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Exploration of Perceptual Aspects of Taijiquan
James Tam Nov 12, 2018

China has a rich list of intangible cultural heritage. Taijiquan is one that many can immediately recognize and that many find fascinating. How to continue to develop and promote Taijiquan; how to improve efficiency in teaching and learning and how to enhance methodologies are important issues.

To help enhance this rich non-material cultural heritage, either through advancement of this art per se, or nurturing its widespread growth through advances in teaching and learning methods, both basic and applied knowledge can be expanded through the exploration and examination of perceptual aspects of Taijiquan. This goal can be achieved using tools and methodologies from Experimental Psychology, particularly those involving perception.

Perception is a process by which people become aware of and recognizes objects and events in the external world. The process involves stimulation, organization, interpretation, evaluation, memory and recall. The process of recognizing and interpreting sensory stimuli is through the traditional five senses, with touch and vision being of particular relevance to Taijiquan. In addition, the more recently recognized sense of balance (gravity and acceleration) and sense of position (proprioception) are also highly relevant. These signals from multiple sources have to be organized by the brain into a consistent and comprehensible world that is unified and stable such that it allows us to manoeuver around objects or act on them effectively. Otherwise, incongruous signals will create confusion that can cause actions to freeze and prevent us from behaving in a rational manner.

Taijiquan is an internal martial art. It has to be taught not only by word of mouth but also by touch as well. Learning cannot be just through watching and copying the teacher’s movements and postures visually, but has to be felt and coached into the right movements and positions. Thus, to facilitate both the teaching and the learning aspects of Taijiquan, a proper understanding is required of the perceptual features involving senses of balance, positioning, and detection of where strength and pressure are being applied and directed. Perceptual studies using knowledge and experience from Experimental Psychology can increase our understanding of the why-and-how of Taijiquan. For example, with respect to Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, research into the perceptual aspects of “imbalance” arising from multi-directional forces or the cloaked sensation of “indirect power” can lead to new findings and the concrete identification of critical factors and their interactions. Indeed, there are many potential topics for exploration and research, not only in the domain of martial benefits but also in areas of mental and physical benefits that have been recognized by many Taijiquan practitioners world-wide.

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https://ich.unesco.org/en/decisions/15.COM/8.B.21 UNESCO (Intangible Cultural Heritage) Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 15.COM 8.B.21 Dec 2020.
https://medium.com/the-philipendium/the-5-senses-or-maybe-7-probably-9-perhaps-11-f9e6c54f76f0 The 5 Senses, or Maybe 7, Probably 9, Perhaps 11 by R. Philip Bouchard, Nov 8, 2016.
https://practicalmethod.com/2022/03/structural-force-and-indirect-power/
结构力和间接力是什么关系?Original post in Chinese by Master Chen Zhonghua, Feb 24, 2019. Translation by Yuxin Liu, Mar 1, 2022.
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/20/well/move/tai-chi-workout.html
Tai Chi is a Workout for the Brain and Body by Cindy Kuzma, June 20, 2023.


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When Chen Zhonghua pursued his master’s degree at the University of Regina in Canada 39 years ago, he practiced tai chi regularly on the lawn outside the faculty building.His fluid, steady movements mesmerized many people on campus, signaling the start of a career devoted to helping to popularize the Chinese martial art in the West in the decades to follow.Chen, 63, is now a famous tai chi master, having taught more than 250,000 students and disciples worldwide. His dedication to the promotion of tai chi culture helps fuel growing interest in the art. Chen’s birthplace, Wulian county of East China’s Shandong province, alone draws many practitioners and adherents to its major tai chi competitions, classes and related events, with the latest international tournament held in early May.Chen says that he had his first tai chi disciple, Art McBeath, a professor at the Canadian university, in 1985. Read more


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Ability = how long you are able to maintain the lever(s) in your move


Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 43 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2024  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 10 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2023  Location: New York Practical Method  

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 11 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2023  Location: Arizona, USA  

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Arizona Push Hands Workshop 20230719 Video Package. This is Master Chen Zhonghua's first Arizona Push Hands Workshop held in Wittman, Arizona, USA in Michael Calandra's Dojo. This will be an annual event for push hands enthusiasts.


