel free to ask for further clarifications. My problems begin with the part after the listing 1-3. For 1 and 2 you mention the pivot is the left Kua. I feel the pivot at 1 is the right kua, for 2 – if the opponent pushes further – the pivot is the centreline and for 3 the pivot is the left kua (you mention the right kua).
    I also cannot grasp your idea, that the waist only turns further left, when the left leg pushes into the ground and the left kua opens in 3. Isn’t it anatomically impossible, that the left kua opens to the left? If in an imagined circle on the left, in step 2 the waist would turn to the right. In this movement, the left leg would do the same as in step 3 of a circle on the right side, which is pushing into the ground. How could the waist therefor turn in different directions, when the leg is doing the same thing?
    So I guess there is something in your ideas, that I haven’t understood. If your time allows, I would be very grateful, if you could elaborate your extremely interesting ideas a bit further.
    Peter

  • 2019/12/04: Lou Sacharske on “One Leg” Online Video Trailer

    In addition to the detail around the tornado kick, this video has some fundamentals on how to transition movements in the yilu, which are presented very clearly. The details are extremely important to those like me, trying to move from basic choreography to incorporating Practical Method essentials into my training.

  • 2019/12/04: Chan Madhavi on Notes From Toronto September ’19 Workshop – Day 2

    Thanks, very useful notes.

  • 2019/12/04: Karen Mattox on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    I will be there (and Jim McDonald) for 6 nights too! Looking forward to it.

  • 2019/12/04: Karen Mattox on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    Jim (McDonald) and I will be there for 6 nights too! Looking forward to it.

  • 2019/12/03: Gerry Gebhart on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    I’m also in for 6 nights.

  • 2019/12/03: Paddy Hanratty on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    I’m in for 6 nights

  • 2019/12/03: Rick Pietila on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    Attending. Sending you an email.

  • 2019/12/02: Harshil on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    Attending.

  • 2019/12/01: Lou Sacharske on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    I’m in for 6 nights / 5 days.

  • 2019/11/29: sooyeon on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    I’ll be there for 6nights…
    See you next year

  • 2019/11/29: sooyeon on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    I’ll be there for 6nights…
    See you next year

  • 2019/11/29: Paul Carlson on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    I’m in, 5 days!

  • 2019/11/29: Frederick Wong on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    6nights, 5days – Sorry

  • 2019/11/29: Frederick Wong on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    I will be attending the full training camp (6days, 5nights).
    Thank you.

  • 2019/11/27: Edward Liaw on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    Me too!

  • 2019/11/25: Matt Landau on “How to get in” Online Video Trailer

    Master Chen teaches a simple, yet most valuable procedure for repositioning. Often we wish to issue power but can’t because we become stuck when our power has been matched. Terrific instruction.

  • 2019/11/25: Kelvin Ho on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    Count me in.

  • 2019/11/25: Chris Dusek on North American Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Training Camp 2020

    I am in

  • 2019/11/23: djroberts1 on Basic Foundations 2009 Online Video Trailer

    Thank you Sifu for sharing your knowledge

  • 2019/11/21: Matt Landau on “Locking One Spot” Online Video Trailer

    This video is 5 years old but the lesson is timeless and priceless. Locking on a spot and issuing power without tossing or deviation is clearly explained. How to train proper habit is revealed. The principle is evident everywhere whether in form or fighting. Terrific video.

  • 2019/11/21: Matt Landau on “Prague 19-Push Hands 2” Online Video Purchase

    For push hands aficionados, this video has worthwhile instruction tips from Master Chen. Watching Chen Xu’s structure, integrity and foot work is also valuable throughout the video. Developing power from the rear, making oneself longer, and focusing on proper body parts, sequencing and timing are all discussed and displayed. The high level of instruction and ability are humbling; the camaraderie and fun of learning are highly evident. The combination is why Practical Method is unique. Aspire to be worthy of this great gift!

  • 2019/11/09: Amitpal on Toss and Stretch

    good

  • 2019/11/05: Kelvin Ho on Pulling instead of pushing

    My experience is the following: To create the pull, the opponent’s centre of gravity eventually lies outside of his/her feet. It is actually gravity that does the pull. What we actually do is to squeeze the opponent out to the point that he/she is over the cliff, and gravity takes over. For most opponents, they have only one dimension of action/power/energy path. If we match that and add a 2nd dimension of action/power/energy path, the opponent will be put over the edge of a cliff. If the opponent can do 2 dimensions, then it will take 3 dimensions from us, always one more than the opponent.