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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 11 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2023  Location: Iowa Practical Method  

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DaQingShan is a place I have fond memories of. Previously, I had visited in May 2016 and Apr 2018, and each time I returned home with a bountiful harvest. Firstly, the training intensity is on another level compared to our local training in Singapore. We train four times a day starting from 6am in the morning and ending at 9.30pm in the evening, with meals and rest in between. Secondly, the environment is extremely conducive for training; the weather is cool and dry, and the air is fresh and fragrant from all the natural flowers and vegetation. Thirdly, there are many like-minded students with various different backgrounds passionate about learning and sharing the Practical Method system. Lastly, food and lodging are provided at a very affordable rate. To me, these are the ideal conditions for training and improving one’s skill.

Ever since COVID-19, it became near impossible for International students to travel to DaQingShan. But finally in 2024, DaQingShan is once again reopened for the International students. I took the opportunity to travel here from 3rd to 12th May 2024, along with two other Singaporean students who also wanted to experience the life here. During this period, a workshop was held from 1st to 7th May, followed by the 2024 China Wulian 8th Fucai Cup Daqingshan Taijiquan Invitational Competition from 9th to 11th May. The competition comprises of various events: moving step push hands, fixed step push hands on wooden piles, group and individual performance. Of course, I registered for every single one of them other than the group performance event.


The mood on the day before the competition was incredibly tense and exhilarating. Starting from the afternoon, competitors around China began streaming in one by one, greeting one another like old friends. When it came to the time of measuring our body weights, these competitors stripped down to their underwear, and that’s when I really noticed how lean and muscular they were. I could tell each of them had put in a lot of time and effort into their training, and they even kept their weight as high as possible within the weight category they are fighting in.

My objective for joining the push hands competition was simple: to pressure test myself against other competitors to see how I would fare, so I could identify the areas to improve on. The competition uses a double elimination bracket system, which meant participants need to lose twice before they are eliminated. This was great news to me, as I believed I would be able to acquire more experience from this competition regardless of winning or losing. Unfortunately, during my first match, I accidentally pulled my left shoulder and right thigh muscles, and was unable to compete in the subsequent push hands matches… Nevertheless, I’ve gained plenty through that one round.


Set Your Own Tempo

During my match, my opponent came in strong and fast, and my body reacted to it subconsciously. I tried several times to regain back my control, but kept reverting back soon after due to the intensity of my opponent. And as expected, once I played into his game, I was not able to beat him in terms of his physical abilities. Setting my own tempo is something that I haven’t quite comprehend yet, but I believe I’ll have to accumulate even more push hands experience to truly appreciate.

Continue Working on Foundations
During the match, I was still unable to execute my moves properly. When I watched the video recordings of my match, I noticed that my body was disconnected and I was trying to rotate with the top half of my body. Furthermore, the stability in my lower body was still lacking. After seeking some advice from my senior brothers and sisters, I realised I was not focusing on the right areas when doing some of the basic foundations, which telltale signs are shown during the match. This is something that I’m currently working on every day since returning back to Singapore.


The Opponent is a Tree

Outside of the competition, one of the biggest takeaway I got from shifu Chen Zhonghua during the workshop is to imagine myself as a monkey and my opponent as a tree. A monkey does not try to push or pull the tree, but rather swing around its branches and manoeuvre around it. It does not seek to break, but to utilise the branches to its advantage. This mindset is fascinating to me, and I’m looking forward to incorporate it into my future push hands training as well.


Overall, the three of us from Singapore really enjoyed the trip, and would have loved to stay longer had it not been for work commitments. We trained a lot, ate a lot, and made many new friends along the way. We look forward to the next time we meet again!



Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 51 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2024  Location: Edmonton, Canada  

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Presenter: Chen Zhonghua  Length: 10 mins  Difficulty: 3/5  Language: English  
Year: 2023  Location: New York Practical Method  

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