  • 2019/11/05: Chen Zhonghua on London Worksop Review – Written By Amar Shukla – 23-24th March

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1746906182106803/
    You can get hold of me by clicking on my name above.

  • 2019/11/03: Kenneth Robinson on London Worksop Review – Written By Amar Shukla – 23-24th March

    Dear Colleague. How do I contact Master Chen Zhonghua….. when is your next seminar in London….?

    Ken

  • 2019/10/29: Leong CM on “TO 1909-Q and A 1” Online Video Purchase

    It appears whoever is editing these videos is just arbitrarily cutting off these videos at 10 minutes without actually making sure the videos have ended correctly. These never happened with the older videos.

    Whoever is planning to buy these videos, please be prepared to be disappointed at the end, especially when Master Chen is about to explain something important.

    And the videos are actually not even 10 minutes long as the opening and ending trailers are inordinately long, about 2 mins ++.

    Definitely not worthwhile even if it’s just $1 :(

  • 2019/10/29: John Upshaw on “TO 1909-The Three Lines” Online Video Purchase

    “When you conform to don’t move your hand, it forces your body to make adjustments. The adjustments your body starts to make is the training.” ~CZH~

    An awesome video that can help you be intentional to stay on the line when doing Twisting the Towel, Fetch Water and Six Sealing Four Closing.

  • 2019/10/28: John Upshaw on Yilu Detailed Instructions Online Video Trailer

    Revisiting yilu….after my last private lesson with Master Chen, I reviewed my corrections. It has also lead me to go though the rest of my form I examining others corrections and by reviewing this online video.

    Master Chen wanted us to comment on our current understanding of yilu. This is a small portion of what I think….though very significant:

    The dang is full and round. The inside stays inside and the outside stays outside. In each movement in the yilu, only one body part moves at a time sequentially in a segmented manner, separation/isolation of movements/body parts is a must.

  • 2019/10/27: Rick Pietila on “HongKong 2017 17 ” Online Video Trailer

    The full video for $1 is working fine now. Good topic and clear explanation.

  • 2019/10/26: Leong CM on “HongKong 2017 17 ” Online Video Trailer

    The video isn’t complete. It cuts off halfway near the end. Somewhat disappointed with the editing.

  • 2019/10/26: Leong CM on “TO 1909-Q and A 2” Online Video Purchase

    The video aren’t complete. It cuts off halfway near the end. Somewhat disappointed with the editing.

  • 2019/10/24: seabs on “31st Daqingshan Seminar-3” Online Video Purchase

    Tab says the video is in English, but it appears that only Chinese is spoken, so that might need to be changed

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  • 2019/10/13: admin2 on “HongKong 2017 17 ” Online Video Trailer

    Trailer should be playing now, thanks

  • 2019/10/12: Leong CM on “HongKong 2017 17 ” Online Video Trailer

    Is there something wrong with this trailer? Can’t run the video.

  • 2019/09/26: Kelvin Ho on My Folder

    No, those are not available in the series with the grid background.

  • 2019/09/25: alouie on My Folder

    Hello admin, do you know if the Detail Yilu Section vids of 3,4,5, 6, are available?
    Many thanks,
    andrelouie@gmail.com

  • 2019/09/23: Só As gatas on Gdynia Open House 2019 – lecture and demo by Master Chen Zhonghua

    Isso mesmo, as vezes é necessário expor bem com vocábulo fácil de escutar, como vi aqui nesse texto.
    Prosseguirei ler outro artigo desse diário virtual.

  • 2019/09/20: James Tam on Notes From Toronto September ’19 Workshop – Day 3

    Thanks Michael! Good!

  • 2019/09/20: James Tam on Notes From Toronto September ’19 Workshop – Day 2

    Thanks Michael! Excellent!

  • 2019/09/20: James Tam on Notes From Toronto September ’19 Workshop – Day 1

    Thanks Michael! Excellent!

  • 2019/09/20: James Tam on Notes for Toronto Workshop Sep 7-10, 2019 by Kelvin Ho

    Thanks Kelvin! Good job!

  • 2019/09/20: Rick Pietila on Notes for Toronto Workshop Sep 7-10, 2019 by Kelvin Ho

    Wow Kelvin, once again, great notes!

  • 2019/09/20: Kelvin Ho on Calendar

    What does CT stand for? Looking at Master Chen’s calendar, there is only Vancouver workshop on Sep 21-22, 2019 before he heads to China for about a month.

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